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What is in a game face.

Discussion in 'Strategies, Tactics, and Training' started by txgho1911, Oct 22, 2006.

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  1. txgho1911

    txgho1911 Member

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    I know I have a smile. A real slop eating grin. I know this from three confrontations with people violating my personal space in public and one property tresspass. No weapons involved and not even present for one.
    Incedible irony in knowing the right and wrong side and calling someones poor discision out with or without witnesses.

    What is in a game face.
    Who do you look like when the adreneline dump is happening?
    Any 2nd or 3rd hand descriptors mentioned?

    When a bad actor is going to have it their way and this is interupting your peace or schedule or whatever and you decide the line is drawn.
    Who are you when a goblin turns on you?
     
  2. Lucky

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    All things equal a pale face is worse than a red one.
     
  3. Azrael256

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    Joe Cool.

    You ever been in a fistfight? What's the scariest thing that can possibly happen? You throw your best punch, and the other dude doesn't even notice. Calm scares people when they're expecting a red-faced screaming anger.

    That, and Joe Cool has all the time in the world to consider his next move. While the other idiot is dancing around screaming, he can sit there, cool as a cucumber, and decide how best to deal with the situation. If Joe's careful consideration dictates retreat, he knows the fastest route. If violence is imminent, Joe has figured out who to shoot, where to shoot them, and what he might hit behind the target. Joe probably has 911 set for one-touch dialing on his cellphone, so he can make it rain police at any time.

    If Joe flies off the handle, his gun is useless because he can't hit anything. Joe's phone is useless because he's shaking too hard to dial. Most importantly, Joe's brain is useless because rage short-circuits all his higher cognitive functions. If you can't think, you're toast.
     
  4. hankdatank1362

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    SHOW ME YOUR WAR FACE!

    YOU DON'T SCARE ME... WORK ON IT!

    Again... a question best answered by Gunnery Sgt. Hartman, your senior drill instructor.
     
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    Imagine a cross between Clint Eastwood and Chuck Norris, then you've got it.
     
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    I like to imagine that under stress I look like this.

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    But I probably look like this.

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  8. Pax Jordana

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    Tyler Durden,

    from that scene where Lou the mob boss is trying to reclaim his basement.

    Lou (hits tyler): Do you hear me now?!
    Tyler: Nope, I didn't quite catch that lou..
    (Lou hits tyler again)
    Tyler: Still not getting it.
    (Lou hits tyler more)
    Tyler: Ok, ok! I got it.. **** I lost it.
    (Beating continues)


    From those few confrontations I've been in where things get to the "OK, one of us is about to get hurt" point, I know I get really giddy. Not like I enjoy it, just that the stress of it sort of pushes me past the point where I can hide how freaked out I am.

    One time it actually saved my butt. A friend of my ex (I have bad taste in exes) got the drop on me at a party I didn't know either of them would be attending, and was actually straddling my waist ready to lay it on, and then he sortof just quit. He remarked I kept "giggling like a f****t" on his way out.


    Churchill said.. "I like a man who grins when he fights." :evil:
     
  9. swampgator

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    Having wrinkles helps. At work the other day someone from another department said to me, why are you upset?
    I'm not upset.
    You're frowning.
    This, is my happy face.

    She's never bothered me again.
     
  10. jeepmor

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    If the game face is adequate

    You never have any encounters. Some folks walk around all pissed off at the world that you can see from 50 yards. I stay away from these folks, but they usually just need something to vent on and their fine.

    It's the quiet one's that worry you. A calm man preparing to defend himself or perpetrating violence is more scary than some guy spouting off wasting his own energy with arm waving and elevated decibel levels.

    jeepmor
     
  11. vanilla_gorilla

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    I get the same thing, both at work and home. I firmly believe that look has kept me out of trouble, too. People tend to avoid contact with me and I often see people trying desperately to look anywhere but at me when I look at them.
     
  12. JShirley

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    Your face should be serene and calm, as close to expressionless as possible.

    Look at their eyebrow level, between their eyes, with an soft "big view" that lets you see their hands and your periphery. If you can't see their hands while looking at their face, you're too close, or you should already be engaged.

    John
     
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    I have had some of my wifes friends be scared of my regular face. My wife is Korean and some of her friends until they get to know me say I look real mean. My war face has locked on.
     
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    Commitment to violence.

    I'm normally a happy smiling type. The few times I've had to do violence to anyone or anything and people have commented on my facial expression it's been pretty severe. When I get past the point of being able to talk my way out, I commit to solving the problem with force and my face changes, I guess. The last time was shotgunning a dog that was going after my wife. I pushed the shotgun through the back storm door, shot, went through the door myself, then shot again. This is my wifes account, anyway, I just remember deciding to shoot the dog very quickly. She said my face was almost unrecognizeable. I suppose I get even uglier. Huh, who'd have thought it possible?
     
  15. MSgt B

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    I get the same thing all the time. The high and tight flat-top just adds to the ambience. That, plus a couple scars on my face.
    Most people walk around me in public.
    The only problem with being so tough looking is I attract all the guys with "little-dog" syndrome.

    I really am a sweetheart, I swear. I hate fighting.
     
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    My internal thoughts are a calm detachment...I'd rather de-escalate and avoid, but if they put me in a corner, I'm fully prepared to do violence unto them. Whatever, I think/hope this detached confidence is displayed on my face. Something seems to work, because no one has ever attacked me in situations I was sure they would, in the moment I almost feel a little let down.

    "I'm ready...go away or bring it...I've got other things to do." - That's the gist of my internal feeling, not what I say. What I say is more like "I don't wish to fight you, but you are blocking my exit. Are you going to assault me or let me leave?"
     
  17. swampgator

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    Calm

    Too me, calm is the scariest thing. When you someone who, as the situation is escalating, is very calm and quiet, while everyone else is posturing or getting excited, that one is the one to avoid.

    A lot of people like to ego up and talk about it. The quiet guy doesn't. While the other fellow is mouthing off telling everyone what he's going to do, the quiet one is aready figured out his course of action.
     
  18. Dr.Rob

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    Practicing your facial expressions is hardly tactical training.

    Unless you are an actor.
     
  19. pcosmar

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    I have scared girls out of bars by saying "Hi". Does that count.
    I don't know why, but I wish it would stop. I'm nice really.
     
  20. hacksaw

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    My "Game" face

    Stonecoldblank100%noemotionshowing1000meterstarelookingthroughtheidiotwhoisharshingmymellow.

    Worked great on stupid waiters when I was a Chef...got me out of 3 potentially messy incidents on street/subway. Now if it would just work on my kids!!!!!!!!!!!:banghead: :banghead: :banghead:
     
  21. bjthejob

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    Hacksaw hit the nail on the head. "100 meter stare" with no emotion. Has worked for me in the past.
     
  22. Big Calhoun

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    Under stress, I'm very poker faced. Your body can 'telegraph' everything going through your head. I rather keep you guessing..."Is he, or isn't he?" :evil:
     
  23. ZeSpectre

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    Unfortunately my "game face" makes me look -exactly- like an infamous terrorist.

    Zespecandmustafa.gif
     
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    Can I hear an "Amen!?"

    I have deliberately toned down what one SGT called my "Ranger Face," in the last few years. See, I work in corporate weenie world, nowadays. I once received a complaint from another employee via HR that I was trying to intimidate...somebody...during a meeting. I asked, "What did I say?" The HR-fop replied that the other employee said that is was my facial expression.

    I now cultivate a marginally-goofy outgoing persona and bring out "old, scary, gumpy-face" on an as-needed basis.
     
  25. eastwood44mag

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    I look like the devil.....and it seems to work.
     
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