Whether you are playing an online role playing game (RPG) or competing with a fellow gamer, you need to maintain good sportsmanship, good manners, and professionalism. Unfortunately, in the intense passion of gaming, people can become very emotionally involved in the game. Good manners and right conduct are sometimes thrown right off the window.
Yes, as gamers, we understand other gamer’s feelings when the action gets high. But hopefully, that level of thrill, adrenaline-rush, and excitement won’t let you forget about your manners.
Remember to play fair.
Do not use cheats, walkthroughs, or exploits while competing or participating in an RPG. Doing otherwise is an admission that you cannot win without such “assistance.” If you want to win fairly and gain the respect of fellow gamers, then you need to keep practicing the game. Winning the game in a fair fight makes the victory more rewarding.
Practice good sportsmanship.
Yes, you are the best gamer out there. But that doesn’t give you a license to brag about your wins, laugh at defeated opponents, taunt other players, or offer unsolicited advice. This makes you look very unprofessional. In the same way, don’t throw tantrums when you lose a game. Be a good sport, congratulate your opponent, and move on.
Do not spam.
Some games have chat systems that allow you to send messages to other players. Do not abuse the system by sending messages to sell or trade items every 3 seconds, talk needlessly with people, flirt with the opposite sex, or even flooding the chat system with meaningless messages. That is very annoying to other players. Just think, you’re in the middle of a very difficult, crucial level then someone sends you a message with an offer to trade special items.
Don’t use all caps.
If you really need to send a message to someone, don’t use all caps. That would make it seem as if you’re shouting at the other guy.
In many games, you and other players need to work as a team to overcome obstacles in a game. Don’t be a loner and cooperate with your team-mates. Do not go Rambo style; team-oriented games are supposed to be played as, well, a team. If you take a go at it yourself, don’t be surprised when your teammates won’t be behind you. Remember that winning the game or overcoming obstacles is often more important than the numbers in the score board.
Take it easy on newbies.
No one can be instantly proficient with a new game. And there are people new to the gaming world. Do not expect newbies to learn all the things there are to gaming. Be patient with them and answer their questions in a clear, friendly way. Being sarcastic, hurling insults, and using jargon in an effort to impress them won’t do any good, and newbies will take you as an arrogant bastard.
Don’t exit the game suddenly.
If you or your group is losing or if you need to go somewhere else, don’t disconnect from the system or drop out of the group all of a sudden. Properly announce that you are going to quit the game in a few minutes. You can also explain why you’re leaving (e.g., my mom’s calling me, I need to go somewhere else, etc.).
Be a good sport, and enjoy the game!