One question stood out to me.
Have you ever rage quit a game?
Rage quit? What? I actually laughed at the question. It was the first time I ever heard that term, and I had an image of one of my kids having a meltdown over his Playstation game.
My friend Slate McLeod informed me that “rage quit” is a common term for online gamers. I don’t generally mix with an online gaming crowd, however, so for me it was a new one.
KnowYourMeme says “The earliest Urban Dictionary]definition of ‘Ragequit’ became available on March 28th, 2005. However, nobody can be certain exactly when ‘Ragequit’ was first coined.” The term is defined as “Internet slang commonly used to describe the act of suddenly quitting a game or chatroom after either an argument, extreme frustration, or loss of the game.”
Though my first mental image was of one of my kids yelling at his Playstation, I, too, have been guilty of rage quitting a couple of times. In 2007 someone ticked me off so bad I ragequit SL for about a week. I also fled a situation a couple of years ago, logging out before anyone could see me have a cow.
One thing about rage quitting. It’s not funny when it’s happening to you personally, but if someone else has a meltdown it’s hard not to laugh. That is, of course, if the freak-out is over a game or something silly; not if people are actually hurt from something serious.
Have you ever ragequit Second Life? Has the official viewer upset you so much you wanted to tell a Linden off personally? Has the lag ever made you want to unleash a slew of four letter words? Have you ever lost an inworld game like Greedy and decided to throw in the towel?
Or perhaps the rage is more with human beings. I had a good friend who used to ragequit if they got more than one IM. They’d feel pressure and wail “They’re doing me head in!” and logout in a huff. This same individual also ragequit due to a woman’s annoying Animation Overrider. (Hey, a bad AO can push anyone over the edge!)
So what about you?