Game is rather... unfriendly to new or returning players.

ASnogarDASnogarD Join Date: 2003-10-24 Member: 21894Members Posts: 424 Advanced user
I was in the alpha, hell I was shooting target boards in the new spark engine at the time... I got burnt out after a while so I gave the game some time to grow, and grow it did... incredible amounts of growth, but the community didn't.
I hate to report this as a issue but the current lot of servers are not that friendly to anyone.
I got kicked for hopping into a random team pit, as the server was changing (unknown to me) and was AFK stuck in the pit... the servers community response to this was : LOL!

This happened a few times to me, got stuck trying to join a match and got kicked.
I will not be trying to play on the Void EU servers, I don't need the harassment as I can get that playing LoL thank you.

I am not posting to complain though, I mean I have already stopped playing NS2 again... I just feel the old game should not be so toxic, I miss my times on NS1 on servers that actually was happy to have new unskilled players joining and nurtured a environment that made players want to play.

The new NS 2 servers are not a nice place to play in, not just Void servers ... but a fair few I tried. I ain't asking for special treatment, just understanding I wasn't fully aware of all the stuff going on, lol'ing at new players getting stuck is hardly going to make new or returning players feel welcome...as I said , I get that on LoL...

... I just thought NS was better, guess not.
Some things are painfully obvious, others must be made obvious painfully

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  • SquishpokePOOPFACESquishpokePOOPFACE -21,248 posts (ignore below) Join Date: 2012-10-31 Member: 165262Members, Reinforced - Shadow Posts: 1,663 Advanced user
    The refinery waiting room's lava pit is pretty fun. If you're stuck there that means the server is changing and all you'd have to do is wait a minute for a new waiting room to be loaded. Tons of people get stuck down there for lols, but in my ten years of playing I've never seen anyone get maliciously kicked for something like that.

    Did you happen to rage and whine while you were down there? Or did the server admins just decide to pick on you for no reason?
    To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to play Natural Selection 2. The gameplay is extremely subtle, and without a solid grasp of military strategy and advanced mathematics you won't even win a single game. Theres also the game's nihilistic outlook, which is deftly woven into the game. The maps and artwork draw heavily from Riddley Scott's Alien franchise, for instance. The players understand this stuff, they have the intellectual capacity to truly appreciate the depth of the game, to realise that it's not just great, that it also says something about LIFE. As a consequence people who dislike Natural Selection 2 truly ARE idiots. of course they wouldn't appreciate, for instance, the humour in the Marines' existential catchphrase "how do I get to be so good", which itself is a cryptic reference to the high degree of intelligence required to play the game as intended. I'm smirking right now just imagining one of those addlepated simpletons scratching their heads in confusion when spectating a game. What fools... how I pity them. And, yes, by the way, i DO have a Fade tatoo. And no, you cannot see it. it's for the ladies' eyes only, and even then they have to demonstrate that they are within 50 hive skill points of my own (preferable lower) beforehand. Nothin personnel kid.
  • ASnogarDASnogarD Join Date: 2003-10-24 Member: 21894Members Posts: 424 Advanced user
    I got kicked for AFK, not complaining.

