There was a time when video games were harmless fun, when you went to the arcades, or played a video game with your friends and the only down part was when you lost a head-to-head matchup. But whether you lost to family or friends, you’d never have to worry about them going to far in rubbing it in…most of the time. But nowadays, with gaming communities spanning hundreds of thousands to millions, there’s a LOT of toxicity in the gaming community. Especially in Competitive Play modes.
Why does this happen? Well, because of the “veil of the internet” more than anything else. While some respect the veil (after all, how well do we know our friends on the internet?), others abuse it. And it gets to such an extent that it seeps out everywhere, including on the internet itself. There’s hate posts, attacks on other players, and just straight up rants that make people cringe for no other reason than they can’t believe people are doing this.
Now, there are a few gaming communities where this really stands out. Overwatch is infamous for its toxic communities. Players have been known not just to insult their opponents, but their own teammates! How is that right? Call of Duty is also infamous for its chats too. There’s numerous memes about how the most foul-mouthed players aren’t the adults, it’s the kids.
In fact, it’s not a stretch to say that almost every online community that has competitive play has toxicity in them. But is there a way to combat it? Sadly, no, there isn’t. Sure, moderators can stop and block those who abuse their right to speak, but that can’t stop future players from doing that. What’s more, sometimes moderation takes time, and during that time, the toxicity will spread.
Where does it all end? Honestly, we don’t know, but all we can do is hope that whatever is happening will stop, and that all players will treat each other with the respect they all deserve.