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.


paige said...

Oh dear. Sometimes it's not until after something like that that you realize how you'd do it differently if you could see from the outside instead of from within.

Angelia Sims Hardy said...

That's so crazy.....
I wouldn't say it's all your fault though. It takes more than one person to cause un-bridgeable rifts.

Diane said...

aww, that stinks!! Sorry!!

Donna said...

It sounds like you were very passionate for the game, and it sounds like you were an even better friend! Sorry it didn't work out in the end. It makes me examine my own, self-imposed, rigid rules. Thanks for sharing.

Los said...

Paige - eh, sometimes you really find out who your real friends are in situations like this.

Angela - Definitely not all my fault ... but probably more mine than his ... still, as I said above, you find out who your friends are ... Oh, and I couldn't find your blog site ... sorry, bout that.

Diane - It's been years ... I'm good.

Donna - Yep, what I should've done is just let my friends have it out, instead of getting involved ... lesson learned.

El Padrino said...

madden destroys lives