As always, the golden rule applies: Don't be an asshole.
Getting no-scoped in the face from across the map sucks. Bad. So bad you might want to verbally insult the person who did it. And in the anonymous world of online gaming, there's no way to track you down, so if you want to, you pretty much can.
But as everyone knows, lady gamers seem to face a lot more abuse than bro gamers. When you've heard others say nasty things to girls, you might have wondered, "Is that guy just a sucky douchebag?" And a recent study found that you're absolutely right.
Michael Kasumovic and Jeffrey Kuznekoff, researchers at the University of New South Wales and Miami University, watched how men treated women during 163 plays of the video game Halo 3. They found that men were generally cordial to each other, and higher skilled players often delivered compliments to each other.
Some male players, however — the ones who performed worse than their peers — made frequent, nasty comments to the female gamers. In other words, sexist dudes are literally losers.
“As men often rely on aggression to maintain their dominant social status,” Kasumovic writes, “the increase in hostility towards a woman by lower-status males may be an attempt to disregard a female’s performance and suppress her disturbance on the hierarchy to retain their social rank.”
So if a girl being better than you at a video game is enough to shake you to the foundation of your being, expand your horizons a little, man. There's more to life.
The main take-away is clear: when you're frustrated with people that are better than you at video games, the best revenge is participating in a Rocky-style montage where you get better and then eventually challenge them to a rematch and kick their ass.