Strange as it seems, I was about to make a similar thread, not really sure where. I've been playing online sometime and almost every match I've been
in I've got harassed, insulted, humiliated in some ways just because I don't waste enough of time to practice a game (and not really interested in
Some even go that far to go to personal messages and keep it on, insulting your mom is just an habit. If it's your first game, no problem, you are
worth nothing. They won't understand, I bet they were pro on their first game.
That's not really a problem for me, because thankfully I have a lot of other interests in life and a job that's also my passion. But raised a
concern on me.
So I was asking myself: do people really go that far insulting someone they don't know? He could be anyone, an older person, a mature one, that
don't really care about, but still they keep insulting.
This just go well beyond the "Just ignore them" matter, it's a matter of respecting people. You have a computer in between, but still a living
person beyond that and you are still insulting them personally. Despite you are playing a game with all the heat of the battles, you are still showing
a high disrespect.
I guess our youngest are really learning who to not respect, if they are not as good as them (from their perspective).
I work with gaming and I see them really stressed, everything is about competition, no more a friendly game, a game of cooperation. It's all about
winning and prevailing, gaining ephemeral successes which are worth less than nothing, compared to a success accomplished in real life, may it sport,
school or work. Every game has levels, rankings and leagues. If you are not in a good placement, you are nothing.
I've seen young people being very stressed and angry just for a single match, which brings to the above behavior, showing disrespect to others.
Same goes for social networking or just humourous websites (ala 9gag), where sometimes it's just about humiliating the image of someone else. If
someone is fat, just tell'em! Ugly? Insult them!
Is that the trolling culture? Making fun of anything for any reason just for sake of it? Do you insult just because you can? It just makes you look
like an ass, tbh.
Just my 2c