I work in games, and worked on a few Call of Duty titles. For Black Ops II, we had reports of a bug in the LIVE environment that nobody could replicate in test and so the call went out for pretty much everybody in the company to just try to see if they could get it.
So I hopped on my personal account, and fired up the game. This was a month or two after launch, so the hardcores were already Prestige 3+ and all that. But here I come with my brand spanking new Prestige 0, Level 1 account.
Immediately some douches start complaining, “What? We got a noob on our team?!?!” and straight up threatening me that if I drag the team down they are going to hack-me/dox-me/fuck-my-mom/etc.
So I play into it, plug in the headset, and start talking like a kid, “Hey guys, my mom finally let me buy this game. Can you help me get good at it? Which button shoots the guns?”
Half the dick teammates start trying to trick me into backing out of the lobby, or just keep insulting me, and warning me what will happen if I TK them.
We play three matches. My K/D was 24-2, 28-5, and 32-4.
Didn’t matter their prestige level, or that they had top tier gear/abilities while I was stuck with a scrub starting loadout. I had been playing the game for at least a YEAR longer than they had. I just hadn’t played since release because by the time you ship a game, you are kinda over it. But my knowledge of the database meant I knew every trick in the book, and knew every map like the back of my hand, including buggy areas that hadn’t been patched yet and were exploitable.
After the third game, one of the guys who had been taunting me says, “Y’know the noob is pretty good.”
I jump on with my normal voice and say, “Thanks for the matches, just dropped in game to check a bug, have a good one.”