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September 23, 2008 5:48 AM   Subscribe

This MeFightclub thing ... sounds wonderful. But is it just for PC gamers, or can Xbox Live people play too?
posted by jbickers to MetaFilter-Related at 5:48 AM (38 comments total)

You're stuck in the console ghetto, sorry.
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 6:25 AM on September 23, 2008


We could start up the xbl division!
posted by smackwich at 6:32 AM on September 23, 2008


Errr, linky? Where can I read more about this?
posted by Mister_A at 6:36 AM on September 23, 2008


Oh, here it is!

posted by Mister_A at 6:38 AM on September 23, 2008


WIKI LINK
posted by boo_radley at 6:40 AM on September 23, 2008


Wait, there are console gamers on this website?

*washes hands incessantly*
posted by Plutor at 7:50 AM on September 23, 2008 [2 favorites]


We could start up the xbl division!

How would we go about doing this? I'm up for it.

Wait, there are console gamers on this website?

Dude ... TF2 on a 52-inch HDTV vs. TF2 on a desktop monitor - no-brainer for me.
posted by jbickers at 7:53 AM on September 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


This MeFightclub thing....
Errr, linky?


The first rule of MeFightclub is, you don't link to MeFightclub.
posted by jonmc at 8:00 AM on September 23, 2008 [2 favorites]


Groups on XBL are way inferior to the way it's handled on Windows. PC gamers can have a dedicated server that you just hop on and play; on XBL, you have to go out of your way to hook up with friends who happen to be online at that moment.
posted by mkultra at 8:08 AM on September 23, 2008


Is this strictly a Warhammer or Team Fortress2 thing?
posted by iamkimiam at 8:34 AM on September 23, 2008


Dude ... TF2 on a 52-inch HDTV vs. TF2 on a desktop monitor - no-brainer for me.

I'll take your epeen and raise you the supreme control of mouse + keyboard.
posted by jmd82 at 8:40 AM on September 23, 2008


Dude ... TF2 on a 52-inch HDTV vs. TF2 on a desktop monitor - no-brainer for me.

Buy a 42" 1080i LCD TV with HDMI and put it on your desk. It's like gaming in IMAX if you've got the videocard to drive it.

The real reason to play games on console is that you can do so while slumped over on the couch while exhausted from work.
posted by Ryvar at 8:43 AM on September 23, 2008


Oh. And I'm "Ryvar" on XBL if someone wants to start something.
posted by Ryvar at 8:44 AM on September 23, 2008


There's a collection of us console ghetto types on the wiki.
posted by The Bellman at 9:00 AM on September 23, 2008


honestly, i added a bunch of names from Xbl to my friends list back when it first came up, and virtually none of them are ever on anymore. someone even made a "mefifriends" (I think that's the name) account specifically just so that people could friend it and then people would have a resource to get all the other mefi gamertags. but neither that, nor almost anyone on there plays anything anymore, apparently. i still get random gamertags that I don't recognize popping up sometimes, and I think those might be mefites who have changed their gamertag name, but i'm not sure.
posted by shmegegge at 9:58 AM on September 23, 2008


The real reason to play games on console is that you can do so while slumped over on the couch while exhausted from work.

This is when I eat breakfast cereal and watch the news. Then I slump in my cheap office chair and play some games, like I'm starting the day over -- but for fun!

If you've done a year in an mmorpg, you'll have picked up that instinctual professionalism regarding gaming that comes with working two desk jobs.
posted by cowbellemoo at 10:05 AM on September 23, 2008 [1 favorite]


All of my burning desire to shoot Mefites online has been quenched by the need to flail around on plastic instruments.

Woo, Moving Pictures and some Sleater-Kinney today!
posted by robocop is bleeding at 11:27 AM on September 23, 2008


MeFightclub is TF2, yes?

do you have to have any semblance of skill to join, or what?
posted by xbonesgt at 12:55 PM on September 23, 2008


ha! not from what I've read in metatalk threads about it.
posted by shmegegge at 1:23 PM on September 23, 2008


iakimiam, xbonesgt:

We do play non-TF2 games on MeFight, it's just rarer. People had group orgasms (and "Damnit I had higher hopes" discussions) about Spore; it seems L4D (left 4 dead) will be popular on the server; we have semi-regular Natural Selection (half-life mod) nights.

As for skill: Mefightclub actually taught me how to play TF2. Not kidding. I had been playing TF2 for two days when I joined, and TF2 was my first try at online FPSes. It was a really great place to learn.

Also: [TF2 JOKE YARRR.]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 1:40 PM on September 23, 2008


xbonesgt : no. A penchant for writing mildly amusing posts and or recycling old memes for meta-humour is a plus. Enjoying a team game with team work and stuff is also a plus. Apparently making baked goods and sending it over mail is a plus too now? OR something? The mefightclub forum is a strange and wonderful and grumpy place.
posted by eurasian at 1:42 PM on September 23, 2008


No skill required! Come join us it's fun!

