While I love and appreciate single player gaming – this geared toward multiplayer online games such as (but not limited to) Halo, Destiny, League of Legends, COD, Rainbow 6, Smite, Overwatch, CS Go et al.
Team Morale would be the heart of the team. In games genres where team composition matters and where an individual decision can throw a game we must learn to separate the negative feelings and outbursts, especially if it takes the place of you calling out. It’s valid, warranted and expected, however if it replaces call outs then you’re doing your team a disservice.
If you died to an Ultimate/ Super or you have eyes on the the opposing team, especially with a power weapon, conveying that information is more important than being
satly angry about how you died. In that particular moment.
I’m not negating the validity of complaining – most online multiplayer games comes with it’s own particular brand of issues but as you invest more play time you start to learn what those nuances and compensate for them, if possible. (There really isn’t a counter to lag – that’s just rolling the die)
These are the most important things to communicate to your team:
- Your original push – what is your game starting play?
- An opposing team member being low health / you needing a pick up and where.
- Whatever you see on your death screen – every little bit helps.
- Anything that can assist your team mate with making better decisions – for example: if you flank and you see where the team is spawning, that’s a great time to alert your team so you can co-ordinate the flank as well as the clean up.
- Where you died and how – is anyone weak? How many players were you fighting?
- If you call for aid and you get help – don’t be shy to acknowledge your team mate’s effort.
What’s important to remember is that you’re not alone – in a team game you are all experiencing the frustration – having great lines of communication open and channeling that anger into out-playing the other team is always the end goal.
If you are consistently complaining and that escalates to yelling, insults and disrupting the flow of the game and call outs – you’re not contributing to the team. Some games do require more strategy than others – get into the habit of discussing strategy before the game, during the game and my brutal advice is to disengage from folks who are always negative and not interested in growing individually and as a team.
When anger and negativity take over and team morale is low, the entire team is affected in game.Team mates might match your anger with their own or feel like they’re being talked down to / not valued on the team which does further spiral bad game play and decision making.
You maybe wondering why you’re not the first choice or get invited to play with your preferred squad – it maybe your inability to communicate effectively and the echoes of your anger can leave wounds.
TL: DR – be mindful of how you are reacting and communicating when you play team based, competitive video games. You might be the one that shatters team morale instead of building it.
This is the second part of the Gaming Basics series. You can find the first article here Gaming Basics: Party Conduct