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Posted: Jan 21st 2011 12:01PM BigAndShiny said

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My inclination is to say
"kiddies go home" but i think i will stick with;
Rating=T
T=teen
teen=13+
under 13, i don't care if your mom pays, don't play.
"sry gtg mum says she will cancel ma sub if i dont go to diner."

Posted: Jan 21st 2011 12:31PM Chris Atlas said

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Lots I agree with above.

Three i would add:

1) Ignore local chat (it's rarely a good thing and sometimes makes you despair about the state of humanity)

2) Don't block people on the first offense. People have off days, misjudge a joke or situation, get drunk whilst playing etc.

3) Spare a thought for the newbies. Treat a newbie right and your likely to put that person on a good path for the rest of their time on the server. Treat them badly and they are likely to quit or end up as cynical and unhelpful as you.

Posted: Jan 21st 2011 12:33PM lionspaced said

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whats wrong with attacking tagged mobs? Most proper MMOs tag the mob to the player who hit it first.

Posted: Jan 21st 2011 1:29PM DeadlyAccurate said

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@lionspaced A lot of MMOs reduce the XP reward if another player helps to kill it, even one not in your group.
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Posted: Jan 21st 2011 12:54PM Germaximus said

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I dont want to offer unwritten rules myself but that first paragraph of the article had me crackin up. :p

Posted: Jan 21st 2011 1:20PM BarGamer said

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No Chuck Norris jokes in Barrens Chat, or the in-game equivalent.

Posted: Jan 21st 2011 1:25PM 2DruNk2FraG said

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In holy triad MMO's, play your role! No DPS healers or tanks thank you. Do that on your own time.

Posted: Jan 21st 2011 1:26PM 2DruNk2FraG said

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To be clear, when you are in a group. Off role solo play is fine.

Posted: Jan 21st 2011 1:32PM Averice said

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Each game has its own list of unwritten rules based on games mechanics, and even then they're merely suggestions on how to not upset other people who feel like they deserve something more than you, which they truthfully might but if that's not important to your play style then don't worry about it.

WoW:
*Mobs someone else is fighting are tagged, don't bother because you won't get anything worthwhile from it. Note: If it's a named mob for a quest you can group up before the mob is dead even if it's already tagged and everyone will still get credit. So there's no reason not to accept group invites, you can always leave the group again.
*Therés no reason to kill mobs near another person killing the same mobs if there are other mobs nearby that you can kill.
*Sometimes you just have to get it done and put some people on ignore.
*It's polite if someone is fighting a mob near a resource node to let them have a crack at it, but if you're not feeling polite then don't worry about it. If they send you a nasty tell you can always report them.

There's all sorts of little nuances for WoW etiquette and suggestions, like using non damaging CC when helping someone out of a tight spot so you don't tag any of the mobs they pulled on purpose. But again, most of them depend on that specific games mechanics.

The only time you seriously need to worry about etiquette and not pissing other people off is when you're grouped with them, because hey, you need them to get the job done. If you feel like playing selfishly, then play selfishly no one is stopping you. If you feel like helping out everyone you come across, then do that too. It's an MMO, it is a social game, but you have the freedom to behave how you want, just don't forget that actions have consequences.

Posted: Jan 21st 2011 1:56PM CCon99 said

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Never accept Blind Invites. If a moron can't send a /tell, they're likely to stupid to play with. They'll also be highly likely to go AFK without notice and blind quit in the middle of the objective.

Posted: Jan 21st 2011 2:02PM Kaemin said

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Don't be an idiot and don't be an ass to the idiot.

Posted: Jan 21st 2011 2:26PM Issmir said

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If I write the rules down, they won't be unwritten.

Posted: Jan 21st 2011 2:42PM The Million Dollar Prons said

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RTFW: Read the Fucking Wiki. If you play a game that has a wiki, you should at least glance over it before playing

Posted: Jan 21st 2011 2:50PM Bottleskup said

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Never Ninja-invite anyone. I *hate* when this happens to me when im busy doing something, or waiting on guildies or w/e, or just standing around talking to people. If I want a group for something I'm gonna look for one, and if you are just asking if i would help you, a tell would be nice first. My general response is an instant decline, and then i refuse to help them if they do eventually ask, simply because they ninja'd me first.

If you don't agree with a decision by guild management or the lootsharer or whatever it is, dont say something offensive and sign out, that doesnt help anything, its like slamming a door in real life, except the door makes you disappear into thin air. I've seen people start an argument, and as i'm explaining that they actually read it wrong and it IS being done the way theyr're arguing for, they throw a rage fit and log out. (Admittedly that guy got kicked from the guild later on for being a doosh, so its possibly more of a reflection on bad recruitment, but recruitment wasnt my responsibility, i just had to clear up the mess afterwards). But yeah, give people time to explain the situation, raging actually does less ingame than it does in real life, and it doesnt often work in real life.

