Wow. I seem to have created quite a stir, and I just now saw all of this reading through the forum. So, may I please have a say.
Of course, I guess everyone who says something about me is not going to say something bad about themselves, so I can maybe share the other side.
What is wrong with my choosing whom I play? Isn't that my right? I did not gain my ELO by playing lesser players. I have played more than 1000 games. I've played Roshane several times, and beat him some, as well as some "Player 1," whom I mostly lost to, but there are so many Player 1's that I can't keep them straight anymore, so I don't play many who don't have a name which can be distinguished. I even got to a tiebreaker with TOG., but then he was playing as James Blake, and, I have played well against Tom Paulman, but it has been a while.
Also, I have played several other Pros, and beat many. I don't remember telling anyone ELO doesn't matter to me, but maybe I did -- I don't know. Sure, it matters some. Lately, it matters more in terms of not wanting to lose 40 - 50 points because I play someone who claims to be a "new player" but has actually started over after having learned how to play the game. There are so many of you. It is laughable how you attack me and fail to mention this, as I always tell you why I don't want to play you.
Miguel should understand this, as he recently complained of TOG. playing him as "someone else" and later revealing who he was. He did not appreciate this, and I don't appreciate how other players start over and then get easy points when they play well against higher ranked players. When I see a player that has an average of 20+ points per game and has only played 10 or so games, or whatever -- well, that is suspect. Also, while playing Miguel, I complimented him and told him that I was like a Master wannabe playing against a real Master, so I think Miguel must have forgotten this and is being a jerk for taking all of that out of context.
So many of you lie. You won't admit what you do, until really pressed on it, and then you admit it. So, if I choose not to play you, that is my choice. There are times when I don't feel that great, and I don't want a big struggle. I'm not trying to gain lots of points right now, and I am not playing in the ladder. I am having fun, and I enjoy practicing some crazy shots, which I can't get away with on everyone, but I am getting better. Yes, I need to play better players, and I will get back to doing that. But what is wrong with my playing lesser ELO players??? Usually, neither one of us gets anything, so all you who think that I have built my ELO from this, well you don't understand how the points system works, then. So you are wrong. I basically played everyone, well up to my 2000+ ELO. Just in the last few months have I been more selective, mainly as I said because of the 20+ "Player 1"s, the "new players," and my wanting to play around. Also, some of you are very rude, calling me names while I play, cursing, and doing lots of other things, such as not letting me chat when I may need to say something or take a quick break or whatever. So, you get upset because I don't like it when you do these things? Go suck an egg.
When I played Miguel then, I wasn't playing well, but I didn't want to reject him, and, even though I thought I would lose, I played him, as I also played TOG (sorry...forgot the acronym) the other day, and lost 40 points (6-2), but so what. It was fun. So, criticize me if you want to Miguel, but that is what happened.
So, tell the other side of the story next time. Basically, some of you are spreading bad words and the rest repeating it. Shame on you who get so upset because someone doesn't want to play with you, especially if you are those who start over after having learned to play the game. I have an old Pentium II computer running Windows 98, so its pretty slow, and I often have to reboot or close something like my firewall, etc. Yet, I have managed to play 1000+ games on this beast, unlike so many of you who claim that computer problems caused you to start over, once you finally admit that you are not a new player, which you first lie about.
As for the 400 ELO thing, that is so simple. I have access to another computer which I sometimes play on, and it is much newer. I started I think playing originally on this computer, and I play as CC there, also. So, on that computer, my ELO is very low. Maybe I shouldn't play with that anymore, as that sounds like what I am saying some of you do, but the only reason I do it is if I happen to be away from my regular computer. Anyway, this rarely happens now.
So, yes, there are things that many of you do, like going into the menus, swapping applications, taking forever to serve, claiming to be someone that you are not, etc. I think that this is cheating in a way, or at least it is being dishonorable. So, I don't think that I have done something which you claim which was not in response my opponent's dishonorable tactics. I don't set out to cheat anyone, or to mislead anyone. So if you don't want to play, don't join my game, and if I don't want to play you, don't take it personally, unless you know that you are being dishonest in what you are doing. Anyway, have fun, and I guess that it is good in a way that everybody gets so upset, because the game is really fun, and, I think, even though we may not admit it, everyone wants to win. So there