Online gaming has become one of the world’s most favourite pastimes. While it’s been popular for years, the recent global lockdowns meant that more people than ever have had no choice but to stay at home and find a way to entertain themselves. From Call of Duty, to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, League Of Legends, and so much more, online gamers are truly spoiled for choice in an otherwise difficult time.
Despite all the incredible games available, not everything always goes as planned. We’re talking about those days where it all goes wrong—where you’re ready to spend a few hours upping your rank, but you keep encountering that annoying kid, or the lag spikes are simply out of control.
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Check out the biggest annoyances online gamers face, and be glad that you don’t go through it alone!
It’s great that kids enjoy video games. It gives them an entertaining way to spend their time, it allows them to socialize, and it can even help them develop and build important life skills.
But not all kids—especially if they’re young—can fully process what it means to lose a match, or die a few times in a row. It can be frustrating for them, and the only way they know how to vent their emotions is by getting angry at everyone around them. There are few things quite as jarring as having a 9-year-old yell expletives at you just because you got a really good headshot.
Camping has long been a part of the online experience—those players who like to find a secret spot and gank everyone who comes close. It’s truly beyond annoying, doubly so when everyone else is constantly on the move. Even worse is getting down to the last person on the other team, and you and your teammates spend hours trying to hunt them down just to put an end to the match.
We understand that games are laborious works of art. They require thousands of hours of coding, and it’s expected that a few glitches are just part of the experience. But game-breaking bugs have that name for a reason. Nothing can put a stop to your good time like suddenly dropping through the floor, or not being able to get that kill in against the person you’ve been after for ten solid minutes.
Cheating is never acceptable in any video game, whether or not it’s online. Everyone is there to have a good time, and cheaters detract from that, often to the point where it becomes stressful. They come in all shapes and sizes, using loopholes, scripts, and exploits to shift the game in their favor—almost always at the expense of everyone else’s fun.
While it’s great that more people around the world are enjoying video games, it’s also meant a tremendous increase in the amount of time spent waiting in lobbies. Whether it’s for the next round in CS:GO or an instance in Guild Wars 2, it’s always dreadfully boring to sit and wait your turn.
Trash talk has long been something of a given when it comes to the online world. Players like to talk trash to each other, but it’s usually out of a place of mutual respect and poking fun at your friends. There are those players, however, who tend to take things too far—cursing, swearing, and bringing a level of discomfort to the experience that no one really asked for.
Paywalls are something of a more recent invention. Developers will intentionally cut out parts of the game, forcing players to spend money if they want access to specific content. It’s a practice that’s criticized by millions, but it’s still common enough that it can seriously detract from the experience. It also means that those players who happen to have more spending money than others can start the game with an advantage over those who have to play from the bottom and earn their rewards.
Video games aren’t really true games unless there’s some kind of state of failure inherent in the gameplay. So, it’s expected that no matter what you’re playing, you’re not always going to win. For most people, this isn’t much of a problem; there are days when you and your team just can’t always win against your competitors. For a few select others, though, it’s preferable to cut and run before admitting defeat.
It’s a real kick in the teeth to have finally beaten an opposing player or team, only to have them suddenly disconnect and prematurely end the match before you get your rewards.
Griefers are there to do one thing and one thing only—to make everyone else have a bad time. These are the players who go out of their way to kill the noobs, hunt down the amateurs, and cause chaos wherever they tread. There’s no rhyme or reason behind the things they do. They’re usually bored with the game and are looking to get a rise out of the people they’re annoying. While they’re present in most desktop computer and console games, it’s the MMORPGs where they’re most common, forever on the hunt for the unassuming.
While lag isn’t quite as common as it once was—most gamers today have access to high-speed broadband and powerful machines—it’s still enough of an annoyance to make your blood boil. Lag can change the nature of a game in a heartbeat, taking it from a fast-paced shooter to a slow and broken mess that leaves you angry and frustrated. If there’s one thing that all gamers around the world can unite over, it’s a universal hate for lag.
For 95% of the time, gaming online is a never-ending source of constant fun. It’s safe to say that while we all get annoyed every now and again, nothing will stop us from playing.
This article was a guest post by Robin Underwood, a freelance editor at multiple online outlets where she delights her audience with fresh ink angles on topics like E-learning, IT and gaming.