When you first started playing video games, what attracted you to invest time in such a great hobby? Surely enough 90% of gamers would say “Because it’s fun”, but what made gaming fun at that time?
For me, i started off playing Golden Eye 007 on N64 and then upgraded to shooting games like Call of Duty: Black Ops. At the time, I’m at least 11 years of age playing shooting games with my friends in middle school.
Toxicity didn’t really become relevant to me until mid way through Black Ops 2, and from there started what is now a massive toxic community. Toxicity went from a 5 year old calling you “trash” or “bad” to a 36 year old tracking down your IP Address following up with numerous death threats.
Could it be that i’ve became older and therefore see toxicity that has possibly been present since Pong? Not necessarily, because even back then i’ve never recieved such hate in a 2 sentence message daily.
Could it be the games you play?
Yes, I do play games such as League of Legends and previously played Overwatch. Those 2 games are highly known for their toxic reputation, but they’ve spreaded across almost all games as well!
I could list dozens and dozens of video footage showcasing toxicity in 99.9% of all multiplayer games, but this article isn’t for helping youtubers with cherry picked footage so they can claim ad revenue from their 12 year old viewers.
Let’s get down to the point.
Toxicity is WAY more relevant than it has ever been in my opinion. Some may agree with me, some may not and I’m alright with that.
Recently, games have been affected due to this situation (Rainbow Six Siege, Overwatch, Call of Duty, etc…) which is causing them to lose players. Companies like Riot Games often address toxicity, but don’t do anything about it.
For instance: Streamer Tyler1 has been previously permanently banned from League of Legends. Riot seen the outrage of his viewers + the amount of attention he was bringing to League of Legends and reverted it.
He was banned for Intentional Griefing and chat toxicity, now he’s one of League’s biggest stars. There’s a difference between trash talk and telling someone to “Kill themselves” or “KYS”.
Some people say toxicity is absolutely necassary in Gaming, i can respect that opinion to an extent. Telling someone “You suck” or “Your trash” is acceptable trash talk, but when you list off phone numbers and adresses along with death threats… You get the point.