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Bullying in Online Games?

Posted on 7/2/2013 by with 7 comments

bullying

Bullying-the act of using superior strength to intimidate someone.

 

Have you ever encountered of those obnoxious players who were picking up on those newbie players to hinder them on developing their character?  I didn’t notice it that much, until one time when I had to go back to the newbie map and complete a quest that I forgot.  I had to stop for a while to the NPC in front of the newbie gate to take the quest.  One player caught my attention, it was so obvious that he was a newbie, his character wore a low-level gear and he’s using a not so good sword.  He kept on walking back and forth, I thought at first it was just a lag on the system, so I ignored it.  But then he posted something pleading me not to kill him, so I realize it wasn’t due to slow internet connection.  That actually gave me a laugh, what is this newbie talking about, he’s not even a worthy opponent, why would I kill him?  I replied with an okay to show my approval.  I took my quest and leave the newbie gate.

 

Upon completing the quest, it is but normal to return to the NPC who gave you the quest to receive your rewards.  There I saw another player standing in front of the gate; I asked him if he also forgot to take the quest.  Since not a lot of players know about the quest, he said no and he was just there to let time passed by (weird).  Then there’s the newbie player again who won’t come out of the gate.  I asked him why does he refuse to come out and develop his character, he said he would love to but that player on the gate was slaying every person who comes out.   Out of my anger I went out and invite the player to a duel match, but he refused, I asked him again and again and still he refused.  I don’t know what happened but the players left the newbie gate allowing the newbies to come out of the gate.

 

Rude…it is plain rude to pick on other players who doesn’t stand a chance on winning against you.  I mean they are there to experience the fun and exciting part of the game, but you are hindering them.  You are but a maggot inside the game, a termite that keeps on destroying the idea of the game.  Duel option is created for something to be used; you don’t just go berserk on the newbie map, slaying every player you see to prove your supremacy.  Why don’t you move to the higher level maps of the game?  A lot of them would welcome your insatiable hunger on fighting.

 

Studies show that these online bullies are those who experience bullying on their real life; they don’t know how to fight back and stand up against bullies so they try to take out their anger on the virtual world and pick on other players/users since no one would know about their true identity, which is weird.  Why continue the act of bullying inside the virtual world when they want bullying to stop in real life?  Ask yourself if you are guilty of these things, you as a victim of bullying know that it is not something to be taken lightly; it gets down to the core of your humanity and eats you.  It took away all the exciting part of life and gives you fear.  That is what you are doing to those online players/users; you are taking out the excitement and giving them the idea that online gaming or social networking site is not fun.

 

We at beerandjoysticks.com condemn all form of bullying, whether it is inside the game or in real life.  STOP BULLYING!!! 

7 responses to Bullying in Online Games?

  1. On July 2nd, 2013 at 11:03 am , Germaximus said...

    While I completely agree with you, there are PvE servers for a reason. =p

    I totally agree with you though, I do.

  2. On July 2nd, 2013 at 5:28 pm , MasterX said...

    Back in the days of playing WoW, when Crossroad or Tarren Mill gets attacked, I would rally my guild together (or be rallied) to defend it from noobie Alliance (we all had alts so we knew when areas got attacked).

  3. On July 2nd, 2013 at 10:40 pm , Thom Cat said...

    PVE servers are safer way for the noobies to level up, but there are games that do not offer such thing. And whether a certain game offers such thing or not, a trigger happy player would be best to attack someone at his league. Cheers on a great article.

  4. On July 5th, 2013 at 1:09 am , Taiwanda said...

    Good article! I know about cyber bullying but never would have thought that the victims of bullying would take to games to bully others. Do you think it could be a healthy way for them to get their frustration out? Or could it be a precursor to more violent behavior later? Could it also be that they are bored and just have nothing else better to do as I’ve observed my nephew and friends playing games, and in one game, one of his friends just decided to kill innocent bystanders in the game, although they had nothing to do with the goal of the game or rewards earned?

  5. On July 5th, 2013 at 9:26 am , Chris said...

    I’m not really sure what the answer would be but, It is something that should be looked into. Its good have an educator comment on this article adds a little credibility to our mostly immature blog. Sorry had to throw that in.

    On second note: I have had a lot of the same experiences as you traveling from what I read on your blog. I worked for 2 companies supplying aviation services to Asian countries so I have traveled to Korea, Japan,Thailand etc. So I be checking out you blog more on the days that come.
    Thank for reading us.
    Chris
    Beer and Joysticks

  6. On July 5th, 2013 at 7:55 pm , Taiwanda said...

    Lol…about the mostly immature blog part 🙂 I’m glad I found it for the interesting read, all the same.

    I also think the bullying with regards to games could be looked into because these games seem to get a bit serious for some. Someone had my little nephew crying today as they apparently stole some of his items on Mine Craft. You’d think there just games. I also remember being told that there was a young boy, probably a teen, that was online terrorizing some of the kids on X-Box, telling them that he worked for Microsoft and they had to give him credit card information or he would cancel their membership. My nephew happened to be one of those kids he targeted. Fortunately, my nephew told his mom who intervened and reported him to Microsoft.

    I think it’s cool that you’ve traveled to Southeast Asia, too! I’m hoping to return in the future, if only for the food :-).

    Take Care

  7. On July 7th, 2013 at 3:13 pm , Chris said...

    Sorry to hear about an experience like this it is happening more and more these days.

    Yes Southwest Asia does have some great sites and food. I can’t wait to go back there myself.

    Chris

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