In a time when video games are at their biggest, there are plenty of things gamer's do incorrectly. Whether it's breathing heavily into a microphone instead of talking strategy or only playing COD every year and then saying it's the best game ever made. There are a few things that can make you a better gamer overall. Now with these helpful hints your character in Skyrim won't be a higher level and you're kill death ratio will still be .38. But hey, your friends won't cringe when you blab your mouth and you PSN friends of five, may go up to fifty.



5. Make Sure You're Pronouncing Things Correctly

This, is one of my biggest pet peeves. I went on a mission trip last year where we had to get with a group of people we had never met. As happy as I was to meet new people I wasn't happy when the person mispronounced Ocarina of Time. After double checking myself the universal way of saying Ocarina is- 'Ah-Ka-Ree-Nuh' simple right? Well, for some people apparently not. He thought it was- 'Oh-Ka-Ray-Nuh'. Now, this didn't really bother me at first. But, when I stepped into a conversation he was having about games and pronounced it the correct way he made sure to point out I was saying it wrong...which I wasn't. If you don't know how to say something, look it up; it's a simple, easy way to sound a little smarter then you actually are.

4. Never Talk About Something You Don't Know About

Okay kids, gather around the fire, Grandpa is going to tell you about his adventures when he was a kid. He likes to tell about the times when he played Mario and killed the Elite with a Lancer.

I think this one is pretty self-explanatory. I have a friend who is a huge Resident Evil fan, now he loves to blab on and on and I listen, but I never give my opinion. Because, a little secret here: I don't know anything about Resident Evil. And that's OK. There's nothing wrong with not knowing something, but don't pretend you do.



3. Try Something You Have Never Played Before

I know, I know, you like what you do already why change it? Well, because it never hurts to try something new. Unless of course that's base jumping. Last year, I tried Final Fantasy XIII and then this year I tried Heavy Rain. Now I gave up on FF but now when people talk about it at least I know something about it. And thing like Heavy Rain only come up once in a console's lifetime. Take the time to play something that's a few years old that people are still talking about. It won't expensive at that point and you probably aren't doing anything better with your time.



2. Don't Compare Apples and Oranges...and Potatoes

The whole potato thing really has nothing to do with anything, I just thought it was funny. Anyways, something that annoys me more than anything else is comparing the Battlefield franchise to Activision's Juggernaut Call of Duty. I get it, both of games are first person shooters. However, they have nothing to do with each other. They really don't. Call of Duty is a close quarters, twitch based shooting and Battlefield is a slower, more team oriented shooter.

Both of these games are great in their own individual way. But why compare them? So when someone brings up, Mario Bro. 3 as a great game, don't say Paper Mario is better because they aren't a like and can't be compared. Unless, of course you were comparing the different games in the Mario franchise. Still, if they really don't have anything to do with each other, don't try to fit them both in the same category.



1. Don't Be Rude To iOS

I don't play a lot of mobile games, but I do play a few when I'm waiting with my girlfriend while she's  shopping or I'm in the car but I'm not a big mobile gamer. However, there it's a great gateway gaming platform. Like pot, with drugs...except you know it's not...drugs. So when your friend says that Doodle Jump is the best game ever made and is dead serious don't make your iPhone tea-bag his iPhone. Instead, just smile and nod and then steal his phone and replace it with a Playstation or 360. Like, I said, don't be rude.


Thanks for reading and I would just like to point out these are in no particular order they're just my top five. As always, follow me @gogamenerdkid, follow @GIOCommunity if you're too lazy to scroll over the blogs yourself. Find me on PSN at Oldrunner. That way when my parents are watching Netflix and you log in and out, I can stop what I'm doing to explain to them who you are and you are not in fact a forty year old man trying to figure out where I live. Thanks, leave a comment, positive or negative I would love to read them.