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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 forget to communicate
Written By: Teresa Beech
Section: Blog

Category: Blog

2008-12-03 21:35:44

I have a friend that for some reason that never remembers to communicates with the rest of the team on what he's doing in a game. For some reason, he will never understand why it is so frustrating to play with someone who doesn't tell you what he's doing. We will never sell him on the fact that it's important to tell the rest of us what he's doing.

For example, we were all looking for an item in a game. We searched as a team and communicated effectively our findings. We spent a good 20 minutes looking for a specific item that would help us advance in the game and in one form or another we were discussing it while we were playing.  Lo and behold our lone ranger friend had found the item and failed to report it to the rest of. So instead of thinking he was an idiot or apologizing for not saying that he had the item. He acted like it was everyone on the team's fault for not advancing further.

All he had to do was listen or look at the screen to know that we were looking for the item he had in his possession all along. Instead, he had to be a lone wolf and play the game by himself and not let any of the five other players know that we could advance further, because he had the item. How could he not know that we were looking for that item all along?

It is a simple process for anyone to figure out. When you are playing with the team do not forget to communicate. If you do your team can adjust its strategy and be more effective when playing the game. I really don't think it's that hard to figure out. Here is another thought. If you communicate with your team your team will respect you and want to play with you more. That way you won't be the butt of all their jokes.

 



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.



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.

 



If you play a team game don't be greedy and snap up all the points were all the bonuses or bonus weapons. Share and share alike.
Written By: Teresa Beech
Section: Blog

Category: Blog

2008-11-26 22:35:56

 

Another title that says it all. This is for the players that are just obsessed with winning. Yes, winning is great, however, having hours of competitive gameplay is even better. Playing for hours competitively has taught me that I don't necessarily to win the game to say I had fun.

 

I have played against people that are so obsessed with winning they just run around and pick up all the weapons. Not only is this a greedy way to play. It is a telltale that the player is pretty inexperienced. Really they are only good at running around picking up weapons and bonuses to add to their score and prevent others from attacking them.

 

Somewhere in their brain they got the idea that if you can't shoot at them then they can win. This thought is true to an extent. Playing with people like this is obviously boring. If they think they're better player by not allowing you to even pick up a decent weapon to play against them they are just fooling themselves. Let me end the suspense for them right here and right now... you are not a good player.

 

Not only do they have to know how to play the game . You should have to know how to FRAG others as well. I understand this way of thinking, if your only concern is winning. It is important to be a balanced player to be considered a good player. You are an idiot if you think that preventing others from attacking you makes you good player. It is just poor etiquette and you are an unbalanced player.

 

I have spent hours sitting around with friends, laughing at each other and our competitive ways. It's not really competitive if one player gets greedy and prevents all the other players from playing against them. You may be a winner, but really you're just wasting your time and a boring person to play with. Playing with a player like this really is no fun and if you enjoy playing like this then you need to reconsider the type of player you are, if you think you're any good at playing the game.






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