I first got into gaming on the Internet when Half-Life came out and have been pretty much addicted ever since. When I first started the idea of a clan seemed pretty neat. Invariably members of the clans could pretty much clean my clock. My mental image of a clan was a group of really talented players.
As time went on, more and more clans started popping up. I started to improve in my playing and started to get people asking me to join their clan. At first, I thought this was pretty neat. I slowly started to notice something about my image of clans, though. It had changed. If you were to ask me right now what a clan was, I would liken it to a group of punk street kids who run around painting graffiti, mugging old ladies, and smoking crack.
There's nothing worse then jumping onto a server to have some fun at your favorite game and be greeted by a bunch of thugs who make fun of the new players and are just flat abusive. Then the same people, if you happen to be in the groove that day and consistently whip them, will ask you to join their group. It amazes me, and I realized I really didn't want to be associated with that. Don't get me wrong; there are some good clans out there. Unfortunately there's also a lot of trash and it doesn't take much to make the whole group look bad.