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You have to deal with the anonymous moron affect! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Teresa   
Tuesday, 02 December 2008 21:45

The use of headsets is great. It makes gameplaying so much easier when you can yell out defensive tactics to your team. The precision you have telling your teammates, what you're doing with military precision is beautiful. Headset communication is the future of online gameplay. Anyone who doesn't agree is a moron.
The bad thing about headsets that people need to learn to deal with is that people use them to learn how to play the game effectively. You have to deal with silly questions like, "Does anyone know where our base is? What is this tall yellow thing? Hello? Hello, can anyone hear me? Can someone tell me where our base is? How do I get to the..."

Below are some basic guidelines to remember when using voice chat:
1. Testing: 1,2,3. Make sure your microphone works and is at an appropriate volume level before you go all out. Nobody needs to hear high pitched static for 20 seconds straight, or have you yell "CAN ANYONE HEAR ME?!?!?" at a level that would shatter stained glass.

2. Stay on topic. If you're in a game in which 30 players are all trying to defeat a massive dragon, and you absolutely must talk to your mother about why you didn't do your homework, please turn off your microphone. Other players need the chat lines open to discuss the monster's weak points, not why your bed-time should be later. Killing the mic will also save you from a lot of potential embarrassment.

3. No racism, sexism, homophobic name-calling. Honestly, if you need to be told this, you probably can't be cured. But either way, you have to realize that nobody is going to be offended by your "insult", and you are simply exposing immaturity.I think everyone can agree that these three simple rules are good for chatting with a headset while playing some your favorite games. Everyone needs to just learn the proper etiquette for using a headset. It's not that hard and pretty easy to remember the steps for effective gameplay with a headset.Unfortunately, sometimes you have to deal with the anonymous moron affect which means unfortunately have to be willing to deal with the morons out there. You need to be a little patient. When dealing with people that don't know the etiquette of using a headset. It's a new medium for gameplay, so people are learning the etiquette as they play. You just need to be patient and deal with the fact that not everyone is an expert like you are. Good luck and be patient is my advice to you people out there that are growing impatient. Just remember the longer people play, the more they will learn the rules of good etiquette.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2009 02:30
 
Don't hold up survivor games by going AWOL PDF Print E-mail
Written by Teresa   
Tuesday, 02 December 2008 18:15

I think most the hard-core gamers will agree that this issue is a big one. When you're playing a survivor game you're ready to play. Most gamers do not want to sit around waiting for you being ready to join! Nobody wants to wait for a timeout error. They just want to play so put down your smoke and get in there and play the game!

Most players don't mind if you are actually making a concerted effort to play. But since they can't see you they assume that you are just goofing off. To be honest, walking away from your keyboard for an extended period of time is just plain rude. When you sign up for the game be ready to play.

I had a friend that used to sign up for a game and then go out and have a cigarette. This used to drive me crazy to watch him do that. I thought that was so rude.

 I would ask him “What are you doing? You just signed up to play!”.

He would say to me “It’s no problem. Not everyone will be signed up by the time finish my smoke.”

Inevitably the room would be full by the time he got halfway through his cigarette. He had no urgency to finish smoking. He just sat there and made everyone else wait. Everyone else was ready to play the game and he was too busy to get his fix to start playing. Why did he even sign up if he was craving a cigarette?

Also, camping out is not good either. If you are playing a team game and you are not playing and are just camping out on the field that is also unacceptable. What you're doing is hurting the team score. You are also making it more difficult for other players that are currently playing. It is easier for the opposing team to double-team somebody if you aren't there to provide protection. Yes, you may have instant gratification when you do pick up your controller to play. But your fellow teammates are too busy getting pummeled while you just stand in the corner. So yes, you get to pick up the controller and begin playing but that is at the expense of the other players trying to improve. Both players can improve if they're too busy fighting off a double-team by their/your opponent.

So for all you players out there, don't sign up for a survivor game and not be ready to play. Yes, you may have to wait a minute or two before the game starts but suffer through it and be ready to play at a moment's notice. Yes I know it is tough in today's society to have to wait but sometimes you have to do it. If everyone follows this simple rule in the overall gameplay will be better and more competitive. You can't ask for any more than that.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2009 02:30
 
Don't deliberately injure your own teammates (friendly fire) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Teresa   
Tuesday, 02 December 2008 17:40

I can't believe I even have to bring this up for people actually have a problem with deliberately killing members of their own team. People enter team games and kill members of their own team. Can you believe it?I can only assume that the purpose of attacking people on your own team is to disrupt the game. I can only say that is very bad behavior, and most likely will get you kicked out of most servers. As well, you should, because there is absolutely no point you should be killing members of your own team!Now in a real combat friendly fire is unavoidable and a part of the battlefield. Even experienced players accidentally FRAG members of their own team. There are times we get in situations where we are double teaming another player and you just fall subject to be innocent gunfire of someone on your own team. This is an inevitable part of the game and its okay.Just a simple fact that someone's behavior takes away from playing the game irritates me. What I mean is, if your actions are so deplorable that the other players have to stop playing and take a vote to have you booted off the server is ridiculous. Players should be playing the game, not spending their time policing the room that they are in. All they should be responsible for is to have fun.I think we would get a lot further teams would just boot off players that are there to kill anyone and everyone. It is pretty obvious which players are there for kills and kills only and not for team play. Get those players off the field! They are needed for team play like a previous article stated in the famous metaphor says “There is no I in team”. Let's keep it that way.Deliberately hurting your fellow teammates in a team game is obviously missing the point! Stop it, don't do it. If you want to be annoying then find another place to do it because we don't want you in our game room.Padding your stats with kills is that I've always said just a false way to make you feel better about being a poor player. If you kill someone on your team they obviously are not the fire back at first. So is that REALLY a kill! People should ask themselves at before they enter a room and go on a massive killing spree.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2009 02:29
 
