Why we hate gamers who can't admit they suck

We love amusing new words, and one of our favorites was created to describe the worst gamers on the planet: terribads. We wish we could high-five the glorious asshole who came up with that word. We can tell from the utter disdain that oozes from the cracks between those letters that whoever made that word up is clearly good at playing games. Don’t worry: you don’t have to be a pro to join us in hating the worst of the worst gamers, because they make digital life miserable for even the average and slightly-below-average among us. Warning: it’s possible you are one of these terribads. Shit, wait a second, what if we’re one of them?


Unfortunately, the goop at the bottom of the barrel is scientifically proven to not know that it sucks. This phenomenon is known as…

The Dunning-Kruger Effect (again)

We’ve talked about this before, so we’ll make this point brief. Basically, some scientists did a study and found that across the board, whenever human beings are tested in some area of competence, the bottom 12% always believe that they are above average in ability. They’re so awful at a particular skill that they’re incapable of realizing their suckage, and they can’t even recognize the difference between their skill level and that of the best in that area.

Above: And this is what they look like. Note: we’re going to have a lot of pictures of people who look like morons 

So you can see how this plays out for gaming, but we might as well take some time to make fun of these dipshits in detail. It’s because we hate them so very, very much. They deserve our hate precisely because…

They’re idiots in balance discussions

Believe it or not, we’ve lurked on enough game forums to the point where we can accurately tell who is good at a game and who isn’t based purely on the tone in which someone writes his or her comments. Here’s an example:

Commenter #1: “The Super Mega Launcher is so underpowered it’s a joke. The bullet fires so slowly, by the time it gets where you’re aiming, your opponent is half a mile away.”

Commenter #2: “The gun doesn’t suck, you do. It’s called leading the target.”

Yes, good players are often cruel and uncaring bastards toward the bad players, but what do you expect? It’s infuriating to hear whiners complain about some game aspect when you know it’s fine because you kill opponents like crazy with it. And it’s never a small annoyance, because the dummies who don’t know that they suck always complain the loudest and most frequently. They just can’t figure out why the developers won’t listen to their huge list of nerfs, so dammit, they’ll repost until the beaten-horses come home.

Above: Professor of Balanceology says, “I know I’m right because I’ve played this game for TWO WHOLE MONTHS” 

What changes from irritating to downright sickening for us is when these whiners get together and make it seem like there’s a real problem when there isn’t – and then the developers actually listen to them. Typically when this happens, an entire play style will be destroyed because the terribads always whine about what beats them instead of learning how to deal with it.

It’s possible for skillful, competitive games to become watered-down shadows of their former selves as devs cave to the crummy players. Eventually the good players will leave when the game becomes dumbed-down, and then the skill-less have only themselves to play with, and even then they’ll find things to whine about.

They falsely accuse better players of being cheaters

The better you are at a game, the more you’ll get accused of being a cheater. We’re not super great at most games, so sadly the cheater accusations we’ve received have been occasional at best. We say sadly because it’s amusing and flattering for someone to think you’re cheating when you’re not – it means you were so good that you appeared to be breaking the game. Some people don’t like being falsely accused of anything, though, so when the incompetents whip out the cheater flag, it gets some gamers’ blood boiling, and we can’t blame them. It’s especially obnoxious when the deluded dickbags pepper their accusations with obscenity (irony of this sentence fully understood). When it comes down to it, though, it’s the basis of the accusation that’s most irritating: it comes from the failure’s belief that he can’t possibly suck at the game, so therefore whoever beats him must be cheating. This line of thinking takes mountains of self-aggrandizing delusion to pull off.

Above: “I am satisfied knowing that all those goddamn hackers who beat me will get what they deserve”

This is a problem that spans more than just a simple nuisance. These simpletons actually make it easier for real cheaters to get away with what they’re doing. It works like this: a handful of dumbasses go around accusing everyone that beats them of cheating, reporting those people to community service representatives. Those CSRs are often required by their companies to investigate all reports of cheating. So you can see how the overly-sensitive buffoons are wasting man-hours that could be spent tracking down the real bad guys. Thanks a lot, you skill-vacuums, you’re contributing to the very injustice your inflated heads perceive everywhere.


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  • Descuffphoenix - May 8, 2011 4:55 p.m.

