Signs That You’ve Become A Toxic Gamer


Nothing compares to coming home after a long
day of work, grabbing a cold one, and booting up your video game platform of choice…until
your teammate starts cursing you out for no good reason, of course. “Jim, are you using the mp40 or the 44?” “Um, sniper rifle?” “Sniper rifle?” “What? Are you playing for the other team?” “Jim! You can’t…You don’t snipe in Carrington!” Do you have a friend or loved one that suffers
from being a total jerk-and-a-half? Well, he or she might just be a toxic gamer. And if you find yourself regularly fragging
your teammates for a laugh, or busting out the ol’ tea set every now and again, then
guess what? You might be one too. You’re a fanboy Let’s face it: the internet is lousy with
fanboys, and fangirls. From your garden-variety anime Otaku to your
Whovian extraordinaire, if it exists, chances are it has a dedicated fandom somewhere out
in the interwebs. Still, there’s nothing inherently wrong with
fanboy-ism. That is, until you apply it to video games. In the gaming world, a fanboy is almost like
a soldier who’s been enlisted by their favorite console to go to war. And every platform has its own brand of fanboy
who champions their favorite brand above all others. It’s all part of a nonsensical war between
gamers, and none of it is constructive. The truth is, if you write all other platforms
off, you’re missing a lot of great games. And you’re helping further the narrative that
gamers are immature. It’s a really ugly look, you guys. “The conclusion is that, uhhh… you’re ugly.” “Shoot!” You talk down to teammates There are a lot of gamers who look back fondly
on the birth of Xbox Live’s voice chat feature. “Dude, they can hear me, and I can hear them!” “Grasshopper’s got his Xbox communicator and
so does Road Hog and Oil Slick. And anyone else who’s playing can use one
too!” Fast forward to the present day, and you might
be wondering why players don’t speak up in games anymore. Well, the answer’s simple: voice chat has
become toxic. And people who talk down to their teammates
are a big part of the problem. This is most prominent in competitive games
like Overwatch. It’s not uncommon for teammates to get on
one another’s case about the characters they choose, their play style, or both. Those who just want to play and have fun will
inevitably mute chat and opt out of using a headset altogether. And we can’t blame them. There’s a reason we play video games, and
it’s not so we can experience bootcamp without leaving the sanctity of our living rooms. Oh well. At least gamers don’t talk like those guys
in cringy scripted multiplayer demos. “Ooooh, there are a lot of Scars down there. Aw, the Scars have a heavy.” “’Bout time to use that mortar.” You rage quit on the reg In most video games, quitting isn’t that big
a deal. In a Madden game, for instance, you’re typically
playing a one-on-one matchup, and your opponent quitting nets you the win you were probably
going to get anyway. Where quitting becomes a problem is in games
with many players, where the loss of a teammate or opponent can make the rest of the game,
or even getting into a new game, a torturous affair. In games with 4-on-4 multiplayer like Destiny
2, having a teammate drop out of a game you’re losing makes snagging a comeback an even steeper
uphill climb. Or, take for instance Friday the 13th: Everyone
wants to play as Jason. Unfortunately, there can be only one. This leads to players backing out of games
until they can play as the villain, slowing the matchmaking process down for everyone
else. Have some honor. If you start a game, finish it, if not for
yourself, then for the other players rounding out your experience. You’re a griefer According to the Oxford Dictionary, which
does, indeed, have a definition for this, a griefer is “a person who harasses or deliberately
provokes other players or members in order to spoil their enjoyment.” These are players who enter into online play
not to accomplish anything substantial, but instead, to get on the nerves of those who
have logged on to have fun. If you’ve ever wound up with a griefer in
your game, you’re well aware of what these people are out to do. They’re the players in Elite: Dangerous who
worked to interfere with the final space voyage of a terminally ill cancer patient. Or invaded the Minecraft server of a nine-year-old
kid. When it comes to toxic gamers, griefers are
the worst of the worst. If you derive your happiness by making other
players miserable, you’re one of them. And you’re objectively a bad person. Shame on you. We award you no points. “And may God have mercy on your soul.” You file false reports Being good at a video game is a double-edged
sword. With victory comes undeniable glory, but some
people are just sore losers, and they won’t hesitate to accuse you of cheating or even
report you for your alleged shenanigans. “But I didn’t do anything! I didn’t do ANYTHING!!” The kicker? There’s nothing you can do about it, even
if you’re totally innocent on all counts. Xbox Live in particular is ripe for abuse
on this front, and the worst part is that some games herd players with multiple reports
together: think of it as a bad place for bad players to do bad things to one another. This makes it harder for you to matchmake,
all because you were better at a video game than someone else. If you’ve ever reported someone for cheating
just because you lost, you’re only adding to the toxic environment so prevalent in games
today. Please stop. You harass developers Spewing an endless barrage of obscenities
at your teammates is one thing: taking out your pent-up, juvenile rage on the devs who
put their blood, sweat, and tears into making the games you love is a whole ‘nother. It’s not constructive criticism, it’s bullying,
regardless of any good intentions. “Am I wrong?” “No, you’re not wrong.” “Am I wrong?” “You’re not wrong, Walter, you’re just an
a–hole.” Look, we get it: gamers are a passionate bunch,
and they’ve never exactly shied away from voicing their opinions, especially when that
good old-fashioned mob mentality sets in. But trolling creators for literally no good
reason, rallying the troops to wreak havoc across social media platforms, and even barraging
developers with death threats is no way to get a point across. In the end, all it does is ruin everybody’s
day and make gamers look like mindless jerks. Sooo, thanks for that.

19 thoughts on “Signs That You’ve Become A Toxic Gamer

  1. Sadly, a lot of them are mindless jerks. That's why I don't play games online. At least, not with randos.
    I'd say I'm an advanced casual. Better than the ones that suck, but not as good as the "legends." So I get trash talk from all of them.
    I'd rather just play alone.

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