Patience lost, civility forsaken, controllers destroyed.
Over the last few months I have been piecing together bits of commentary from gamers of all kinds, collecting stories of rage, violence, and even murder? Keep reading. I suspected, from personal experience, that I was not the only person out there who experiences a uniquely intense rage from failure at video games. I've done some maniacal things in response, but I now realize that psychological treatment may not be necessary, for there are others worse than me....
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Karl Jobst, GE:
Mark Jones, MK64:
Me (Derek Clark, GE):
"I was never one to punch things, but in my early days of MK64, I lost it.... I was getting late for work and wanted to BREAK 3'54"00 on Wario Stadium before leaving. It seemed like it was certain, but I kept screwing up. Finally everything went right on the run I had declared would be my final at before leaving for work. Crossed the finish line..."3'54"00"...right on the nose. I leapt from my chair and slammed my fist into the nearest wall. I failed to stop and realize this wall was not drywall, but masonry (concrete) covered with pretty fake wood paneling. I thought I broke my hand and couldn't move it the rest of that day. I never said anything because I was afraid of getting in trouble. As I reflect, I think that's why I stopped punching things. I just kill baby puppies now. I can almost make a complete fist now!"
Alex Lowe (friend of "Desert Eagle"):
"He would be playing Donkey Kong and die, then he grabs his hair and starts pulling on it, sometimes even pulling out some hair. Then he would just swear at the game. He rarely does anything to the controller, he just takes his anger out on his hair..."
Vincent Rolin, GE:
"after a hour and half I still hadn't got another completed run , grumbling against all those bastards guards.And when I did a 2:12 run , having survived till the end on the crapiest run ever , then saw that the mission was failed because I missed one circuit satellite , I took the first thing that came into my hand , and threw it onto the wall. That thing is now fully broken."
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This page was created by Derek Clark. If you would like to contribute to the page with your own story, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. All contributions are encouraged. I will continue to append this page as new stories come in.