    So I been playing black ops for more than 3 weeks before psn was down and the people that appeared to be the best just plain suck (not most of them). I actually found myself carrying entire team of prestige players.
  • CaffieKuriboh - May 3, 2011 7:46 a.m.

    great article. the whole time i was reading this i was thinking of my nephews. they actually get into fist fights with eachother over being shot WHILE PLAYING HALO!!! LOL
  • crumbdunky - May 3, 2011 1:23 a.m.

    I like to think I'm pretty honest ABOUT being terribad but now i'm confused because apparently KNOWING I truly suck means there's someone who is both deluded AND WORSE at games than me? Is this kind of like the first step for recovering from an addiction being admitting the problem? Because I'm also a junkie-which may or may not tie into the fact i'm a crappy gamer. Being fair, though, i think most of us gamers know what our relative places on the skill ladder of a given game may be and while my aging and slightly wonky and drug fuelled hand eye coordination are fair and reasonable escuses for some of my usual mess ups I will confess that knowing I suck a bit means it's rarely MY fault my side loses(never my fault we win either, mind-I'm not deluded at all)because I can, at least, tell when doing a certain thing is getting me very dead, very much and being most crappy for my side. In these cases I do what ANY gamer should and STOP doing said idiocy right away to prevent taking a team down with me. Now, here's where I think i MAY not be the worst in the universe and it's only this article that's given me hope: SOME players, and I've seen a lot of them in my time, DO NOT EVER stop doing the thing that kills them every single respawn. Why do they do this? If I don't even do it it MUST be stupid and stubborn. They'll take the same route along the same ridge every spawn and get nailed in the bonce by the same sniper for a whole round of whatever you're playing. So, now I think of it there may be a race of gamers below even myself(as I DEFINITELY don't think I'm above average at many games AT ALL)but i'#m concerned that thinking this might be the start of a delusion meaning i'm actually WORSE than i realise. Have I got hope from this article or cause to worry that i'm actually arrogant enough to be truly terribad? Also, does it make any difference that I get REALLY pissed off when people on forums make out an obviously HARD task or game is a piece of piss when it clearly isn't-maybe only to the very greatest gamers out there and ?i fail to believe that the first five commenters after anyone says they found ANYTHING difficult in a game all happen to have found it so easy as to find the poor soul who struggled totally hilarious in their lack of talent. But,that's just me hating .liars again isn't it? I'm not alone in hating forumites who're brilliant and beat Battletoads on their fist go two years before they were even born, am I? I'm a dad of three and have a partner who's a GOOD gamer(great at certain games too she is-don't play against her at Warhawk or challenge her to Sonic2 speedruns. Just don't)and am easily the worst gamer in the house despite having gamed the longest. When your youngest finally joins the "I can beat dad at everything" club at about seven you know your place. You KNOW it. But today I have, maybe delusional, hope that I'm not the VERY worst out there mainly because I know i suck, mostly, and do the decent thing and hide in FPS rather than let my team down to the point of defeat!! The WORST thing in online shooters, though, and we ALL see it all the time is where someone who's sucked for ages that session suddenly gets one good round(usually gets lucky by opening someone elses drop in COD kind of thing and the crate has attack dogs)and then proceed to gloat about their game changing performance in TDM when even then their score is barely in positive KDR(u know 12 kills, 11 deaths and third on the losing team with ONE actual kill down to them shooting someone who spawned in front of them)-so I suppose the signs of this delusion are all round me all the time. Interesting. If only I wasn't so off my face, old and run ragged by kids I could make sense of it. Whatever, today I gained HOPE through hate. Thankyou-even if it's not actual hope itself but m,e developing ,my terribadness by thinking there are worse layers than myself!
  • Xdracon - May 2, 2011 3:25 p.m.

    I have to say sometimes it is funny to be in a game with these people because they flip out and start screaming like crazy. Then it eventually gets annoy and you mute them or kick them from your game.
  • EdGax30 - May 2, 2011 11:26 a.m.

    Yeah i can't stand people like this. Especially the shit talking cowards who hide behind they're consoles and wouldn't think twice about saying the things they say to someone's face. I play video games often so i'm pretty good at'em. I pretty much kick everyone's ass that i know personally at most games i play but online's a totally different story. Sometimes i do great and sometimes i suck balls. The thing is there's always someone better than you and some people's ego's just can't handle that. So anyways, great article. You've described alot of people i know.
  • DeathbyFira - May 1, 2011 7:02 p.m.

