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What are acceptable reasons to pause Multiplayer games?

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I love playing LoL, mostly because there’s no pause option. Don’t start a game if you can’t commit to the time it’s going to take to complete it. Sure, sometimes life happens, but most of the time people pause for no good reason. So, what excuses would you deem acceptable?

Much worse than a kill steal, this pic shown off over on Dota Talk seems like a valid excuse to pause a Dota game:

Dota thief

Okay, so having a theif in the house is a valid excuse. But what if the player has spawned human minions? Are crying babies an acceptable reason to pause? We all have real lives outside of a game, and yet we enter into games with others to escape and enjoy entertainment together. Pausing certainly ruins that immersion, not just for the person pausing, but for all the people trying to enjoy a multiplayer experience. What have been your reasons for pausing or going AFK, or do you only leave in the case of a home invasion?

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Last Updated: November 18, 2013

160 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief Duke

    November 18, 2013 at 14:39

    Acceptable reason would be to see if your opponent passes out:

    http://d24w6bsrhbeh9d.cloudfront.net/photo/aAYbO7Z_460sa.gif

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    • RinceandRepeat

      November 18, 2013 at 14:42

      HAHAHAHAH! πŸ™‚

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      • That Dark Twit

        November 18, 2013 at 15:17

        Check that mouse go flying! LOL!

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    • ToshZA

      November 18, 2013 at 14:47

      DUDE!!! HAHAHA!

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    • Jean Jordaan

      November 18, 2013 at 14:51

      LOL !!!
      I know the feel

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    • Sageville

      November 18, 2013 at 14:54

      Lol, that mouse gets launched.

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      • Admiral Chief Duke

        November 18, 2013 at 14:55

        lol, yeah, still chuckling about that

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      • TiMsTeR1033

        November 18, 2013 at 14:55

        Pitty don’t see more, looks like fan was going for his balls.hahahaha

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    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      November 18, 2013 at 15:06

      Fake. Check mouse cable. It was already loose. Staged

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      • Admiral Chief Duke

        November 18, 2013 at 15:08

        Or serious falling

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        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          November 18, 2013 at 15:09

          Also the hand that flings the mouse goes up and over before the proper falling even begins. As in preperation. As in expecting it.

          Inspector Rants a Lot!

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          • Admiral Chief Duke

            November 18, 2013 at 15:10

            Possibly, so thanks for spoiling the lulz πŸ™

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            November 18, 2013 at 15:36

            Sorry bro πŸ™

  2. Admiral Chief Duke

    November 18, 2013 at 14:40

    For me, I have to jam something that my absence will not affect everyone’s experience. Life doth taketh priority

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    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      November 18, 2013 at 15:08

      Which is another reason for me to rant about D3!

      Single player. yes you can pause, but stay away too long and it kicks you off the server.

      FFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        November 18, 2013 at 15:08

        lolwut

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      • ToshZA

        November 18, 2013 at 15:10

        Did someone mention the console version?

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        • That Dark Twit

          November 18, 2013 at 15:17

          Xbox 360 Diablo 3 + Wife playing on controller 2 = win!

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          • Admiral Chief Duke

            November 18, 2013 at 15:18

            You name your schlong “controller 2” ?

          • ToshZA

            November 18, 2013 at 15:19

            BURN

          • That Dark Twit

            November 18, 2013 at 15:19

            Putting the ‘long’ in ‘schlong’

          • HvR

            November 18, 2013 at 15:19

            Can cause quite confusion when he shouts “Suck on that biiaaaaatch!!!!” during a boss battle.

          • That Dark Twit

            November 18, 2013 at 15:19

            LMAO!

          • John's (JJ's) Annihilation

            November 18, 2013 at 15:32

            Button bashing becomes a punishment

          • HvR

            November 18, 2013 at 15:37

            TDT must be careful not to suffer the same fate as the DS4 controllers with the “outer coating peeling of the stick”

          • John's (JJ's) Annihilation

            November 18, 2013 at 15:43

            Hahahaha. Well, maybe he can upgrade to the bigger Xbox controller if he sends it back.

          • John's (JJ's) Annihilation

            November 18, 2013 at 15:31

            Ouch. If only he had control

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 18, 2013 at 15:33

            What would be controller 1? :/

          • John's (JJ's) Annihilation

            November 18, 2013 at 15:42

            My mind can’t process that right now.

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            November 18, 2013 at 15:37

            And is it as badly put together as the sony controller?

