Good afternoon everyone,
Based on the conversations I see on this forum it is apparent to me that many of you dislike the competitive community. Many of you hold stereotypes against this community. Well, for the sake of this thread I kindly ask you to leave such misconceptions out of the discussion.
The premise of this thread is simple: The competitive community is a vastly neglected community in the Halo Universe and I would like to point out a few double standards that this community (and even 343 themselves) hold.
First and foremost, it is important that we define ‘competitive.’ A competitive Halo player is one who plays to winbecause they find winning to be fun. Everyone plays to have fun so please do not think of competitive players as killjoys who do not know how to have fun - it is their version of fun. Preferably in an environment where there are two teams of equal or similar skill. That is the cornerstone of competition.
Notice that in the definition there is no mention of MLG. All MLG players are competitive players but not all competitive players are MLG. Let me repeat that because it is perhaps the most common misconception this forum has about the competitive community: All MLG players are competitive players but not all competitive players are MLG.
There are competitive Rumble Pit players.
There are competitive Super Slayer players.
There are competitive Living Dead players.
There are competitive Big Team Battle players.
There are competitive SWAT players.
There are competitive Invasion players.
You get the point.
Now to the meat of this thread…
How is the competitive community neglected and what are some of these double standards mentioned earlier?
Well, many people argue against a skill-based ranking system (such as Halo 2 and Halo 3’s systems) because it caters to a minority of players. Most players do not care for rank and it only serves to stress these “casuals” out.
I was thinking about this earlier today. Competitive players are in fact a minority and there is no arguing against that. But does the fact they are few in number mean they should be set aside? The obvious answer would be no.
And 343 has demonstrated they do care about minority groups. Campaign players are getting a brand new campaign, Firefight fans are getting a new “addiction” through Spartan Ops, Grifball players are getting what I assume to be an upgrade, and Living Dead players are getting a massive overhaul.
The minority group that gets the most attention, however, is the Forge Community. These individuals get an entire section of the game to themselves. How many people actually use Forge? A lot. But how many complete maps? Not many.
Of those who complete these maps, how many test and play them in custom games? A VAST minority. Customs in Reach are non-existent - at least outside of the competitive community because it is really their only outlet.
I digress. The point is that Forge gets a TON of attention in the development cycle but it really is not even that popular. Am I arguing that it should be removed? Hell no. Forge is great and that community churns out some amazing work for ALL players.
We are weeks away from launch (woo!) and there is still no word on any outlet for the competitive players. Am I a competitive player? Not anymore. I don’t even find competitive play fun anymore.
But I want to make one thing very clear… If the Grifball community, or the Living Dead community, or the Campaign community, took a hit in any respect I would fight for and side with them as well.
This has nothing to do with wanting a rank for myself to prove my worth. This has everything to do with a group of players being shoved under the rug while other minority players get what they want. It is injustice.
You need not respect the competitive community to see their plight. On a daily basis they come to this forum and on a daily basis they are ridiculed (and yes, they do ridicule as well) and are essentially not allowed to have an opinion because this community does not understand or let them. They are told to adapt or to go back and play Halo 3.
I want to make another thing clear: We are all Halo fans. We are obviously going to a forum for a game we are very excited about. Many of us may be upset about the Limited Edition (which I’m getting) and we may disagree over canon and storyline, we may disagree over the overpowered-ness of Promethean Vision but at the end of the day we all love Halo.
Since we all love Halo and have that in common is it not right to want one another to have options and to have the gaming experience that we each want? Halo 2 and 3 offered side-by-side casual and competitive play and it would be nice to see Halo 4 bring that back.
Thank you for reading this if you have read this far. I realize it was a relatively lengthy thread but feel free to discuss. I simply ask that we keep it civil.
Have a nice Sunday, everyone.