Over the last few years, online gaming has increased significantly and, in many cases, replaced bricks and mortar locations. Whether you are playing at an online casino or an online console game that requires interaction with other players, etiquette when playing is always needed. You certainly don’t want to be the player who comes across as being rude and causes trouble for others trying to enjoy the experience. Thankfully most of the rules are common sense, so here’s a quick recap of online gaming etiquette in case you’re missing anything vital.

Good Sportsmanship

As with any gaming, from the football pitches to the casino tables, you need to accept the fact that sometimes you will lose. So, the first rule is straightforward, don’t be a bad loser. Even if you are playing a game for money, you need to be gracious in defeat and not start kicking up a rumpus because it didn’t go your way this time. If you are playing multiplayer online games, the chances are no matter how good you think your playing skills are, someone you meet will be better. If you are playing at a casino, remember that the house is set up to win more than it loses, and it’s known as the house advantage.

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Know the Rules

This brings us neatly onto the next point, which is to be sure that you know the rules of any game you are going to play. If you are playing in a community or visiting an online casino, there may be slight variances to regulations you may have thought existed in all versions of the game. Helpfully, each site should be displaying the rules for you to clearly read before you start. American versions of something like roulette will often have different regulations, albeit only slightly to those offered in the UK. So be sure to check what fashion you are playing before you begin. Again, you will be seen as having poor etiquette and a troublemaker if you cause a fuss because you thought the rule was different than it is, and you kick it off about it.

Online Chat

A big part of online gaming is the chat function which creates the community atmosphere that you naturally get when you are in the same room as other people. There are lots of important rules to remember when it comes to online chat. First, you need to remember that your safety is paramount, and people are not always who they seem to be so careful when it comes to giving out personal information. People often have a screen name rather than their real name, and you should never be giving out information like your address or telephone number. Second, online chat does not allow for the nuances of conversation that we take up by being able to hear the tone of someone’s voice and see their face when they are speaking. This means that text conversations can easily be misconstrued and taken the wrong way. Therefore, it is crucial to think before you type so that your meaning is not misinterpreted in any way. 

Many communities will have their own rules regarding chat. It is essential to abide by these. If you want to integrate well with other players, it is important that you participate in discussions and keep them relevant and follow protocol. When someone wins, other players may congratulate them, and this is often in an abbreviated form, perhaps just the letters WD for well done or a smiley or thumbs up. It is preferable that you comply with what everybody else is already doing. Finally, remember that time is always a place for basic manners like please and thank you!

Online Gaming 

Some of the most popular online games now are live-action role-play games such as World of Warcraft and League of Legends. This means you will encounter players from all over the world that you do not know and will never actually meet. There are gamers who try and cause trouble for other players by hijacking their accounts, and of course, this is very poor etiquette and not something we would encourage. It is important to remember that while you might like the idea of winning, you are just playing a game, so ruining someone else is fun isn’t really the way to go here. If you encounter any language barriers in the chat facilities, it is also vital that you try to remain friendly and polite. There are various tools online like Google translate, which will help you understand what the other person is trying to say.

Unfortunately, online gaming is an area that experiences quite a lot of bullying. High-level players have been known to pick on younger, less experienced players, and again, this is not very good etiquette. This behaviour is to be discouraged, and if you see someone having a hard time, you can report them to moderators or try and help them. Overall, it is about respect and treating other people as you would wish to be treated. Thankfully, you will find many communities are very open and welcoming to players. Lots of long-standing friendships have been forged between people who met playing an online game. If you follow this essential guide, you will have the perfect online gaming etiquette and be able to enjoy your time no matter what games you choose to play online.

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