Be a gamer in 2018
The landscape of gaming has shifted. There are more people than ever before engaged in interactive entertainment, and it’s time to rethink the way we handle ourselves in online communities and as gamers of the world. With more eyes than ever on our favour
JOIN A COMMUNITY
1 Videogames are increasingly focused towards multiplayer and cooperative experiences and that shows no signs changing. And so, perhaps more so than ever before, it’s important to find a likeminded group of players to roll through these virtual worlds with – expand your horizons, join a community, and experience these games the way they are intended.
LEARN THE RULES
2 If you are going to join a community – Resetera, game-specific subreddits and Discord channels are great places to start – make sure you learn and respect its rules. Listen, everybody is just trying to have a good time; a little mutual respect goes a long way. If you don’t like a community, you don’t have to engage with it – there’s always another to found or founded.
INVEST IN A MICROPHONE
3 Given the shift towards shared-world experiences, it is more important than ever before to invest in a quality microphone. Many (if not most) games come with in-built party systems; communication isn’t just a gimmick, it’s an integral part of the flow and function of the industry’s biggest titles.
LISTEN TO OTHERS
4 Of course, having a microphone is one thing – having the confidence to use it is another entirely. Communication is a powerful tool, and it should be used to converse with your teammates, talk tactics and revel in the chaos of a game together. What is this, 2005? Leave the shit talking at the door already.
KNOW WHEN TO MUTE
5 Here’s a small list of things we don’t want to hear coming out of your microphone in 2018: you talking to your housemate about something unrelated to the game; you arguing with your parents/significant other/household pet [delete as applicable]; screaming children; and tinny, distorted music – this is why the mute button was invented.
PLAY THE OBJECTIVE
6 Honestly, if everybody just played multiplayer games in the way that they were designed to be played we would all have a better time; that isn’t speculation, it’s just a straight up fact. If you’re playing an objective-based game, play the damned objective. It isn’t difficult, at least it shouldn’t be.
DON'T QUIT OUT
7 It sucks to lose. We’ve all been there and it’s never a good feeling to know that you’re being totally crushed by somebody else around the world. Does that mean you should let your impatience get the best of you and quit out, ruining the thrill for the opposing team and making life a misery for your teammates? Absolutely not. Take it on the chin, observe the play, and try to learn something from it.
REPORT THOSE THAT DO
8 Playing with somebody that is actively trying to disrupt a game, being rude and unruly, or quitting out when the going gets tough? Don’t forget that most games (and hardware platforms) have in-built and robust reporting systems. If somebody is trying to spoil your fun, don’t forget to report them for it.
How can we play our parts as gamers in an ever-growing community to ensure that the pastime remains respectful, inclusive and above all, fun?