Posted: Jan 21st 2011 3:33PM Bezza said

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1.) Don't play your music over your mic and into the Vent/TS channel. You might think it's cool and your music ricks but believe me, your not a DJ and your music just pisses off everyone who is playing.

2.) Stop bitching & whining about game stuff in voice chat channel, or endlessly whining about crap that we don't care about. Unlike you we don't love the sound of your voice unless you have somthing to say that is pertinant to what we are doing in game. You may of course whine and bitch to your hearts contnent in those channels provided for the purpose, but those busy folk who are working a particularly tough quest/raid/mob dont need to know the intricacies of your mating rituals or the moral defficiancies of your room mate.

3.) Don't beg, absolutly, if you beg you are the lowest of the low and not worthy to collect the dross that gathers upon the bottom of my boots.

4.) Global chat is for losers who are too busy being losers to actually play the game. Only fewls and those under the age of 13 bother with it.

5.) Yes we know you have a spacebar, constantly jumping your toon has confirmed this to everyone in your viscinity, you are not playing counterstrike and bunnyhopping is not compulsory, it annoys people and just reinforces with us that you have the IQ of a mouldy sponge.

6.) Guild Hopping for the purpose of personal gain is way uncool and for losers. Grow a spine, drink a cup of concrete and harden up, earn your place in a guild and earn respect the hard way like everyone else. Despite what your momma said, you are no more special than anyone else.

7.) Never ever ever forget, it's just a game.

Posted: Jan 21st 2011 4:17PM Faryon said

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For DCUO:
1) If you have just installed the game and enter for the first time: Either turn off voice chat or turn on push to talk. People in your group or guild don't want to listen to your breathing or your speakers.
2) Don't stand inside tight corridors if you are going AFK, other people might want to get past you.
3) Completion of many outdoor objectives is shared between all players within a few meters. Be sure that the other guy actually stole the objective before cussing him out.
4) The natural continuation of 3 - Don't run up and steal an objective someone else has cleared a path to. If it's one of the rare cases where completion isn't shared the other guy will get very annoyed.
5) Don't go to the other faction's low-level zone just to kill the NPCs the other faction needs to interact with for their quests. Doing this just to piss off hero/villain nooblets is called griefing and it can get you banned.

Posted: Jan 21st 2011 4:22PM cray said

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1. Respect the game for what it is. If it's a fantasy MMO, then don't treat it like it isn't. This isn't isn't Call of Duty.

2. Respect the denizens of the game, both players and NPCs. treat them like they are part of the game. This isn't some backroom brawl.

3. Control you're emotions. Just because someone or something has frustrated you, doesn't mean you need to unload your frustration on others or the game. That includes responding to others who might offend you. Ignore it and move on.

4. Sarcasm is OVERRATED. Trying to be funny by doing something obnoxious or just plain begging for attention isn't 'kewl' as you think it is because sarcasm is NOT a talent. Creating juvenile character names in hopes of being funny is shortsighted because ALL jokes get old some time or another. So that funny screename becomes a embarrassing sign of how incredibly short-sighted you are. Plus it goes to show your lack of understanding of rule number one. Respect the game.

5. Lastly, It's NOT about winning and Losing, but having the OPPORTUNITY to play and compete together. Nothing wrong with wanting to win, but do NOT let that be the sole reason why you are playing. There's ALWAYS someone better than the next guy. Focus on the OPPORTUNITY to play the game and with/against each other.

Posted: Jan 21st 2011 6:18PM SKYeXile said

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Really depends on if they have CN in their name or not...if they do...spawncamping is on.

Posted: Jan 23rd 2011 2:08AM Snowyjoe said

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Don't freaking leave a group just because you're friend came online or because there's no monk on your team in PvP.

Posted: Jan 23rd 2011 2:29AM Valdamar said

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I was going to say "treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself" but that doesn't really work with some segments of the MMO population so instead I'll modify it to "don't treat other people like trash, even if you thrive on being treated like trash yourself". Some people just thrive on negative attention - giving and receiving.

Also a lot of people online just seem primed to always pick the worst possible interpretation of what someone else has said - I see it time and time again on public channels - so if somebody says something ambiguous then give them the benefit of the doubt and allow them to clarify before you shoot them down - don't assume the worst for dramatic effect. It's not always easy to get the nuances of an idea across in just plain old text - you can't express tone or mood - plus not everyone in your MMO will have English as their native language.

TLDR version: "Be civil and tolerant - and if you can't then just be quiet."

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