Etiquette is something I find to be sorely lacking in online gaming and best practice is rarely discussed. When I say the name Jane Austen what do you instantly think of? If you’re like me it’s likely to conjure up gentlemen in tight breeches and ladies in regency gowns. I’ve never actually watched ‘Pride and Prejudice’ but I’ve heard enough about it in the media to get the general gist. Proper etiquette is essential to the way the characters interact with one another. So should it be in the online gaming world.
Now I’m not saying a console game should be based…scrap that thought I’ve just found out there’s an upcoming film called ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’. Imagine it, Elizabeth Bennet prowling around Regency England with a rifle blowing away rabid zombies! Would definitely set it apart from ‘Resident Evil’ et al! Anyway getting back to my original point, part of the focus of Austen’s books is on the manners shown to one another by the characters. I would like to be treated equally well by someone online as I would if we were face-to-face, but experience has taught me not to always expect that.
First off is the subject of good sportsmanship at the end of game. Now I know those in sports don’t always show the highest of respect to officials or to each other but there is an expectation that at the end of a competition the individuals should accept the result with relative good grace. If not, as in football, they are usually shamed or made to feel foolish by the press or via social media. In online gaming I sometimes win but more often lose and am pragmatic enough to accept that situation. I’d like to win all the time but there’s likely to be someone around even better. Reminds me of some of my past job interviews, don’t ask. However other gamers seem unable to deal with losing with calm acceptance, I’m amazed by the inventive ways swear words can be utilised. They must see curse words like Lego bricks. The offenders are sometimes playing against me, on an opposing team or on my own team. I would say it’s childish but that would slander the children!
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