You’re standing still on an escalator and, as you travel up, people keep walking past while giving you dirty looks. It’s confusing, until it hits you: you’re standing on the left-hand side. You’re blocking the agreed-upon side where people walk, thus breaking the social contract and becoming a detested pariah. Cultures are built on unspoken rules like these, be it taking the last slice of pizza or talking on a cellphone in a movie theater, and it’s up to you to learn them.
Despite the stereotype of gamers as social misfits, gaming is full of similarly accepted norms that you’d best not break. Some cause problems in a group setting, others are met with hatred online; forgetting any of them will earn you an earful of gamer rage. So, for your own benefit (and everyone else’s), commit all these unspoken gaming rules to memory before you ruin the fun for the rest of us.