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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.



Creating duplicate accounts is cheating. If you want to play with yourself go off-line and do it.
Written By: Teresa Beech
Section: Blog

Category: Blog

2008-11-26 20:07:20

 

I never understood why people did this. Why is it necessary to have duplicate accounts? Yes, you can statistically be more successful at the game but bottom line is its cheating. Yes, you may have a successful frag count on one profile, but why have an account to help you increase that count.

 

Is your ego so small that you feel like a better person if you have more kills than the other online players? Playing online is a good test on how well you're doing in the game. Are you picking the game up fast, or do you need to improve in a particular area? These are questions you should ask yourself while playing off-line.

 

There really is no benefit, and you cannot judge the type of player you are if you have multiple accounts. For example, you do very well under one account, but yet, you are terrible at another. Do people really feel that they are better player if they have a lot of kills against a player that doesn't fight back? You now have to mentally juggle accounts in your brain to figure out if you're a good player.

 

Having great numbers isn't necessarily a sign of a great player. It just proves that you play a lot and truly is no test of a good player you are. All it is is just a stat next to your name. Big deal! Having great or a lot of stats is in no way a litmus test to how good a player you are. Your stats cannot tell you how agile you are or how good of a shot you are. People can only assume how great of a player you are based on your stats. They will never really know unless they play a game against you.

 

The only way you will ever figure out if you're good player is to play another player that is just as good as you, because then you will improve. Not having by multiple accounts and creating the illusion that you're good. In my opinion, that type of cheating is just a way to make yourself look better as a player when you're really not that good!



Don't pick on the defenseless as their defenses may be hidden or you may be just discouraging a newbie from ever playing the game again and that's just wrong.
Written By: Teresa Beech
Section: Blog

Category: Blog

2008-11-26 19:42:56

 

This one is all for the experienced game players out there. Don't pick on the player that you perceive as defenseless. There are two reasons why, the player may be just playing possum for you to come after him and they will annihilate you or you may be discouraging a new player that just picked up the game and is learning how to play for the first time.

 

I can't count how many times I have played possum in an online game! It is really easy to do. Just wander around like you don't know where you are. Eventually an egomaniac is going to come after you thinking that you are an easy target. Then when they come up to you just completely hit them with your arsenal. Gosh, what an easy kill that was. It just delivered itself to you.

 

Psychologically, you may feel superior to the week, appearing player, but that player may have just picked up the game and felt like they were just experienced enough to compete in the online world. If you make their game playing so miserable by attacking them that player may just put down the game and stop playing. Then when their friend calls and ask them to recommend a good first-person shooter game they may not recommend a game that you may love. Sales may go down on that game and game companies may have the false impression that the game is not popular and possibly stop programming games that you may love.

 

My point is this, though you may have that moment of superiority by attacking the defenseless player. You may have permanently discouraged that player from giving that game positive reviews to their friends and on and Internet review site. That does you or the game no good, and it doesn't do anything for the defenseless player. They may not like a legitimately fun game because you are not making it fun for them and not because the game is bad. You may possibly change the scope of good games being created for online play. If you like that game you are playing then you just made an enjoyable game on enjoyable for someone else. Is that what you really want?

 


Don't say sorry if you don't mean it
Written By: Teresa Beech
Section: Blog

Category: Blog

2008-11-26 04:55:14

 How many times have you been playing a competitive game online and some one gets you, I mean they get you really good, and they utter those familiar words "I'm sorry." whether verbally or in a typewritten chat. The other player probably thinks they are being nice, maybe they think they are letting you down easy. The fact of the matter is, it is poor gamer etiquette to say sorry if you don't really mean it. And in a competitive game who really means it? Nobody. The no sorry rule holds true for all competitive online games be they puzzle games, arcade games, or skill based strategy games. The rule holds paricularly true for first person shooter games. You may think you are helping things by apologizing for fragging someone but in the end it just makes you look like a sarchastic jerk. Get your points and move on. Don't say you're sorry, especially if you're going to just turn around and frag someone else. Everyone knows that's how the game works. Everyone is big enough and old enough to deal with it when they are fragged. There's no holding hands button. Just attack and get on with it.



Don't send repeated invites to guilds, teams, duels, matches or other group functions. If someone says no once they don't want to play... get over it!
Written By: Teresa Beech
Section: Blog

Category: Blog

2008-11-26 19:54:39

 

I think it's very rude to send repeated invites to guilds and teams over and over again. If I wanted to join your stupid good guild I would've answered the first 100 times! Can you say the word SPAM?! You don't like it in your e-mail. So what makes you think that people will like it when they're trying to play a game? Just because you have a large team that doesn't doesn't make your team good. Yes, there is power in numbers, what a surprise! Who cares if you have a large team or you have a popular guild. This isn't high school; nobody is trying to win any popularity contests. We just want to get online and have a good time with our friends. Think about it, you just want to play with your friends anyway. Online gaming is not a social network like Facebook or MySpace. If you want to make friends go somewhere else this isn't the venue to make friends. This is the venue to have fun and play some video games with your friends.






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