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In response, gaming companies have started to limit players who insult others in their games. On the one hand censorship might make people feel safer because they don't have to get insulted. On the other hand censorship might upset people who want to say controversial things. Censorship is bad because people lose their freedom of speech.
Censorship is bad because freedom of speech is most important. People in online video games are thinking that someone should censor insults and punish players who are toxic to others, but they don't want them to censor everything they say Because if they have to censor everything that people says online, People will feel like their privacy is being reduced, because the company will see your private messages and censor words before somebody receives it. Game companies have been developing reporting systems to punish players who disturb others from playing games and also they have been developing censorship too since insults in game was the biggest problem that they had. Riot Games who made League of legends started this system since beginning and became good model for controlling their users. Result, of that 70 percent of users who have been punished for bad behavior fixed their behavior and never got punished agian. Most games censor only recognizable insults, but some games censors even non-insult words. According to a survey, most players felt like they lost freedom of speech about censoring non-insulting words. Censorship won't make people feel safer. People who want to insult will figure out the various ways to dodge censorship. In fact, some game companies have a problem with people who keep figuring out new ways to insult. Also, players who insult make new words to insult other players, so the game doesn’t recognize the words and can’t censor them. In Multiplayer online battle arena like League of Legends and DOTA where players team up together and fight against another team, there are conflicts between teammates and players who are unskilled that are targeted by insulting. The new words like “noob” and “feeder,” which refer to unskilled players, are not being censored, but even if they censor it some toxic player will eventually figure out new words to insult in gaming.
There are people who disagree that censorship is bad. For example, many websites like Wikipedia are submitted, edited and published by community members.here are some users who share false or insulting information, but it is fixed quickly. This is one kind of censorship words of community it is different from censorship by machine in gaming which searched and censors insulting words. People might disagree with me because they might have been cyber bullied before and experienced emotional trauma. In severe cases, that can be the main reason of suicide. I think that con argument is not always right because censorship not always right and there are companies like Riot Games who made league of legends which give rewards to players who are examples of good behavior and there are systems in games where you can either report or honor players. As honor points go up you have a higher chance of getting rewarded and at the end of the game all players type "GG" which means good game. This makes all players enjoy the game. So, instead of censoring or banning , encouraging players to be players with good behavior is better.
Insulting others in online games is a huge problem today and there are many ways of dealing with it. Censorship is one way, but it cannot catch all insulting language. Also, censorship does not encourage people to fix their behavior, it makes them figure out how to dodge censorship. A better solution to fix this problem of insulting is to encourage players to have better behavior with rewards or education. This method has worked in many games.
If online games censor everything that people say online, do people feel like privacy is getting watched? While I read through the comments there were no comments that changed my mind, but it certainly made me to think again. One comment asked me why do I think bullying occurs mostly in online games that is part of esports. I didn’t think why it occurs mostly in online competitive games. The reason is that competitive online games require teamwork, but sometimes teamwork breaks because of some toxic people who blame other players, use insulting words, and make a whole team act negatively to each other which makes them lose. I got lots of good comments that asked me questions that helped me clarify my opinion. One question wanted to know specifically about the rewarding and honoring system of some companies. It clarified my opinion that talks about how it is more valuable to encourage players to be good players than just keep punishing them. One comment showed me an article about more information that I can find about bullying in online games. As I read through it, it gave me tons of information about how the government tries to solve cyber bullying and where to start. I chose this topic because as a gamer I was interested in things going on in the online game society and wanted to find out by my self. I think the blog project provided me a chance to research further about it and helped me to find out about online game bullying.