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Server etiquette

Posted: November 23, 2011 in PC Gaming
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Ok, for those of you who are not gamers, or online gamers, most servers that you play on are hosted, paid for, or built by other players.  In the case of FPS games, the most common occurrence is a clan, or group of gamers, that pay for a server for them and guests to play on.  Some clans charge dues to their members, others take donations from the playerbase that frequents their server.  In the majority of cases though, the guests that come to a server to play, are playing there for free.

Now that you know that, would it surprise you to know that those guests sometimes are the rudest, most ungrateful punks out there?  Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not everyone.  Our server has some fine guests that come, respect the rules, have fun, and are generally good sports.  Honestly I feel like our servers tend to gather some of the best players out there.  There’s always those tools though, that think they are entitled to act like apes in someone’s ‘house’.

So here’s my advice, for not being a tool on someone’s server.  Keep in mind that the server you are visiting is paid for by another player.  You are essentially visiting their house.  Would you go to the house of someone you barely know, and start criticizing their furniture, decor, or rules of their house?  When you go to a server and start breaking their rules, being disrespectful to the staff, and generally making a jerk of yourself it’s like going to a party with an open invitation, free food and beer, and then complaining about everything.

So, here’s a few tips to avoid being a tool

Profanity:  You aren’t cool if you cuss.  Just because you can doesn’t mean you have to.  It’s one thing to cuss out loud in your room, but it takes a conscious effort to type it into a chat window.  You are doing it because you want others to see it or because you are directing it at someone as an insult.  I know the game has cussing in it, but honestly, if you were at a stranger’s house and they were watching an R rated movie would you take that as permission to start shouting obscenities?

Arguing:  Don’t argue with the admin or staff of a server.  Those guys put the server out there for you to play on.  Sometimes they have rules, sometimes they don’t.  Whether you understand the rules or not, follow them.  No one is forcing you to play there.  If you don’t like the rules, don’t argue, find another server.

Disrespect:  I know, it’s a tough concept for some, but honestly, we are all members of the same ‘club’ if you will.  Why do some have to treat people like garbage?  Be respectful of the admins, they have a hard job.  They spend a large portion of their game time making sure the guests have a good time, by keeping jerks and idiots at a minimum.  Respect the members of the clan, in many cases they are paying for the server you are playing on for free.  Respect the rules, it’s their server, they set the standard of play.  Finally, respect the other players.  They are people just like you.  Try to act like a human being.


Yah, what that says.  This is my obligatory first post where I lay down for you, my background in gaming, and why I might have some slight knowledge that leads to credible opinions and such.

So, this old dude has been at it since the Atari 3200.  Not the retro refab one you can buy anywhere, but the classic one.  Loved River Raid.  From there it was on to Nintendo, the 8 bit, blow in the cartridge, gaming system.  We had the robot, the light gun, the whole shebang.  Many years of console gaming, all Nintendo for the most part, finally found me liking PC gaming much better.  Granted consoles saw some shining moments for me, but not until we got to Goldeneye, and later Perfect Dark, did my love affair with FPS games come to light.  Many many hours of four player, and later four vs as many sims as Perfect Dark would let us have, led to a need for more.  When I finally came up for air I found that the other console FPS games had nothing on those two.

My first computer was an IBM 386, but my first real PC FPS was Alien Vs. Predator, played on a Gateway (the last PC I bought ‘off the shelf’).  Once I got the hang of mouse and keyboard controls, there was no turning back.  Sure, I had other consoles for a bit after that.  Soul Calibre was a huge draw that got me to buy a Dreamcast, and later a Playstation 2, but my desire to play consoles waned as PC games became more and more advanced.

Now, I exclusively play PC games, though my household still has a couple of consoles (a failbox 360 paperweight edition, and that old PS2).  I play mostly FPS games, and RPGs.  I’ve been spoiled by multiplayer, rarely playing a single player game for more than a few hours.  Some sim games hold my interest for a few hours, but nothing compares to pitting my skills, mind, and story-telling abilities against that of another human being.  I’ve been in an FPS gaming clan for a few years now, starting out with the 5th Infantry Division on Medal of Honor:  Spearhead, then making my own clan with three others called the First Special Service Force, and finally ending up with the 5307th Rangers.  Over the years I’ve been known as magus, magus_taliesin, bluedragon, XamotDB, and a few others I don’t remember.

So, currently I am hooked on Battlefield 3, and working on a persistant world server for Neverwinter Nights 2.  I am holding my breath for the release of Guild Wars 2, and wishing I had the money and time to play Star Wars the Old Republic.

Why did I start this blog?  Well, I have noticed, in playing BF3, that the average online gamer has changed drastically since my days on Medal of Honor: Spearhead.  I’ve also noticed a huge change in the gaming customer, and company, over the years.  So many thoughts on all of this spin around in my head, and I thought it would be fun to share them with everyone.  Hope you enjoy.