September 15, 2011
Page 43 Book 5: The War Diaries
James Bond is kind of a douche too.
I’ve been playing a lot of Team Fortress 2 recently, and I generally specialise in playing the Engineer. Consequently, I come head-to-head with a lot of players running the Spy class. Now, game balance issues aside, the Spy is a serious pain in the neck for everyone.
He has an instant kill attack, which is literally stabbing you in the back, so barring some severe precaution on the part of every individual, you don’t see them coming. Especially since they can disguise themselves as one of your friendly comrades or even slip past your notice entirely by hiding expertly. The Engineer suffers the most, as they have to spend a lot of game time building up their machines (like the powerful defensive weapon, the Sentry Gun, or the munition-and-health factory, the Dispenser), whilst the Spy has the Sapper, a device he can attach, at will, to any number of machines in reach and quickly destroy them. Spies, in reality, are just as dangerous if they’re worth their salt.
Their profession is to avoid notice, but to get close to vital information, like troop movements, supply stores, and key individuals. Once they have that information and access, that hard-earned trust, their sole purpose is to turn on you at the drop of a hat, betraying you in ways most scarring.
You wouldn’t want a friend that did that socially, and you certainly wouldn’t want to associate with one on the battlefield, because if they’ll do it for a fee from your side, what stops them doing it for a fee from the other? James Bond, for all his suave sophistication, is an ass.