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Be a good sport
Written By: Teresa Beech
Section: Blog

Category: Blog

2008-12-03 01:05:15

Laughing at defeated opponents, bragging about your achievements, overdoing it with taunts and emotes, can make you look childish. This is all a matter of perspective, though. Don't read this and think my advice is not to taunt other players. I am just saying do not get out of control. When trying to give someone an incentive to FRAG you.

Getting out of control taunting the others is a bit immature and even a child knows better. You don't need to insult others personally so just be a good sport. Can't the others just enough to get them to attack you. That's all you need to do. You don't need to berate someone so much to get them to want to attack you. They already want to come after you to improve their stats and feel like a better player when they play the game.

A good insult at the right time can be a beautiful thing. But when you bombard someone with insults after every move it gets old quickly. So don't do it it is not a necessary tactic to use. If your opponent is already online and playing it pretty good indicator that they want to attack you. So don't worry about it they will be coming after you.

When someone bombards you with insult after insult it almost begins to feel like spam. Nobody wants to feel like they're getting spam as they play their favorite games. So don't think just because you are not trying to sell something or trying to get people to go somewhere online you're not a spammer. As far as I am concerned, a spammer does the same thing over and over again until you are annoyed so much that you don't want to play anymore. So just be aware of your insults are getting out of control to others.

The other side of this coin is this, make sure you can take an insult as well as give it. Of course it's more fun being one to dish out the insults. But remember, the sign of a well balanced player is one that can take the insults as well. Just remember it's part of the game that someone else tries to bait you into attacking them by dishing out some playful insults as well. Don't hang on to them all day. Because they aren't meant to go any further than the current game you're playing. They aren't meant to ruin your day or night. They are meant to pull you out of your hiding spot and give your enemy a clear shot of your location. Don't hang on to the insults they really are only meant to last the length of your current game.

A sign of a balanced and experienced player is being a good sport. You may need to reevaluate the type of player you are if you can't deal with the basics of playing the game. I know this may be tough for some of you but you don't need to hold on to the last game you played forever. You have to let the water roll off your back like it does for the duck. Taking this simple advice will make you a much better player to play against when playing online. Just ask the other players in the room.



Don't take getting FRAGGED personally... after all it is just a game
Written By: Teresa Beech
Section: Blog

Category: Blog

2008-11-29 16:12:33

In my opinion this is the most important thing gamers need to remember. It is just a game. Nobody is personally attacking you. Nobody wants you really dead. Nobody wants something really bad to happen to you. Just remember this when you're playing the game. It is nothing personal at all. Your opponent is just trying to do the best he can and that means he needs to attack you.

I had a friend that took his game defeats so personally that it ruined his day when his opponent got the best of him. He would throw things, he would scream at the TV, and he would even have trouble eating after a bad day at the office. It got to the point where I wouldn't even want to play with him. I knew that if I did well it would ruin his day. I even got to the point where I would purposely play worse and let him defeat me just so I would not ruin his day.

Where is the fun in that? Where is the fun for me? I always had trouble understanding how a levelheaded guy would just lose it when playing a game. I mean the guy was mellow, quiet, and an artistic type. What caused this Jekyll and Hyde transformation once he picked up his controller and started playing? He literally acted like I was really shooting him when in reality. I was just shooting his character in the game! Every shot I took on and was a personal attack against him.

I remember this one time I forgot who I was dealing with. It was a beautiful summer day and we just had a nice lunch. Dr. Jekyll suggested we go back to his place and start playing a game. Foolishly I agreed, and we headed back to his place. Somewhere along the way he sneaked in his elixir and the transformation began as soon as we picked up our controllers. He was screaming and yelling with every hit I made on him. The veins in his eyes turned bright red and the hair on his neck was standing on end. One time he got so angry because I FRAGGED him he threw his controller across the room so hard that I thought he had broken it! Can you believe that? To this day, I still have no idea what came over him. And why he got so angry. It almost ended our friendship.

No matter how hard I try to explain myself my friend wouldn't forgive me. He acted like. I personally stole something from him or lied to him. I spent a good amount of time trying to explain to him that I was just trying to better myself to the game. Unfortunately, that came at the expense of me playing well and him getting FRAGED. If I knew it would possibly end our long friendship. I would've let him win the game. If I had done that I feel that you would have had an inflated ego about how well he played the game and possibly could've really embarrassed himself against an opponent that really knew how to play. So would that have benefited him?

So here are my tips to all the passionate game players out there. Don't get angry. Don't throw things. Stop thinking that your opponent is personally attacking you, online or off line because all he is doing is playing the game to the best of his ability. The bottom line is. It's very poor etiquette to get so angry about not doing well that you're taking the fun out of the game.

 



Don’t eat in my ear!!
Written By: Teresa Beech
Section: Blog

Category: Blog

2008-11-30 21:34:43

I don't know if any of you experienced this one, but I have. It is very annoying and kind of disgusting. I understand how it gets done and why its gets done, but what I don't understand is why people can't be more conscious of it.

Please don't eat when playing against me, online. Actually, let me clarify this statement. Don't hook up to your headset that has a microphone on it and eat something while you are talking on it. Is that specific enough? I hope so, because a lot of people still don't get it. It's rude and it's gross so please stop doing it.

If you think that I want to hear you much on crackers while I am destroying you. You are sadly mistaken! What makes people think that they can be heard munching away on their favorite snack? I don't want to 1. Have you talk smack me and 2. Listen to you eat, while you are talking smack me. It is not fun at all and I don't want to hear it so stop doing it!

Don't get me wrong I like to munch on snacks too. I am a big Cheeze-It eater and as someone that likes this particular snack I am well aware of how loud they are to eat. They are yummy and a crunchy and I am addicted to them. But I know as I am playing a game that I have a headset with a microphone attached to it on that people will be able to hear me eat. So guess what? Knowing this tidbit I choose to either not eat my favorite snack or I don't put my headset on so people can hear me. It isn't that hard of a concept to figure out.

I remember one day, a long time ago I was playing one of my favorite first-person shooters. The person I was playing against had his headset on and was eating something while he was talking smack to me. Do you know how frustrating it is to ask someone to repeat the smack talk that you are receiving? This is very irritating! Not only did he FRAG me and made me feel like a total loser he made me listen to him as he digested his favorite food.

My advice is just put the food down. I know in today's day and age that it is difficult to consider the other person listening to you eat. We do not want to do it. I may be a little bit clearer about this. We do not want you to do it to us EVER! So do everyone a favor and put the bag of Chips Ahoy down and get down to playing the game. If you're hungry go eat, trust me you aren't missing anything.






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