Ok, for those of you who are not gamers, or online gamers, most servers that you play on are hosted, paid for, or built by other players. In the case of FPS games, the most common occurrence is a clan, or group of gamers, that pay for a server for them and guests to play on. Some clans charge dues to their members, others take donations from the playerbase that frequents their server. In the majority of cases though, the guests that come to a server to play, are playing there for free.
Now that you know that, would it surprise you to know that those guests sometimes are the rudest, most ungrateful punks out there? Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not everyone. Our server has some fine guests that come, respect the rules, have fun, and are generally good sports. Honestly I feel like our servers tend to gather some of the best players out there. There’s always those tools though, that think they are entitled to act like apes in someone’s ‘house’.
So here’s my advice, for not being a tool on someone’s server. Keep in mind that the server you are visiting is paid for by another player. You are essentially visiting their house. Would you go to the house of someone you barely know, and start criticizing their furniture, decor, or rules of their house? When you go to a server and start breaking their rules, being disrespectful to the staff, and generally making a jerk of yourself it’s like going to a party with an open invitation, free food and beer, and then complaining about everything.
So, here’s a few tips to avoid being a tool
Profanity: You aren’t cool if you cuss. Just because you can doesn’t mean you have to. It’s one thing to cuss out loud in your room, but it takes a conscious effort to type it into a chat window. You are doing it because you want others to see it or because you are directing it at someone as an insult. I know the game has cussing in it, but honestly, if you were at a stranger’s house and they were watching an R rated movie would you take that as permission to start shouting obscenities?
Arguing: Don’t argue with the admin or staff of a server. Those guys put the server out there for you to play on. Sometimes they have rules, sometimes they don’t. Whether you understand the rules or not, follow them. No one is forcing you to play there. If you don’t like the rules, don’t argue, find another server.
Disrespect: I know, it’s a tough concept for some, but honestly, we are all members of the same ‘club’ if you will. Why do some have to treat people like garbage? Be respectful of the admins, they have a hard job. They spend a large portion of their game time making sure the guests have a good time, by keeping jerks and idiots at a minimum. Respect the members of the clan, in many cases they are paying for the server you are playing on for free. Respect the rules, it’s their server, they set the standard of play. Finally, respect the other players. They are people just like you. Try to act like a human being.