I think Team Fortress 2 has a certain whimsy and humor to it that most online multiplayer games, especially other FPS’s, do not have. That in turn creates a certain atmosphere among its players. True, there’s always going to be THOSE people, the ones who want to bring down the mood because your objective isn’t to score the most points. My experience, though, is that meeting an enemy player is almost always an opportunity to make a friend.
When I was new to the game, I found that people were not only mostly understanding about my not knowing what do, but they even tried to help me improve. Perfect strangers, and on the other team no less, stopped farming points off me to instead teach me how to rocketjump or be a sneakier Spy. One time, I even had a guy who spoke practically no English try to teach me to perform falling backstabs. This sense of charity transcends language. And skill. If they did not try to teach me new skills, they would play friendly little games instead. Spy and Seek, Pyro Tennis, Dueling Sentries, etc.
There are times that what team you are on doesn’t matter much at all. While we play the game like we’re supposed to most of the time, the unserious tone of TF2 reminds most people that we are here to have fun and that we are not really enemies.
However, there is something in the way of this truly being realized in-game.
I feel that we should be able to high five any player, regardless of which team they are on, if they agree to do so. To limit such a fun and delightful action to one’s teammates is to drive a dividing line between players. While we may fight for different teams, argue over how OP every update’s new items are, and hate on each other’s hats, we all share the same ultimate goal: to have a good time. As you can see in this video my friend Wydell put together to illustrate the point, high fives make for good times. And the inability to high five does not. In fact, it makes for extremely sad times.
I ask that you consider changing the High Five Taunt so that it may be shared between players of either team. The High Five was, after all, supposed to be used as an alternative to the celebratory gesture of punching our friends in the face while they punch us in the face. Half the time we have no other choice at all and really, we are all friends here, aren’t we?
THIS IS NOT A TRICK,
Every year, Logan makes me a birthday card in GMod. This was his card this year. Please don’t let the year go by with my wish unfulfilled.
There is now a mod!
6/18/2104: PARTNER TAUNTS CAN NOW BE PERFORMED WITH THE OPPOSING TEAM