I’ve mentioned a few times here on the blog that I game. With all of the other things I do, it’s low on the priority list, but I do like to get a few games of League of Legends in especially on the weekend. I’ve earned my silver ranking in the game, as I don’t play much, don’t play often with a group and play a support role most of the time(These all make climbing in the ranked more difficult). Most of the time I simply jump on and start up the queue eager to get a round or two in before something else distracts me.
For the most part, I can simply play the game without thinking much. Sure a support role can be difficult especially when you don’t have any idea what kind of style your laning partner has and you aren’t sure of the skill level of anyone else on your team. But while the game is going, story plot lines can buzz in the back of my head and the dryer can do its thing.
Gaming is one of my escapes. I read a lot, do some crafting things weekly and of course write, but I know I need something else that at least lets me interact with people at least a bit, so for me gaming is a good fit. League is often pretty quick rounds, usually less than an hour. So while the dryer or the dishwasher is going, I can play before I have to do something else.
So Saturday night I jumped on to play. Played a few non-ranked games to warm up and check to see if the servers were behaving. Things were good so I jumped in queue for ranked. When one of the players asked if I had skype, I should have known things were going to go down hill.
I don’t give out my skype. (I’m not stupid) If players want to communicate there’s some open teamspeaks that I direct them to. This way I’m safe from weird people typing me random things. Also if they give me any trouble (which none have), I can get them banned pretty quickly too.
But that doesn’t stop them from making comments on the game itself. And that’s just what one player did just before the game started. Comments that got me shaken and angry even before the game started.
For the most part, most of the games I’ve played have been good. Sure I have an off game or miss an attack and have someone gripe. That’s normal. However, there’s a few people out there who make gaming painful and humiliating. Why these people think they can act like that–I have no idea, but I’m sure they know and enjoy the discomfort they give other players.
This one was no different. After a few more comments during the game I could feel my blood pressure rising. Ticked off was a mild word, especially since it was really throwing me off my game. I didn’t mute the player or the laning partner because I wanted to accurately put in a complaint after the game. Maybe I should have (I know) but I knew things weren’t going to improve. But I did play it out. We did end up losing, though.
After the game I did report the player and the laning partner who obviously was in on the trolling, harassing other players as well as myself. I hope the other players on my team did the same.
Toxic players aren’t anything new. If a game involves other people, you will find some that are rude, obnoxious and exhibit a troll like behavior. For players, it’s a game breaker. Many people quit playing if the environment is hostile, even if they truly enjoyed the game. Putting up with those kind of people lessens the enjoyable factors.
Was Saturday night a game breaker for me?
As I said, most of the games are good. In fact, I went back and played another after I cooled off a bit. I had a very respectful group, even if our jungler kept dcing the entire game. No one complained even though we lost. Even the opposing team was respectful of our troubles. All in all it was a good game.
I’m not going to give up on gaming. I like it. No one is going to force me to play something else because they think (wrongly!!!) that they are better or deserve to game because of their gender, skin color or even age.
Gaming belongs to everyone, not just a select few.