          • Vincent Vorholter

            November 18, 2013 at 18:03

  3. Devourer of Small Bunnies

    November 18, 2013 at 14:42

    Im not too concerned as to the reason why, what needs to become etiquette would be INFORMING folk that you are AFK/MIA. Way way way too often are games left in limbo because jan pierewiet just bailed. I get line drops, and that you can validate (on some clients) but for the most part, I dont think its acceptable to just bail without notice.

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  4. Alien Emperor Trevor

    November 18, 2013 at 14:44

    I don’t think there’s any reason why everyone else has to wait for you online. If you’re busy or something comes up that’s cool – go deal with it. Quit, and come back when you’re ready. But don’t tell everyone else they have to wait around for your convenience. I’m not interested in staring at a pause screen because you have a runny tummy. #StayStrongJustin.

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    • John's (JJ's) Annihilation

      November 18, 2013 at 15:00

      Big words from #foreverSP

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        November 18, 2013 at 15:04

        I use multi-syllable words like an executive!

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        • ToshZA

          November 18, 2013 at 15:06

          The formulation of such complex references cannot associate with our corporate architecture. We would like to extend our heartfelt best wishes on your journey in the future, but it is with great regret that we are required terminate your argument.

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          • John's (JJ's) Annihilation

            November 18, 2013 at 15:08

            TLDR

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 18, 2013 at 15:08

            Me sad now :/

    • Devourer of Small Bunnies

      November 18, 2013 at 15:22

      dat hashtag ^^,

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  5. RinceandRepeat

    November 18, 2013 at 14:45

    I think it is only polite to say you are leaving, way too many people seem to think that a MP game is Trevor’s #foreverSP game.

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      November 18, 2013 at 14:46

      You’re all figments of my imagination anyway. Dark, twisted figments in some cases.

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      • RinceandRepeat

        November 18, 2013 at 14:47

        Not very nice talking about Tim like that man…

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          November 18, 2013 at 14:48

          Who is Tim?

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          • RinceandRepeat

            November 18, 2013 at 14:49

            It’s like a Tan, but with more Ya.

          • ToshZA

            November 18, 2013 at 14:51

            Play on words win, right there!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 18, 2013 at 14:51

            REAL NICE!!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 18, 2013 at 14:52

            Not so loud, figment.

          • RinceandRepeat

            November 18, 2013 at 14:52

            HAHAHAH!

          • ToshZA

            November 18, 2013 at 14:54

            Owned.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 18, 2013 at 14:55

            I AM REAL!!!

          • ToshZA

            November 18, 2013 at 14:55

            That sounds like something a scripted AI would say.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 18, 2013 at 14:56

            I HATE YOUR FACE!

          • ToshZA

            November 18, 2013 at 14:57

            A scripted AI that was built for CoD multiplayer matches. Interesting.

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            November 18, 2013 at 14:59

            Nope, there was no “mamma” reference

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 18, 2013 at 15:00

            My favourite! “your mama so fat, when she goes to the movies she sits next to everyone!”

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            November 18, 2013 at 15:00

            Yo Mamma so fat every time she turns around it’s yo birthday!

          • ToshZA

            November 18, 2013 at 15:01

            Yo mamma so fat, when God said “let there be light”, he asked her to move out the way!

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            November 18, 2013 at 15:02

            Yo mamma so fat her waist size is Equator!

          • ToshZA

            November 18, 2013 at 15:04

            Yo mamma so fat, when they mention “gas giants” at the planetarium, you think they’re talking about her.

          • Unavengedavo(aka. IceCreamMan)

            November 18, 2013 at 15:55

            Yo mamma is so fat, when she stand in a phone booth there is no room for the call to go through.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 18, 2013 at 15:02

            Yo mama so fat she is on both sides of the family!

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            November 18, 2013 at 15:05

            Yo mamma so fat planets orbit her

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 18, 2013 at 15:06

            Yo mama is so fat that when she was diagnosed with a flesh-eating disease, the doctor gave her ten years to live.

          • Unavengedavo(aka. IceCreamMan)

            November 18, 2013 at 15:55

            Yo mamma’s ass is so big, when she sits down, she’s 3 feet taller…

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 18, 2013 at 15:03

            Yo mama so fat stands on the scale and says “to be continued”

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 18, 2013 at 14:56

            Yes, Timnochio – you’re a real boy :/

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            November 18, 2013 at 14:57

            LOL!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            November 18, 2013 at 14:59

            Gepetto!! come back!!

