Rage Quit: The Universal Gamer’s Problem

Rage Quitting, a unique problem experienced universally by gamers though we don’t always admit it! No other form of entertainment causes quite this problem, people don’t storm out a cinema shouting abuse at the other viewers and even in sport you rarely see players storming off the pitch and refusing to play. Perhaps because of this to rage quit is seen by gamers as a taboo and yet many of us still fo it (I know I have).

As a kid I recall that buildup of rage and frustration exploding in the throwing of a controller, a stamp of my feet and my parents running up stares thinking I was being murdered or something. As an adult rage quitting is less common (I would say its down to maturity but I’m pretty sure I’m still mentally a child). Somethings however do still cause that level of frustration and anger that makes me just stop playing a game even if it’s just for a while. There are many different reasons gamers rage quit, here are three of my favourites:

  1. Other Gamers Now I don’t play a lot of online games, but when you are playing online and you’re engaged in the game, desperate to win and having fun other people can ruin it. There are plenty of videos out there of people loosing their mind in a blind fit of pure rage over how someone else is playing in the game. Doesn’t matter which side they are on whether its team members who don’t seem to pull their weight or enemies who are just too good, there is only so much gamers can take!
  2. Difficulty Provided you overlook the fact that most games allow you to alter the difficulty there are always those games that drive you to the breaking point. Those games where you either can’t or won’t lower the difficulty. Many games like Dark Souls are notorious for the challenge they offer but even less challenging games can drop you into a level that after countless attempts and so much frustration you just have to walk away.
  3. Glitches  Games come into three categories when it comes to glitches: those that are glitchy but tolerable, those that are so glitchy they are unplayable, and those that tip over the edge from unplayable to hilarious. The games I am referring to are the ones with those annoying glitches that make the game hard to play, feel incomplete and a wast of the money you spent. Those are the games that you play once and never again.

To me Rage Quitting often shows the level of emotion and engagement a person has with the game they are playing and the goals they are trying to fulfill. If after rage quitting the gamer comes back to the game  it shows the level of dedication they have to that game. However, it can also show a need to take a step back to take a break and perhaps reflect on just why a game intended for entertainment can cause such an angry reaction. As you get older the amount you rage quit (at least in my experience) goes down. You start to learn how to control yourself and remain calm when you’re frustrated but still. Even so there are those times when that calmness slips and an angry gamer emerges from deep inside you, it happens to us all.

What game was the last one that made you Rage Quit?

6 thoughts

  1. How true is this! I’ve never gotten into online games either, but Overwatch has been the exception. I’m tempting to rage quit constantly, but a) if it’s a ranked match, I could find myself banned if I do it over and over, and b) perhaps a better reason not to, it’s a terrible thing to do to teammates.

    Other than that, I have been replaying Shadow of the Colossus lately, as its finally been long enough time since my last playthrough that I don’t remember exactly how to do everything in the game. One boss took me down 3 times in a row just last night and that was enough for a hard reset, slamming the tv off and stomping down the stairs like a 10 year old for me.

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