I recently set up an account on a gaming website that is popular among the kids today. Roblox. My kids have been playing for years and during the
Covid shutdown they play it alot to mask their boredom. So I decided to setup an account and go on to play games with them and or to pass time.
Each game tends to have a chat room as well as your main account so that you can discuss the games with other players. Roblox has alot of role play
games where chat would be involved to support the role play experience inside the game.
In the short period of time I've been on the site I have noticed strong censorship in the words that can be typed into their chat features. This can
be a tad cumbersome because words that shouldn't appear to be censored are. Ok no biggy here, the gaming site is geared mostly to children I guess
so it is geared toward the security of our young ones. Words and numbers that aren't aloud to appear get covered up with #.
Something I've noticed in the games is odd aggressive behavior on the parts of some folks that seems unwarranted and out of the blue hate and very
negative in nature. Here is just one example of extreme behavior I've encountered, I am sad to say there has been alot more...
A game I frequent allows 20 players into each server for game play. They have many individual servers. When you click the play button you are
randomly thrown into a server to play the game. Every time I am in the game, other players always ask someone to leave the game and they ask saying
so that my friend can join the game with me. One oddity I have witnessed is It happens every single game ya join on this particular game and I'm
sure it gets annoying to players just like it has to me. So this latest time someone spoke up in the chat room asking someone to leave I took it
upon myself to offer a suggestion on how to get around their dilemma. I informed them that they could go to the servers list and find one that isn't
full so they could join with their friend together, I've done this before so I know it is doable. Another option would be to purchase your own
server in the game, you can spend robux and get a server for one month or subscribe month to month. I did this just in this particular game b/c I was
playing it so much. I played this one game so much my kids began to tease me.
I just enjoyed the game so why not. So anyways back on subject...
I offered other solutions to this players dilemnia and I was being kind and polite and helpful and teaching them the other ways to get around the
obstacle of a full server. Well...
Right after I made this suggestion I get met with pure hatred and animosity from the player who was asking someone to leave the game. They used an
abbreviated 3 letter acronyum and when I looked it up the meaning was "stupid", they typed IDC (i don't care), they said "B", and they said
trapper (drug dealer) which I also had to go look up to find the meaning of. I had to look up some of the acronyms and words to know what they even
So I was kind of taken aback at the hate that was pinpointed and directed at me right after I was trying to be informative and helpful to someone and
offering up a solution that would be a win win to everyone. But instead I was met with extreme hate. Woah I thought. Anyways after I looked up the
meaning of the acronyms so I could correctly communicate with the player I went back to the game to confront and discuss further with them their
negative behavior but they had left the game at that point so I didn't get the opportunity to ask them why they were being so hateful toward a
stranger who was trying to help them. I'm none of those labels they were calling me and I was pretty confused at the online hatred toward a
stranger, it is a tad worrisome if ya ask me. I hope this isn't where our future generations are headed. Its not the only occurance so I'm not
bringing this up based on one occurrance. This is based on a repeated pattern I've seen (witnessed) and experienced on this gaming platform (I'm
not a gamer on any other platform and really never have been) in the short 2 month time frame I've been there learning and playing during my down
time which tends to be alot during shutdown.
So back to the censorship of words and numbers... the kids have found a way to get around the censored words with a whole new vocabulary or lingo that
they use online. One I am not familiar with so that I often have to go looking up the meaning behind some of these acronyms and crafty words they are
using to get around the censorship. I remember predicting years ago that our people were going to create a whole new language to use via online chat
forums in this technically advanced age of being online. I often joked aboout what it would sound like for them to actually speak this new language.
As in do they go around speaking IDC or do they actually say the words out I Don't Care. This is a wonder of mine. Its a 2nd language I suppose.
Another change in language and lingo I've noticed is words that are somewhat negative get changed into a positive meaning. They take on a different
definition. An example would be the word "sick" which can mean cool or good. So it starts to become difficult and hard to comprehend and
understand what is really being said when particular words get used. When the word is used is it the negative version or the positive version... one
wonders ? How would one ever know, well I suppose it could be determined by the basis of the ongoig conversation and which direction it was headed
in. Or if your not clear just point blank ask the person who said the word. This is why as soon as I found out the meaning of those words the
other player began to spew at me, I then went to ask them for clarification about it but they had left already.
In this scenario I witness people using these words that can have double meanings in chat rooms and it leaves those around them wondering if they are
being pleasant toward them or negative toward them. It seems like an underhanded way for someone to be nasty with an appearance of being nice and
I'm not too certain how I feel about this. It seems or appears they are hiding and its not even a game of hide and seek so overall the feeling is
not one of good but more of an inappropriate manner. If it were good there would be no need to hide behind a word that could twist and turn into
confusion or to abruptly change when they get questioned about it. If it were good, they'd have no problem being clear and precise from the start
right ? It doesn't need to be hidden in any mannaer in any way at all right ? If they are so hung up on hiding then you can be certain they are up
to no good. They have given them selves the opportunity to bail on the implication and meaning at the start it seems. Oooh how convenient.
It looks like this is a new norm too. To always be confusing so that they can swindle their way out no matter what they say or do behind the scenes.
They remain hidden so that they can make statements, make accusations all behind the scenes and under cover... none the wiser to an innocent person
they choose to target on a whim of hate. So to all you peoples out there be weary... be very weary of anyone who hides behind such fodder If they
can't point blank be an effective communicator straight up and direct with you on any matter, know they are likely up to no good and being very