Let me set the scene. About 3 weeks ago I decided that the only CoD I've really enjoyed was MW1 so I took the plunge and found a cheap copy. I was aware of the rampent hacking and cheating but thought I would risk it for a biscuit. Other than the odd bit of rainbow text and high speed lobbys I've not had any trouble......Until two days ago!! Now you may be thinking "Here's another story of reset stats etc." but you'd be wrong, it involves 1 person, 1 message and a bit of revenge.
I was playing a bit of TDM and ran into a group of good players who, I'll admit, handed me my posterior on multiple occasions. After 3 games in which I was the only one on my team reaching double figure kills I decided to back out and find a more evenly matched game for myself. While I was doing this I received a message from one of players who just tanned my hide containing one thing........ ; ) The deadly winking smiley!! Seeing as I just got beat down a few times by him and his friends I thought "Fair enough I'll just let them have their smugness" and left it at that. I didn't send anything back or retaliate in any way. Fast forward one day and I happen to find myself in another TDM lobby with a familiar GT. It was one of the lads that battered me 24h ago only this time he appears to alone!! The game starts and we trade blows throughout the match and end up on a fairly even scores. So me, being the friendly man I am, decided a bit of banter was in order, so I sent him the EXACT same message he sent me the day before. It would appear that in the process of someone else typing a winking smiley it turns into something evil and offensive as I was bombarded with messages calling into question my sexuality and game playing skills. With CoD4 have a such a shrinking (plus MW3 out soon is going to destroy its numbers) community left I would have thought the players remaining would have the sense not to try and push other players away from their game as to keep it alive just a litte longer!!
TL;dr What is your view on the elitist attitude of smaller game communites. Do they have a right to bash new players because they haven't been there from the start? Should they lighten up and just except new blood to try and keep the game alive? Have you had any experience similar on any games?