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I've recently played a many games which keep score on how many matches you've played and how many of them have you won etc. and now that I can check people's records, I've made some interesting findings.
Lately this one guy started bossing people around in a match and started calling everyone noobs if they didn't do as he said. After checking his stats, I found he had played over 14 000 matches with the win rate of 39% (!!!). Normally these precentages are around 50%. A win% that low means he is actually hurts the side hes on. I mean, under 49% I consider a bad player but 39% is catastrophic. For reference, my own stats in said game are little over 3500 matches with a win rate of 62%.
In another game I had played close to 500 matches with the win rate of 61% when I was giving some advice to a newbie. Then some other guy started dissing me saying I am a noob myself and I shouldn't be giving directions to anyone. Puzzled, I checked his stats and he had close to ten times more matches under his belt (~4500) with a win rate of 47%. How can this guy feel superior to me?
A third example: I am only starting to play the game and because I don't have many matches or victories under my belt, I am thrown into these "low level matches" (referring to player skill). And here I still find people who have played thousands of matches, still wresttle in "the mud leagues" and yet they somehow feel superior to everyone else.
Where does this feeling of superiority come from? Do people just forget how well they're doing and go by with how many hours they've played the game?
I may be new to the game, but hell, I've played a lot of games, and this is likely not the first [insert genre] game I've played and the experience from other games does carry over. I couldn't care less if you had a character 3 years older than mine, or you've played since release - stats speak for themselves. You don't get to call someone a newbie, if you have seen thousands of engagements under your belt, but you stats are laughable. If the guy you're trying to put down has over 10 points better win rate, likely he has very little to learn from you.
Win rate, ladder ranking and ELO rating (or equivalent) tells me how good you are. Stats you can grind up tells me very little.
As a side note, it is amazing how some people can play a game for thousands of hours and can't raise their win rate above 40%. I mean, you'd think they'd learn something from all that playing.
I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been -Wayne Gretzky