Dave’s 4 Steps To Becoming A Better Gamer [MUO Gaming]

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becoming a better gamerI have made no secret in my time at MakeUseOf that I am a huge video game fan. In fact, it is one of my favorite things to do in both the virtual and the real world. However, things are not always great in the video game world. There are plenty of problems, and most of them come in the form of what I like to call “bad gamers”.

Most of this has nothing to do with their skill at actually playing games. I do not care if you play Call of Duty every day and never once have a positive kill death ratio. Yeah, that means you are not a skilled gamer, but it does not necessarily mean you are a bad gamer.

Being a bad gamer comes from something deeper. It comes from the way you treat video games. It comes from the ways in which you interact with your fellow gamer. If you are a bad gamer, fear not, because I am here to help. Follow this guide, and you will become a better gamer and maybe a better person.

Don’t Be a Jerk All The Time

It is so common when playing an online game to meet trolls and generally mean people, that most gamers are numb to it. When I play Call of Duty I find myself constantly having to mute players who are being giant jerks. The communication features on consoles and PCs were implemented for players to chat and strategize about the upcoming game.

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It is a sad fact that no one seems to get on the microphone unless he or she has some choice words to say about a member of your family. Of course, you cannot forget all the racism and nationalism that pops up everywhere as well. Treat people in video games the same way you would treat them in real life. Even better, pretend it is real life, and they have 20 friends, all of whom are UFC fighters, standing with them.

Don’t Be Sexist

It saddened me to learn that there is a website out there dedicated to female gamers sharing their stories about the terrible people they encounter while playing video games. Why does it matter to male gamers whether or not the person on the other side of the Internet is a female? If you are one of those people who cannot take losing a game because the person beating you is female, you need to take a long look in the mirror.

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Some of the messages you can see on fatuglyorslutty that these poor gamers receive are just terrible. Female gamers are just trying to enjoy their favorite hobby, and nothing gives a bad gamer the right to interfere in that. If you want to be a better gamer, please, treat female gamers the same way you would treat male gamers (see step one for not being an overall jerk).

Get Better At Playing Games

I know I said that you do not necessarily need to be a skilled gamer to avoid being a bad gamer. Still, it certainly does not hurt. You don’t need to play in MLG, but you should at least try to get better. After all, you should try to improve at anything you enjoy. While being a good person while gaming is the most important thing, being a halfway skilled gamer does not hurt either.

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Learn a Little About Video Game History

I will not fault anyone for being young and missing out on the “good old days” of video games, but it is a good idea to at least have a decent understanding of where video games came from. Halo was not the first shooter made by Bungee. Call of Duty was not always a modern shooter. Steam used to suck. Start with this awesome article by my colleague Justin and learn all about the history of Mario.

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By learning about the history of games, it will help you appreciate where games are now and where they are going. I am not saying you need to be a video game historian by any means, but knowing some of the important parts of its history will make you a better gamer today.


Following these steps will make you a better gamer, both for yourself and for the other people who are forced to play with you. As gamers, we share a common interest, and there is no reason we have to treat each other like crap all the time. Video games are one of the most fun hobbies out there, so please, act as if you are having fun while playing games.

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Comments (16)
  • Trevor Lenten

    The only MP game I really play anymore is battlefield due to the crowd it seems to draw. COD used to be fun and the game itself IS still fun although recycled a bit too much. What made me stop playing is all the 12 to 16 year old ass hats playing. No respect whatsoever.

    • Dave LeClair

      COD does seem to draw the lowest of the low, but it’s still fun!

  • Aatif Khan

    I think not only is it easier to be a jerk on the internet, hidden behind a keyboard and strom of words, but also easier for people to vent out all the negativity from their real lives on a complete stranger. Not saying that this behavior is appreciable or acceptable, but the fact is that if helpful mentoring is scarce in real life, it’s an even rarer commoditiy in online gaming communities.

  • Mihai Triboi

    Yeah, video gaming is my favorite part of the time spent in front of my PC. Don’t want to brag, but I think I’m a good gamer, although not very skilled in other than my favorite games. :D I use to praise gamers that are really good. I may say that sometimes there’s needed just one good gamer in a lobby to make everyone’s day.

    (BTW, if in your death match team comes a newbie that drags the score down, it’s a better idea to cover him/her, rather than insult him/her.)

    No, really, haven’t you ever been impressed by some gamers skills, enough to tell him/her how cool he/she is?!

    • Dave LeClair

      I’ve played World of Warcraft with people who I have to compliment, but that is more a coop experience.

  • TornZero

    I checked out fatuglyorslutty, and while I /have/ encountered a few braggart-brand jerks on the PlayStation Network (which end up being young boys in shooters, obviously), I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone (male or female) have to deal with the amount and level of jerkitude that’s apparently made its home on Xbox Live.

    Is there really such a huge difference between the kindness of users on different networks, or am I just a sheltered gamer? (That said, I do play Battlefield and Uncharted, amongst other games; and during a short excursion on Black Ops, the players were more talkative about miscellaneous real life issues and in-game cooperation instead of waxing nostalgic about my mother’s performance the night before.)

    • Dave LeClair

      As an Xbox fan, it pains me to admit that more jerks seem to be on Xbox Live for some reason. It’s too bad really.

  • Vipul Jain

    “Can i butter your muffin”
    EPIC! XD

    Though on a serious note, people should start playing at at least medium difficulties. Till the time they push their abilities they will just be stuck at easy level win happiness.
    I started at medium & by now (4-5 years), for me medium is easy. so now i challenge myself with Hard difficulties.
    Maybe one day i’ll get into expert range :D

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