Our resident gaming expert Michael Wickham (Gawler SA) has some tips for what to do (or what not to do!) for beginners.
With the current climate of social distancing and self-isolation, more and more people are moving to gaming to fill their spare time.
It can be intimidating stepping into a new hobby, especially if you’re going to play online against seasoned veterans.
To help you integrate in the competitive world of gaming, I’ve written some guidelines to help you assimilate.
(PS – please take these guidelines with a pinch of salt)
If you’re playing online, a headset is a must – it will help you hear enemy footsteps clearly and be able to tell what direction they are if you get a good one.
The most important part about having a headset is the microphone. You need to seize every opportunity to trash talk - it doesn’t even need to be the enemy team!
If anything goes wrong you can blame it on lag, bad controllers, bad communication from teammates and if all else fails just blame the poorly made game.
Real talk: You're there to have a good time and work as a team, so play nice.
Winning is everything
Like Ricky Bobby said, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.”
No matter what game you’re playing, you need to win. Fortnite star Ninja tweeted: ’It’s just a game’ is such a weak mindset. You are OK with what happened, losing, imperfection of a craft. When you stop getting angry after losing, you’ve lost twice.
This means that you must use everything at your disposal to win, even if that means finding one combo in a fighting game that is un-counterable and spamming it until you defeat your foe.
You only need to use the meta/best weapons available and there’s absolutely no room for fun or experimenting – win at all costs.
Real talk: If you don't win, it's not the end of the world. As long as you're having a good time you don't need to put pressure on yourself.
Pick a side
Now there are some people out there who will use games to bring people together and embrace different opinions. But not everyone.
Make sure you pick a side, whether it’s a console, brand, genre or just one game. Don’t forget to judge people who haven’t played the games that you like. If they haven’t finished Ocarina of Time, what right do they have to even look at a Nintendo game? They play Call of Duty for the campaign, which means they aren’t good enough to compete online. Not playing a game on the highest difficulty means they need to Get. Good.
Real talk: The gaming world is made of casual gamers and serious gamers. No matter which camp you fall into, you're all there to play.
And finally, it’s all about you
The final thing that you need to remember is that gaming is about you. If there’s anything you disagree with, make sure you take to Twitter to express your opinion.
Real talk: Whether you like a game or not, it's important to respect others. If you wouldn't say it offline, don't say it.
The real takeaway?
I hope that you can understand that I’m showing you some of the behaviour you might encounter out there in the gaming world - but not everyone does this.
Gaming is about enjoyment, and I’m not going to tell you how to enjoy your gaming experience!
Like everything in life, you’re going to enjoy it in your own way. Play on easy, experiment with games even if you think they’re too hard, even camp if you want.
There’s enough negativity in the world and gaming is a great escape. I hope you can share the joy of gaming with those around you.
That’s the real key to being a gamer.
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