    lol everytime i beat my friends in a fighting game they are always saying i am spaming moves or some shit and all i do is block and get close and combo them i do admit i suck at raceing games and i dont beat most of games which are mostly rpgs or fighting games ither and dont get me started on first person shooters but i do admit it and it is more enjoyable when i do win a match or beat the snot out of someone cuz it makes them more pissed omg this noob is kicking my ass nooooo! but great article i do seem to see alot of this sterotypes in video games 'hint hint my best friend is one of them lol"
  • FrankWest246 - May 1, 2011 6:02 p.m.

    what about those people on COD who think that just because their (Insert #) prestiged that there some kind of master of COD, when really they just plain suck, i played aganst this guy who kept claming that the only reason he was losing is because he prestiges alot, and that the only reason i was winning was because i dont prestige, the dude had like 94 hours on the game, i had 18, and i kicked his ass every round... the fact that i dont prestige had nothing to do with him sucking.
  • inconceivable - May 1, 2011 5:49 p.m.

    I'm pretty bad at playing online. (Not a terribad though, I promise). Of course, I never play online because I suck, so the cycle of awfulness continues!
  • yesIusetheM14 - May 1, 2011 12:13 a.m.

    Reminds me of someone I know... he has absoluetly no idea what he's talking about. Just look; Me:Dammit, when is Treyarch going to patch second chance and the AK74? Him: What? Those are both fair! Tomahawks need to be patched because they're one-hit-kills! Yes, this was a real conversation and no, I haven't played a private match with him since. Also, he claims I should have a KDR at least twice as high as his (0.75) because I've been playing since CoD4 and my KDR is 1.15. Keep in mind that he uses second chance pro, AK74u, and pretty much whatever else Treyarch hasn't nerfed the hell out of, while I use the M14 (hence the name), FN FAL and MAC11.
  • gruser01 - April 30, 2011 11:59 p.m.

    bryanthelion, I also agree with you too. Sometimes the "great players" can ruin it for the "non-great" or the first timers with their remarks/comments, which in return loses friendships or causes fights.
  • bryanthelion - April 30, 2011 9:59 p.m.

    I think you're dismissing how "Good players" can ruin the community. I can tell you for hours and hours how terrible I am at LoL, but I will never get any better when all I hear is "GTFO, n00b." or "Uninstall this game immediately." For when I try to take down the towers while they keep up their pissing contest with the enemy players, not getting any towers. I took their advice and stopped playing. Or, when "good players" make you play a game that you're awful at. I played Halo 2 with these douche-bag twins that I thought were my good friends at the time, I pretty much fed them for hours of my life while getting frustrated beyond my mind for being forced to play a game that I was horrible at and I grew to hate.
  • gruser01 - April 30, 2011 5 p.m.

    Ya, I hate it when they think they are all that but yet you see them at the the bottom of the list doing poorly. I also hate that sometimes I get stuck with a whole group that suck and can't learn how to back up a teammate when he needs help.
  • philipshaw - April 30, 2011 1:22 p.m.

    Great article and I have a couple of friends who are like this
  • Sleuth - April 30, 2011 8:11 a.m.

    You had me laughing several times while reading this splendid article. This is why I come to GR.
  • tlopezkid - April 30, 2011 7:19 a.m.

    Also, if I ever play with someone who seems too good, maybe a hacker, I try to play a few games with them instead of leaving and reporting them after one game. Most of the time if I can find out their strategy they don't fare nearly as well the 2nd or 3rd game. But I use my headset to communicate with teammates and try to win games, not just to talk shit to people who might be better than me or to piss on people who aren't as good...
  • tlopezkid - April 30, 2011 7:13 a.m.

    I'm fairly decent at FPS games but I don't mind playing with people who aren't great as long as they TRY. I really hate people who join games on their "2nd" account and throw games just to piss off their team mates because they don't care about any of their stats.
  • AuthorityFigure - April 30, 2011 5:09 a.m.

    Anyone who talks trash, and anyone who considers themselves elite are under the impression that the game makers respect them more for being proficient at their product or game. This is hopelessly misguided.
  • TopNewt - April 30, 2011 12:10 a.m.

    Awesome article!
  • Limbo - April 29, 2011 11:14 p.m.

    Oh so very true. I have one friend who sucks at every video game made, so he purposely just ruins the experience for everyone else by "not trying" and dicking around. I also have a friend who isn't too great at Halo, so when I beat him almost every game he gets mad and ruins the entire day. Good article.
  • Mboy1100 - April 29, 2011 10:15 p.m.

    *typical suckgamer theoryy* "I cant suck, therefore you must be cheating!"