Playing bingo in a traditional brick and mortar venue is often considered as a very social activity. This is even one of the reasons why some traditional players do not want to give other bingo venues, such as TV bingo or mobile bingo, a try.
They want to experience the same bingo they have been playing, complete with the number callers and the feeling of being around other players eager to win the next jackpot. In short, playing bingo for them is not simply a matter of playing the game; it is the whole experience. Remove one aspect of the game and it becomes a lesser experience. However, online bingo tries to replicate this sensation by offering the chat function in the online bingo program, whether if the program is program-based or web browser/Flash-based. It is not the same, needless to say, but it adds a different flavor to the game. It is a nice touch, making it seem like it is acknowledging bingo tradition and at the same time embracing the future of bingo.
There are proper etiquette when inside a bingo hall, etiquette that should be followed in order not to earn the ire of other players. The same applies with online bingo players who use the chat function of online bingo programs.
Basically, these basic online chat etiquette rules are similar to general Internet chat etiquette. However, what many fail to take into consideration is the fact that online chatting in bingo programs online differs compared to its traditional counterpart.
For one, an online bingo chatter can actually converse with other players during the game, something that cannot be done in your traditional brick and mortar bingo halls. The reason for this is simple: it is easier to ignore online bingo chatter than real chatter. Online bingo chat isn’t as distracting for people who prefer not to talk to other people when playing. However, it allows players to chat if they want to chat. Players actually have a choice. This is one reason why online bingo and traditional live bingo offer different gaming experiences.
Of course, when chatting, your usual good manners and right conduct should be applied. An online bingo chatter should never insult or offend other members through trash talk and other undesirable language. Many online bingo providers have rules regarding proper chatting etiquette; a responsible player must observe these at all times. Never use all caps when chatting with other players, since this corresponds to shouting in real life. Although it is allowed to talk to other players during a game, do not use the chat to distract other players through scrupulous means. In general, refrain from doing anything you would not do offline in the online bingo chat. Remember that abuse of the chat function and general bad attitude exhibited in the online bingo chat rooms are reasons for sanctions.
An online bingo chatter should be responsible and respectful of others. In the end, these are generally the rules that should be followed in order to be become a bingo chat master.
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