Overwatch: Is It Worth The Pain?

Like a shotgun to the face, Overwatch has been painful to keep playing for me. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Overwatch BUT there are only so many times you can touch a hot stove before you learn not to touch it again. Simply put, the people playing Overwatch are ruining the game for so many including myself.

Like I said, I love Overwatch and I try to play it whenever I have the free time to do so. Right now, it is in my current game rotation alongside Rocket League and if I am not playing one, I am playing the other. But over this last month, whether I am teamed with a friend or I am playing solo, competitive games are simply a waste of time. This is because in almost every single game as of late you either get 1 of 3 things, #1 You get into a game, your team communicates, they work together and you win (or lose a very close game). #2 You get into a game, everyone picks their hero and then you have 1 or 2 players telling someone to switch off whoever they are because the team needs another healer or another tank, and they will keep spamming the character or chat until someone changes and if they don’t, they will immediately become toxic. After we get through that fiasco then throughout the entire game no one will work together, especially that toxic player. So, while 3 or 4 of us are grouped up to the side waiting for the rest of our team to join us, that toxic player and maybe 1 or 2 more will just run past us (ignoring the fact we are asking them to group up) and will walk right into an enemy fight alone and be killed. They will keep doing this over and over and it costs our team the game. When we lose, these toxic players will spam “Thanks” like it is our fault and not theirs. Finally, you have situation #3 and this is where a game will begin just like #1 or #2 BUT… after you lose the first round, 1 or 2 of your teammates will leave the game leaving you shorthanded and you simply must play the rest of the game getting your ass kicked because there is no way you win 6 on 5 or 6 on 4.


Now this has always been a problem while playing Overwatch but from my experience it was about 60% #1, 30% #2 and the odd 10% #3. So, while these things did happen, it was more likely you would have a good game often. However, over these last couple of months, especially this past month to a month in a half the opposite has been true. 50% of the time #2 happens, 40% #3 happens and if you are lucky… you will find a game with good players who work as a team because it only happens about 10% of the time!

Now think about it, 90% of the games you will play end up with a toxic and unfair result ending with a loss. 90%! That means you nose diving your competitive rank while wasting 20-30 minutes of your life, every single game. Is it worth it? Seriously? I could invest that hour I would be playing Overwatch into writing more articles, or anything productive for that matter. Why put yourself through the bullshit? I will NEVER understand why people act the way they do, why they chose to be petty and ignorant. Why does it bring people joy to ruin other people’s time? Why must they ruin a great game enjoyed by all?


Seriously, how hard is it to work together? You bought a TEAM GAME with intentions of playing a TEAM GAME but when you go and play that TEAM GAME you simply choose to NOT play as a TEAM and cost your TEAM a victory. Then you have the gull to BLAME your TEAM for the loss. How STUPID do you have to be, for you to act this way? Games are supposed to be FUN, but all that fun is wiped out when good people must deal with the scumbags of the gaming world. And it probably goes beyond the gaming world to be honest. These people are most likely the same idiots who liter and then talk about how trashy their town/city is or speed in a school zone and rage on Facebook or Twitter about how corrupt the police are.

I could go on about my hatred for this waste of life but my point is this, is it worth playing competitive games like Overwatch, when more than half of the time you are interacting and dealing with these kinds of people. It isn’t fun then, no one is happy and then the good people stop playing. I hope in one way or another this situation sorts itself out because I honestly don’t know how much more I can take.


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