*this article was originally posted on and for To the Controller! Gaming and is being re-posted here as a re-blog. I am the original author of this content on To the Controller! Gaming
[Hi! I’m pleased to say I have become an “official” writer for To the Controller! Gaming. Rather than write a lengthy (read: boring) introduction of myself, let this piece serve, and if you want to know more you can visit me on my own personal blog, alienredqueen. Okay, now on with the show!]
Every online gamer worth their salt has read the gaming etiquette rulebook- (ACK! PANIC! What??! There’s a RULEBOOK???) Sorry, just kidding. But there are certain etiquette guidelines that seemed to have become established alongside the growing popularity in online gaming over the years. RPGs are no longer the bailiwick of virgin computer nerds with bad acne and a sugar addiction. MMO communities have spawned in abundance and XBOX, PlayStation, and now Wii have long since dragged online gaming to the forefront, kicking and screaming.
More and more people are getting into online cooperative play, and naturally, anytime you have more than 4 people in one spot (even one “cyber” spot), squabbling breaks out. What’s more, there’s an old adage that goes something like, For every action, there is an equal, but more likely ruder and wildly obscene online reaction. I think it’s, like, Newton’s 34th law or something.
Anyone who has spent more than 2 seconds on the internet in their whole life has probably run into the issue that results from the fact that people who are assholes in life become even bigger assholes online due to the assumed anonymity of hiding behind their keyboard. In addition, weeny little pussies who would never stand up for themselves, let alone another person, suddenly grow balls bigger than Ron Jeremy‘s and think they can trash talk to their heart’s content.
One would think that not being rude, aggressive, or unduly
obscene (I must qualify that last, because I enjoy a healthy dose of obscenity
as much as the next person) would be rules that were obvious and self-evident. Because they should be.
obvious. And as such, they are of course, routinely ignored. Losers are taunted, noobs
are harangued, female gamers are harrassed, and insults are hurled.
But I will admit to my essential noobishness and say that, although I have been a gamer for many years and have tried the occasional online MMO, I just got my PS3 a couple of months ago and am pretty new to console online co-op situations. (I know, I know. Let me know when you’re finished laughing…)
Anyway, I was a bit surprised to discover some of the unpleasant habits that other gamers exhibited. My game of choice right now is Resident Evil 5 (okay, let’s face it, anything from the RE franchise is always my game of choice) so I haven’t run into a lot of group situations as seen in typical RPGs like Final Fantasy and the like. Which means I haven’t been extensively trash-talked…yet. But I have run into quite a few “breaches of etiquette,” from here on referred to as assholery, that surprised me. They are the following:
1) Quitting before the end of the game-
Apparently, if you search “gaming etiquette” online, I am not the first person to be dismayed, and ultimately, incon-fuckin’-venienced by some moron who either gets you repeated killed and then bails without a word or who decides, after you bang a 50+ Combo out of their head, that you are suddenly no longer worth their time.
Okay, I get it. Shit happens and sometimes you just have to go…and if you don’t have a mic, you can’t very well tell your partner before you leave. But you could drop them a message later on, maybe… Sorry I left you high and dry. My kid was trying to stuff the cat in the dryer… or whatever. I have a kid. I get it.
Which brings me to my next point.
2) Headset etiquette-
Maybe you missed the segue. That’s okay. I don’t expect everyone to follow the convoluted brilliance that is my mind. Rules of headset etiquette include, but are not limited to a) refraining from loud yelling or obscene language, talking to another peron in the same room while gaming, and playing loud music while on headset b) not using racial slurs c) refraining from eating crunchy food, d) trying not to over-do it on the trash talk, and lastly (and this one must be important because I have seen it more than once) e) do not tell Michael Jackson jokes
Now I and many of the people I have played with have broken many of these rules. If I know the person well, I excuse myself, and proceed to chew my food in their ear. I am obscene. I am profane. I like me that way. If you don’t, you may politely excuse yourself (see Rule #1) and get the fuck out of my gaming session.
I also saw on one forum regarding headset etiquette, someone had added something like”And shut that f@cking crying baby up!” Okay, assbag. I take issue with that one. I have a 20 month old. They cry sometimes. I will never, EVER yell at my kid for crying if she has a legitimate reason, especially not to appease some nasty, common sense deficient and socially stunted prick that I don’t even know.
Now, moving on… this last one is one that most online gamers are probably familiar with.
3) Camping (specifically, ganking)
My first experience with this was in one of RE5′s DLC modes. There are two main delineations under Versus. One is Slayers mode, wherein you try to kill more enemies than the other players. The other is Survivors, wherein you are trying to actually kill the other players. At least, that was my understanding of it as described in the game menu. Apparently I was mistaken. I purposely chose Slayers because it was not my desire to fight against players that I don’t know in a PvP death-match. I may seem like a confrontational person, but that’s just too much fucking stress. I know how cut-throat people can be, and it’s not my idea of fun.
But as I was merrily running along blasting Majini with my triple barrel shotgun, I realized I was taking damage…from bullets. I died three different times in fairly rapid succession before I realized, “Hey, these douchbags are trying to kill me!”
I suppose I should have just quit right then and there, but I decided I would dish out a nice return helping of shut the fuck up with my Magnum. All of a sudden, as I am gunning down one of my targets from the next roof over, I hear distantly in my earpiece *chshkkkk~static crackle* “oh, okay, bitch.”
It sounded almost as if she was talking to herself or thinking out loud. I immediately fired back, “I CAN HEAR YOU, BITCH!” Needless to say, when no further trash-talk was forthcoming, this confirmed my suspicion that the dopey bitch had simply forgotten I could hear her.
There are many more guidelines to online gaming etiquette, but before I go, I’d like to add one that, although it may exist, I have not yet seen. And that is this;
If you are hosting a game session, and are waiting for another specific gamer to join, for fuck’s sake, please make it a private session, instead of just repeatedly booting off random people who try to join. I can not even say how many times I have cruised the session boards looking for a game to join, only to be tossed out on my cyber-duff because some jerk was too ignorant or lazy to make their gaming session private. The whole purpose of those boards is for people to find someone else to play with when they want to play co-op. You’re just being rude.
Well, I think I’ve said all I need to say for now… At any rate, I’m almost positive I’ve said all you’re willing to read. I will bid you adieu for now and hope to see you again (if Sean doesn’t immediately rescind my invitation to write for him, due to my horrific, yet mesmerizing command of foul language. ) Until we meet again…