Is There a Lack of Communication and Teamwork in Online Console Gaming?

One of my biggest pet peeves while playing online games is the lack of communication and teamwork that happens between players. I don’t know if this is only something that happens to me or what, but it just feels like the communication between teammates is non-existent. Now, I can only speak from my own experiences while playing PlayStation 3 online, since that is the system that I mostly play online with. But, whether in a party with friends, or even just in a match by myself, I tend to see that no one is communicating on what is going on within the game. Come on, people. It’s not that difficult to tell your teammates, “Hey, you have a guy coming up to your right. Stab that fool!” Maybe it is that hard for some? Or maybe people just don’t care. But, how about we go ahead and take a trip down that road anyway, shall we?

In all honesty, communication and teamwork is key if you want to defeat your opponent. You have to work together to achieve the goal that you are faced with during the online match. Now, I understand that this issue probably doesn’t always happen, and maybe it is just in my own experience that I am faced with these issues. But, it seems as though regardless of the game that I play, these issues are always there. Whether on Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Killzone 2 or Modern Warfare 2, or even in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, communication between players just isn’t there.

Over the last few weeks, I have been playing some Uncharted 2: Among Thieves with fellow DualShockians; Joel Taveras and Jon Ireson, and I noticed that the three of us had the same views on the lack of communication in online gaming. Joel seems to be the commander of the team, saying things like “Dude, where they at? Someone tell us something.” And of course, silence rings out from the rest of the team, besides Jon and I.

Why don’t people communicate with one another? Your teammates will like you more if you aren’t out there just for yourself. Personally, I feel that the whole lone wolf syndrome that people have when it comes to team-based games is a little unnecessary. People need to be called out if they aren’t being a part of the team, and if they are just out there trying to get their kill/death ratios up. A kill/death ratio doesn’t always land you that win, its about more than that in the heat of these battles. It’s about organization, and from my perspective there isn’t any and I am hoping that I am not the only one who notices this.

Now, what can we do as a community to fix this issue and work together as a team? Who cares if we don’t know one another, we all have the same goals in mind while playing video games online, and that is to defeat the other team, right? Team really does mean team. Although there is a “me” in team, there is no “I,” so how about we go ahead and fix this. I mean, there is room out there in the world for Rambo’s, but alone they cannot win.

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Tyler Christensen

Marked until death with the words "Gamer" across my back (literally) with Duck Hunt pistols across my shoulder blades. Tyler enjoys good beer, open-world games and is also a singer/songwriter.

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