Gaming Etiquette For Pinoy Gamers

Again, I find myself angrily writing another article after getting royally enraged by a lot of you Pinoy gamers out there. Really, I must admit, it’s really ironic now that I have the time to really think about it. I know a lot of you scream “Pinoy Pride” at the top of your lungs whenever Manny Pacquiao wins a boxing match or when a beauty contestant like Pia Wurtzbach wins big in an international pageant and yet you yourselves bring nothing but shame and dishonor to our beloved country through your immature and sometimes even animalistic behavior. Then again, “irony” isn’t really something a lot of you understand, eh?


Anyway, I’m here to discuss the proper etiquette for playing MMORPGs. What some of you may not know (even though I know some of you have been playing for quite some time) is that MMORPGs are often international games. Unlike Japan or South Korea, the Philippines doesn’t have it’s own game servers and has to share with Southeast Asia or the rest of the world. This means that it’s likely that majority of people playing aren’t Filipino and, by behaving like the unruly animals that we are, we are essentially showing the world what a broken and dysfunctional people we are. So much for “Pinoy Pride”, eh?

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Look, I’m a gamer too, okay? I enjoy my MMORPGs as much as many of you. However, it’s more than a little infuriating to be denied from a squad or party because of my nationality and somewhat heartbreaking when I am told that I don’t behave like other Pinoys who I’m mostly told have horrible attitudes and are either trolls or outright griefers. While I don’t know what your problems are, I think it’s time I delivered another sermon about your bad behavior and I don’t care if you hate me for it.

So again, are you ready to be butthurt?

On Speaking Tagalog

Actually, this issue has been a very hot topic of debate on our FB community page on GRP. However, since this article is about the gaming scene, we’ll save that discussion for another article.

Look, I’m a Filipino like the rest of you and yes, I speak just as much Tagalog. However, as mentioned above, MMORPG communities often include multiple nationalities often with each their own language. That is why it is often best to default to a universal language like English when communicating with other players.

To be honest, when it’s just me and my fellow Filipinos in a squad or party, I too resort to my mother tongue. After all, what would be the point? However, when in the presence of foreigners, I either use English or, on the occasion I’m forced to speak Tagalog, I translate for our non-Filipino members. This is often an unspoken rule in my own community as Russian or Brazilian (or any other non-English-speaking nationalities for that matter) will translate for their friends or associates who do not speak English.

I know a lot of you are more comfortable speaking Tagalog, but think about it: How would you feel if other players speak Russian or Cantonese (or any other language you don’t understand) to you or your party members in the middle of a mission or dungeon run? It can be at best disorienting or, at worst, creepy as you don’t understand what is being said. Remember that saying about people cursing you in another language with you none the wiser? Well, that’s exactly how you make non-Tagalog speaking players feel.

Like I said, there’s nothing wrong with using Tagalog in the presence of fellow Filipinos, however we should try to use English in the presence of other nationalities so as not to confuse or disorient them.

On Dirty Talk

Okay, here’s the thing, I’m guilty of this too. As a matter of fact, I even won the title of DYM in my own gaming community which means “Dirty Young Man” (as a young counterpart to “Dirty Old Man” and yes, we have one too) because of my general nastiness. However, as is the rule with the rest of my community, we try to be as wholesome as possible when in the presence of younger players. That means when there is a minor in the squad or party, we must try to avoid using any kind of sexual innuendo, make no mention of sex, alcohol or drugs or anything related to them and, above all else (and God forbid if you do) make no sexual advances towards them.

What infuriates me more than anything is that there was once a case of a player getting banned from the game for making sexual advances towards a minor in global chat (this means that his words were visible to the entire game world) and learned later on that he was actually a Filipino…

Like I said, I’m pretty nasty too, but I try to keep it to myself in the presence of strangers. I won’t deny that I’m a pervert but I also fully understand my boundaries. I hope you guys can learn to be more discreet with your nasty behavior as it is a major contradiction to our alleged “wholesomeness”.

On Aggressive Begging

Okay, this is probably the worst offender and is the reason I’ve saved it for last.

In our country alone, we have problems with squatters and beggars hoping for free dole-outs from people. Apparently, a lot of us have also taken to begging for dole-outs from other players in various MMORPGs. Yes, instead of playing the game as one should and earning rewards through “grinding” (that is, fighting monsters and adventuring), there are those of us who are simply content with begging for money and gear from other players.

Then when, other players refuse to give us anything, some of us have the gall to get mad as if they are obligated to help us. Ladies and gentlemen, need I remind you that other players are people in real life and probably have their own needs, wants and objective. They’re not playing the game to please or provide for you, they’re playing the game to enjoy themselves either through competitive play or distracting themselves with the game world proper.

If any players are ever nice and decide to give you something or help you out in your adventure, be sure to show them your gratitude because they probably have other things in mind to do. Even when they say they’re just helping you because they have a lot of (in-game) money or are bored, you should still be thankful that they’re helping you at all. However, when they don’t, note that they’re not obligated in any way to help you at all.