Don't single someone out just because you can PDF Print E-mail
Written by Teresa   
Sunday, 30 November 2008 23:00

I see this happen all the time. I find this to be a deplorable practice as well. When one player finds an easy target, and just continues to attack them because they know they can win. They don't necessarily need to be attacking a newbie. Just someone they know they can beat.

I understand the competitive nature of video games, but can you honestly say that you're being competitive if you keep on attacking someone that you know you can always win against? It is one thing to keep attacking someone that is always a crossing your path, but it is another thing completely when you are intentionally making sure that your paths cross with that person.

For example, you and another player like to hide out roughly in the same area so you keep killing him to protect yourself. I think that's okay, and there's nothing wrong with that. But if you camp out waiting for player who you know likes to hide out in a certain spot and you will get an easy kill based on this knowledge. I find that to be something slightly different.

The gray area is, are you being competitive or just looking for an easy kill? I think that if you're just trying to flush someone out of hiding spot or are you just trying to kill someone over and over again, because you can? Some people argue that if the person keeps going back to that spot it's their fault. I agree with that statement, but if you are constantly following a person to find out what their hiding spots are so you can keep killing them again and again because they are an easy target. That is another thing completely.

I must say just because I understand the philosophy doesn't mean I agree with it. I think it's everyone's responsibility on the field to keep the game fun and exciting. After all you are there to have a good time and contribute to the fun everyone else is having. If you are not letting someone else have a fun time because you constantly picking on them that really defeats the purpose. I am all for having a competitive match up but there is a line in the sand that you should draw.

I have set down some other players, gone online, and watch them single somebody out. Just because they know they can get some kills. Unfortunately, this causes me to play to them. I now am singling out the person singling someone else out and making their game just as miserable. That is not right either. I find it no better than I am protecting the person being singled out because now my game is affected also. I admit that protecting someone from being singled out by another player is just as bad.

I guess what I'm saying is that I would appreciate other players not singling out other players. Because I now feel that I need to protect both players to keep the game competitive. I hate this about my gameplay, because it's completely subconscious. I don't even think about doing it. I just do it when I see it. So I'm asking the other players out there to please help me protect myself from my subconscious by not singling out somebody else and picking on them just because you can. Thank you.

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2009 02:29
 
Just because I kill you once it does not mean I intend to kill you the whole game! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Teresa   
Sunday, 30 November 2008 22:21

This is a topic that a lot of people don't understand my opinion. I don't know what it is about the topic that is so difficult for some people to understand, I just feel the need to talk about it. Sometimes some people have a hard time grasping this concept and  I don't understand why.

So let me just say it, just like the title says “just because I kill you once does not mean I intend to kill you all game!”.  It could very well mean that because I killed you at a specific time in the game you were just the most opportune target for me at the time. That's it, nothing else; you were just there to be killed at the right time. I have no personal vendetta against you. You were just at the right place at the right time.

It is a game, that's it nothing more and nothing less. I was camping out and you just so happened to run by me at the right time. So I took advantage of the opportunity to FRAG you. It's that simple. It's not that complicated deal with it. I am not tracking you down and intentionally trying to kill you, I think you are little paranoid.

I have watched games where one particular player has a lot of kills on another player, and it is just a matter of coincidence. The two players just seem to cross paths more than other players playing the game. I know it's tough to believe but except it. There are a few reasons why I think this happens. Here is my list:

1.       Both players like to hide out in the same areas.

2.       Both players have similar type of gameplay.

3.       Both players are looking for the same type of weapons.

 

Just because you and another player happened across each other's paths more than other players make it does not mean that there is some type of conspiracy to ask another o player has for you. It could be for some of the reasons I've listed above. I have watched it happen and it is completely coincidental sometimes.

I have seen some players make it their personal mission to attack another player over and over again also. So I don't want to lead you to believe that it never happens. Because it does and sometimes happens that someone is just looking out to get you. But I feel that these situations are pretty limited, unless the two players have some type of competition going. Or they have a personal vendetta going between the two of them.

Keep in mind most people are just online to play the game. They want to have a good time and they want to play well. Honestly, are you not going to kill someone because you're afraid they may take it too personally or think that you have something than against them? Of course you want to play well. So you are going to take a shot regardless of who it is. You shouldn't think about who you are killing, because you are just trying to be a successful player.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2009 02:29
 
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