The Abuse of Internet Anonymity – Part II – General Abuse in Gaming.

Posted: 22/02/2012 in General
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Recently I wrote about how internet anonymity is being abused to the lack of respect that some show to the opposite sex. Today I would like to talk about the general abuse I see in two of the games that I have played the most in recent months. World of Warcraft and Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 3.

I’m a big supporter of internet anonymity. Personally I think that it boosts creativity and is all part of the freedom of the internet. A freedom that repressive bills such as SOPA and PIPA in the US and ACTA in the EU have tried to curtail. Its hard however to fully defend internet anonymity when I’m about to discuss the following.

World of Warcraft
In World of Warcraft I think I have come across all different types of abuse. There’s the abuse for killing them in PvP, there’s the abuse for making a mistake, there’s the abuse just because you are a different nationality to them. There is no need for it. If you get killed in PvP by another player, then you get killed. Dust yourself off see where they had you beat and learn from it. It’s the same in PvE. The number of times I’ve seen players absolutely verbally slaughtered just because they made a mistake is unbelievable. If a player makes a mistake and are willing to learn from it, then that should be that. Yes I can understand people getting agitated and annoyed by there is no need for the name calling or the tirade of hate that I’ve seen some people throw at others.

Granted I’ve seen times where someone is just messing up because they can, or they are slowing the group down, or in the sense of one of ย my old guild mates, dancing with their gear off next to Ragnaros instead of listening to the raid leader inside Molten Core. Even in these situations I would say “take the high ground”. Nine times out of ten they are looking for a reaction from someone and will love the attention if you start hurling stuff at them. The best thing to do in those situations is to either carry on like nothing is going on thus removing the potential attention that they require or just remove them altogether. Keep the high ground and let them look like the only people there with the low IQ.

Call of Duty

As you probably have seen on this blog or in my tweets if you follow me on Twitter. When my dodgy Virgin Media connection allows it, I like to play Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 3. It’s a decent multiplayer game, but again the abuse I see sometimes is not right. There’s this particular combination of guns that is insanely powerful, called the “Akimbo”, and whilst I do think they are an easy way to play the game, some of the comments I see because of it are just jaw dropping. Here’s an example from one I saw on Tuesday night.

F**k off Akimbo noob. FFS! Just because you were born thanks to some illegal goings on with members of your family doesn’t mean you can take your retardness out on us

Are there really any need for comments like that? No, I really don’t think there is. It’s not just in the gaming itself, but the gaming communities are also rife with this.

World of Warcraft Forums

Anyone who has played World of Warcraft has more than likely visited the official forums. So you choose a category and start browsing the posts. You see that someone has created a topic that interests you so you go read it. The first post is written quite well and whilst you don’t agree with the general context of the post you still respect their opinion, so you then read the next post and to be honest your faith in humanity is quickly eroded.

No matter what the topic starter says, there will normally be a user hiding behind a level one character who is basically adding nothing relevant to the debate and is either just looking to start an argument or just wants to belittle the topic starter. I remember that I once put a suggestion forward that to prevent this Blizzard should force a paid account to have one unique ID. As you can imagine the majority of the users who decided to comment told me that it wouldn’t be fair as they could then be easily identifiable where ever they post.

I’m sorry but if you are willing to make a low-level character to hide behind while you waste everyone’s time then you don’t deserve this so-called internet freedom.

Conclusion

This sort of “abuse” is obviously not just limited to the WoW forums. If you go onto any game website you will find this everywhere. As I said before I’m a supporter of the freedom’s of the internet, but if people and I would have to stress a vocal minority continue to abuse this freedom, then eventually the powers that be are going to try to take it away.

It’s not up to them anyway to get rid of this issue. It’s up to the majority. It’s up to the majority who normally just gets on with their gaming. If you see anyone be abusive in any gaming situation, report them. block them, but don’t raise to their baiting. If you do so you will give them exactly what they want and will encourage them to come back for more.

Respect everyone. Whether you’re an established player or a newcomer. Whether you are posting an idea, or disagreeing with it. Approach each situation with dignity because at the end of the day, there is no point crying wolf when your toys have been taken away for misbehaving.

Thank you for reading.

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