Gaming’s Guilty Pleasures: Friendly Fire - Destructoid

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I'm 23 and live in Western Massachusetts, USA and like Video Games, but more than that I like consumer electronics, including and especially focused on cool things I can carry on my person.

Systems I own:
PlayStation 2
PlayStation 3 80GB
PSP model #1000
Nintendo Wii
Nintendo DS Lite
Gameboy Micro

Favorite Game(s):
Metal Gear Series!

Currently Playing:
Little Big Planet
Metal Gear Online
Pixel Junk Eden
Super Mario Galaxy
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops

I do marketing for a manufacturing company who makes watertight/airtight enclosures for the US military to put all of their expensive stuff in. i.e guns, missile components, aircraft parts. pretty damn neat. needless to say all of my gaming peripherals are soundly protected by mil-spec cases now.

Hobbies: Drawing, Gaming, Carving, Hiking, Camping, Fishing, Mountain Biking, Climbing (ice and rock), Kayaking, Skim Boarding, Shooting, and pretty much anything else that ends in -ing that takes place outside.

Likes: Dogs, Weapons, Video Games, My Girlfriend, My Girlfriend's Dog, Food, Cooking, Good Water, Gadgets, Things with LCD screens, Watches, Whiskey, Beer, Specialty stores, Internet shopping, and Jackets. Seriously...I have a problem. I have more coats and Jackets than my girlfriend has shoes and purses combined.

Dislikes: Hippies, Unorganized things, dead batteries, Tomatoes, City Water, mice without scroll wheels, the original Xbox controller, mosquitoes & black flies (in that order), Wal-Mart (even though I can't afford not to go), and Sweating because of heat and not physical expenditure.

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Oh shit you did not just bounce that grenade off the door fra…BOOM!

Now it’s not the event that friendly fire kills you that is the pleasure, it’s the REVENGE! After that tell tale grenade blasts you to beJesus and back it’s always nice to get a little retribution via a little headshot or back of the head melee, and that friends is the guilty pleasure.

Nobody likes getting owned by something that is a total rookie mistake like splash damage or mistaken identity but it sure feels nice to throw out all gaming etiquette for a brief moment soaked in bloodlust to dispatch your deserving friend who will hopefully understand... Of course this works a whole lot better when playing with a friend who resides in the same room, or in a game where the score doesn’t matter (ie non ranked) because being an asshole for a second is fun but being “that guy” is not cool. Being that guy who always kills you back is pretty shitty and a very serious issue and will most likely seal the deal that you never get invited to a game again.

But being in your own home or playing with good company instead of random matches is prime breeding grounds for the betrayal and the inevitable Charlie Horse that their leg is so getting before you even respawn!

So let’s have it. Who here is going to be guilty of the sweet taste of revenge?

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