He has been living with it for a very long time. With your support, we can cure him and the multitude of others who share his terrible condition.
It's Just a Game is dedicating itself to completely eliminating this awful affliction.
I'm going to need your help.
This condition is called Ira Feras* which is Latin for: the wrath of wild beasts, or more simply, Gamer Rage.
Although many are oblivious to it's terrible effects, in reality it is very serious. It affects one of the most vital aspects of a person's life and well-being; their happiness.
This affliction blinds a player to the fun aspects of a game, drawing the afflicted's focus only to things that they can get frustrated at, complain about, insult, or rage at. This makes it nearly impossible for them to enjoy themselves, which defeats the point of playing video games.
Through my research and experiences (I used to be a victim of GR myself) I have discovered some things to look out for.
Symptoms of Gamer Rage include, but are not limited to:
- Yelling at the game
- Yelling at other players
- Yelling at the developers of the game for making a bad game
- Sarcastically thanking either the game itself or the developers for something unfortunate that just happened
- Squeezing the controller in frustration
- Quitting the game in rage and or fury (both in unison can be a very harmful combination)
- Throwing the controller any amount of distance
- Angry or exasperated sighs
- Team killing other players in the game if possible because they are "Not doing good enough" or some other excuse
- Assumptions that everyone else in the game must just be terrible, and the player (the gamer rager) is really the only skilled player in the game. "I must be the only person who knows how to play this." "Why are you even playing this game?!"
- Profuse swearing
- Cranial combustion*
If you see a friend exhibiting any of the symptoms of GR, or you suspect they might have contracted GR, talk to them right away.
Tell them they need to stop. Raging does no one any good.
It is very important that you help them to realize how they've been acting towards video games. Let them know that it isn't healthy to be so angry at something so trivial. They play games for the joy of it, and raging gets in the way of that.
The effects of Gamer Rage are far reaching.
Gamer Rage can affect those in close proximity to the rager. It is difficult to be around someone demonstrating effects of Gamer Rage. It is hard for people to see friends and loved ones, people who can be so kind, overcome by the terrible effects GR.
Gamer Rage can also potentially affect people from any corner of the world. With online gaming (the main cause of Gamer Rage) allowing players all over the world to interact, Gamer Rage can affect virtually anyone, anywhere, making it all the more contagious.
Gamer Rage has gone unchallenged for far too long.
We must take it upon ourselves to combat this terrible affliction that ails so many of our fellow gamers, our friends.
We must let those who perpetuate Gamer Rage to realize the error of their ways and to make the world gaming a better, happier place.
We must show by example that games are nothing to rage about, rather that we should always do our best to enjoy them no matter the circumstances.
Recruit your friends to this cause, send them here if you don't feel like trying to convince them yourself. Let them know that we're out here, and we care. We want a world without Gamer Rage. A world where you can sit down and be happy with a game.
Spread the IJAG cause. Spread GR awareness.
We want to enjoy our games.
We want to enjoy our lives.
We want everyone to.
If you want to join the Quest for a Cure get in contact with me. I'm going to set up a roster of everyone who joins the Quest. We can build an army against the forces of Rage.
This is a very serious quest with potentially drastic outcomes if we can succeed.
We need to build our army for this quest.
Are you in?
You can contact me here.
More posts on the Quest to come.
Just in case you were wondering: I did try to make this article a bit funny, if not even slightly satirical, but I am also very serious about all of this.
I want to eliminate Gamer Rage.
This Quest is for real and I'm embarking on it. I'd be an honor if you'd join me.
*Ok I made up that latin stuff.
*This symptom has not yet been observed, but it is theorized that if one's gamer rage is left unchecked and unstopped, cranial combustion could occur.