5 Unspoken Online Gaming Rules
The online gaming industry is comprised of dozens of different companies and an even wider array of games. Despite this variety, most thoughtful players follow similar rules of gaming across the board, including the five we outlined here:
- Help each other out
All Wizard101 players know the frustration of running out of health as they are about to win a battle, or being unable to find a fourth Wizard to step on the sigil of a particularly tricky dungeon. The specifics of other gamers’ struggles may be different, but the general idea is the same: Everyone needs a hand from time to time. With this in mind, many people jump in to help when they see a fellow gamer in trouble—do you?
- Don’t steal from people
Would you ever rush up behind someone during an Easter egg hunt and steal an egg from right under his or her nose? Hopefully, the answer is “No”! Snagging a reagent from another player is the virtual equivalent of being an egg thief, so think twice next time you’re tempted to do it. Remember, what goes around comes around!
- Give and take
Questing tends to be much easier with a little help from your friends, but there’s a difference between accepting assistance and taking advantage of the good nature of others. After someone helps you defeat a tough boss or track down all the reagents you need for your next big crafting project, ask if there’s any way you can return the favor, rather than jumping straight into your next quest without so much as a “Thank you.” There are no online gaming rules that say other players HAVE to lend you a hand (although it’s definitely a nice thing to do), so don’t take assistance for granted.
- Once is enough
It’s cool to ask someone a question or request help once in a while, but don’t go overboard. If you don’t receive a response or the answer you get isn’t the one you wanted, you shouldn’t take that as your cue to bug the other person until you get a favorable reply—that’s just annoying!
- Manners still exist in the virtual world
The “online” aspect of online gaming can make it easy to forget your manners, even if you always say “please” and “thank you” in real life. Although players are separated by screens, miles and sometimes even entire oceans, that’s no excuse not to be polite.
Do you agree with our five unspoken online gaming rules? What rules do you follow when playing games online?