Posted 21 September 2009 - 08:37 PM
I've said it before, and I'll say it again-
People go too nuts with "Surrenders." I've seen countless kids go crashing through brush on suicide missions to surrender someone when they never had the drop to begin with.
I had one experience in particular where I was locked with three people on a flank. I HEARD a new kid making a plan with a couple of the regulars I recognized to rush me. So I listened to them count and popped one of the guys tasked with laying down suppressive fire as soon as they counted three. I had a perfect knothole to watch everything from and gogged him squarely the second he turned. The other guy, clearly surprised that I had such a firing lane didn't manage to lay down much cover. Lo and behold, the kid still came stumbling up to the bunker, and 10 feet out starts yelling "Surrender or die!" I calmly switch hands with my 98 (a feat indeed, considering I had the stock and remote line) and give him one quick shot to the chest. I heard him whining about it later to his friends, and some other people who apparently saw it talking about it as well, so I very deliberately walked up to him and proceeded to tell him, publicly, "Bud, you never had the drop on me, and I watched you come running up to me. I wasn't going to surrender when <i>I</i> had the advantage." Everyone stopped talking about it after that.
Now, my point is that this kid, in his newly bought secondhand dress suit, clearly thought he was going to get to be James Bond. That said, I prefer that kid to the Halo kids who think they're all going to be 1337 5n1p3|2z, because he at least will play aggressively, instead of playing "defense," all day. But he was still out to "pwn" people. Kids view surrenders as the ultimate of glory and use it more as a humiliation device than as a courtesy. I view it as a courtesy for other players, and generally avoid the situation entirely.
I barrel tagged someone once. Actually, I didn't even touch them with the barrel. But this poor girl was surrounded and I could tell she wanted out because she just plain stopped shooting back at everyone. So I did her a favor and ran up to her tree and ran around and tagged her before some other jerk could try to bunker her, and I could see the relief and thanks in her eyes. She wasn't even new, I'd played with her a bunch before. This was the only time I found myself in a situation to do so, and I used it as a courtesy to the other player as opposed to rep for myself. I've never been sneaked up on to be tagged, and I think this really only happens to the marshmallow brigade. Beyond that, I've been bunkered plenty, and maybe I've just played enough, but you could shoot me from point blank and I wouldn't even flinch. People are far too intimidated by markers. I'm all bones, and if I can tough it out, some of you big boys need to man up.
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