Suntukan sa Internet Cafe: Jologs Give Filipino Dota Players a Bad Name
“Jologs” is a label applied to poorer members of Philippine society on an automatic basis. Yet the word should be used only for those with no class whatsoever (a “distinction” that’s never dependent on how much money you have)—like these kids who threw chairs in an internet cafe over a game of Dota.
According to YouTube user Vir Ascabano, who uploaded the following CCTV video last March 4, 2013, a skirmish broke out in an internet cafe along Morayta St. in Sampaloc, Manila. Why? “Away dahil sa trashtalk sa Dota” ["Fighting due to trash talking in Dota"], as the video title says.
Here are the highlights if you can’t watch the video now: At the 0:30 mark, a group of kids are seen walking into the cafe. On 0:55 we are shown the second floor of cafe, which like the first floor is full of users in front of PCs.
The group starts entering through the stairs at 1:05. The lead person, in a black top, walks towards a user wearing a multi-colored shirt (multi-color) near the end of the room (and seated closer to the CCTV camera). Black top’s companions disperse throughout the area in a classic surrounding maneuver, as multi-color starts becoming suspicious and eyes black top as the latter approaches.
By 1:13 it’s clear that multi-color guy is the target, so he starts standing up as black top gets closer. At 1:14 black top throws a punch at his rising target, which is rendered useless by multi-color’s quick dodge to the left and arm parry. In a display of superior courage, black top withdraws right away, as multi-color grabs his chair and threatens to throw it.
It all happens so fast: At 1:18 black top’s companions have cut off all avenues of escape but are keeping their distance, as multi-color holds his chair above his head retaining his threat of chair throwing. What’s funny is that several PC users between the prey and his pack of brave predators remain unaware of what’s happening.
One of black top’s companions, who is wearing a basketball jersey with a white back, grabs his own chair at 1:22 while taunting in front of multi-color. At 1:23 everything pauses, as a red circle appears around the hand of another black top companion wearing a printed shirt. Looks like he’s holding a makeshift stabbing device!
The scene resumes at 1:28. White back hands his chair to his group mate wearing an all-white sando, who flings the seat at multi-color while lunging over an unused monitor at 1:33. Maybe he was too weak to throw it?
Threatened, multi-color’s seatmate picks up his own chair. He right away throws it at black top and some other people who were closing in through multi-color’s right. This has the unfortunate effect of making the seatmate a target for the mob attack. Now that chairs have flown, the unaware at 1:18 scurry away, making sure not to attract any unwanted attention. But two users are content to turn away from their monitors and watch.
By 1:36, it’s pure chaos. More members of black top’s gang have picked up chairs and thrown then, and multi-color and his seatmate are surrounded by a flurry of awkward punches and chair pushing. The last chair throw at 1:46 dislodges part of the ceiling, which sways and dangles just above the monitors, even when pushed aside with force at 1:55 by the exiting jologs. At 2:00 the ceiling panel drops lower, killing the embedded light.
The scene cuts back to the first floor at 2:07, and the brave black top gang are seen making their exit by 2:17. Printed shirt tries to act casual, but is stopped at 2:24. His companions leave him alone to face the music, even as he tries to talk his way out of it. He is directed to the back of the first floor. The video cuts back to the second at 2:37, showing some of the PC users walk back to their workstations to log out. Multi-color, his seatmate, and another person that suffered through the attack are seen licking their wounds, as the video fades to black.
Black top and his companions deserve the jolog label, because they:
- Mobbed someone over a video game.
- Didn’t have the decency to take it outside and minimize damage to the internet cafe, owned and operated by people who they have no “issue” with.
- Believe that disputes should be settled by swarming your enemies with overwhelming numbers, instead of one-on-one action.
- Lowered everyone’s opinion of Dota.
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