What is gamer etiquette?

Always leaving your mic on so other players can hear you at all times
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Only playing with people you know or like
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Gamer etiquette is a universally accepted way of developing rules which share a common purpose
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Gamer etiquette is accepted norms shared by players, developers, platforms and game communities. They protect the integrity of the game and enhance gameplay for players

What are codes of conduct or rules of play?

These rules are for noobs. Serious gamers do not need to follow them
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Secret hacks and cheats that let you win the game
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Codes of conduct let players know what types of behavior are acceptable and what types of behavior are not acceptable within a specific game or community
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Codes of conduct or terms of play are unique to each individual game, platform or community and are designed to inform users about boundaries and expectations

Why are codes of conduct important?

So that you can report players who annoy you, to get them banned
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They are not important. Nobody takes them seriously
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Because developers work hard to create rules and guidelines which ensure that all players or users get the most out of the game or platform
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Each game or platform has rules which are there to protect the community and the players

Why should you respect other players?

You shouldn’t respect other players. You are there to win, not to make friends
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If you are not nice to other players they won’t give you the cheats and hacks you need to win
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Because it is easy to forget we are all human! All players should feel welcome and valued so that they can contribute to the game
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We all play to enjoy the game. Respecting other players as fellow gamers is good for the game environment and enhances team spirit, communication and strategy - which can make all the difference in a fiercely fought game!

How can you help a team member who is being bullied or abused in-game?

Tell them that if they can’t cope with the game, they should go somewhere else to play
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Defend them by abusing the players who are doing it
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Give them some encouragement to let them know you are supportive and try to help them if you can. Report any abusive or toxic players who continue to disrupt the game
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Supporting a player who is having a hard time might help them emotionally and may stop them from quitting and ruining the game. Reporting players who bully in-game will help moderators identify and deal with seriously toxic players

What should you do if you are being abused or harassed by other players?

Give it all you’ve got, stand up for yourself by abusing them more than they are abusing you. They will soon back off
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Quit the game immediately and call the police
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Don’t take it personally, focus on the game and mute communications until things calm down. Report anyone who continues to target you
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If they don’t know you personally, try not to take it personally. If you feel targeted by a particular player or players, be sure to let the moderators or platform know

How do you know when to stop or take a break from play?

When your computer starts to get hot and the fan makes too much noise
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When you are on a losing streak
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When you are feeling physically or mentally exhausted, or when gameplay has become too emotional and your level of play is affected
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Looking after yourself is very important. Continuing to play when you are exhausted or over-emotional is not good for you or for the game

Why is communication important when gaming online?

It's important because you can shout at players you don’t like or teammates that are not performing well
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It’s only important if you are new and don’t know what you are doing
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So that players can develop tactics and strategies quickly and clearly, especially when challenging situations arise in-game
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Good communication can help change a potential loss into a win. This is essential for productive gameplay

What are your responsibilities as a team player?

You only have one responsibility, to win at all costs
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To use as many cheats and hacks as you can, and to put off other teams with continuous abuse
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To take my role in the team seriously and to work with teammates closely to focus on our game approach and strategy
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Good teamwork is essential and will help to make the game environment more competitive and exciting to play, for you and other players

Is resilience important when playing video games online?

No
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Yes, but only for new players. Experienced gamers are not affected by bad gameplay or player issues
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Yes, it will help you to stay focused on gameplay when you are on a losing streak, in a tough situation or when the team is not pulling together
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Staying focused on the game and your role can make all the difference if you are having a tough time with other players or are experiencing a heavy defeat. Stay positive and try to learn something from every game, win or lose!

What life skills can you learn through playing video games?

Gaming is just a bit of fun and does not help you in real life at all
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Unless you become a professional gamer there are no real benefits for players outside of gameplay
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There are a lot of skills that you can learn from playing games such as problem solving, discipline and teamwork!
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Like many other games, video games can teach us a wide variety of life skills including resilience, empathy, strategy, creativity and communication to name a few!