You know that other player, the person you love to hate? The individual who when you beat them in an arena or progression race it makes you fall asleep with a smile on your face? Ya, that one. Your rival. Or as I dramatically reefer to them, the arch nemesis. There is nothing better than getting a queue pop, seeing them on the other team, and stomping their hopes and dreams into the ground. It just feels so good.
I consider myself a pretty nice person; I typically treat everyone well, am an equal opportunity flirt, and don’t hate on other girls by calling them fat or ugly. And while I’m definitely the marshmallow centered Bastion Sweetheart, that’s doesn’t mean that I don’t specifically love killing a few people. There’s just a certain feeling you get when you beat your rival. It’s not just the win, it’s the win against them. Somehow, it means more. It’s a complicated sort of joy, with deep seeded psychological issues I’m sure, but it feels so good. It reinforces your dislike of that person and your superiority. Not to mention warranting fist punching the air and maniacal giggling.
So, exactly how does one become my arch nemesis? Being a chick, sorc healer I have my pick of which tunneling smashmonkey or electronetting huntard I could loathe. Or there’s the haters from other progression PvE guilds who love to come watch my stream and say things that make the PvP forums look tame. I also have to admit to just not liking a few girls who have been mean to me. One in particular threw such a huge fit when I was invited to her guild that she gave her GM an ultimatum, her or me; he kicked her. She’s definitely on my list. A few others are on there for talking shit, behind my back or to my face. My original SWTOR arch nemesis doesn’t even know it I’m sure. He’s simple a VERY good sentinel who always manages to kill me. Back in the Illum PvP days he seemed to have a magical talent of finding me.
So, is it wrong to get this perverted satisfaction from crushing someone else? I don’t think so. In fact, I’d probably say that’s healthy. Everyone needs a pressure valve. Some way to get out their aggression, from both in and out of game. Bashing someone’s pixels in seems much healthier to me than pulling out your earrings and throwing down in the street. It’s also good to keep yourself motivated and in those try-hard pants. So go ahead, hate on.