So I go into a Giantbomb in house fairly new to the game, hearing some cool things about the podcast and such, just learning the basics and thought joining an in house would be pretty fun.
It began, 5v5, with two commentators last night, and I thought I was up for a friendly comradeship romp with my fellow duders.
I was wrong.
I bought a few items, an extra courier for team efficiency, and began my journey to level up and conquer the Dire alongside my Radiant brethren. The commentators of the match continually made several amusing snarky remarks about several of the player's sexual orientations and performances as we played, giving off the "hey man, we're just here to have fun" kind of like the Bombcast crew does on their podcasts. I picked Skeleton King in the random draft because I heard he was the best hero and I'm pretty good at videogames in general and was confident I would be able to easily overcome whatever "oh so difficult learning curve" this game had; Brad gave DmC 5 stars after all and that game was piss easy.
Then it happened.
I was at my bottom tower, going up against two duders by myself. I fought valiantly, trying to get as many critical strikes in as I could, but one of them trapped me in a violent black death ball thing and before I knew it I was dead within 90 seconds of the game starting.
Almost immediately after my death some guy on the opposite team named poonwrangler69 goes off on a massive tirade about how his entire family linage had all played Skeleton King and that I might at well be pissing on the grave of his dead grandfather who played the original 5.84 DoTA in 2005 because of what he considered to be an "absolutely disgraceful" performance on my part. There were multiple player commentators that were equally appalled at this "disgrace" and kept asking me "Why, Joe, why?". I had no idea that peoples' families got so into DoTA that their families (which I assume is much like the Houses in Game of Thrones) had such close ties with particular heroes that they pass them down from generation to generation - and there were even legacies there to be had to begin with. It was never my intention to disrespect the dead or soil the memory of poonwrangler's family history. I was hurt, appalled, and left flabbergasted. Even though I eventually reached level 2, I couldn't even bring myself to put another point into the lifesteal aura, much less share the same lane as the opponent I had wronged.
Out of complete shame I immediately quit the game and uninstalled it and I'm never touching it again. I knew DoTA was serious, and I knew people playing DoTA were serious, but I had no idea how real it could actually get.
@brad , be careful, I'm getting the feeling you seriously you don't know what you're getting yourself into.