The memory remains...
Sun Aug 02, 2009 at 09:59:40 PM EST
I was listening to the radio the other day, and AC/DC's song, "For those about to Rock" came on. There's a verse in it that goes like this:
We're just a battery for hire with a guitar fire
Ready and aimed at you!
Pick up your balls and load up your cannon
For a twenty-one gun salute!
Now this is how my mind works. The line about the twenty-one gun salute made me think back to my Counter-Strike days.
Back in the day, the original Counter-Strike was the hottest thing since the sun. I don't remember which map it was, but one of the map makers at the time committed suicide. I remember playing games of Counter-Strike and seeing both sides (Terrorist and Counter-Terrorist) line up opposite each other, and do these "salutes" of sorts where they'd fire their guns in the air. At the time, I thought it was one of the most stupid things I'd ever seen. And considering most of the guys doing it didn't actually know the map maker who killed himself, maybe it was. But they were part of the community. Naturally, it made me think of Poland. The Friday night after he passed, we had some games where it was nothing but chainsaw duels. To an outsider, such a thing may seem as ridiculous as the gun salutes seemed to me back in the day.
There's been talk of this before, but the whole point of this write-up is to remember what we're here for. To have fun and appreciate one another. I myself have been frustrated and cussing up a storm in a bunch of games. But when we have such moments, let it go. Either drop out of the game or change that attitude. It's been said many a time that we're like a family. And it's also been said that we argue like one. LoL. But appreciate one another. Don't take things so seriously. We're here to play with the guys and have a good time. Our skill set has a wide range. Try to remain positive, because those who aren't doing as well don't want to be brought down by negative comments, even if it's directed towards a game and not a person.
So that's the spiel. Off the soap box (for now).
Welcome to eternal poker night.