Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Weekly Homework Assignment
It's time once again for Mama Kat's Weekly Homework Assignment. This week, I chose the following prompt: A time when you stuck up for a friend.
A group of us played in an online Madden Football league (gaming league) for a couple of years. It was fun - we made our own team logos and uniforms, and played online against each other. The GM of the league had a program that imported the stats of the game, so it kept track of everything. Heck, we even had player drafts every season - it was A LOT of fun.
I think we started with 6 teams, and tried to increase it to 10 teams, so we got some people who were "fringe" players ... meaning, they weren't as good as everybody else, and relied on a handful of plays (both offensively and defensively) to stay competitive. Our league frowned upon this, and began making all kinds of rules to make the game seem "more realistic." Unfortunately, these rules were detriments to these fringe teams.
One of my good friends was one of these fringe players. He really liked the game, but hated all of the rules. Well, as it turned out, he had enough of the GM and his rules, and began complaining and threatening to quit. I supported my friend, even though I was fine with the rules ... I tried to take his perspective into account. Unfortunately, I kept defending him and his complaints, even after he backed down ... forcing a rift in the league.
Sadly, the league folded, because it was no longer fun ... and I'm no longer really friends with the GM (who was, at the time, a good friend of mine) ... all over a stupid videogame ... sigh.