ROTATO
posted by Faux Real at 1:42 PM on September 23, 2008


sweet. thanks!
posted by xbonesgt at 1:43 PM on September 23, 2008


Yeah, even I am allowed to play and I am rather easy prey. Boo Radley killed me a dozen times in the space of five minutes, I recall.
posted by vrakatar at 2:49 PM on September 23, 2008


It looks like my brother Gordon Freeman is in trouble there!
posted by turgid dahlia at 2:53 PM on September 23, 2008


I know for a fact that MeFight Club has generated at least $25 for mathowie from random internet people playing on our servers with us, finding out what an awesome group we are, and coming to MeFi to sign up in order to get into the group and onto our private server*.

That's how awesome we are.

And me? I'm that guy that would always post a bunch of negative shit in /. threads about Steam, and how software activation is immoral, and how it's just one more step down the path to authoritarian cyber-nanny state, and how Valve were all a bunch of morans with no security mindset, and how Gabe Newell was a fuck-up, and how I was voting with my dollars, and how anyone who bought Steam was a Good German and deserved what they got when the government agents kicked in their door.

But I got over all that in order to join MeFight Club**.

That's how great a group it is.

*So whenever you're ready to start kickin' down some free gear just let me know, matt.
**And play Portal
posted by BeerFilter at 3:55 PM on September 23, 2008


*So whenever you're ready to start kickin' down some free gear just let me know, matt

*ahem*
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 4:28 PM on September 23, 2008


I've given a lot of thought about allowing for the formation of another MeFight Club dedicated to console games, but my conclusion is that it just wouldn't be the same, and wouldn't be in keeping with our beliefs.

The Club believes that it should serve as a means to allow individuals to develop both the mind and the body. This way, we will not have any members ascribing such characteristics as "The Body" or "The Mind" to themselves. Rumor has it that in its early years, the Club Elders had to kick out Jesse Ventura for failing to live up to its standards. That, and he wasn't sticking to the diet plan which was laid out for him.

We also believe that a healthy mind promotes a healthy body, and vice-versa. It's why we play Team Fortress 2. There's a lot of thinking involved when it comes to who should shoot whom, when, and with which weapon. Those times you see some of us shoot everything in sight are catchup sessions where we're "Shooting," or developing our flexor digitorum shootialis muscles and tendons for upcoming demonstrations and competitions (and not, as some believe, because of paranoia, or psychosis, or homocidal ideations).

We believe that a healthy body must be supplemented with regular, scheduled, dietary intake of diet caffeineated beverages and brownies. The brain burns glucose for energy, and recent research has shown that the only-recently-discovered sugar bructose, when combined with the fats in brownie mix, is the sugar most readily processed by the brains. The fats promote the development of more brain tissue. Avoidance of hypertrophied portions of the brain, particularly the lateral lobes of the pituitary (which secrete shootocin), is achieved by balancing out thought patterns with scheduled cease-fires and discussions of literature, art, and Zooey Deschanel.


With these in mind, it should start to become apparent that console gaming cannot fit into the Club's schema. Playing console games requires the constant use of both hands in a flexed position. This works out only half the muscles needed for superior cyberathleticism, and puts constraints on necessary concomitant actions: one cannot hold a brownie at the same time with one hand while shooting with the other. One cannot also hold one's hand up in the air to punctuate an oration on the literary changes during the transition of Victorian and Edwardian writing styles.

However, there is some work being done by a new group of gamers who are looking to go beyond current procyberathletic regimens. Perhaps you should contact them? I know that there's at least one study looking into the use of appendages other than the arm for brownie delivery and consumption. The Club, at the moment, is dealing with other issues is not currently interested in feeding itself with their feet. But I encourage you to form your own group for console gamers. Who knows? Perhaps we can have a showdown someday to see who is the more perfect cyberolympian.
posted by herrdoktor at 5:21 PM on September 23, 2008 [2 favorites]


And remember, he's not just a doctor, he's Your Doctor.
posted by BeerFilter at 5:38 PM on September 23, 2008


And a cyberathlete!
posted by flibbertigibbet at 7:11 PM on September 23, 2008


Olympian.

Cyberolympian!
posted by Faux Real at 9:20 PM on September 23, 2008


Fuck that. I hang out with you guys all day at work - damned if I'm going to devote my precious few leisure hours to you as well!
posted by turgid dahlia at 9:21 PM on September 23, 2008


If anybody here plays Battlefield: Bad Company ,friend me (Czar Skippy). I love the game, but am sick of playing with screiching greifers.
posted by lattiboy at 11:54 PM on September 23, 2008


Uh, I think I signed up at mefight, but I wasn't sure if (PROUD CONSOLE GAMER/owner of an older laptop that can barely play GTA san andreas) anyone out there uses their mighty PS3 to play online. It's mighty, I tell you. And essentially free, with purchase of large tv. And I'm finding Call of Duty 4 to be giggles of fun. I'd be Ghidorah5000 (someone beat me to it) on the PS3 thing.
posted by Ghidorah at 7:54 AM on September 24, 2008


People still play games on pc? I thought pc games were for those people who couldn't afford a hdtv and a console.
posted by ewkpates at 6:48 AM on September 29, 2008


*cough* troll *cough*
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:17 PM on September 29, 2008


tres ouch, but I believe this is in fact a troll thread. i also suspect that the name Mefightclub has been hijacked by mousers who can't drive a warthog.

I'm just sayin.
posted by ewkpates at 4:12 AM on September 30, 2008


:P
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:47 PM on September 30, 2008


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