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Bizarre Dueling Habits

A Look into Jedi Knight II Multiplayer

On and off, I've been playing JKII multiplayer like a madman. I've had numerous experiences with all the game types - yes, this includes that Yasalamiri dealie - and I've given as much as I've taken when it comes to playing.

There's always this objective schism when it comes to multiplayer gamers. There's the casual gamer who comes home from work at the paper mill to get a nice game of FFA in before he has to see the wife; a quick twenty kill game to sober him up. There's the guy who uses the Kyle Katarn model and the blue saber because he prefers a "consolidated gaming experience". Finally, there are the guys who max out Force Heal because it's vital that they don't take damage. The common online element, really.

Then there's a second group: the hardcore JKII'ers. The dastardly soul who sneaks a copy of JKII onto his job's LAN and uses the purple saber with the Jan Ors model. A typical name of one such person would be "Sexy_Momma" using macros like "I KILLED YUO LAYING DOWN!12" after gripping you and then later Force Pushing your helpless, floating body off a cliff. At this moment, he's programming whole new motion data into the double-bladed saber to make it look more accurate, and is crafting a Darth Maul (or a Chronic skin, at the very least) so he can take us down WITH GUSTO. 50 kill duels on the hour, maxed out Dark Rage, prefers the repeater alt-fire and wishes there were a pelvic thrust animation like there was in Quake 2... THIS is the gamer that I will focus on.

These souls lurk on servers well into the night, honing their craft and insuring that their broadband connection is well justified. They go insane with their Force-laden battles, use the console as their own personal in-game IRC, and spoil Duels with pithy pieces of wisdom like "LOOK OUT RANDALL_K00L! DARTH_BALLS IS NEAR THE CLIFF! FLEE, FATASS!"

... I can't think of a witty segue to get to the topic of Duels, so I'm just going to skip ahead a smooch.

On these late-night servers, I've seen some rather bizarre and intriguing practices that the casual Duels would not dare use. Mostly inspired by other video games or just plain boredom, these are Dueling styles that aren't general knowledge due to sensibility and good taste.

... Until now.



-- lFeign, 4/2/02

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