We’ve all been there before. You know, when you first pick up a new MMO game and aren’t quite sure of the rules, strategies, and protocol. You’re so crippled with fear that you don’t want to make the wrong move – but you do. And when it happens, you’re given the dreaded label of “noob.” Nobody likes to be called a noob, so it’s critical that you understand what mistakes you’re making and overcome this very comical, yet derogatory title.
1. Failing to Understand the Variations of “Noob”
Did you know that there are actually a number of different versions and meanings of the word “noob?” It’s important that you understand what each term means so you have a better understanding of what people are calling you.
- Noob/n00b. A noob is considered an annoying player. This doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a new player, but means you make aggravating mistakes. However, in many cases, new players are also labeled noobs.
- Newbie/Newb. A newbie is quite literally a new player. This is not a derogatory term. Think of it like calling a professional athlete in their first season a “rookie.” If someone calls you a “newbie” or “newb,” just brush it off. No harm, no foul.
There you have it. If someone calls you a “newbie” or “newb,” don’t take much offense to the comment. However, if someone calls you a “noob” or “n00b,” know that you’re probably doing something annoying.
2. Giving Someone Your Password
The problem with the internet is that you’re unable to get a genuine read on a person’s moral character. Whereas in real life, it’s possible to determine who’s being real and who’s being fake, it’s extremely challenging to tell the difference between friends and foes online. If someone asks for your password and promises to help you make your account better, politely decline. This is a pervasive scam in many MMOs, so simply shake your head and move on. After all, only noobs give out their passwords.
3. Ignoring Tutorials and Game Resources
Games have tutorials, user guides, and resources for a reason. If you don’t reference them, you’re going to be called a noob – there’s no way around it. Using tutorials and reading various online resources doesn’t make you look weak. In fact, it makes you stronger in the long run. You’ll understand why certain parts of the game function the way they do, as opposed to making foolish mistakes.
4. Using a Generic Name
Nothing says, “Hey I’m a big old noob” quite like a generic or inappropriate username. Avoid creating childish or immature names, misspelling popular names, or using “Xx xX” around your user name. It’s also not very cool to add a bunch of random numbers onto the end of your name. Choose something simple and unique. If you end up meeting another user in real life, wouldn’t you feel more confident telling them your name is BeastSlayer, as opposed to XxGreenBeastSlayer8748xX?
5. Not asking for Help
MMO noobs often make the mistake of not asking for help when they need it. This is frustrating, as it prevents you from learning faster. Being willing to make mistakes goes hand in hand with being willing to ask questions, according to an experienced MMO gamer. “I see too many people trying to muddle through without knowing what’s going on out of fear of seeming like a noob.” Well the truth is that the real noob is the person who doesn’t ask questions.
Don’t be a Noob
Everyone understands the feeling of starting a new MMO game and learning the ropes, but there’s no excuse for being an ignorant noob. There’s a proper way to learn a new game and a wrong way to learn. By avoiding the mistakes mentioned in this article you can be promising new player, as opposed to an obnoxious noob that gets harassed by other users.