An Introduction to Multiplayer Online First Person Shooter Video Game Etiquette
Of course there are those of us who, even after years of playing, still make the same dumb mistakes. We walk directly into mine fields, we sprint upright into sniper territory, we accidentally squeeze off a grenade down at the homebase. Our teammates groan, "noob." Some of us never learn, and we may always act foolish no matter how experienced and skillful we become. Heck, it's even right good fun to goof off during a video game match, especially when everyone is taking it way too seriously, right?
The problem is: FPS games generally have military settings, and we all know the military is serious business. Goofing off is often not just goofing off: it is like dressing as a clown and doing summer-saults in a cinema during a suspense film. That is why even though it's just a video game, foolishness is often frowned upon. In fact, horsing around could probably get you killed in a real-life military situation, and when someone does it blatantly in game, it's a frontal assault on the immersion and suspension of disbelief crucial to entertainment, whatever the medium. But if you have to ask this question and really have to know, it means that you probably are indeed a noob, and that you have the poor and unfortunate distinction of not knowing that there really are some unwritten rules to online gaming. So look here and you’ll be well on your way to minding your video game playing manners and having fun with people, instead of at their expense.
For ye, fair noob, we bring you these articles as a sort of quick and dirty glossary. This is where you go if you find that you are angering online players, receiving angry messages mid-game, or generally if you are becoming a nuisance to the legions of expert gamers who find your presence in their games bothersome. These serious gamers will be very vocal about your lack of gaming skills, and may harass you repeatedly and let you know your lackluster shooting, grenading, and hiding skills are not welcome. But if you are willing to wait it out, watch and learn, and obey the codes of conduct for online FPS multiplayer gaming, then you’ve come to the right place. Generally, this is a good place to start for a friendly introduction to online multiplayer FPS (first person shooters) etiquette, or flesh out a detail if you keep seeing something in chat you don't understand. Here you have it, gamers, everything you ever wanted to know about online FPS multiplayer video games, but were too busy getting killed to ask.
The next page has some common acronyms people use to communicate when playing FPS games.