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Finding New and Unintended Ways of Playing Games 346

Ronald Diemicke writes "World of Warcraft players sometimes hang out in front of Ironforge and dance. Fallout 3 players seek out new and elaborate ways of destroying their avatar. Brawlers in Smash Brothers have an itchy pause finger, ready to catch any humiliatingly hilarious screengrabs. The thugs running rampant in Grand Theft Auto are putting Evil Knievel to shame by using a full assortment of vehicles to pull off some incredible stunt work. Personally, I like to collect and move things. My favorite is making piles of bodies in any game that lets me move them around. Ever catch yourself doing something in-game that isn't exactly part of the game, or just something really dumb?"
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Finding New and Unintended Ways of Playing Games

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  • by MrRTFM ( 740877 ) * on Saturday August 08, 2009 @02:21AM (#28994169) Journal
    instead of reading articles, it is more fun to be the first to comment on it without knowing what I am talking about
  • by choovanski ( 780936 ) on Saturday August 08, 2009 @02:24AM (#28994181)
    When I was introduced to (pre-WOW) Warcraft I would annihilate a level by _almost_ completing it. For example, if a requirement was that I needed three buildings to clear the level I'd only build two. Then I'd put the peons to work chopping down every tree, emptying every mine, sucking up every last bit of oil... Once there was nothing more that could be done to rape the landscape THEN I'd move on to the next level. Don't ask me why, it wasn't exactly fun sitting there waiting for them to finish. I just had the urge to take it ALL... I think I was meant to be an upper level executive instead of an admin. :P
  • sims (Score:4, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 08, 2009 @02:37AM (#28994243)

    I always found it amusing to try to get straight female sims into lesbian relationships.

    You could get them to be best of friends and then ...

    Never worked, but it was fun trying.

  • by Hojima ( 1228978 ) on Saturday August 08, 2009 @03:30AM (#28994417)

    I've never really realized how subconsciously evil I am until this topic was brought up. I'm usually a care-bear when it comes to online play, but when it comes to computers, I'm a total dick. For instance, in Spore I would pay all my allies to fight against each other in an effort to start a mindless massacre. In Oblivion, I would kill a whole town by using command humanoid to gather them, then casting a giant frenzy spell to start a mindless massacre (you can start to see the trend there). Then in other strategy games, I like to destroy everything except their main base. Then I build up a massive army of the strongest artillery, surround it, and then blast the bajesus out of it.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 08, 2009 @03:39AM (#28994449)

    Nothing is more fun than watching them pee their pants because you did not provide a bathroom.

  • by DNS-and-BIND ( 461968 ) on Saturday August 08, 2009 @04:04AM (#28994529) Homepage
    WTF dude? Why did you 'HAVE' to do this? In another age, you would have been a bomber aircrew with a singleminded determination to esacpe a Nazi prison camp (the real kind, not the Wolfenstein 3D kind.) Or you would have been a crusader with the determination to wipe out all Christians from the Holy Land. Or you would have been a crewman on a British frigate, determined that Spain should not have hegemony of the seas. What happened to us, such that our best and brightest waste their talents on imaginary worlds instead of the real one?
  • by johncadengo ( 940343 ) on Saturday August 08, 2009 @04:19AM (#28994589) Homepage

    Really? I had no idea.

    I'd always thought the point of Sims was to build elaborate swimming pools, take out the ladder, and watch your sims drown to death. Or my other favorite, surround the sims with four walls but no exits. And watch them starve. If I were feeling generous that day, I'd make a window or paint the walls.

    Heh heh heh.

  • In Eve (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 08, 2009 @04:23AM (#28994615)

    we just get them spamming the forums with crap like "naked woman caught by sattelite watch" with a link to a keylogger.

    sad thing is, seems to have caught a few people.

  • by sam0vi ( 985269 ) on Saturday August 08, 2009 @05:32AM (#28994795)

    That reminded me of the times I played Lemmings in my 386. Whenever i got bored or frustrated I would just put two lemmings in "guard" mode right where they came out into the level, and after getting them all packed into the 3 or 4 pixels left between the guards, I would hit the suicide button and watch all of those lemmings blow up. It was like fireworks! Pretty fireworks!

  • by pbhj ( 607776 ) on Saturday August 08, 2009 @05:45AM (#28994835) Homepage Journal

    You feel threatened by the potency of a male figure in your life, probably your father.

    If I were Freud I'd say you want to sleep with your mother too, but I'm not.

  • by Anachragnome ( 1008495 ) on Saturday August 08, 2009 @06:34AM (#28994965)

    Jeez, a little imagination please.

    Try taking two Sims (or better yet, many!) with opposing personalities, then bricking them into a room with nothing but a toilet and an espresso machine.

    "Get the fuck out, asshole. I need to take a leak!"

    "Really? You sure you just don't want another Caramel Machiatto ?"

    It's the only way I've actually made a Sim I didn't control kill another Sim (gotta love them neighbors!). It takes about 10-15 fist-fights, but eventually one takes a permanent dirtnap. I even had BOTH Sims fall asleep in the middle of one of them fist fights once because there was no bed. Ball of Fury, then pow!, interrupted script and two Sims sleeping in puddles of piss.

    The funniest part is watching the "totally surprised" reaction of the Sim that did the killing when the Grim Reaper shows up.

    "Oh sure, it's all fun and games until someone gets hurt!"

  • by Provocateur ( 133110 ) <> on Saturday August 08, 2009 @07:38AM (#28995127) Homepage

    Somewhere in the bowels of Wall Street they have a similar setup. And they have entrusted our lives and our fortunes on 2 pieces of near obsolete hardware hooked up to a $6 power bar.

