Even if you don’t know what you’re doing…
One of the most intimidating parts of starting with online gaming is overcoming the fear of ruining things for other players. It’s one thing to play a game and make mistakes at home, but it’s another thing to play a game and make mistakes that can lead to failure in other people’s plays. But there’s no reason to let that fear stop you or any other newguy from having fun. This article gives you the in’s and out’s of online games so you start having the confidence you need to move on.
The first step that all new to online games should take is to first learn how to play offline. You read the game manual and save yourself from seeing the infamous acronym, RTFM rolling through your screen. Do you know what that acronym means? It means “Read the Fu**ing Manual” and is spat on by serious players for vulnerable new players who interrupt a game with questions like, “What is this place?” or “What should I do?”
You search the web discussion groups related to games, FAQs and step by step. And you can learn more from game-specific usenet newsgroups. In other words, you could do your “homework.” Some of the information you want to learn includes how to play, how to create characters, how to collect equipment, and how to implement some smart strategies. Trust us when we say your teammates will like it!
In addition to reading how to play an online game, you can familiarize yourself with the game interface. Just as you searched the network to get the textual instruction of a game, you can also search the network for the screenshot of a game (or series of screenshots). Having a graphic screen (.gif or .jpg) of a game on the screen gives you the chance to remember where all the game controls are. Knowing where everything is in a game before playing will speed things up not only for you, but also for everyone. No one wants to wait until you search for an inventory dashboard or message screen in a game when the location of these items is clear to everyone.
Once you start a game, let the pressure of staying in the game prevent you from doing the unthinkable: die. A character dying in a game is inevitable at certain points, and unless you voluntarily set aside a loss situation, you run the risk of keeping the game to everyone. It’s like a game of chess. If it’s checkmate, it’s checkmate. Call every day and start over. Whatever you do, don’t expect a magic fairy to come to your aid. Please let your character die with dignity.
Likewise, you don’t want to die in person. Remember that online gambling is still just a game. A character who dies in a game is not representative of his character as a person. Turn it into a dead learning experience. At the very least, you’ll learn your way to an online game by learning all the things you shouldn’t do!
Above all, make sure your computer has what it takes to keep the current pace of an online game. Do not attempt to play an online game with a slow computer or slow Internet connection. In fact, if you’re still using dial-up, find another hobby. A slow processor and connection will cause immediate death because other players will not politely wait for their own defeat. They’re going to crush you like an insect.
Search around a computer built for online gaming and get a DSL or ISDN Internet connection. You’ll need a fast processor, a high-quality graphics card, and a sound machine to customize.
Following these simple suggestions, you will have passed the “rookie” test and earned respect as a serious player much faster than if you stumbled upon what others prided in as “the ultimate hobby”.