Game Playing Styles: Camping and Sniping
Camping: Ah, yes the camper. “Camper," “noob camper," “quit camping, noob," your opponents cry. What does this mean? Is it just a different playing style, just a different strategy of play, to stay close to base, guard the flag, and protect your team mates? Or maybe you’re just hiding in some building, or out in the wilderness somewhere, laying down in the bushes, laying in wait, patiently waiting for your enemy to show. Are you a scout on an outpost, waiting to alert your teammates of an approaching enemy? Camper. Because this can pay dividends when you are looking to ambush the enemy.
You can call it camping, but that just means the enemy isn’t going to attack in the most obvious way. Camping, ha! Is it like some are almost unaware that there is a war going on?—roasting marshmallows, assembling s'mores? See, it’s no fun for the other players who are counting on you to attack their base; there's not much action; they want you to come out with guns blazing, loud, preferably while running in full upright sprint, to where they can just mow you down easily with heavy machine gun fire. See, they are also camping.
They’ve got snipers in the hills and behind the houses. So they are hypocrites if they call you a camper. It’s almost like they’re saying, come on out, you cowards, and fight like a real man, with guns blazing, and preferably in a jeep that we can easily destroy with a well-placed RPG. It’s just more smack talk, really. So keep camping, campers, just remember to attack when the enemy finally shows up. It actually makes for suspenseful, more thrilling play. It’s more fun when you can’t predict where the enemy will attack from. You are not camping, you are orchestrating a well-timed ambush, a surprise attack. This is all camping, you could say, but camping is okay, as long as you remember that there is a war going on. Try to make it fun for others and mix it up by doing something different, and camping from the same spot for too long will make you an easy target.
There is one place you shouldn't be camping though. Camping where you can attack an enemy spawn point before a player has a chance to take a step is considered bad form. We explain this further on the next page.