Report Junk – he’s throwing!

So last night I decided to play some Overwatch to cap off my Sunday of playing games. My favorite character right now is Junkrat. Junkrat-portrait

He’s wily, resourceful, and puts out a ton of damage. The only problem is that he’s unreliable in the hands of a lot of players. In my hands, however – a player who has more than 800 hours of Demoman under his belt – he’s quite an appropriate tool to use in most cases.

One of those cases was last night on Hanamura. We started out on defense. I held the upper-right with my traps and spammed grenades through the main choke. Even though the enemy had a Pharah (my direct counter) I don’t think I died to her even once. We ended holding the last point, giving us a score of 0-1, going into the second round.

During our attack, we had a few problems to sort out with capturing the first point, but made short work of the enemy team once I took out their teleporter and their Rein cleaned up a few kills with the damage I was putting out from behind the enemy lines.

From there we tried pushing into their last point. The enemy team had a Mei, which meant that once one of our teammates tried to push in, the Mei would wall them off and put us back to a 5v6 scenario. I was still getting kills, and often sneaking into their base and killing 1 or 2 people. I even got off an ultimate (RIP-Tire) and killed their Pharah and Mercy in one shot. We pushed in and got 1 tick on the capture point, but to no avail, the enemy team was spread out well enough, to where we couldn’t kill them all off.

So at the end of the match we tied 1-1. Not bad, right? Well, I turned on text chat to type “gg” and saw one person asking the chat to report me for “throwing” (intentionally losing), to which I responded that I had Gold in kills and damage (context: I did well enough to get the most kills and put out consistent damage to the enemy; if you can’t follow up on my damage, or beat me in kills, I obviously wasn’t throwing). Sadly, the text chat turned into a big argument to which I concluded: “This is why I turn off text chat. Pure fucking cancer.”

One thing I’ve learned about Overwatch and MOBA players, is that, if you aren’t playing “the meta” then people get really upset with you because they assume there is only one way to play (and win) matches. And since ranking up is the only thing that matters to some of these people, any element that poses a threat to them winning is a direct attack on them, to which they will berate you in voice or text chat.

I really love this game for its art style and mechanics, though. It’s what keeps me coming back. That and those delicious air-shots I get on Pharahs. *drool*

YouTube: I want to stop seeing these people

There are a select few YouTubers whom I don’t want to watch. These people usually put out tons of low content videos that pander to the lowest common denominator. A few of these YouTubers are “ItsLeafy” and “PewDiePie” (whom I’ve never watched any of their videos), “VeganGains”, and “GradeAUnderA”. Mainly I want to talk about “Muselk”.

Like many content creators, he started out making really fun videos. He even started a rocket jump contest  for Team Fortress 2, which got me really excited. He started to get quite a bit of a following because of the quality he put into his videos and the time and effort he sunk into the community.

But then he sort of ran out of things to talk about and started really reaching for things.

Since then I’ve discovered that there’s not much depth to his opinions about video games, in regards to technical skills and strategy. He seems like a nice guy but I can’t escape this feeling of his videos being shallow and pandering.

So what’s this post all about, then? Fucking YouTube. I keep getting recommended Muselk videos every time I watch a video that’s remotely related to his videos. Watching Zylbrad video? “Have a look at Muselk’s crappier video!” NO. [Click ignore]. I even went to Muselk’s channel and blocked him, and I’m still getting recommendations to watch his stuff. I’ve given in a few times and watched a video or three to give Muselk a chance, but I still can’t shake my dislike for the guy.

Why won’t YouTube just let me blacklist channels I don’t want to ever see? It’s so odd that a website of their size and resources can’t develop a user experience that has a little more customization than an eBook reader.