I am playing an audiogame. I am killing some animals in the forest area of the game in order to achiev a milestone. I am the only one in this area. Suddenly a new guy appears (called x). I could tell he is a new player due to his username flag. I payed him no attention until I got hit by sniper fire. It was several shots and I took heavy damage. Knowing that x is the only player around, I proceeded to honor him and fight him completely. Since he is now an enemy that might prevent me from getting my milestone, I decided to destroy him until he got bored of coming to my area (at least while I'm still there). I managed to kill him three times before he signed off. While we are battling each other, I got alerted to several incoming private messages. Due to me completely focusing on tracking and destroying x, focusing on my screen reader giving me tracking information and separating x's sound over all other animal sounds in the area, I ignored all those private messages. After the battles, I checked my PMs. Those are from x. They mostly contain the following:
Sorry. Are you hit?
I wanted to help you kill the animals.
I only wanted to help.
I am completely shocked. In my defense, it's pretty hard to know he was just trying to help when the battles we did are very difficult. My problem is the PMs came during the battles. I should've been more alert. What really bugs me is if I only handled things better, x could've been my new friend.
Some information that might be relevant: The game we are playing is an online audiogame. Audiogames are games where no visuals are involved. These are usually played by blind humans. In this particular game, we are in a 3d audio environment. We track and kill other players and animals by sound or tracking information provided by screen readers. Due to difficulty of separating your opponent's sound over other sound in the environment, and considering the opponent is moving, accidental fire is not uncommon (I realized this by now).
My questions are:
- If he comes back, how do I express to him how sorry I am."
- How to explain to him the situation at that time? How to convince him that I totally did not understand his intent? This is one of the first games I have played and it is pretty depressing how I handled other players.