          • John's (JJ's) Annihilation

            November 18, 2013 at 15:02

            Sure, that’s why you’re writing all capslock, because you AI don’t understand that it makes it sound to humans as if you are screaming all the time.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 18, 2013 at 15:06

            They made a game about it…

          • John's (JJ's) Annihilation

            November 18, 2013 at 15:08

            I saw that on steam I think, didn’t know what the hell it was.

      • John's (JJ's) Annihilation

        November 18, 2013 at 15:01

        Master Rince isn’t very dark. Twisted, possibly.

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          November 18, 2013 at 15:10

          I prefer to not to think of it as a figment, but as indigestion.

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      • That Dark Twit

        November 18, 2013 at 15:12

        Someone say Fig Mints?

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  6. Vampyre Squirrel

    November 18, 2013 at 14:45

    This is one reason why I love GTA Online… no pausing.

    But people just pause and go AFK without warning, or in games that can’t be paused like WoW they just go AFK and then it’s your healer and the group wipes

    Good reasons would include:
    1. Toilet break
    2. A Quicky
    3. Getting a smoke
    4. Getting a beer
    5. Thief in house
    6. Passing out
    7. Death

    And that’s all. πŸ˜›

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      November 18, 2013 at 14:50

      I laughed at no 2! hahaha cause it is a GOOD reason!

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      • Her Highness the Hipster

        November 18, 2013 at 14:55

        LOL, only noticed that now. brilliant!

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          November 18, 2013 at 14:57

          I am sure many have done that while playing! be like “babe just wait, getting owned out there!!” LMAO!!

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          • ToshZA

            November 18, 2013 at 14:58

            wait? please, that always earns the computer an /ignore. Always.

      • Sageville

        November 18, 2013 at 15:00

        …but the girlfriend was sure the sexytime would drag the BF away from games for the rest of night, alas only netted her a pause.

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          November 18, 2013 at 15:01

          hahaha sad but true!

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  7. Sageville

    November 18, 2013 at 14:45

    Smoke breaks
    Weed breaks
    Shit breaks
    Pee breaks
    Kid breaks
    Wife breaks
    Thief in house breaks

    Yup, that covers all acceptable reasons.

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    • ToshZA

      November 18, 2013 at 14:46

      Would going to the store to buy a Kit Kat count as well?

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      • Sageville

        November 18, 2013 at 14:51

        Only on TV bru, only on TV.

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    • #blankspace

      November 18, 2013 at 14:46

      you forgot the puke break

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      • Sageville

        November 18, 2013 at 14:52

        Nah, then you just disconnect and claim Telkom issues.

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        • #blankspace

          November 18, 2013 at 14:56

          lol

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        • Unavengedavo(aka. IceCreamMan)

          November 18, 2013 at 15:53

          Pff… I used that excuse for the quickie πŸ˜›

          Sorry guys, the line went down…(and so did I…)

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          • Sageville

            November 18, 2013 at 16:29

            Win!

  8. ToshZA

    November 18, 2013 at 14:45

    The only reason (besides something extreme such as that) that I think is valid is when a player disconnects and everyone should wait for them to return. In that case, it irritates me when people unpause.

    Certain extreme cases are valid, such as “my child just shot his/her dog in the eye with a bb gun, please wait” but yeah. Pausing to get a drink or change your underwear, or giving no reason at all is not ok.

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  9. Hammersteyn

    November 18, 2013 at 14:48

    There’s never a good reason to pause. Even Cartman doesn’t pause during game time.

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    • #blankspace

      November 18, 2013 at 14:51

      the alternative would be

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  10. Sageville

    November 18, 2013 at 14:49

    Best break excuse:

    WoW, ages ago, my yank mate “Cigsmoker” said:

    “brb, someone is dumping a deer in my dumpster”

    Turns out someone tried to dump a deer carcass in the dumpster outside his shop, coincidentally Cigsmoker also gave me one of the grosses “True” stories I’ve heard to date.

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    • Vampyre Squirrel

      November 18, 2013 at 14:51

      Lol! That’s a decent excuse

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      November 18, 2013 at 14:54

      That reminds me of the one time playing halo reach, guy said BRB! followed by thee worst fart noises ect ever! the joys of having a wireless controller and mic….

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      • Sageville

        November 18, 2013 at 14:55

        ROFL!

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      • SpookyMossel

        November 18, 2013 at 15:21

        LOL!!

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      • HvR

        November 18, 2013 at 15:24

        Please tell me you shouted “THERE SHE BLOWS!!!!”

