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Oh hai! I'm Reuel Santiago 20 years of age (turning 21 this July) and I live in the Philippines.

Currently, I'm studying at MIT (that's Mapua Institute of technology), the premier engineering school in the country. After 4 agonizing years, I'm finally at the homestretch, with only 11 unit remaining.

I don't own any current-gen consoles. It sucks, but MMO's and the occassional overnight binges of DotA are enough to sate my gaming hunger.

I love RPG's though. It all started with FFVIII (I have long since matured, and don't look back at VIII with the same fond memories I have of IX). As you can tell, I have a fondness for JRPG's and clicky games (Diablo II before my older PC broke down on me).

I might also get weaboo tendencies and declare my love for Japan on random instances, but that probably stems from my love of girls in tiny skirts and uniforms... I'm also into anime and manga, but not by much at the moment. I'm too busy balancing school, games and other stuff.

So there, I might edit this come July 12th, and remove parts of the first paragraph. GLHF!!!

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I happened to think about this as I was watching my brother play DotA online. There he was, minding his own business when some guy from the other team started talking trash. He ignored it at first, thinking that it was some scrub who's getting a rare win (letting him bask in the glory). Later in the game, when it became apparent he wasn't a scrub and knew what he was doing, it hit me: there is no such thing as losing/winning gracefully in the online arena.

This transcends game and race. As long as it's ever-so-slightly competitive, it's guaranteed to bring out the worst in anyone who's playing. Speaking from experience, people who lose/win gracefully are in the definite minority.


Good luck getting to that screen with all players still in the game.

When someone's soundly trouncing the other team, for sure they will go out of their way to tell the other team that they're not worth their time, at best. At worst the other team will be called out on their lack of experience/skill and be called a waste of skin. On the other end of the spectrum, there's the ragers. Guys who quit without finishing the game just because they're being beaten, fairly. At best they'll just call it a day and quit, at worst they'll accuse you of cheating before quitting. And don't even try to get me started on the one guy who thinks he's teh l33tz who blames his team for losing because of his Rambo tactics.

I may be pointing out the obvious, but I ask thee,fellow Dtioders: Is there still hope for us all? or are we stuck with a dark future filled with 12 year olds who suddenly discovered swearing? Is it really that important to keep a hard e-Peen?



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