The Top 7... Worst things you can do to a gamer

3) Start a conversation

Take a look at us. Are we pressing buttons? If the answer's yes, we're playing a videogame and don't want to be disturbed. There are very few verbal utterances anyone can say in this situation that won't incur a gamer's wrath. "Would you like a beer?" is one of them. "What's your favourite beer?" is not. There's a subtle difference.

Non-gamers will understandably get frustrated as attempts to converse fall on deaf (or annoyed) ears, but they should consider the equivalent level of absorption that a good movie can bring. If you're in the cinema and someone starts jabbering away, it's annoying as hell, right? Likewise with gaming. Another comparison would be the anger that wells up inside you when someone tries talking to you when you're reading a book. You can only tolerate it for so long before you snap and scream 'I'VE READ THIS SAME LINE 20 TIMES' right in their stupid face. It's like that, only worse because you're making us lose.

Above: Now look what you made me do!

Worst of all is the assumption that if we're holding a controller but not pressing any buttons, we are not playing. This is not true. It is probably a cut-scene, and therefore talking is even more dispicable than it would be if we were pressing buttons. Any kind of noise now will make us miss what was surely the most vital plot point known to man, hours after the last save and seconds before the next one. There's also the (tiny) chance that we're playing Kinect, and therefore (loosely) also a videogame. 

Above: A handy cut-out and keep guide to whether someone is playing a game or not. Do not question, learn

If we're watching a cut-scene, even "Would you like a beer?" will be met with seething anger, unless you time it to the exact millisecond to insert between plot revelations. So, the question is simple. Do you feel lucky, punk?


2) Walk in front of the TV

‘You make a better door than a window!’ is a direct, yet jovial response to someone unknowingly standing in your line of sight as your trying to watch something else. A quick apology from the culprit and you’re back to watching the football. No problems there. But play this scenario out as you’re enjoying a bit of game time and that line is replaced with hissed swears and instant declarations of war.

Above: Look familiar?

Whether it’s an accident or not, stepping in front of a gamer as they’re playing something is like pulling a lion’s dangly bits – a face of sheer anger awaits. Especially if it’s during an online game that can’t be paused. One member of GamesRadar UK has – at least once – conceded a goal in FIFA 11, been mêlée killed in Modern Warfare 2 and blown up two of his allies with a Holy Hand-grenade in Worms 2: Armageddon all because someone mindlessly parked their arse in front of the telly.

Above: Come on, it's not rocket science. Follow the line and no-one gets hurt

The worst part about this seemingly innocent act is the lack of any warning. Suddenly battling Bioshock’s Big Daddy battles are obscured by big behinds. It’s like someone shoving their hand over the page you’re reading in a book or shouting over your favourite bit of music. In short, this small act of mindlessness needs to stop, otherwise nevermind these culprits being shown the door - they’ll be flung through the nearest window.


  • AtotehZ - February 8, 2014 7:33 a.m.

    I can understand that some gamers react like this. Personally I can't stand people stepping in front of the monitor or people not giving games a chance, the latter I respect though. I back-seat game myself, assuming backseat gaming is giving advice, not telling what to do. Mostly because it is something like WoW battlegrounds and my mate knows that I am in every way superior to him. Conversations is no problem if it is about the game. This is not a problem I have any more as I'm a grown-up now, but.. Parents who tell you that you can't play and severely limit your game time, especially in vacations when you are supposed to be in bootcamp for championships(counter-strike 1.0 to 1.5 in my case). It is my experience that the parents of today have become more lenient towards that.
  • g1rldraco7 - January 18, 2013 8:01 a.m.

    The worst to do to a gamer is unplug their game system while their playing or lend one of their games out to someone without asking!!!!
  • ShortFuse - October 5, 2011 8:01 a.m.

    When I was younger my parents used to shout at me and claim 'just save it and quit' This was something that always infuriated me when I was at my gaming peak and had enough time to get lost in a gaming world(aged 5-16) This was back in the N64/PSone days when not all games had a quick save option and you either had to a) complete the level or b) find a check/save point. The amount of times there were arguments because they couldn't understand that even if I wanted to get off the console I couldn't simply due to the fact I'd have lost about an hours worth of game time was mad. Although I'm sure from their perspective I was just being a deliberately intolerable 8 year old... Thankfully, these days I have no such problems as an adult. I don't live at home, I don't have nearly as much time to play games these days anyway and also most games tend to have a quick save option or autosave anyway.
  • psycho ninja 4 - October 3, 2011 5:16 a.m.

    Now if only there was a way for non-gamers to read this...
  • avery78 - March 30, 2011 5:33 p.m.

    The 2 things on this list that bothers me the most are walking in front of the tv and someone having a conversation with you. It is very true that when a cutscene comes up people seem to want to talk to you, thats why I put on subtitles if its an option.
  • Gabezilla84 - March 28, 2011 10:25 p.m.