    I wouldn't be upset for a simple reason, I like this game and this was a bad experience.
    I was in the alpha build, I wouldn't be ruining my rep on that little reasoning.
    Some things are painfully obvious, others must be made obvious painfully
  • SquishpokePOOPFACESquishpokePOOPFACE -21,248 posts (ignore below) Join Date: 2012-10-31 Member: 165262Members, Reinforced - Shadow Posts: 1,663 Advanced user
    Were you actually AFK then?
    To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to play Natural Selection 2. The gameplay is extremely subtle, and without a solid grasp of military strategy and advanced mathematics you won't even win a single game. Theres also the game's nihilistic outlook, which is deftly woven into the game. The maps and artwork draw heavily from Riddley Scott's Alien franchise, for instance. The players understand this stuff, they have the intellectual capacity to truly appreciate the depth of the game, to realise that it's not just great, that it also says something about LIFE. As a consequence people who dislike Natural Selection 2 truly ARE idiots. of course they wouldn't appreciate, for instance, the humour in the Marines' existential catchphrase "how do I get to be so good", which itself is a cryptic reference to the high degree of intelligence required to play the game as intended. I'm smirking right now just imagining one of those addlepated simpletons scratching their heads in confusion when spectating a game. What fools... how I pity them. And, yes, by the way, i DO have a Fade tatoo. And no, you cannot see it. it's for the ladies' eyes only, and even then they have to demonstrate that they are within 50 hive skill points of my own (preferable lower) beforehand. Nothin personnel kid.
  • ASnogarDASnogarD Join Date: 2003-10-24 Member: 21894Members Posts: 424 Advanced user
    Like I said, I joined the random portal to just get into a game, so no I was not AFK.

    If I was being AFK I would not be complaining as that would be understandable, I do NOT want to harm the NS community, just I feel some servers are not appreciating new players, and are not as welcoming as the server tag may show.

    I joined NS 1 on a South African server, SGS, and those guys made me feel so welcome I tried DoD as well... at that point I was only a CS player. but the NS guys made me so welcome I got to be a regular and even went on the servers (hence my 2003 join date) , those SGS guys made me feel welcomed even when I didnt even know how to build... the NS2 servers are kicking my ass out for not understanding you cant join random teams, how is that a good thing ?
    I get that its not nice to have new players in a game with pros, but then why have newbie friendly when its not ? I joined newbie servers to re-learn ... and even I was put off, and I am patiant.

    I want a thriving NS community, I love the game and NS 2 has grown into a really cool version of NS, just the community has not been upgraded in my opinion.
    Some things are painfully obvious, others must be made obvious painfully
  • MephillesMephilles Germany Join Date: 2013-08-07 Member: 186634Members, NS2 Map Tester Posts: 959 Advanced user
    Well you can always join a team by either typing °j1" (marines), "j2" (aliens) or "spectate" into the console.
    return to zero
  • KasharicKasharic Hull, England Join Date: 2013-03-27 Member: 184473Members, NS2 Playtester, NS2 Map Tester, NS2 Community Developer Posts: 686 Advanced user
    Mephilles wrote: »
    Well you can always join a team by either typing °j1" (marines), "j2" (aliens) or "spectate" into the console.

    Or using the F5 and F6 keybinds that are in the options.
    Meph isn't an NSL admin anymore!

    #blameHefty
  • SquishpokePOOPFACESquishpokePOOPFACE -21,248 posts (ignore below) Join Date: 2012-10-31 Member: 165262Members, Reinforced - Shadow Posts: 1,663 Advanced user
    yea that's BS that they kicked you for being stuck in the pit. You can't be expected to know the console or keybinds right off the bat
    To be fair, you have to have a very high IQ to play Natural Selection 2. The gameplay is extremely subtle, and without a solid grasp of military strategy and advanced mathematics you won't even win a single game. Theres also the game's nihilistic outlook, which is deftly woven into the game. The maps and artwork draw heavily from Riddley Scott's Alien franchise, for instance. The players understand this stuff, they have the intellectual capacity to truly appreciate the depth of the game, to realise that it's not just great, that it also says something about LIFE. As a consequence people who dislike Natural Selection 2 truly ARE idiots. of course they wouldn't appreciate, for instance, the humour in the Marines' existential catchphrase "how do I get to be so good", which itself is a cryptic reference to the high degree of intelligence required to play the game as intended. I'm smirking right now just imagining one of those addlepated simpletons scratching their heads in confusion when spectating a game. What fools... how I pity them. And, yes, by the way, i DO have a Fade tatoo. And no, you cannot see it. it's for the ladies' eyes only, and even then they have to demonstrate that they are within 50 hive skill points of my own (preferable lower) beforehand. Nothin personnel kid.
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