There’s something about modern shooters I’ve always found a bit strange. After the initial amazement and novelty of being able to reload our own guns with the press of a button in Half-Life, I noticed a bizarre habit developing in some players, myself not least of all.
Some shooter fans seem more compelled to hit the reload button than the fire button. Seriously – I’ve seen some players shooting two or three rounds, getting a headshot, reloading, getting another head/upper-torso kill, reload, another kill, reload… But think about that for a moment: say you’ve got a 30-round clip – you’ve just fired three rounds and tossed the remaining 27 over your shoulder. Yes, I know that somehow the discarded, un-fired 27 rounds magically find their way into the pool of ammo you have available, but… what? Do modern shooter protagonists each have a leashed gimp following them around, consolidating all the un-fired rounds into fresh, brimming clips? In reality, you’d have just thrown 27 rounds on the floor.