    What a great article, all so true. I've enjoyed reading the comments as well. I've experienced every one of these in my lifetime, especially growing up with two brothers who are also gamers. Not so much anymore, thankfully. My wife is awesome about my gaming, although she is not a gamer herself. I laughed out loud when I read the passage about the TV station in COD 4...that is the only COD game I own (and have played), and I must have played that part and died about 20 times. I can't even remember if I've ever made it past that part, it's been a while since I've played it.
  • monsterhunter3rox - March 27, 2011 5:39 p.m.

    its not easy to get out of the line if you play in your bed,like i do.
  • cruiser - March 26, 2011 10:37 p.m.

    I have the worst one of all... which sort of syncs in with the list. So they've walked in front of you, trying to start a conversation. To be met with obvious anger. They then tell you "its just a game" or "just pause it". The argument starts... the game is still rolling so the gamer is playing again and loosing the fight....(unaware). The gamer now relaxing and can see the t.v. again. Aside from the annoying babbling going on next to you, all is well. Then BAAAMMM!! Console gets shut off!!!! Just as you beat that climactic moment, that you've been struggling with for hours! Ding Ding Ding Round one! FIGHT!!!
  • mentalityljs - March 26, 2011 8:20 p.m.

    YES! Thank you for this article. It's too bad most culprits won't ever read it tho. And I think it's hilarious how all the anger that was mentioned is real and not over exaggerated.
  • JonahTHD - March 25, 2011 11:44 p.m.

    I really loved this list, most of my friends and family are guilty of almost everything on this list. But I can think of another horrible thing you can do to a gamer, and that is if your little cousin or sibling decides to play one of your games while your gone and ends up erasing your save file that you got so far and worked so hard on and maybe even JUST beaten that nigh impossible optional boss on.
  • mewpudding101 - March 25, 2011 7:07 p.m.

    Yeah, my dad ripped up my video game case while trying to UNWRAP it for me when I wasn't looking, so he just slipped the cover in the booklet slot. When I confronted him about it and told him why it was such a big deal, he said "It's only a game!" Oooh, I got so pissed. If I had spraypainted his golf clubs, I'd say "It's only golf."
  • Zeb364 - March 24, 2011 7:07 a.m.

    Excellent Top 7. Every last one of these has happened to me at one time or another and I hate them all.
  • lovinmyps3 - March 24, 2011 1:09 a.m.

    Definitely agree with number 1. That pisses me off more than anything. I've heard that numerous times from my entire family and it drives me fucking bonkers! "SHUTTHEFUCKUPIKNOWITSAGAMETHATDOESN'TMAKEITLESSIMPORTANTTOME!!!"
  • cronomonkey - March 23, 2011 10:42 p.m.

    I can not possibly agree with the "backseat gamer" one any more (considering that i am one) i constantly say stuff like "watch the radar" or telling them the best tactical routes to take, one day the guy with the controller turned around and threw it at my crotch, then i shut up, then walked in front of the T.V (Had to buy another T.V)
  • pappernackles - March 23, 2011 7:17 p.m.

    number two is by far the worst. there is a book shelf in the vicinity of my game station, yet no one understands that said book shelf in no a an art gallery, pick your book and leave. no not stand in front of my tv for 15 minutes because you're to indecisive about your books.
  • Agent79 - March 23, 2011 5:18 p.m.

    Wow, I definitely have experienced ALL of these! Nice to know there are other gamers who have suffered like I have suffered.
  • AlpineGuy - March 23, 2011 4:32 a.m.

    Great list, fellas! This should make for a good episode of TalkRadar.
  • CandiedJester - March 23, 2011 1:52 a.m.

    I agree with all of these. P.S. I vividly remember playing that freaking TV station level on veteran. Over...and over...and over...and over... I gave up. It is the one reason I did not finish it on veteran. If someone would have come in and said "It's only a game." to me during that time...nothing could contain my rage.
  • Averagegamer18 - March 23, 2011 1:16 a.m.

    You didn't put annoying girlfriends or anything? I am shocked. I think the worse thing you can do is when I came home from school and work; and just want to pwn some people in black ops; your girlfriends comes running down; sees you playing and immediately starts talking about her day, did you miss me; etc, etc and your like honey i love you and all but look I had a long day and I just want to play some video games
  • purple_omlet - March 22, 2011 11:58 p.m.

    When I used to play my gameboy color around the house, I would like to hear the sound. I had that translucent purple mother fucker up to 11! I would sit in a room with no one in it, then someone would walk in and start watching tv in the same room. THOSE FUCKERS HAVE THE GALL TO TELL ME TO TURN MY FUCKING GAME DOWN. Eat my dick, the game has music because it was meant to be listened to.

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