#1 Posted by BisonHero (6440 posts) -

I was looking at the graffiti and player-controlled graffiti pages, and noticed that they both contain pretty much all of the Source engine games that allow sprays (Counter-Strike, Team Fortress 2, etc.). I know it makes a little spray paint sound effect in-game, but sprays have basically nothing to do with what graffiti is in real life, and sprays are pretty much the multiplayer equivalent of dumb forum signatures.

But before I go in and change anything, I'm curious what the community thinks.

#2 Posted by Jams (2960 posts) -

They were cool in CS when I was 16 (especially when some one had some nude one that was animated). Ten years later I think they are dumb.

#3 Posted by Demoskinos (14763 posts) -
@Jams Nude sprays are the spy's best friend in TF2. Spray. Watch some idiot be distracted. Stab. Free kill. Rinse and repeat.
#4 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

My TF2 spray is a giant black rectangle with the word CENSORED on it.

It frequently goes over whoever elses' spray I see first.

#5 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8061 posts) -

I would say no.

#6 Posted by Gamer_152 (14072 posts) -

I think it's a pretty clear no. Drawing a JPEG to a wall is not graffiti.

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#7 Posted by believer258 (11794 posts) -

Graffiti, as in, equivalent to spraypainting the side of a real-life wall? No, not at all.

Annoying? Yes. Very. Especially the nude sprays, I don't want porn in my Counter Strike.

#8 Posted by onan (1284 posts) -

@BisonHero said:

I was looking at the graffiti and player-controlled graffiti pages, and noticed that they both contain pretty much all of the Source engine games that allow sprays (Counter-Strike, Team Fortress 2, etc.). I know it makes a little spray paint sound effect in-game, but sprays have basically nothing to do with what graffiti is in real life, and sprays are pretty much the multiplayer equivalent of dumb forum signatures.

But before I go in and change anything, I'm curious what the community thinks.

Personally I think it should. Not all graffiti is freehand, there are a lot of stencils out there that allow people to stamp out images in the real world in a similar way: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stencil_graffiti

Graffiti isn't just this:

It's pretty much any image deposited onto a surface in a public place illicitly. Discounting tags in multiplayer games because it looks like a forum signature is a bit unfair. You could be reductive and say most real graffiti is nothing more than a "dumb signature" in general. Pretty much everything on a computer or console is going to be a digital image by definition, so jpeg graffiti makes sense. After all, it's all a digital representation of graffiti and not actual paint. I'd say the stuff in Counter-strike might be the truest form of graffiti in games. The graffiti in games like Jet Set Radio is predefined and pre-placed. The graffiti is *supposed* to go there. It goes against the spirit of graffiti and has little if any user-defined aspects such as placement or design.