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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 single someone out just because you can
Written By: Teresa Beech
Section: Blog

Category: Blog

2008-11-30 23:00:57

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.

 

 



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.



If you are playing a first-person shooter game don't whine when others go after you, Of course they want to win too.
Written By: Teresa Beech
Section: Blog

Category: Blog

2008-11-26 19:39:28

 

I must say the title of this one says it all. If you can't figure out this concept I'm not sure what to tell you. If you're in a first-person shooter of course you want to do well and of course you want to win. Others in online shooter game are going to try to kill you , because that is the purpose of the game.

 

Don't sit there and whine about someone killing you when you of course are trying to do the same thing. That is entirely the point of playing online. Come on, if it really bums you out to be killed by other players can try not going online to play. The simulated computer players are not getting emotional about how the game is being played. They are just programmed to play the game the way they are programmed play you. They don't analyze the way you are playing them and they don't have the skills to logically think about how they should attack you.

 

Online players all have a need to feel successful at the game they are playing. Therefore they are going to put some thought into how to play the game. It completely defeats the purpose of playing with online players if you are just going to sit back and get upset about them trying to be successful at the game! Complaining about this is a sign of an amateur. If you don't want to be treated like an amateur then don't act like one.

 

Any experienced gamer is going to find you and FRAG you. I know when I'm playing a game with a whiner I am instantly attracted to them as a target. I just want to find him and make their gameplay as unpleasant as possible to get them out of the game and off my headset as soon as possible.



If you play on a team with a team. There is no "I" in team. Not everyone can be the hero every time. Don't rush ahead it will cost your teammates or they'll have a reason to hate you.
Written By: Teresa Beech
Section: Blog

Category: Blog

2008-11-26 22:30:40

This is a good opportunity for me to discuss role players. There are people that are very good at playing certain roles on the team. Why wouldn't you want someone that is more comfortable in a particular role to play that role?

I watched two of my friends play completely successfully together one night. One person did all the shooting of one person did all of the driving of the vehicles. They were completely dominant player on the field playing that way. If they had switched roles, they would not have been even remotely as successful. If the driver took over the gun and the gunner took over the wheel they would have not been as successful and both of them would have told me that they felt they could have played a bit better.

Not every football team can have a team full of quarterbacks. Nor would you want a one-sided team. I wish people would think about this when they’re playing a game as a team. I always think of it for me to play laser tag. We played in a maze and we played as a team. Our stats were always better when my buddy who love to shoot people focused on offense and I played defense because I prefer defense and I defended the fort. It's a simple concept that I feel should be easily adapted, but I have friends that think every player should be equally good at every task.

This is just silly to play that way! Think of all the successful teams that you know. Would the 49ers have been as good if Jerry Rice could play quarterback as well as Joe Montana? The answer is obviously no. They all have role players, let them play their roles and stop complaining that every player on the team is not a FRAG-Master. When you play in a team environment you can't ever expect everyone to be equally as good. If you do, your team is just doomed to failure.






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