Today’s Problem – Online Gaming
In this post, we’ll be visiting the problems associated with online gaming. Don’t be tempted to laugh if you’re a non-gamer. This isn’t a laughing matter. It’s a serious issue. The perils and frustrations of online gaming are all too real. Ok fine you can laugh. Just do it behind us gamers’ backs. Being able to tolerate mockery is not a forte of ours.
Plenty of gamers suffer from the woes of online gaming problems every day. Now to be honest, I haven’t always been the most avid online gamer. I’ve participated in PC online gaming on and off the past couple of years, but I didn’t start consistently playing online till recently when I caved and got Xbox Live. Since then, I’ve been starting to experience the problems firsthand that my online gaming friends have been discussing for years.
The Problems of Online Gaming
Let’s start with the almost universal addiction that online gaming introduces into its participants’ lives. It’s a time eater. So easy to devote most of your free time to it. I think it mostly revolves around the competitive nature of it. If you’re losing games, you’ve gotta keep playing until you win. If you’re winning; well hey, why stop there? Most times you’ll even end up competing against your own teammates. Whether it’s to have the highest score, or just to not be the worst player on your team. That can be enough of a moral victory in itself. As long as I look good while I lose, it’s fine by me. I count that as a personal win. (In fact, at the time that I’m writing this, I’m currently dominating Titanfall with pretty much no help from my online teammates!)
Another huge problem stems from the general trolling that takes place within the online gaming community. Some gamers really like to annoy other gamers to no end. That’s all they’re in it for. And there’s so many ways they can do so. Goofing around. Losing on purpose. Shouting incoherent sentences. Disconnecting in the middle of a match. The list goes on and on.
Solving The Problem
And now for some ways to fight these online gaming problems!
- Schedule your playing time: Instead of impulsively deciding when to online game, maybe just schedule time to do so. It will help to limit the amount of time that you play, and you might find that it makes the time spent playing more rewarding. You’ll look forward to it, and won’t feel as guilty about spending too much time playing.
- Become uncompetitve: It would really work wonders to help cut down the amount of time you spend online gaming. But yeah… it’s not that realistic of an option. Game on!
- Play private matches with your friends: If you can’t take those annoying gamers anymore, maybe it’s time to only play with your friends. Most online games allow you to set up private matches with just people you know. Playing with your friends will hopefully help to make you feel more comfortable knowing that they won’t infuriate you. And if they do, at least you can go yell at them in person.
- Preemptive trolling: Go rogue. Start annoying others before they get to you. Run in circles. Fire on your teammates. Threaten to disconnect. Recite the Pokémon theme song. Actually disconnect. Be prepared though if you wanna go this route. It could be a very tough battle. And you’ll probably be disowned by your fellow legitimate gamers. Might end up being a huge mistake.
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