I only play two games for the multiplayer, and they are for the Assassin's Creed games and Mass Effect.
Neither game I'm especially brilliant at but I find them fun nonetheless. However, I've found that the communities for these two games seems to be so different. Taking into consideration that one is a shooter, the other is a stealth multiplayer, they will have different audiences and different people will play them. But I find that the Assassin's Creed multiplayer community is especially negative. The past 5 times that I've played multiplayer on Black Flag I've had my rep injured for being Unsporty. I guess I don't really understand how this happens? I become hyper aware of my presence in a session, being careful not to step on anyone's toes, not stealing kills, assisting where I can, etc. And if I've been playing more than a few sessions with the same people I make a point to message them thanking them for a good game (being extra careful not to sound condescending if on the rare occasion I was beating them), just because I feel the need to promote good will. But I'm curious about other people's opinions, would you find that kind of annoying though? I think I would, but I don't know what else I can do. I'm upsetting people while I'm playing. It's actually off-putting. I can only play Assassin's Creed MP in bursts. Eventually it becomes too negative to play and I'll leave for a few months.
The Mass Effect MP experience is different. I'm not an excellent player and usually 2nd or 3rd ranked in a mission, but people will message me after playing a few missions together and say thanks, or even get a friendly pal request. It's a positive community, and I wonder if it might be because it's all team based co-op. No PvP happening there. I also find that my rep recovers when I play Mass Effect.
Anyway. I'm posting this because I'd like to know what other people's experiences are with multiplayer and rep. What game you play and what you've noticed with your rep, response from other players, if you give out bad reps, etc. I don't intend for this
to be a place to identify and root out people who give bad rep for no reason either, I only want to understand. Also so I can avoid it in future, haha.