How To: Become a Gaming God

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Julia Meth

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redmartian50

wouldn't running your mouth off in a server after a headshot get you kicked if not banned, depending on the server admin, off the server? what about just getting the headshot and move on to the next.

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vistageek

So, People may be stating the basics (except for the name calling)and if you would like to post some more advanced stuff, please do you hypocrites.

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hogkill

It's pretty hard to post advanced stuff because for the most part it just can't be explained, you have to learn it as you play.

That being said I do have one pointer to add. I think the absolute most important thing to do in an FPS is taking the enemy by surprise.

You can do this in two ways:

1. You can literally sneak up behind them and/or listen to where they are, then come out guns blazing. If you catch the enemy by surprise it doesn't matter if he's the best player on the planet, the only way you can lose out is by missing.

and most importantly

2. Once you are experienced enough with the general game mechanics ( you've got the aim and movements down pat ) you should start doing the exact opposite of what you'd be expected to do. This is what I meant by "aggressive playstyle" in my earlier post. If you know for a fact that half of the enemies are in one room and you don't stand a chance in hell of taking them all on by yourself, go for it. With good aim, and prioritizing and, ( most importantly ) the element of surprise, the impossible can become possible. I've managed to whipe out entire teams of 8-10 players in CS with this tactic. Come out with your P90 and pray&spray as you move from one head to the next while charging forward. The next head to target is always the one who starts shooting at you next. When you run out of ammo, switch to your duelies and keep going. Sure you'll probably die, but you'll probably take down at least 3 guys with you.

That being said I hardly play FPS's anymore. Guild Wars PvP consumes me.

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Jonnycal13

Umm... I don't know. Good info. I've only played UT3 for the last couple months, before that nothing in many years. My kids play CS and TF2, and it seems just a natrual thing for them. It's been a blast for me too, but unless I was willing to just keep on getting killed I wouldn't have developed the skills to even be aware of all those points. Time in makes a difference, at least a little one for me. And don't get me wrong, I'm still a LONG way off from being good, but I have gone from unbelievably horrible, to not so terribly bad. Oh and this is only on Team Deathmatch... -lol I guess I just wanted to say to all those who are new to FPS to just hang in there. Time will make you better AND more aware of your environment.

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carrotcake

Nice article, just wanted to add on some things.

1. If you're a sniper, learn to steady your hand. Countless headshots have been lost in the history of online-sniping due to shaky hands. I personally do physical practices with my hands to steady them, using exercises requiring hand stability. Pen-spinning is an example. Also, snipers usually have a backup weapon (such as a silenced pistol). If an enemy is in close-quarters, don't be an idiot and start trying to shoot them using your sniper rifle; switch to your backup, and spam 9mm shots at them.

2. Once you've studied a map, take note of which rooms/areas have nooks and crannies to hide in and camp. Make sure to use these areas to your advantage (to camp/ambush), but NEVER walk into one of these areas without clearing it first, preferably by chucking a grenade or two inside. This helps against ambushes too.

3. Run erratically to avoid snipers. If one of your buddies has randomly died beside you, run to the nearest cover. But don't wait there, keep running to the next cover. Keep running from cover to cover until you're clear of the general firing zone that your friend died in. Remember, you can't be sure where the sniper is, and what angle he may have on you.

4. Dunno why I put this fourth. USE COVER. USE COVER. Oh, forgot to mention...USE COVER. Lots of nubs don't use cover efficiently, if at all. Getting behind some cover will SAVE YOUR LIFE. In any situation, whether you're in a firefight or not, get near something that can't be pierced with bullets. If you're in a firefight (or not, but especially if you're in a firefight), stay concealed behind cover, and fire around it. Only when you're moving to another cover spot should you be unconcealed in a firefight. Which you should do often, but only when necessary.

5. Finish the job. If you've just opened fire on someone, chances are they know where you are now. Don't break and run unless there's half the opposing team there; instead, stay behind nearby cover, and keep shooting. Chuck a few grenades if you have to. Don't run and let the guy follow and hunt you down. After all, if I were that guy, that's exactly what I would do.

6. USE GRENADES. 'Nuff said.

7. If you've got intel, tell your team. For example, if you're looking around, and you see a group of 5+ people with medic support and 2 tanks approaching, tell your friends to come help attack. Especially if they're near/in your base.

