Video Game Tuesday: Toxicity in Gaming

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Hey all I’m back with a topic that I’ve been thinking about for a long time, but haven’t really covered directly yet, for this week’s Video Game Tuesday! It’s all about Toxicity in Gaming!

What do I mean Toxic?: I mean players who revel in making other player’s lives miserable, some people call them Trolls, I call them jerks.

It’s the Internet what was I expecting?: I get that the internet is the cesspit of human interaction, you only need to look at places like 8chan or the like and see that there is a very vocal minority of assholes out there who enjoy making other’s lives miserable. These are the kind of people who claim to be protesting for better Ethics in Journalism or the like. They are all the kinds of people I would love to do nothing more than slug and give them a good lesson. But I’m above that, and so I just tend to ignore them. These people are the kinds of people who believe in Chemtrails and other stupid things. People like a certain Real Estate magnate who is an asshole, but people like watching his show anyway. I’m not going to lower myself trying to explain things to an idiot, ignorance can be cured, stupidity cannot.

What can be done?: Not much unfortunately at the moment, most people who harass others online get away because Law Enforcement doesn’t get how devastating it can be to have assholes do stuff to you online. The best you can do is to ignore them, mute them, and then report them to the game developers. They will ban their ass and your game will be one less asshole in the future.

That’s it for this week’s Video Game Tuesday!

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4 thoughts on “Video Game Tuesday: Toxicity in Gaming

  1. I had quite a positive experience with the gamer community last night. I was playing Destiny and got into a group doing a raid I had never done on Hard mode. I was afraid to admit that I had never done it, until about half way through I couldn’t figure out what I was supposed to do. Afriad they’d get mad and boot me, I admitted I had no clue what I was doing. To my complete and utter shock they were entirely cool with it, and laughed that I didn’t tell them earlier. They then proceeded to slow down and walk me through everything that was happening. It was awesome and definitely restored my faith in the gamer community!

    -avideogamelife.com

  2. Your article is very much on point. If we look at a popular novel like Lord of the Rings series, you have millions of people accessing content, but no toxic behavior until you create a “game” out of the narrative. Imagine forums with, “You raced ahead of me and finished chapter eight! I hate you.” One of the key issues, and maybe I will blog on this too, is the gaming world has a failed narrative. Imagine a truly infinite multiplayer world with enough content that everyone was a new player and needed.
    “Hey, glad you are here. It took us twelve years of playing to reach the gate arch to this continent, but we don’t have enough games to activate it.” I know this isn’t the best example, so I simply mean so much content of roughly the same level that people could play for years and not end up on the repetitive grind and complete memorization of every aspect of the game. Thus all players are roughly equal and this might tone down toxic play from bitter vets.

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