First of all, I find it very amusing that so many people on these forums decry the number of threads complaining about farming, but when someone creates one that is essentially suggesting a Presidential pardon for the farmers it becomes a trending topic. It is a double-edged sword, folks.
Also, please remember that despite their inaction, 343i has made it quite clear that they disapprove of Warzone farming: "...we do see that (farming) occurs enough that we want to find the right adjustments to steer all teams away from this style of play."
Now, please allow me to establish a few things:
- I am definitely a below-average Halo 5 player. My slayer-based K/D is below 1.0 and I have only won 44% of my matchmaking contests, but still thoroughly enjoy the game. In other words, I certainly have no problem with losing Halo 5 matches.
- If your team crushes mine in any game mode (mostly Arena Slayer and Warzone), GG! I am a big fan of the game, watch a lot of the Halo 5 streams and tournaments online, etc. I know when I have lost to a much better team, shrug it off, and move on to the next match.
- No, farming is not cheating, and obviously the game with technically allow you to win a Warzone match in that manner.
- Yes, too many Warzone competitors accuse their opponents of farming when that isn't really true... they were simply defeated rather easily.
- On the other hand, I do have an accurate perspective on the consensus opinion regarding what does qualify as Warzone farming. Basically, if you triple-cap within the first few minutes of the game, migrate to the enemy's home base, and manage to have multiple Spartans "guarding" inside your opponent's core room without taking a single shot at the core itself for an additional 15-18 minutes, your team is farming.
That being said, anybody who thinks that Warzone farming doesn't qualify for an Unsporting Behavior report in Xbox Live has a very
strange interpretation of what constitutes poor sportsmanship! Some of the farming apologists on these boards have listed a wide variety of reasons for their conduct: pursuing the Achilles armor, working on commendations, padding their K/D statistics, or just "having fun." But a clearly superior team that intentionally drags-out a match so that it is 3-5 times longer than it could have been so that they can continue to humiliate the same over-matched opponents are definitely guilty of poor sportsmanship.
If you have a problem with it don't play. Simple as that.
And when people complain what happened to Halo 5's population, this is the answer.
I think the effect farming has had on Halo 5's population is overblown.
I don't. From my personal perspective, I know of several long-term Halo fans on my XBL friends list who will never
play another Warzone match after they were on the receiving end of multiple farming incidents when it was at its peak a few months ago.
Admittedly, farming doesn't occur nearly as often as it did earlier this year but that doesn't excuse the horrendous sportsmanship displayed by the farmers themselves, whether it happened yesterday or four months ago.
Warzone "Farming" Isn't Unsporting Behavior
Yes, it is.