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          November 18, 2013 at 15:38

          Actually felt rather sick what followed after the fart noises.

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      • Weanerdog

        November 18, 2013 at 15:57

        Had one of my online clan mates have a full argument with his wife over playing computer games, he forgot to mute his mic.

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          November 18, 2013 at 16:03

          guess the wife won lol

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          • Weanerdog

            November 18, 2013 at 16:28

            Don’t really know the rest of us were laughing too much, he did come back to play on. I will ,however bet there was no MP played in that house after the gaming was done.

  11. D@ngermouse

    November 18, 2013 at 14:51

    The appropriate response to this pause would be β€œDid you forget to ward?”

    Seen all manner of pauses from DC to their dog is on fire..

    General people don’t mind waiting as long as it isn’t during a team fight & they give a reason.(Depending on the reason is the amount of time that will be waited.)

    Kotl give mana plz!

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    • ToshZA

      November 18, 2013 at 14:53

      LOL, yeah epic response to that pause.

      People forget that too often. But in the team games I’ve watched, they’re usually rather polite about a good reason to pause, such as resetting modem for lag, and dc’s and stuff. But in general, they don’t pause for stupid shit. And only ever at the start of the game.

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  12. Admiral Chief Duke

    November 18, 2013 at 14:56

    Pause the game if you are high as a kite

    http://i.minus.com/i2TXk1agAtq7d.gif

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    • ToshZA

      November 18, 2013 at 15:00

      Dude, where’s my car?

      Reply

    • ianmin

      November 18, 2013 at 16:09

      “Yo Dre, the sound from these new Beats are dope.”

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  13. John's (JJ's) Annihilation

    November 18, 2013 at 14:59

    Bathroom break or wine fillup.

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    • #blankspace

      November 18, 2013 at 15:03

      bathroom breaks…. meh

      Reply

      • John's (JJ's) Annihilation

        November 18, 2013 at 15:12

        No. No no no.
        Also. No.

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        • ToshZA

          November 18, 2013 at 15:15

          You forgot: No.

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          November 18, 2013 at 15:16

          Are you sure?

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          • John's (JJ's) Annihilation

            November 18, 2013 at 15:35

            Dammit! Don’t confuse me!

      • TiMsTeR1033

        November 18, 2013 at 15:39

        That is kinda disgusting.

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        • John's (JJ's) Annihilation

          November 18, 2013 at 15:50

          I agree. No one wants to see a ginger’s butt

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    • Vampyre Squirrel

      November 18, 2013 at 15:04

      Bah!!! Rince fills up wine while playing… so that’s totally invalid.

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      • TiMsTeR1033

        November 18, 2013 at 15:04

        Then starts drifting!

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      • Admiral Chief Duke

        November 18, 2013 at 15:05

        …and he spills the rest on himself

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        November 18, 2013 at 15:10

        *with wine. fixed

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        • Vampyre Squirrel

          November 18, 2013 at 15:13

          Also true

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        • Admiral Chief Duke

          November 18, 2013 at 15:18

          Just wondered about that, doth he pee-eth wine?

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          • Vampyre Squirrel

            November 18, 2013 at 15:23

            it may not be wine, but it’s probably 100% vol

          • Admiral Chief Duke

            November 18, 2013 at 15:25

            πŸ˜‰

    • TiMsTeR1033

      November 18, 2013 at 15:04

      you as bad as Rince!

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    • Her Highness the Hipster

      November 18, 2013 at 15:18

      please! we all know MOBA players don’t have the class to drink wine! #trolololol

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief Duke

        November 18, 2013 at 15:19

        HA

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        November 18, 2013 at 15:20

        Not even Tassies? Wow that’s low.

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      • ToshZA

        November 18, 2013 at 15:21

        I drink wine. I play MOBA’s. Your argument is invalid. I also drink expensive whiskeys. Often while playing said MOBA’s. I also have a job, unlike most MOBA players.

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        • John's (JJ's) Annihilation

          November 18, 2013 at 15:33

          You also say “I” a lot. Completely unlike MOBA players. Trololo

          πŸ˜‰

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          • ToshZA

            November 18, 2013 at 15:37

            You’re just mad because I had made her argument invalid, while you sat with a gawping mouth.

          • John's (JJ's) Annihilation

            November 18, 2013 at 15:43

            Gawping isn’t the word I would’ve used, but sadly you are correct.

