Have you ever been shouted at constantly while gaming online or got bullied in a new game which caused you to eventually hate the game instead of the bullies? Or are you the one who trash talks other players until they end up quitting the game?
We can all agree that toxicity in the gaming community has been a problem for a long time. However, what people don’t realise is that they are in the cycle of toxicity too, whether they want to be in it or not.
What does ‘Toxicity’ mean in the gaming community?
A toxic player is someone who causes abusive behaviour and does not contribute to the gameplay. As a result, they create a bad atmosphere either to the match or to the players.
Toxicity does not only mean talking with other players in an abusive way. Trolling other players, cheating or hacking in the game, and having the intent to ruin the game for other players also falls under the category.
Why is there toxicity in the gaming culture?