Intro: It’s not easy being a gamer. You spend hours and hours in front of the TV, you make friends online, and you don’t have time for anything else. But sometimes, we can be our own worst enemy when it comes to gaming – here are some mistakes that every gamer should avoid!
- Playing for longer than you should: While most gamers enjoy their games, they ignore important things like school or work. It can be very problematic if you’re trying to finish high school or university – instead of playing the game further, you should try to play for shorter periods and make sure that you stop when your life is hectic! When playing video games, it’s easy to tell yourself “one more mission” or “just one more level.” Before long, you find that four hours have passed, and your mum is yelling at you to come down for dinner. So don’t forget to take breaks now and then.
Getting angry at something in-game might be incredibly satisfying, but it’s not good for your psychological well-being. Of course, there are times when the game is overwhelming – you’ve been shot at point-blank range three times in a row, and you’re perched behind a tiny rock that barely covers your body. However, making sure that this anger doesn’t last long is essential for your mental health. It’s not the game’s fault you’re getting shot at; it’s just what can happen in-game!
- Let your imagination stretch:
A game is only as good as your imagination will let it be. If you don’t like how one of the characters looks, think about how they would speak if they were real. If you don’t like what the combat looks and sounds like, try to imagine it with cartoonish, firework-like effects all over the screen. Playing this way can take a lot of fun away from the game, but if you let it work for you, there’s no reason you shouldn’t play in your way.
- Not paying attention to what is happening in the game:
It’s easy to let your eyes wander away from the screen, but it can be a dangerous mistake. If you’re going around corners, taking cover, or looking at something in another room, always have an eye on who is trying to kill you! You’ll probably get killed a couple of times because of this, but it will help you focus better on the game – which means more kills for you!
- Not monitoring your health level:
Health packs are scattered all over most games, but they aren’t unlimited. You can get killed if you don’t know what’s going on around you. If grenades are flying in the area where your health pack is, then it might be a good idea to get healthier fast. You can also use mgame hacks if you are having a hard time keeping up with the difficulty level of your favorite game.
- Constantly watching your back:
Yes, there are going to be some excellent gamers out there who want to kill you – bad! But there will also be players with worse skills than you who might try to take you out by surprise. So you always have to be on the lookout for someone sneaking behind your back when you’re on a health pack.
- Don’t pick fights you can’t win:
Nobody likes to admit when they’ve been beaten, but sometimes it’s better to back down and save your ammo for another battle than getting annihilated in front of everyone because you had no chance. You should always be aware of the game forces like gravity and time – going head-on against a player who has a higher ping isn’t going to end well.
- Don’t be a glass cannon:
Some gamers go into every firefight with the most powerful machine possible, ready for anything: and then they forget to use it! You don’t have to be a tank, but squishy won’t help you win a fight. On the other hand, there’s no shame in taking a few hits – nobody gets away without a scratch!
- Don’t use public chat channels:
Chances are you don’t need to talk about your personal life or share what you had for breakfast with everyone else playing the game, and using any other chat channels makes it much easier for people to get through to you.
- Don’t be a leaver:
Nobody likes the person who decides the game is over after one death – it gives everyone else playing a terrible disadvantage because they all died too, but it may not cost them as much in time or effort. If your team needs you to win, then stay with them! Don’t rage quit: Tying in with ‘don’t be a leaver,’ this one is when you left the game either because you’re losing badly or just because things aren’t going exactly your way. For example, if someone’s beating you, then go and practice so that next time you’ll win in a fair fight!
- Don’t act like an idiot:
This is the sort of thing that’s hard to explain. If you’re playing with random people over the internet, then they probably don’t want to hear out-of-context swear words or racist remarks (even if it is just a game) – be careful what you say! Don’t troll: “Trolling ” is the act of acting in a way that gets everyone else playing to hate you – whether it’s spawning in front of someone just before they get a kill or not following any given strategy. If you want to be annoying, then try being useful instead!
- Bragging and advising:
Some gamers don’t stop bragging about how good they are at whatever game they play. To keep face in front of their peers, they’ll go on about their strengths and sparingly use the word ‘try’ when referring to their weaknesses. You may miss out on some good games if you don’t read reviews from people who actually played the game and therefore know what they’re talking about. Some gamers will only say how bad or good a game is if it matches their taste – just because a game doesn’t appeal to you, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad game!
Conclusion: practice makes the man perfect. Avoid these mistakes to make your way into a brilliant gaming career, so you don’t stop having fun while making a career out of it. Happy gaming!