Spending your time gaming can sometimes be seen as anti-social, but this isn’t the case. Here at musicMagpie, we surveyed 1,000 gamers to see what positive effects it has had on their friendships. The survey revealed things like which online game is helping players find love and keep friendships alive, as well as what online habits to avoid for good gaming etiquette.
Keeping in touch with friends during lockdown is a little easier for gamers, with 3 out of 4 of players catching up through online gaming instead of by phone. Over half of the players we spoke to said online gaming has kept friendships alive that otherwise would have been lost.
Online gaming isn’t just great for existing friends. The survey revealed that over half of all UK gamers have met new, lifelong friends through gaming. If the aim of your game is to find romance, then MLB The Show 20 is the game for you, with 1 in 4 players dating someone they met whist playing it online.
It’s not all fairy tales in the gaming world though, with over half of all gamers to arguing with their partners over the amount of time they spend on their console or damaging their controller or console in anger over gameplay.
We asked regular players of over 30 of the most popular games right now to tell us how playing these games makes them feel. Animal Crossing: New Horizons came out on top for bringing happiness to 2 out of 3 of its players, while Mario Kart 8 Deluxe won the title for the most exciting game. Valorant inspired the most rage, with 32% of its players experiencing anger while playing.
To help our gamers get along, we asked about the most annoying habits online gamers can have. From our top 20, the most annoying thing an online gamer can do, according to the 1,000 gamers surveyed, is cheat through hacks, bots or cheat codes - with 2 out of 3 getting extremely annoyed at this. At the bottom of the list as least annoying is having new players on your team, showing a friendly and welcoming side to the gaming world.