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Multiplayer Stereotypes: Let's Classify Them

Saying that almost everyone on this dear website has had some experience playing an online multiplayer game wouldn’t be a stretch. There are millions of people that make up these online games and similar to reality itself, there seems to be certain stereotypes that players fall into. Only recently had I noticed this and I took it upon myself to look deeper into the matter. After drawing up numerous tables, graphs and crunching the figures, I have come across 4 common but no less dangerous, annoying (or hilarious in some cases) stereotypes that match up perfectly with characters from popular television shows. Coincidence? I think not. Spread the word folks, it may save somebodies life.

The Jeff Winger

Appearing seemingly uninterested and too “cool” to care, we all are divided between hating him and wishing we were him. With the ego the size of his forehead, the scary part is he can be half as good as he thinks he is. Deep down however he yearns for the approval of others and when staring into the face of defeat, don’t be surprised if you see him step up to take on the leader role that has fallen into his lap and snatch victory.

The Barney Stinson

He may be one of your most loyal friends in the world or someone you have never met, this doesn’t change the fact he has a weakness and for this particular character, it’s women. You just played 14 rounds of your favorite FPS together? Boom and he’s gone before you can blink your eyelids and starts flirting with the new person in the lobby who sounds just slightly feminine. (Beware; they do come in charming and disturbing variants.)

The Patrick Stars

How could anyone be this stupid? You’re not entirely sure and it doesn’t honestly matter. Although it’s annoying you can’t stay mad cause somehow… Someway you just picture this little kid with the biggest smile, struggling to understand what the online instruction “Press the circle” means while running around in circles, maybe trying to shoot down The Jetson’s, who knows. Fair warning, if you care about winning; avoid this player at all costs.

The Coyote

If for one second you outplay this guy, you will regret it. He becomes beyond obsessed and forgets all about the objective and does everything in his power to take you down. Team killing. Elaborate traps. Suicide runs. Nothing is out of the question as long as he gets his target in the end. It is hilarious to witness, and even funnier if you’re able to outwit him constantly as he becomes more desperate.

These were just 4 stereotypes I came up with a incredibly sleep deprived brain so go ahead and add any more that you can come up with in the comments below! Even better, what type of player are you?
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About Zwooooshone of us since 1:41 AM on 02.08.2010

Well hey there, the name is Zwoooosh but of the internet, I'm generally called Nathan. It sounds a bit more normal I suppose. Anyway, I'm a 17 year old kid/manchild from Melbourne, Australia and I'm a gamer. I got into gaming as a young kid when my parents bought me a PS1 for Christmas all those years ago. God I remember playing the shit out of that. Any who I then moved on to the PS2 in 2002 and then onto my now current console, the PS3.

I'm into music and movies and am currently being self taught in visual effects as my friends and myself are heavily into film making ourselves. But you know when you have a dream and that dream then goes and bangs every idea you've ever had and then your just left with a bunch of idiotic thoughts and a lousy hangover? Yeah me either, but essentially we have so many projects under way, I don't know if we'll ever finish one of them. But enough about that, back to the games yeah?

A few of my favorite games:
The Uncharted series
Assassin's Creed series
Red Dead Redemption
Fallout 3/NV
Dead Space 2
Mass Effect 2
InFamous 2


Oh hey! I write for Gamingbus now and guess what? We're hiring. If you are at interested, I implore you to take a gander right over here. I promise it won't hurt and you'll grow to love that probe like feeling. Journalism!

PSN ID:baby-shaq55


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