HOW TO: Know You Have a True Gaming Friend

By Jorge Figueiredo - February 13th, 2008

A real-life friend would never dress like a ninja to jump you in a parking garage. But a True Gaming Friend totally would.

Ever wonder if you’ve got a True Gaming Friend (aka TGF) or not? Well, wonder no more. In this first instalment of the series, we’ll discuss one of the many ways you can tell you’ve got a TGF.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

How to tell you’ve got a TGF:
When your “friend” sneaks around an entire map, avoiding countless enemies and friendly grenade explosions, just to shoot you in the side of the head from your sniping position. Your friend then complains about recoil on the weapon despite having recently being quoted online as saying the game weapons have no recoil*.

While this may seem like your “friend” is in fact a huge “jerkface,” be assured that this is not the case. For you see, a TGF is quite different from a real-life friend. If you have a friend that shoots you in the side of the head in real life, please call our toll-free hotline at 911 before you die.

*Yes, this is Adam I’m talking about. Check out the Toronto Thumbscast, Episode 1 for his take on COD4.

Jorge Figueiredo spends most of his free time playing video games and only sleeps 20 minutes a day because of this. You can contact him at
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  2. Posted on Feb 13, 2008

    Just a word of warning to all our readers. If you’re going to dress up like a ninja to jump someone in a parking garage, pick someone who is NOT wearing a karate gi. People who wear those generally know how to fight ninja.

    I found that out the hard way.

  3. That’s right.

    It would have been the end of you, had that guy not shown up with all of that wood for his shelving project.

    You know us Karate Gi wearers cannot resist the urge to break boards with our BARE HANDS!

  4. Posted on Feb 13, 2008

    What are the odds of that, huh?

  5. Posted on Feb 13, 2008

    Didn’t you read the Podcast disclaimer: The views expressed by the participants are not necessarily those of, or even the people saying them.

    *Virtually* no recoil. ;). In my defense, the stalking then slaying of Jorge was in direct response to being shot in the head from across the map. He was asking for it :p

  6. Pfft.
    That was perfectly justified.

    You were shooting my teammates as they were trying to enter that apartment building.

    I had to shoot you in the head.

    You, my friend, have an overdeveloped sense of vengeance.

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