      • John's (JJ's) Annihilation

        November 18, 2013 at 15:35

        Hey! I resent that!
        Also. Who said I’m a big MOBA player?
        Also. I have no proper comeback for that comment.

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      • Matthew Holliday

        November 18, 2013 at 15:51

        actually, the Dota players natural drink is tea.
        every game requires a 5 minute prep session beforhand to make tea.

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        • ToshZA

          November 18, 2013 at 16:00

          COFFEEEEEEEEEEE BLADH IUGH LJLVKSJ VNLKSJCNVCSMVNLKSJNCS

          But yeah I prefer coffee. Makes me a little hyper though.

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  14. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    November 18, 2013 at 15:07

    Valid reasons:
    1) Natural disaster
    2) Kid is in trouble
    3) Wife appears nekid (In which case simply getting up and leaving is acceptable)

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    • Brady miaau

      November 18, 2013 at 22:43

      Appears nekid or IS nekid?

      Reply

  15. That Dark Twit

    November 18, 2013 at 15:09

    A medical emergency > anything.

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    • ToshZA

      November 18, 2013 at 15:13

      GUYS MY EGO JUST GOT BRUISED, PLEASE PAUSE WHILE I BANDAGE IT UP.

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      • That Dark Twit

        November 18, 2013 at 15:13

        LOL!

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      • SpookyMossel

        November 18, 2013 at 15:20

        LOOOL!!

        Reply

  16. Matthew Holliday

    November 18, 2013 at 15:10

    “someone at the door” and mostly because i can sympathize, “restarting router because South Africa.”
    although there is a point where i tell my team to stop pausing because South Africa.

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    • ToshZA

      November 18, 2013 at 15:12

      Happens in almost every 2nd or 3rd game, but thankfully always at the beginning.

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      • John's (JJ's) Annihilation

        November 18, 2013 at 15:13

        I last restarted my router when I moved in. Boom!
        I’ve been very lucky with internet. Also. The republic of Cape Town for the win.

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        • ToshZA

          November 18, 2013 at 15:15

          Lucky bastard. πŸ˜›

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    • ToshZA

      November 18, 2013 at 15:14

      Also, don’t you love this when in games:

      ????? ?? ?????? ? ???? ???? ??? ????? ???? ????? ? ??????, ? ?? ???? ????.

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      • Admiral Chief Duke

        November 18, 2013 at 15:19

        All I see there is something about a mom

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        • ToshZA

          November 18, 2013 at 15:22

          That’s pretty much it really. But the amount of Russians on SA servers is insane.

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          • HvR

            November 18, 2013 at 15:31

            Probably all the Eastern Europe mafia enforcers that moved here with Krecjir.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            November 18, 2013 at 15:33

            BOOM! too soon?

          • Matthew Holliday

            November 18, 2013 at 15:50

            this is why you dont solo queue.
            5 man doto or go home.

          • ToshZA

            November 18, 2013 at 15:51

            Well, while my friends aren’t online, should I just stop practising?

      • R1ker

        November 18, 2013 at 15:23

        That irks me to no end – especially when you ARE on a SA server

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        • Johan du Preez

          November 18, 2013 at 15:26

          yeh then they complain about lag and ask to pause so they can reconnect. No mr russian its not your connection its the server thats located on the other side of the planet.

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      • Matthew Holliday

        November 18, 2013 at 15:24

        cyka blyat))

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        • John's (JJ's) Annihilation

          November 18, 2013 at 15:31

          Haha

          Reply

  17. DrKiller

    November 18, 2013 at 15:40

    If Telkom decides that you had enough internet and need a 2min timeout, then a pause is valid πŸ˜›

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  18. Unavengedavo(aka. IceCreamMan)

    November 18, 2013 at 15:48

    Would this be an acceptable excuse? You would probably need to turn off your camera first…

    http://www.lazygamer.net/video/pro-gamer-caught-fapping-on-livestream/

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  19. jGLZA

    November 19, 2013 at 13:37

    line drops or imminent death.
    nothing else

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  20. Rudi de Lange

    November 20, 2013 at 11:35

    So, like, I don’t mind waiting for someone when they say ‘brb someone at door’ or ‘have to let the dog out’ etc etc etc but when people are having interweb issues, yeah ok fine lets pause once, but then the oak gets dc’d every 2 minutes and people expect you to sit and wait? No. It’s not going to stop, don’t pause.

    Reply

  21. jx64

    December 16, 2015 at 13:04

    If I need to pause a game, then i will.

    Reply

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