So there, for all your talk of “Pinoy Pride”, it’s really heart-wrenching to find out that a lot of us are actually responsible for ruining our own image to foreigners. You can cheer all you want for Manny Pacquiao or Pia Wurtzbach but if we ourselves, the people of the Philippines, are rude, inconsiderate and mean-spirited then we will always be seen as a backward and selfish by other nationalities and will be disdained and hated. If you really want to talk about “Pinoy Pride” then you should make yourselves something worthy of pride through courtesy and kindness and not just bandwagon on famous Filipino people.

And before I forget, dear parents, if your children are also gamers, be sure to teach them proper gaming etiquette as written here. Remember, if your child is ever banned or reprimanded by game developers and game masters, it’s not them who will be held accountable for their actions but you, their parents who did not teach them proper manners. Besides, it’s good practice to keep up with what you’re children are up to because I can attest to the presence of sexual predators in the gaming world.

The sermon is over, go and play your video games responsibly!

24 Replies to “Gaming Etiquette For Pinoy Gamers”

  1. The average-IQ Filipino will not be attracted to MMORPG genre. It’s a bit complicated to manage and develop your class and race stats, balance it with that of your group members/classes, what more expect them to learn game etiquette. It’s expecting a bit too much from both the Filipino gamer, and even more, their parent.

    — old school gamer here (MUDS and EQ era)

  2. Sadly, whenever I play games like Counter Strike or Dota 2, foreigners seem to despise me if I revealed myself as a Filipino. Most often they’re shocked since they will see me as not talking-sh*t after all and actually do try to cooperate as much as possible. While I do admit I get pissed at times and might curse at my teammates, it’s nowhere near the level of most pinoys playing on computer shops.

    1. Well, not in MMORPGs, but whenever I’m in a computer shop and there are other players playing DOTA, you’ll hear them curse and shout at the expense of other shop users who are simply browsing quietly. Can’t these players even keep their noise at the minimum?

      There’s even one case where a foreigner was in the computer shop when DOTA is ongoing. The noise the players are making are simply too much for him he spoke loudly enough to make is irritation known, but to no avail.

      Yeah, Pinoy Pride . . .

    2. It’s sad really but thankfully your experience ended well.

      I was playing the MMO Dragon Nest. When I joined a pvp match once, they kicked me the moment I mentioned I was a Filipino.

  3. Solo gaming all the way! You lose the essence of gaming once you go online. You only focus on winning or having the best gear but you forget the technical achievements on the game. You forget to appreciate how beautiful the graphics, textures and animation. You also lose to appreciate the absorbing sounds and environments because you just need to do the next thing as quickly as possible – like beating someone, get to the next item you need etc… Plus I don’t have to deal with other player Filipinos or not.

    1. Once i was curious to learn dota because all my college friends are playing, but when i entered the computer shop i was bombarded with words of insults throwing at each other, and i was like, for a virtual game the effort to insult is an overkill for me. So i just focused on my studies from then on and just be contented with my ps2 and psp back then. So i could never relate with the gamers, but this attitudes could also be seen at what the author said “game world proper” in reality, how do we love to make fun of other people so just we could have a good laugh not considering that we hurting that person, or the palibre attitude.

  4. >> Apparently, a lot of us have also taken to begging for dole-outs from other players in various MMORPGs…

    Then when, other players refuse to give us anything, some of us have the gall to get mad as if they are obligated to help us.

    grimwald: this is absolutely hilarious. I can’t believe Filipinos put this shameful trait (it its two complimentary parts) on display to the world. Have they absolutely no self-awareness? Is this behavior so common here in the Philippines that Filipinos actually think it’s normal?

  5. On Speaking Tagalog

    I don’t find great harm on someone occasionally blurting out some native-speak in the middle of an arena fight or a dungeon raid, but what really irks me is when some “Pinoy gamers” make it a point to broadcast their useless banter and chatter as LOUDLY as possible on town centers and lobbies, as if functions like “whispering” and “party chat” are nonexistent to them.

  6. Sadly, I assume that the nasty members of the “Pinoy Gamer Communicty” aren’t likely to read this article. Mainly because the majority of Pinoy gamers with crappy attitudes are streetkids or those with similar upbringings who play in those super-cheap net-cafes that you usually see near slums or in the less industrial areas in Manila.

    From my own observations, Pinoy Gamers are one of the most hated people in online gaming, which saddens and pisses the hell out of me. I’ve abandoned League of Legends PH and shifted to LoL NA because of the toxic community, and nearly everytime I run into another Pinoy in an international online game, I usually end up facepalming because of “GAGO BOBO TANGINA” spamming on their part.

    My online friends from other countries find the idea of a Pinoy gamer with manners so absurd they actually laugh at the mere mention of it. They still refuse to believe that I’m an actual Pinoy. -_-

  7. Hi there. What a well-written post! I had to search this topic on Google because I just became a victim of these Filipino bullies online. I tried downloading this game called Mobile Legends, but after an hour of playing, I deleted it off. I am a person who does not get easily affected by cyber people but this one got me. They threw some hurtful words to me and I admit, I took it personally, simply because they were involving my mother in the context, which is so immature and childish, but the fact that they have mentioned my mom, I think they have already crossed the line.

    Their behaviour is ridiculously unbelievable. I wasn’t treated like this by the people of my country online.. it is sad to think sometimes how these kids ended up like this.

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