Taking out your anger through the use of violence just got a whole lot easier thanks to the internet.
Let us paint you a picture: You've come home after a long and tiring day at work. You're annoyed and aching and you just want to let some anger out in video-game format, you know, rather than taking a bat to your neighbours face. You turn on your PC and load Counter-Strike Source, knowing that the simple format the game offers will at least ease you into a happy world of guns, explosions and people shouting "n00b". Oh, wait, no, that's right, you forgot, it doesn't calm you down at all. It doesn't ease anything. In fact, it makes you angrier than you've been all day. How can this be? It's simple science, good buddy. Getting shot by someone who has absolutely nothing else happening in their life is humiliating, tedious and certainly not fun!
So why do we keep playing FPS games online when we could simply take on easy A.I and destroy them with limited effort? Simple: We want competition and we want a challenge. Game A.I ranges from poor to average in terms of tactical skill and aiming ability, even on hard mode (insert erection joke here). Online, we're up against our fellow man, we're all equals and therefore worthy to fight on a pixelated battlefield.
Actually, that part's not true. About 50% of online gamers do nothing but play all day long. Seriously, toilet breaks and phoning for a pizza are their only other activities, because they only want one thing: To be better at the game than everyone else. Sure, you could just tell them that it's only a game and that they should do something worthwhile, but it's just white noise to them.
Online gaming is always tricky, since first time players don't want to make a bad impression, but regular players will generally act like douchebags to anyone they don't recognize. Hell, they'll act like douchebags to people they're friends with! Anyway, you've got to follow certain rules if you want to become a douchebag just like the regulars:
The shiny visuals make the betrayal all the more insulting
Shoot someone that has different beliefs than you. Fairly simple really.
Enemies applicable to this premise:
Enemies that can't be applied to this style of thinking:
Like this smug bastard!