This week on Pwn Up, we asked to hear about the the travails you went through in the messy world of online gaming. If you have a moment so nerdy that you need to tell the Internet about it, we want you to send your submissions to dorklypwnup at gmail.
This is actually one of my husband's worst experiences with gaming, and I gleefully make it worse for him at every opportunity.
Several years ago, my husband finally got me to play my first (and, to date, only) MMO, City of Heroes. One of the guys from our supergroup had a macro for whenever someone he was grouped with leveled, in which he would announce, "Gratz to ya homeslice!" in chat. We grouped with this guy pretty often, and I noticed that it really bugged my husband to get that message at every single level. Naturally, I started doing it, too, even when the other guy wasn't around. Over time, we stopped playing City of Heroes, but that macro has really stuck, and he HATES it. Every time I see him level in any game, I still exclaim, "Gratz to ya homeslice!", sometimes with variations depending on the character he is playing ("Webs to ya homeslice!" when he plays Spiderman in Marvel Heroes is one that makes him really cringe). He even attempts to hide leveling from me sometimes in a bid to escape his torment, which of course will never end.
I was playing MW3 and it was a new map to me, and I was just getting pwned HARD. I had my headset on and some guy decides to start making jokes and just go after me (again - I was doing really bad). He started taunting me by my gamer tag (Deathbutterflys), "Come on lil butterfly, go, go on and fly" or something like that, and then some other guy joined in. I eventually spoke after my friend and I stopped laughing so hard from what they thought was trash talk. So I say trash talk back and the first retort one of them came up with was "Hey! Shut up, you suck and you sound like a gay prepubescent Mexican boy!" I replied with "I'm a girl", shotgunned him in the face, and silence just took over.
Several years ago, my two friends and I were playing free roam in Red Dead Redemption on the Xbox 360. The game had only been out for a few days and we were still trying to figure out how everything worked.