    America is now reeling from an economic crisis, auto manufacturers have asked for dole outs, banks have to be bailed out-- are you sure you've never shown this to anyone?

  • by Tsu Dho Nimh ( 663417 ) <> on Saturday August 08, 2009 @08:07AM (#28995213)

    My nephew, age almost 4, had figured out the sequence of commands to start Sim City, enter the security code, and load a city. (he couldn't read, but he had excellent symbol-matching skills)

    He had no strategy, he just bulldozed things until he ran out of money, then started a new game at random. I think he's working on managing Boston's Big Dig project now.

  • by NuGeo ( 824600 ) on Saturday August 08, 2009 @08:08AM (#28995219)

    How the hell did you get a hold of Goldman Sachs' secret trading algorithm!?

  • by DreamMaster ( 175517 ) on Saturday August 08, 2009 @08:08AM (#28995221) Homepage

    Reminds me of one of my all time favourite comics, from the website:

    Titled 'Fire bad, FIRE BAD!' :)

  • by sopssa ( 1498795 ) * <> on Saturday August 08, 2009 @08:35AM (#28995321) Journal

    I think everyone does the "go backwards in a race" from time to time.

    I'd really like to see this happen in Formula1.

  • by julesh ( 229690 ) on Saturday August 08, 2009 @09:25AM (#28995509)

    That reminded me of the times I played Lemmings in my 386. Whenever i got bored or frustrated I would just put two lemmings in "guard" mode right where they came out into the level, and after getting them all packed into the 3 or 4 pixels left between the guards, I would hit the suicide button and watch all of those lemmings blow up. It was like fireworks! Pretty fireworks!

    Wait... you mean that's not how lemmings was supposed to work?!

  • by Vu1turEMaN ( 1270774 ) on Saturday August 08, 2009 @10:50AM (#28995877)

    My favorite is in Freespace 2. Just start friendly firing nonstop on 1 ship, and soon enough they call you a traitor and start shooting the bejesus out of you. But on some missions you can actually kill all of your allies and destroy a capital ship or two. And then after you warp back to base, the debriefings are always "you will be executed at 0800 tomorrow and we all hope you burn in hell, traitor" or "in light of your recent assassination attempts, we are putting you in a facility for the medically derangedn where we will get to the bottom of this, traitor".

    It's still my favorite game of all time.

  • by SyscRAsH ( 127068 ) on Saturday August 08, 2009 @12:59PM (#28996595)

    In Hitman: Blood Money, on the third or fourth map where you had to infiltrate that mobsters house? Well, one day I just decided to do things a little differently. I went up to the clown guy, clubbed him and took his outfit. Then I stuffed him in his car, planning on coming back to him later. No one saw me, so things were cool. Then enacted my nefarious plan. It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood...

    I walked up to the garbage man. He was just going about his business, with no appreciation for the wonderful gift he had in his possession - the garbage truck, a.k.a. Da Macheen. Da Macheen was mine, would be mine, and I had only one thing standing in my way. I clubbed the garbage man, while in full clown suit, because that's how wanton murder in broad daylight is done, and proceeded to feed Da Macheen his first meal of the day. CRRRUUUNCH. So satisfying. But Da Macheen needed more.

    I look across the street, where a woman was tending her lawn. Da Macheen... I wander over, and before long, I had another tribute to Da Macheen. "The Street. Everyone! Feed me EVERYONE!" said Da Macheen. I adjusted my clown nose and position my firey red wig. "It shall be done!" This day, Hell had come to Baker Street...

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 08, 2009 @01:46PM (#28996937)

    Running social "experiments" is my favorite part of first person shooters. Some of my favorites:

    Any FPS (best in slower paced/larger map games): Closely shadow another player as they run/drive/fly around the map. Go everywhere they go. Don't shoot, don't hit, don't do anything but follow them around. See how long it takes them to get completely freaked out and TK you.

    Any FPS where there is pistol whipping and team damage is off: Find an area near your team's spawn point and start pistol whipping one guy. If they don't respond. Wait for the next guy and try him. The objective is to find someone who will engage you in indefinate pistol whipping session. When you have one participant the group often grows group grows. I had a session where I eventually got about 20 players on my team standing in a group pisol whipping eachother. Eventually the other team found us and spectated for a few minutes until one of them decided to slaughter us all.

    BF1942: Follow a team member around and whenever they stop, drop to you knees in front of him and bob your head back and forth (looking up and down in rapid succession). See how long it takes them to freak out and TK you.

    BF1942: Sit in a jeep near a cliff. Use the in game speech function to say "Get in" while your teammates run by. Keep hitting the key until someone gets in. Drive off cliff. See find same guy and see if you can get same guy in a the Jeep again. If he does. Find a cliff. Drive off cliff.

    BF Vietnam: Get in a armored personel carier and turn "Surfing Bird" on the radio and drive around at top speed like a madman. When you see a teammate, stop the vehicle, beep you horn and try to get him to jump in. Keep driving around and doing this until your carrier is full. Drive off a cliff.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 08, 2009 @02:20PM (#28997191)

    In Sims 3 I would always create a neighborhood psychopath, whose sole purpose was to lure the neighbors into his basement, build walls around them to form a cell with one window, and then paint their resulting agony (you essentially make a first-person screenshot your painting). He would then hang the paintings on the wall of his fabulously gothic hall. The Sims would beat their fists on the window to be let out and those made the best paintings by far. Adult Sims would eventually perish and you could paint their death, but child Sims would live forever in the dungeon.

    Another habit was to make a "white trash" family that would try to break up every marriage on the block by inviting married couples over and then seducing them.

The wages of sin are high but you get your money's worth.