40°
Submitted by Tom_T 510d ago | opinion piece

Disturbing Behavior – The “Online Disinhibition Effect”

Jumping into a random online match of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is an exercise in masochistic futility. The limitless stream of rage and racial slurs that flows through almost every lobby of play in Black Ops 2 is an instant turn off to those who are looking for a casual fun shooter experience.

Back before console gaming allowed online play, gamers were mostly restricted to playing with others, either by inviting friends over to the house to enjoy a game on the couch or by venturing out to an arcade or the occasional LAN party. While those instances of competitive gaming carried the potential to devolve into shouting matches of foul language, they almost never did because the people playing the game were compelled by proximity and the potential of consequences to respect each other. Your friend was sitting right there next to you, and if something was said that you didn’t like you could always talk about it, kick the person out, or punch him in the face. The point is that repercussions were always there to counteract the verbal diarrhea that always seems to come out whenever competitive gaming takes place (Call of Duty, Culture)

Add comment

You need to be registered to add comments. Register here or login
Remember
New stories
30°

Review: Plenty of Fishies (Wii U eShop) | 8 Bit Forward

11m ago - Drowning in Rotten Fishies. The Nintendo eShop can truly be a wonderful place, as it allows d... | Wii U
30°

The 5 Funniest Game Bugs of 2014

20m ago - Glitches can turn out to be a source of unexpected comedy. Some of the darkest, most violent game... | PC
40°

Why Psycho-Pass Localization Could Make Xbox One the Underdog Otaku Console

20m ago - Psycho-Pass' appearance, and potential localization, could be just the start of a larger trend wi... | Xbox One
40°

Iwata talks hardware frustration and trying to fix things with previous systems

20m ago - Satoru Iwata reflects on wanting to give the GBA SP a sleep mode, and talks a bit about Wii U. | Wii U
Ad

Grand Theft Auto V (XB1) Review

Now - Ken returns to Los Santos and gets lost in its world again. | Promoted post
20°

Tips for Becoming the Shadow of Mordor

20m ago - Barry writes, "Getting slaughtered in the harsh land of Mordor? Yeah, I was having a hard time to... | PC