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El33t’s Question of the Day: Do you worry about how you look in multiplayer games?

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El33tonline Question of the Day

This is something of a two-parter Question of the Day related to how you appear to other people playing online, and how you feel about what they think of you.


I don’t know about you, but I’m not too concerned about the appearance of my in-game avatar when playing online games that allow customisation… except when it looks like I don’t know what I’m doing! In Battlefield 4, for example, a lot of the weapon upgrades are visible from mid- to far-distances with muzzle flashes in particular able to be seen from afar. I do admit to thinking about how hardcore players perceive my upgrade choices…

That leads to my actions in a team-based game like Battlefield or Call of Duty. I don’t worry too much about it, but I do think about how it looks to other players if I’m clueless about the objectives or map layout. If I’m running in the opposite direction to five other players, I’m either a genius player with a plan… or completely new to the game.

Is it silly to worry about how I’m perceived by other players online when there’s a good chance I’ll never see them in a game ever again? I think about this tenfold when I know the people I’m playing with! Do you do the same?


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