7 Tips for Great Game Etiquette in Online Games

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When playing casino games online, it’s important to remember you’re playing with real people, and to treat them with the same politeness and respect you would show any person face to face. Here are 7 tips to ensure you have a great time playing with or against people online.

1. Play by the rules and don’t cheat

Whether you’re playing World of Warcraft, online poker, or any other online game, it’s important to stick to the rules if you want to keep on playing. Depending on where or what you’re playing, certain things may be more or less acceptable, but there’s one rule that’s very simple and applies to all games across the world: don’t cheat. 

While some people think it’s funny, or others simply want to win at any cost, you should remember that cheating will not only be frowned upon by other players, it may also get you banned or blacklisted from playing at all. 

2. Give new players a chance to learn the ropes

No matter who you are or where you’re from, everyone starts off as a new and inexperienced player. We’ve all been there. New players might do things that seem like a bad idea (or even annoying) to other players, but you should let them learn at their own pace. And if a new player asks you for advice, it’s often a good idea to help them learn the game and encourage them to keep playing. 

In highly competitive games and online casino games you should be careful, though – some players are the equivalent of pool sharks, pretending to be bad or inexperienced at games to lull you into a false sense of security so they can beat you. This is particularly true in games with actual prize money, but can also often take place in games without any sort of reward, including just bragging rights.

3. Banter is acceptable, being rude isn’t

A PC gamer wearing a headset with a microphone shouts at the screen.

Depending on the game you’re playing and the people you’re with, there’s undoubtedly going to be some choice words flying around. This could vary from some mild teasing to full-blown swearing and insults. 

When it comes to swearing, you could choose to play it safe and keep your conversations PG. This is undoubtedly the safest option, and will avoid you getting reported to any game moderators or getting banned for breaking the rules. However, it makes sense to judge at what age group the game is aimed at, who is actually playing, or to make adjustments if requested by another player to stop cursing, rather than assume you should avoid all swearing in general. 

You can also take the same approach with insults, avoiding their use entirely if you’re worried about breaking a game’s terms of service, or potentially upsetting someone and having to deal with a game moderator. But again, some light, impersonal jabs or banter with the other players may be all part of the fun of the game, which is why it’s again important to assess the game environment (and the personalities of your fellow gamers) before you commit to a decision either way.

4. Don’t spam the chat

Trolls may think it’s funny to flood the game text or voice chat with text, emojis, music, or annoying sounds, but for most people, it’s just very annoying. There are no ifs, buts, or maybes when it comes to spam – just don’t do it. What you think is amusing or topical may well not be received in the same way.This applies equally to typing in all caps or yelling into your microphone for voice chat. Have some decorum, people!

5. Learn how to mute other players, or yourself

If a player is annoying you over text or voice chat, it’s vital to know how to deal with them. Yes, reporting them to a game moderator is part of the process, but you should also learn how to mute another player so their behavior doesn’t get under your skin and make you do something silly or rude. The majority of games that allow you to interact with other players have the necessary tools in place to manage other players’ behavior without getting official support staff involved, although they’re there should you need them.

On the other hand, if you find it’s you who’s unable to keep the content of your text or voice chat messages in check, it might be time to disable both – for your own sake as well as those around you. As we’ve already mentioned, depending on the rules of the game, as well as the community in the game itself, you may find yourself getting temporarily or permanently banned if you can’t keep your in-game chat suitable for the game and people around you. 

6. Keep your online avatar acceptable

Most games allow you to use an image or create an avatar to represent yourself in-game, and it’s worth thinking about it before you use a rude picture or create a custom avatar that people might find offensive. It might seem funny at the time, but just like chat, you may find yourself banned from using the service if you use an image or create an avatar that goes against the rules. Not sure what is acceptable or not? If it’s something you wouldn’t show to your own mother, then it’s probably not a good idea!

7. Be a good sport, and have fun

A gamer wearing headphones makes a heart symbol with her fingers while sitting in front of her PC.

Being a good sport applies to all online games, whether you’re playing with or against other people. When you decide to play any game where there’s a winner or a loser, there’s always the possibility that you might lose, even if you played your hardest. This is why it’s always important to lose gracefully: avoid temper tantrums, or going after your teammates, or even the opposition. No-one likes a sore loser, so congratulate the winner of the game, take your loss in good spirits and try again in the next game.

And remember, even in games with winners and losers, at the end of the day the aim of any game is to have fun. If you’re playing and find yourself not enjoying the experience, or even getting incredibly angry or frustrated, you may have to ask yourself if it’s worthwhile for you to keep doing so.

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