Are snipers really necessary
So for the past year or so I've noticed that sniper rifles actually don't add anything to a game what so ever, aside from joy to those who can click accurately on stuff. It's not skillful, it's just precision with a mouse. That's all you need. I know snipers will protest to this, but the fact is that if you can click precisely, you're gonna be a great sniper. End of story. (It's also the most utilized weapon for cheating. And by most utilized I mean it's the only weapon any sane person uses for aimbotting in games.)
So.. What do snipers actually add to a game for everyone else? Frustration.. This has become painfully obvious in games like Tribes Ascend and Loadout where the fights themselves are actually really fun. Example: Me and another dude go at it in Tribes. The fights can take a while in there, and the long lasting fights are amazingly fun. Now here's the problem.. Once a sniper spots two guys having fun.. Fun's over.
Remember how admins used to kick people once stuff started becoming interesting on IRC? That's what snipers are. Server admins who can end people's fun with a single click.
Please be the first game to actually consider removing snipers all together. Snipers are like 10% of the playerbase, and many of those players would use a different weapon if sniper rifles weren't available.
In a game like this, with very few players per team, a precise sniper can lopside and ruin an entire match.
It's sort of weird how snipers are in ALL games yet you see stuff like engineers or infiltrators in very few games. Why did sniper become a must have in A L L games? You don't have m203's in all games. You don't have missile launchers or flame throwers.. I just don't get why the most hated class of all somehow makes it into every god damn game ever. Removing them would lessen the whining on servers by more than half (unless the game has a semi powerful stealther, then it'll stay the same.)
This is probably going to be seen as whining, and I don't really care. I would just love to hear an actual well thought out reason why snipers are in ALL games ever and why engi/stealthers/artillery/whatever is not.