Every game that I seem to join these days is filled with players of all classes and styles. However, one person always seems to show up no matter which server I choose. That person is the infamous “Noob Accuser”. You see, it’s not enough that players are fighting a grueling conflict with the enemy team with very little chance for rest or respite. No, the “Noob Accuser” will have none of that. Instead of having a shared admiration for the strength of his opponent he resorts to the oldest trick in the gaming playbook. Calling people noobs. While originally this term was meant only to describe a player that was not yet accustomed to the game they were engaged in, now this term has taken on a more sinister meaning. The noob is the bane of every squad and team on the internet. The sole reason that every game is lost, and why every player is killed. How do you distinguish this player from the rest, when skill on the battlefield is no longer the determining factor? According to the “Noob Accuser”, one must simply look at the weapon the player is using to figure this out.
Now, bear in mind. I have heard almost every weapon available in the arsenal of BF1 called a noob weapon. Even vehicles are not immune to this stigma. The most common weapons that I have seen on this list of taboo instruments of death seem to be shotguns, the automatico, the hellriegel, sniper rifles of all varieties, tanks, planes, horses, grenades, mines, and bayonets. While it is true that some weapons seem to be more powerful than others, and some weapons are indeed easier for newer players to handle, I want to make something clear. There is absolutely no such thing as a noob weapon. Every weapon in this game has it’s advantages and disadvantages. Playing against those disadvantages can often times render those weapons useless. Using a weapon most definitely does not make you or it “noob”.
Still, there always seems to be a “Noob Accuser” lurking in the chat box. Waiting for his chance to pounce on whatever player has killed him last. Instead of accepting his defeat, and learning from the encounter to improve his own skill level, he turns to calling out whoever pulled the trigger. We’ve all seen this happen, and perhaps some of you out there reading this have played this role from time to time. Well I’m here to tell you, knock it off. You are making yourself look weak by complaining. Calling a weapon noob does not vindicate you or vacate the score the enemy gained from ending your existence. Always be on the lookout for ways to advance your gameplay, but don’t do so at the expense of other people’s ability to do so as well. The actions and voices of each of us individually come together to make the community in which we reside. In the words of the Tao Te Jing: “No single raindrop can be blamed for the flood”. So next time you get angry. Next time you feel cheated. Take that energy and channel it into your next spawn. Work harder and play smarter. Show your opponent he is the weaker of the two, no matter the weapon. That is the best weapon you have against these dreaded “noobs”. As always my friends, I’ll see you in the trenches.