Thursday, February 26, 2015

Bullying in Online Games

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Did you know that people who insult other in video games are most likely to be younger people? There are many different kinds of online gaming bullying. For example, insulting someone else in a game is the most popular way to bully somebody. Groups of users gang up to insult their victim in a game to have fun. One professional StarCraft player used the word “rape” against an amateur female player at a game tournament and got disqualified from the tournament. Later, he explained that he did not know that it was very insulting, He was from Ukraine and did not understand how serious it was, but still he got disqualified from the tournament and had to apologize to the female player. This incident is only the beginning of a larger situation, because e-sports, where you watch professional players play like other sports, are on the rise, and people must address this before bigger and more serious incidents happen.

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.

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3/5/2015

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.

13 comments:

  1. Hello, Jay1234! Thank you for posting this article on whether or not game behavior and language need to be regulated. I have always thought of gaming harassment or bullying as an ethical issue not as a censorship one. I have done some further reading that supports your post, An Open Letter to Tim Cook About Game Censorship. One of the author's arguments is that games are treated unfairly; many other instances of violence in language, for example, are looked at in the context. or message of the literature or video or other form of media. This doesn't happen for gaming, despite the fact that the Supreme Court has ruled that games are protected as a form of free speech. However, it seems to me that just because one can behave or speak in a certain way online, that doesn't mean that it is consistent with being a good digital citizen. The author points out that there are voluntary efforts to regulate behavior on gaming sites. How effective do you think this self-regulation is? Is any regulation necessary? Will rewarding good behavior be enough? Thanks for giving me much to think about!--Ms. Riches

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  2. Hi. Jay1234! Thank you for sharing this article and the idea of bullying in video games. I am also a gamer, so I would easily imagine and feel the sitution you mentioned in the article and I have a question which is: Do you think the more video games you play the more bullying action you will do because my blog is studying about video games boost aggression? Thank you for sharing and discussing with me! --Dr.BoomBoom.

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  3. Hey, Jay1234 ! Thank you for creating is article on whether censorship is a good thing or a bad thing and how it relates to online bullying! I found the article very interesting and you have made some good points, however, I do have a few questions- do you think that censorship should be regulated through the age the player is ? For example, the game could ask for your age and regulate the amount of "bad" words you type in public. In conclusion, I do think that this is an informative article but I believe that there should be more sources and links heading to data and surveys. Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Hi, Jay1234, I think you did a good job at rebutting the con argument to support your argument, it was easily seen how your argument made more sense. I agree with you in that the way to stop online bullying and insults like noob and feeder is to give rewards to players who have good behavior. I am a bit of a gamer myself and on the multiplayer chat there are tons of insults flying around so I personally understand what you mean when you say that it is a big problem. But another problem is also trolling, do you think that gaming sites could develop something to block trolling to? Do you think trolling is okay versus insults? Do you consider trolling bullying also? I personally think that along with insults, gaming companies should try to stop somehow trolling to because extreme trolling can lead to some very bad consequences. I thought you might find this link interesting: here

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  5. Hello Jay1234! Very interesting article! I found this article especially relevant and interesting because it was on the subject of video games. Why do you think that games include chat features? What is more important to you, a video game where you play alone and have fun, or a game where you have to work as a team? (for better or worse) How does this harassment affect how you view other players of the same game? What do you think is a good way to censor the "toxic" chat of the video game?

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    1. Thanks MBenjaminDR, Thanks for your comment and questions. For answer, I think online games need chat system because teamwork is most important and in order to do teamwork you need to communicate with your team well. I prefer video game that requires teamwork because it is more competitive and when you win you feel very good, like when you watch like baseball or football. If one player become toxic to other players that is when teamwork breaks, because all of them will be negative to their teammates which makes them lose. Good way to censor toxic chat is to educate players and giving them reward. I think encouraging them to be a good player is better than just keep punishing them.

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  6. Hi there Jay1234! I really enjoyed reading your article! It was super interesting reading about the new outlet in which teens cyber bully on, I think it really shows to us that out generation is advancing, even under the terms of bullying. I learned a lot reading your blog, but I do have a pending question: What can we as Digital Citizens, and our communities do to reduce this obviously big conflict? What measures could/should our government take if this is such a big problem? In this article (http://nobullying.com/the-rise-of-bullying-in-online-games/), the writer talks about the different types and forms this online cyber bullying can come in. Which do you think is most important and why? Which do yo think we need to attack first? Overall, I really liked your article! It's interesting to examine the online gaming community is up to, now and then. Thanks!! Helen

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  7. Hi Jay1234! Thanks for posting this article. I really enjoyed reading this very insightful article. I found it really interesting that there was so much bullying going on in E-sports. I never would have guessed that there was so much bullying going on. Why do you think bullying is occurring more and more often in these online e-sports? Also, I found the story about the boy from Ukraine interesting because there are people all over the world who are playing in these games and they are unsure sometimes of the significance of terms that other countries find offensive. Thanks again for writing on this topic. Really good job.

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    1. Hi GraceGiraffe! thanks for commenting on my article, First for your question about why bullying is occurring on online gaming, E-sports which is a spectator sports where you watch professional players playing like any other sports is growing massively in the world. For that kind of games it acquires teamwork and skill. There are players who is toxic that when they get mad during game they blame on other people and that is when bullying occurs. They use insulting languages and makes fun of other players and for foreigners who does not speak english very well, players will be even more toxic and be racist to foreign player.

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  8. Hello Jay1234! I enjoyed reading your post. It was an intriguing post and i also wish tha our gamers online will show less negative sympathies toward others playing with them. Back to the point, I appreciate for your thoughtful solutions on solving the problem about the derogatory languages between online gamers. My question is, what kind of examples do you mean by giving the players rewards and education for using/not using bad languages??? would it acutally work on those people who only play video games only at certain amount in their daily lives? despite what came into my mind, Jay1234, I appreciate for your work and good job on this! Thank you, JSLEE

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    1. Hi JS Lee, Thanks a lot for commenting on my article I really appreciate you comment and your question. First of all many game companies are working on improve their gamers. For example, in league of legends where it needs teamwork there are honoring system where at the end of the game you can honor people who had positive attitude and that person gains more chance of getting reward at the end of the year. The company gives special item to players who have been keeping their positive reputation. In league of legends website you can find summoner code which tells you how to be good gamer. Thanks!

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    2. This sounds like a very positive way to reward players who uphold positive community standards! I wonder how many other games have similar structures in place? Great idea.

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  9. Hello Jay1234, I liked reading your post, this is a interesting subject. From one of the games I play (Planetside 2) they found an easy way to help this problem. What they did was make a system where it would read what you wrote and if you wrote you are "insult" to another person, the system would take the "insult" and replace it with a nice word. Your new sentence would be you are awesome/cool/anything positive. Do you think this is a good system?

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