Continuing the discussion from
Growing the Community: Combo Assist Mode Discussion:
We all start out as both n00bs and scrubs. Unfortunately, while we all shed our n00b skin after some gameplay, not everyone scrubs it off after hundreds of hours of gaming.
While I do understand the use of both, depending on the context, the newer meaning is based off the original scrub learning “new” lingo and trying to bring others down to their level
An experienced scrub does not seek to better themselves and often seeks to lash out at others, outside of the game, because they can’t express themselves IN game.
… I love this story;
[quote]I once played a scrub who was actually quite good. That is, he knew the rules of the game well, he knew the character matchups well, and he knew what to do in most situations. But his web of mental rules kept him from truly playing to win.
He cried cheap as I beat him with “no skill moves” while he performed many difficult dragon punches. He cried cheap when I threw him five times in a row asking, “Is that all you know how to do? Throw?” I gave him the best advice he could ever hear. I told him, “Play to win, not to do ‘difficult moves.’”
This was a big moment in that scrub’s life. He could either ignore his losses and continue living in his mental prison or analyze why he lost, shed his rules, and reach the next level of play.
I’ve never been to a tournament where there was a prize for the winner and another prize for the player
who did many difficult moves. I’ve also never seen a prize for a player who played “in an innovative way.”
(Though chess tournaments do sometimes have prizes for “brilliancies,” moves that are strokes of
Many scrubs have strong ties to “innovation.” They say, “That guy didn’t do anything new, so he is no good.” Or “person X invented that technique and person Y just stole it.” Well, person Y might be one hundred times better than person X, but that doesn’t seem to matter to the scrub. When person Y wins the tournament and person X is a forgotten footnote, what will the scrub say? That person Y has “no skill” of course.
You can gain some standing in a gaming community by playing in an innovative way, but that should not be the ultimate goal. Innovation is merely one of many tools that may or may not help you reach victory. The goal is to play as excellently as possible. The goal is to win.[/quote]