'Some argue that trashtalk - whether couched via social media channels, in party chat or in a comment - is just part of gaming's "identity"...'
I'm so glad you followed that up by calling it cobblers. I absolutely detest that excuse when people are vile, and it's a big part of the reason I rarely play online any more... 'everyone does it, it's just banter. Deal with it.'
Well, no, I won't 'deal with it'. Nobody should have to put up with being called a whore, or receive death threats, or messages about being raped. It's not part of gaming or its culture, they're just silly little boys with no social skills. If you wouldn't say it to my face (and let's be honest, you wouldn't, because I'd kick you in the gonads and have you arrested) don't assume being hidden behind a computer makes it ok, or makes you a big tough guy.
I find responding calmly and sensibly makes them worse, because not getting a reaction winds them up even more. Perhaps it's getting to a point where more strict penalties do need to be enforced, some of the stuff women receive online is absolutely vile.
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