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Why are there disruptive MMORPG players?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Zosimus, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. Zosimus

    Zosimus Grand Inquisitor
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    Nice little article for anybody who may be interested in reading.


    Why are there Disruptive MMORPG Players? - GuildHelper-Management Guide



    Why are there disruptive MMORPG players?
    By Black Label
    August 2006
    Why are people disruptive in the world of MMORPG? We did some research online and some
    interviewing and found out some obvious but some surprising answers.

    One of the most common reasons why people are disruptive is because they are immature. We forget
    that in the MMORPG world, the age range can be anywhere from 12 to 70. A major population of the
    MMORPG world will be children under 18 years of age and some people, no matter the age, will
    always be immature. Although not all, most immature people view MMORPG as just another game.
    They wish to master it and remain in control at all times much like playing their traditional Nintendo,
    Play Station or Xbox games. However, MMORPG adds something different that the other platforms
    have been trying to achieve; the social interaction and community element.

    In the real world, people understand their place in society and respect the adult world around them. In
    MMORPG, this concept differs. They view other characters as a 2D avatar just like any monster or
    NPC. Some of them don’t realize that there are feelings behind each individual player characters
    because they are not looking them right in the eye. In the real world, most immature people would
    still communicate properly to strangers and share findings with friends. In the MMORPG, the same
    child might curse at strangers and steal all the loot. The main reason is because there is no obvious
    consequence in the MMORPG world and they don’t know who they are hurting. There are no police,
    parents or teachers to discipline if you loot, gank, or harass another player in the game or on the
    forums. That is the main reason why there is a growing display of these inappropriate behaviors. That
    is why you have so many MMORPG jerks in the game. I bet if you confront them in real life, they
    would appear to be angels and you would never have expected this type of behavior from this person.

    There is not a whole lot you can do regarding this. However, that’s what guilds are for. People want
    to play with appropriate, well behaved and considerate folks. Everyone plays this game for one
    reason: to have fun. No one should have fun at the expense of others. That’s why it’s important for
    guild officers and leaders to be the police, the teacher and the parent to prevent this from happening.

    Unfortunately, there is another group of player who are disruptive because of pleasure. Its one thing
    when one doesn’t know any better, its another when one is malignant and perform disruptive acts so
    they get a kick out of it. You all have heard of those who are notorious for ganking, kill stealing,
    forum trolling, etc. Some people even take it to the next level. There was a famous incident in WoW
    where a guild of idiots ambushed a real life funeral service held by the community on a particular
    server. The community gathered in remembrance of a well liked person who has passed away. They
    held it on a PvP zone because it was her favorite place in the game. Instead, the people gathered were
    ambushed by a group of insensitive thugs. They do it for pleasure and for attention seeking much like
    those criminals who rob for fun or shoot people in schools. The good news was that the server was
    in uproar and united to hunt down every last member and to kill them on the spot if anyone displayed
    the guild name. I have no doubt that these idiots did it for the thrill of it. I have no doubt they did it
    because they did not perceive any real life consequences. But I am sure they did not find it so funny
    when the entire server was now after them whenever they log on.

    There will always be disruptive players in MMORPG. because people are a lot braver online than in
    real life. That leads to a growing trend of those who harass and stalk the female players despite being
    rejected. Perhaps it’s the lack of looking in their eyes and saying “No thanks. I am not interested.”
    Perhaps once again, there is a lack of consequences. I’ve heard many stories from my friends about
    people chasing them online. The disruptive player would send constant private tells, follow the girl to
    every zone, or just interrupt whatever the girl player is doing. These disruptive players do it for
    attention seeking much like a little boy will play with a girl’s hair and run off.

    I think once you understand why people are being disruptive. Your tolerance for such activity is
    lowered. You will be more willing to take a more active stance against any childish behavior and
    reinforce your guild rules. As a guild leader, you need to understand that this unfortunately evil does
    exit and you should have a plan on how to handle such situations.
     
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  2. Vexxed

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    Sounds about Right to me !!
    The only thing that would surprise me is if anyone didn't already know this. I'm assuming EVERYONE has had experience with "little punks" via a sibling's annoying friend, class -mate or whatever. I'm also positive that most of these "little punks" modify their social behavior IRL & actually behave reasonably well when compared to life in a MMORPG.... Those that don't learn the HARD way that there are consequences. I can say from personal experience that my little brother & his "little punk" best friend both joined the Air Force years ago & lets just say Boot Camp was an attitude readjustment for 1 of them. = )
     
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  3. Zosimus

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    Somesitme I wonder the main issues with some of the players in many mmo's I have played that these annoying players are victims themselves in RL and take out their frustrations on players in games they play because its "safe" to them.
     
  4. Samaira

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    Well said.

    I think a lot of the problem comes down to (typically) younger people viewing trolling as a victimless crime. Some avatar on a computer screen gets angry, the troll gets their lols and everyone moves on... there is no doubt that antisocial online behaviour is a problem. I have often wondered if it will be the new 'don't take candy from strangers' - that parents will caution their children to not feed the trolls in the same way we were taught not to accept rides from wierd men in panel vans.
     
  5. Vince

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    Perhaps you should take a look at EVE Online.

    The game where being a 'jerk' as you call it is supported by the game company and accepted by everyone else. Its simply a way of playing.

    For many of us there, ruining someone elses day is simply good fun.
     
  6. Zosimus

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    I sure don't see where any games were being mentioned or singled out. Most likely they didnt take in games like EvE, Darkfall or old UO when the article was written.
     
  7. Vince

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    Ah, I misread it.

    I took it this blogpost as being an article (it is missing documentation for the claims).