Grand Theft Auto V

My story on how I quit being a griefer

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A little background about me and my experience with GTAO.

I have been playing this game for the past 3-4 years, on and off. After I got to the point where money grinding wouldn't really be appealing since I owned what I wanted, I started griefing. I was your usual asshole on MK2, the one you see on the broomstick before your cargo goes boom. I wasn't really a K/DA player, because I wasn't good at pvping. I would do mostly just hit and runs, changing sessions when a better player stood up to me and only griefed newbs. When people confronted me in game on why I was griefing, I came up with all kinds of excuses to justify my behavior: it's part of the game, the game literally rewards me for doing so, it's part of the role-play of being a gangsta, etc. I know, I was a shitty person and overall toxic. I was in a pretty dark place in my life and was taking projecting my misery into the game by griefing.

But all of that changed after I met Ben.
It was my usual day in GTA griefing. There was this guy doing bunker sales (he didn't know about solo public sessions) and obviously I hunted him down. He was really pissed but mostly sad. He questioned my behavior and we started chatting a bit. This time, despite the other times, it was different. It was the first time I got myself into the shoes of the other person. Ben told me how much he enjoyed the game and how little time he had left to play the game he loved so much. Diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, Ben literally didn't have much time left to play the game. He was telling me how it's so hard in some days to get out of bed, how exhausting chemo is and how depressed he was sometimes. Although GTA was his favorite game and one of the few things that brought him joy, he didn't have any friends to play with and meeting griefers (like me) was really devastating to his enjoyment.
After hearing Ben's story, it felt like all the frustration and suffering I have caused to others was dumped on me. I started crying, probably the most I had in my entire life. I never really thought of what was the result of my selfish way of playing the game. I never really thought that I am ruining the day of some people. I never really thought that I was ruining the favorite game of someone like Ben. To make up for my actions towards Ben, I helped him do another round of bunker sale, but I didn't stop there.

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From that point forward I swore to myself that I wouldn't grief again and that I would become a better person.

Me and Ben became friends. We were playing when he was able to. We did all the heists, sales and jobs together. It was the most fun I had in the game since I started playing it and I could tell he was enjoying it also.
If I was online by myself I would mostly focus on helping others with their sales/supplies, heists. It was my way of making up for my past and I really enjoyed it. Seems like there's so much more fun in helping others than griefing them.

I am not exaggerating when I say that Ben turned my life for the better. I made a friend who became part of my life, outside of the game. He became one of my best friends. There are no words to describe how great of a person he was; he was the type of person that would brighten up your day by just chatting with you.

It's been 2 months since we played GTA together. You can guess why is that…

I hope my story inspires some people to become better.

I miss you Ben :(.

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