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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 be afraid to ask
Written By: Teresa Beech
Section: Blog

Category: Blog

2008-12-03 20:28:24

Here’s one for all you noobs out there... If you don't know how to something don't be afraid to ask. There is one thing you have to remember we were all noobs at one time or another. It's okay to ask someone because even though you may embarrassed to ask someone but someone is always willing to help you out and teach you how to play more effectively.

Let me ask you this. Would you rather not ask someone how to do something and be embarrassed or be on the field of battle and wandering around not knowing what do when you're given specific instructions from people on your team? If you ask someone you quickly get resolution to your problem and you may save yourself a few deaths.

Another reason you want to ask someone a question like, where an item is, is an important question to ask. Don't let your pride stop you from being a successful player. If someone is on your team of course they are to want to help you! So I ask for help when you need it. It will benefit you in your team in the long run.

Just keep in mind that just because you are a noob that doesn't mean you are entitled to help. There are a lot of experienced players out there that would like to teach someone how to play more effectively. So don't worry, just ask the questions you need the answers to, because ultimately it will make you a better player. Just remember to return the favor when you become experienced and be patient when you have an answer to a question that someone may need the answer to.

 



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 tell others how to play their characters
Written By: Teresa Beech
Section: Blog

Category: Blog

2008-12-03 22:40:44

Don’t tell others how to play their characters, that's just rude. Just because you wouldn't do something doesn't mean somebody else would. What is great about what makes us people is our individuality. Playing online is just an extension of who we are as people. One man's garbage is another man's gold, and just because you don't value something doesn't mean somebody else won't.

Be careful because everything is from your point of view. That is really what most people have to remember when they see someone doing something that they don't understand. We all have a way and style we like to play and that is great. But just because I play a certain way doesn't mean, my buddy sitting next to me play the same way. Just remember about perspectives. Everyone has one, and they are all different.

This task becomes more difficult as you become more of a veteran. When you see someone do something that you would do. You instantly try to stop them from doing so. But the thing is you have no idea what they are trying to do. Telling them how to do something is just poor etiquette. Asking questions is okay, but telling another player how to play the game is just wrong.

You may know how to play well for you! But that doesn't mean the way you play is not the best way to play for somebody else. If you begin imposing your will on others you are sure to be kicked out of most groups quickly. So don't do it let others play the game their way even if you think they are playing the game badly.

 


Not everyone who wins is a cheater
Written By: Teresa Beech
Section: Blog

Category: Blog

2008-12-03 01:50:32

I know this may be hard for some people to believe, but not everyone who plays well cheats. Believe it or not, some people are that good. They spend hours online and hours playing by themselves, becoming great players. Don't let your ego get in the way in admitting that another player can play the game better than you.Just remember there are a lot of people out there that are playing this game too. If you're having troubles believing what I’m saying just do the math. Do some research and find out how many copies of that game have been sold so far. There are a lot of people out there that are playing in just plain good. They are not using any cheats of any kind against you.If you really want to humble yourself start playing some LAN tournaments and you'll instantly be impressed by the type of game players there are out there. You will be surprised at how well some people are playing the same game you are and need no help. As much time as you think you played the game there is someone out there that dwarfs the amount of time you are playing and practicing the game. But I really like about playing tournaments is that you can't use cheats when playing so you really have a good way to judge how well you play the game.If you are playing online a lot, and you are certain someone is cheating than just report them. I know it sounds immature to report someone, but just remember that that person chose to play against others online and agreed to do it fairly. So reporting someone that is not playing the game fairly is okay because they are the ones breaking the rules and you shouldn't feel guilty about pointing that out to others. Now, be sure that someone is cheating before you report them though don't let your hurt ego make a bad decision.The important thing to remember is that even though there are a lot of cheaters out there. Not everyone is doing it. It is very easy to quickly assume that someone that plays really well against you is doing it unfairly. Most people out there are playing fairly so don't act like everyone that is better than you is cheating. It's a big world out there, accept it.

 






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