By Jason Parker
December 5, 2019
Soul MortaL (Naman Mathur) is one of the biggest names in the PUBG Mobile community. Boasting more than 3.5 million followers on YouTube and 700K+ on Instagram, he makes a living with this intense mobile battle royale.
A recent video on his YouTube channel discusses six important points to what he deems a “responsible gamer.” It’s not always easy to be responsible and positive, especially when competing in online gaming, but we at Esports Talk think this is important.
There is so much negativity in online gaming. It’s not all toxic, but there’s more than enough to go around. There are a few simple things you can do to try and make things better for yourself, and your teammates.
Most of these can fit into any game. The final point can work for other games, but I’ll get to it when I get there.
The first key to being a responsible gamer that Naman Mathur points out is that online disputes should not be brought into/affect your real life. He adds that if this does take place, the game is to blame, which is negative on that game. I’m not so sure I agree. Placing the blame just on the game seems a bit off kilter to me.
Sure, there are negative ways games can affect your real life, but I don’t think this is one of them. An important thing for me is if I argue with my teammates or online friends, I take a step back. These are people I play games with online frequently, and there’s no sense in letting something in a game cause a rift in friends.
I don’t know that I would lay the blame on the game itself. It is important to remember that in online games, competitive or not, it is still at the end of the day, just a game. You cannot let it rule your life. If a game is making you stressed or upset (whether via players or matches), step back, take a breath, relax.
A rule of thumb for myself in MTG Arena is when I lose two in a row, I step back and do something else. Any more than that and I start to tilt and get really frustrated. That leads to arguments, anger, and being down on myself.
Soul MortaL specifically points out people in the 16-24 age range for this point. People in this bracket tend to put more of a focus on the games and having fun than their education. Even if you’re trying to be a pro gamer, you absolutely must not neglect your studies.
Any professional sports/esports person worth their salt will tell you the same. People who try to get into professional wrestling, as another big-money market (potentially) are often told to make sure you have a back-up plan or a degree in something.
Gaming can be done after you are done with your studies. Don’t rush through them. There’s a lot of knowledge and habits you can pick up through studying that will carry over to gaming practice.
It is one of the most important things, not neglecting one or the other. Study, work hard, but don’t let one dominate the other.
Another tip to being a responsible gamer is don’t harass anyone. This is one of the saddest, most disappointing things I’ve ever seen in gaming. From tabletop gaming to online shooters, women get harassed for trying to enjoy online games. He pointed out that most female players receive awful, terrible messages simply for being there.
Don’t believe me? Ask any girl in your life that plays games online and people are aware that she’s a girl. I’m sure she can tell you a wealth of horror stories. I’ve seen some of the stuff the women in my life must deal with, and it’s wretched. Keep the in-game chat related to the game instead of “omfg a girl.” Don’t gatekeep! Let women enjoy a game because they want to be there.
One of the points Mathur had was posture/sitting position. Sitting for the same spot for hours can cause physical pain and other issues if you aren’t maintaining good posture. Back pain, clots, other issues can creep up on you if you sit poorly. Sit in a good chair and have good posture if you’re going to game for hours.
This is a lesson I learned pretty late. I tend to slouch in my office chair and try to get comfortable, but that’s not the play. I also think you should take a few moments to get up, walk, stretch or even step outside and relax for a moment. This is not only for your physical well-being, but mental. You might need to take a few deep breaths and unwind and consider some of your practice. Look back on a few matches while you walk and stretch. This one’s a double whammy if you ask me.
Part of being a responsible gamer is getting enough sleep. It’s important! Soul MortaL reminds us that a good eight hours of sleep is important. Why? It’s good for your health, (again mental and physical). Being good in most competitive games demands tactics and strategy. Having a refreshed mind will help you keep these in mind.
Keeping a good schedule is important, especially for fighting games. It’s always been impressed upon me to practice every single day, no matter what. I’m bad at doing this, but I’m working on it. Keep your gaming/practice area clean and tidy. If you can come to your practice sessions refreshed and well-rested, it will help you remember tactics and plans you worked on the day or week before.
So take our advice, and get some rest. If nothing else, a nap may help too. I understand not just anyone can get a full eight hours. But feeling refreshed is so key.
Apparently, many PUBG Mobile players buy their in-game currency from third party sites or apps, and that doesn’t sound like a smart idea at all. The result is that people get scammed out of their money. It’s not like PUBG Corp. can do anything about that either. If you didn’t buy from them or one of their trusted websites, that’s on you.
This goes for a lot of other games though. Don’t go buying skin codes or something from sites that aren’t the actual game’s website. Do you know how easy it is to scam people with fake skin codes/used skin codes? Easier than you’d think. You really must be careful about stuff like that. Whether it’s weapon crates in CS:GO, or League skin codes, you have to know who you can trust and who you can’t.
If you want to be a responsible gamer, take the time to take care of yourself as well as get good in your games. There’s ample time for both.