A wise man once stated that a regular person multiplied by anonymity multiplied by an audience equals… well, something we cannot repeat on a family-friendly website.
However, the propensity of anonymous crowds to be abusive is well-known, and the competitive character of online multiplayer games exacerbates the problem.
It’s possible to make your online gaming experience more bearable if you’ve been subjected to harassment by other gamers.
Aside from remaining entirely offline, there isn’t a method to completely protect yourself from abusive players. However, by following these suggestions, you may at least make an effort to have a more enjoyable experience.
Don’t Be a Jerk
This advice sounds self-evident: being cruel to others will almost always result in the same behaviour from the other person. However, who among us wouldn’t think that not being a jerk may serve as a deterrent to other jerks from being jerks? Jerk, to be precise. Because we want to ensure that the golden rule still applies to online games, we’ll mention it again. And that includes Hanzo mains.
Adverse players are mostly motivated by the attention they want to garner from their dealings with other players. As a result, the one thing you should never do when hounded is the reply. This is a lot more difficult than it appears.
An urge to quip back and shame someone into quiet is normal when they are being annoyed or foolish, as well as when they are flinging racist or sexist trash at you. Don’t make the mistake of doing that.
Keep in mind that this individual derives some sort of joy from assaulting people, and there’s very nothing you could say to stop them or change their opinion, no matter how correct or reasonable you are. Any response, on the other hand, will simply encourage them to continue their abusive behaviour.
Also, remember that everyone currently participating in the game is doing so voluntarily. You own the ultimate trump card in this exchange: the ability to walk away at any point.
Block and Mute
Individual players can be muted in most online multiplayer games featuring text or voice chat. You may ban players from being paired with you in any game or just turn off text and voice chat for everyone by default, limiting communication to in-game character messages like “group up” or “great job,” depending on your preference.
It’s better to block or mute a single player than to block everyone because communication and collaboration are huge assets in most multiplayer games. However, if communicating with other players by voice or text is interfering with your enjoyment of the game, don’t be afraid to stop doing so.
Use the Report Option
A report option may be found in most games that include a controlled multiplayer component. Use it without hesitation. There’s no reason not to report a player who is abusive properly. Developers aren’t always the best at monitoring their games for bad behaviour, but if many complaints demonstrate that one person is consistently toxic to others to the point that it interferes with other players’ enjoyment, they’ll almost always utilise their administrative abilities to penalise that player.
These penalties may be rather severe, from “time out” limitations, including lost communication rights or mode access, to a permanent account suspension.
Try to Play with People You Already Know
Online abuse isn’t as scary if you’re already friends with everyone on your online multiplayer squad. Because of this, playing with others as much as possible is a smart idea. In-game guild members and regular teammates on your Friends List might enhance the social expectation of the virtual space without having to be individuals you know in real life. It’s generally enough to put folks off from being rude or offensive to strangers in the first place.”
Choose the Right Game Mode
This is a vital element that many players overlook: you should select the game mode that best suits the mood you’re trying to create.
Avoid the more competitive game servers or sections if you wish to play a game leisurely. This is especially true for “Pro” or “Ranked” modes, where the incentives are permanent status modifications or global leaderboard positions. Many shooters and MOBAs, such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO), are known for their frantic, high-stress communication styles.
A game mode that pits players against computer opponents or other non-player challenges is preferable whenever possible. The modes in question are known as PvE (player versus environment). They’re not in every game, but when they do exist, they’re significantly less stressful and competitive than other types of multiplayer games, including ranked ones.
The Nuclear Option: Try Another Game
Remember that you can always stop a game if the social aspect bothers you. That’s probably what you should do if your interactions with other players are making the game less enjoyable. What’s the point of playing a game if you’re not having fun?
Keep in mind that every year, hundreds of new games are released for each system, as well as thousands for PCs. There’s a good chance you’ll be able to find a better game to spend your time with, one with a better community of gamers.