That's all I can think of right now. I won't say I'm a gaming god, but I have some skills. I hope.

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hogkill

@carrotcake

I seriously hope that post was a joke. You just listed some basic pointers that any noob could figure out, for a VERY SPECIFIC type of game.

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carrotcake

You thought my post was a joke? I didn't write that to get flamed...most FPS are like that, and the original article is about specifically FPS. Also, I didn't know many of these things until they were taught to me by my friends. I used to get fragged all the time, until implementing many of these "basic pointers". Sure, they may be basic, but sometimes mastering the basics can help you win a fight. So I wouldn't say "any noob". -laughs- Or maybe I'm just slow.

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suckyn00b

I'd have to agree with most comments, this is more of FPS101.
Gaming God class should involve things such as tweaks to settings. Anyone who played CS pre-1.6 days would remember all of the tweaks you could do to game play that would effect both your play and the way other players saw you. Also simple things like binding "stopsound" or changing your gamma settings for different maps.

I would rate all of the following points higher than everything in the article but "know your maps": Headphones!!(good set of headphones is more important then a "gaming keyboard), walking/crouching vs. running, and learning the spray patterns of each gun (not sure how many other fps games have different patterns) but in CS this makes a huge difference. Also know when to single fire, burst fire, and all out spray and pray.

I just wanted to add my 2cents...not trying to flame the original article. I know I would have loved this type of information when I first started.

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mjerrellw

Without a doubt...knowing maps is ever important. FPS killing comes naturally..but so does walking and everything else in life...Learning the maps is the most important..other then that..if you suck......you just suck...stick with it...Time makes you better..game guides give you maps!!

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Germ

Ummmm.... duhhhh?????

Was all this written for 10 year olds receiving their first PC and copy of the latest FPS?

Seriously.

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carrotcake

Yes, most of the tips in the original article are indeed "basics". But honestly, anybody can say "these are basic tips, I've already mastered them" without truly mastering them. Remember thats basics are fundamental for doing more complicated things. If you learn the basics, you get better at the game. Many noobs will try incredibly hard to do advanced FPS strategies, without first learning how to actually do these basics fluently, without error.

Seriously.

PS: I'm not flaming you. Most people (including me at first glance) will think what you're thinking when reading this article. :D

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OldDog

I guess I'm with hogkill about name calling and obscenities. On the servers I play on (and administer), that kind of behavior is guaranteed to get you kicked, if not banned.

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carrotcake

I'm down with that. Name calling and obscenities are definitely unnecessary, but there's nothing like the psychological factor of saying "pwned" to frustrate people, and make them lose their smarts in battle. Thoughtless aggression from the enemy = More kills for you.

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hogkill

I was writing up a large comment of how many things I disagree with in this article but I have something important to work on, and it would also make me feel like a nerd.

***LITERALLY EVERY*** point stated here, except "know your maps", I do the exact opposite of and I'm consistently ranked at the top of the server in CS and TF2.

If you suck at fps's and you are looking for tips you won't find any. The only way to get better is by playing more.

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TheMurph

Way to go, Hogkill.

However, these are tips I garnered from looking into the lives of the more professional gamers, and you can bet that they do things like rebinding their keys. And running around to grab all the ammo/armor/damage powerups. And retreating from a fight, just because the know they have about 3 seconds left before said damage powerup pops back up again, and it's far better to grab that then to take a rocket to the face.

But I digress. practice does make perfect, i'll give you that.

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hogkill

Sorry if my comment came off as trolling or something, I have more of an aggressive play style and I've playing CS for about 8 or 9 years now. I turn off my mic recieve so I dont have to hear a bunch of noobs spouting their oppinions on which direction the team should go. I just rush the enemy which guarantees at least one kill before I die and then get as many kills as I can.

But I only play on pubs, not with pros, and I don't play Quake or UT very often, which is probably what these tips would help with. I'm just better than most players because I've played for so long.

Any how now that I think about it all your tips are good for professional situations and fragging games so I appologize for my earlier post.

Still disagree on the in your face name calling tip. Nobody likes a jerk. :p

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becks

Heh..That's a sure fire way to get your bum booted. Unless of course your playing on a server used by 13 year olds who are on Mom and Dads Rig..

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