For gamers, there is nothing sweeter than playing with other people online and accomplishing goals. Even if you never meet these people, there is a sense of belonging and friendship. That being said, with more video game platforms being played online, it is essential that you know five key etiquette rules to learn.
Remember that it’s not real: It’s so easy to forget this -- especially in games where there is such a great investment not only of time but money as well. However, getting too involved in a game can actually be more a detriment than an advantage. This is because people have the anonymity of the online platform yet the rage of a real life person. The results are often not good; so many users have been banned from various gaming sites because of their excessive behavior. This included shouting, cussing, and even threatening the other player. This is not acceptable and it is crucial that people still learn how to separate real from fantasy.
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Be mindful of the language: On a similar note, gamers should remember that they should remain respectful in their language. Just because these other people are “not real” does not mean they do not deserve respect. A good rule of thumb is, if you wouldn’t say that to your mother, don’t say it at all.
Play the game correctly: One of the easiest ways to avoid stress when playing is learning how the game works in the first place. Online trolls and haters love targeting noobs (those who are new to the game) or those who, despite learning the rules of the game, still insist in not playing it correctly. Nothing angers an online crowd more than someone who refuses to play the game properly.
Be nice, but not gullible: Unfortunately, online gaming is one way for naive people to get scammed. A lot of games have upgrades which people can either work for or pay to have. True gamers understand that the beauty of these gear is gaining them through proper means. However, there is always a short-cut to this, and some gamers can ask other players help them get the gear. This is perfectly legal -- though new players should always be vigilant about scams and other unscrupulous deals.
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Remember to log out: This is not really a game etiquette as more of a reminder to yourself that online gaming should be limited to a certain number of hours each day. The brilliance of etiquette one exhibits is often a reflection of one’s personal life. Having said that, it is important that people still have their own, personal lives outside of gaming.
If you follow these tips, it will prove to make your gaming experience all the more fun.