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Valorant dev responds to Pokimane’s pleas against sexism in voice comms

Published: 22/Apr/2020 22:53 Updated: 22/Apr/2020 23:11

by Virginia Glaze

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Riot’s new character FPS, Valorant, has taken the gaming community by storm — but unfortunately, not everyone is having a great time with the multiplayer team shooter.

Online games with voice chat options have a history of being toxic spaces for women and minority groups, with many a female player having recorded disturbing interactions with male teammates over the mic.

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Unfortunately, these incidents aren’t isolated to games like Rainbow Six Siege and Overwatch; Valorant also suffers from such toxicity, which top Twitch streamer Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys called out in a series of pointed Tweets in late April.

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Valorant is the latest in team-based shooters that is taking the gaming world by storm – but it’s not exempt from toxic abuse from players, despite still being in beta.

The streamer, in response to such happenings, urged players to be nice to their female teammates while talking over the mic, leading to a lively conversation surrounding the problem across social media.

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“Please be nice to girls in voice comms,” the star Tweeted — a post that has since garnered over 68k likes and 3.4k retweets.

“I just want to be treated normally,” fellow streamer Fiona M replied to Pokimane’s Tweet. “I don’t even want to play Valorant anymore after the first few day of trying it. I don’t want to join voice comms ever when I can already see how bad it will be.”

“Exactly this,” Anys replied.

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Another commenter noted that they could get labeled a “simp” for being nice to female players, leading the streamer to reply, “Yeah, but when that girl will appreciate tf out of you, it’s worth.”

In fact, Pokimane’s Tweet garnered enough buzz that Valorant director Joe Ziegler responded to the matter, asking that players exercise politeness as many new users are still learning the game and may not be elite pros, just yet.

“Agreed!” he replied. “I’d also just in general say, please be civil to anyone you meet in the game. Most people are learning, and it can be frustrating for a variety of reasons, but it’s harder to both learn, improve, and teach when you’re speaking or hearing vitriol. (Fancy word +1)”

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Multiple instances of toxicity directed toward female players have been recorded in a slew of different online titles — and while it doesn’t look like Valorant is faring any differently, with the community’s help, it doesn’t have to continue the trend of abuse.

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Insane Valorant movement glitch lets Jett dash halfway across Icebox

Published: 19/Oct/2020 5:49

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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In Valorant, every little trick that can give you a slight edge is worth doing. But an overpowered movement glitch dubbed the ‘Jett Rope Dash’ on Icebox might be the best one of them all.

Valorant’s latest map, Icebox, was introduced in the latest patch. It’s had a couple of issues that have since been fixed. But players have been looking around for new ways to be creative, and they’ve come up with something particularly impressive.

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Icebox has a bunch of ropes suspended throughout the map to help players climb onto higher ground and position themselves. However, they can also be used with Jett’s dash ability to slingshot players and help them move around quicker.

New Jett Slingshot with ropes on Icebox from VALORANT

How to do the Jett Rope Dash

It might look complicated, but it’s pretty easy to do. Here’s a quick breakdown of how to do it.

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  • First, you’ll need to do is stand next to the rope and look in the opposite direction of where you want to go. 
  • Then, mash E and F in quick succession and turn around in the direction you want to go.
  • As you draw closer to the rope again, hold W, and perform a bunny hop.

That’s all there is to it. However, the player who uploaded the video also said you can avoid having to turn around by dashing backward and performing the bunnyhop by pressing S, E, and F.

It might take some time to master, but it can be devastating once you get the hang of it. Valorant pro players like Ethos are already proving that too; the SoaR Gaming managed to secure a quad-kill off the back of a perfect rope dash.

It’s hard to tell whether Riot Games intended to make this interaction possible. For all we know, it could be a glitch that will eventually be removed.

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Either way, it’s a great way to catch enemies off-guard and move around quickly to increase your presence on the map. So far, it looks to be more effective at Bombsite B. But players can make it work on the ropes at Bombsite A too. It’s all about being creative.

Jett was already a pest to catch, and this new rope dash makes him even more of a nuisance. Only time will tell whether it’ll be around for the long haul, but it makes sense to take advantage of it in the meantime.