This week on Reality Check, Cam investigates the psychology behind what makes people such jerks
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This week on Reality Check, Cam investigates the psychology behind what makes people such jerks online. http://l.gamespot.com/1adgzgO
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[chanarith lach] - Because they can hide behind their mics and keyboards.
[tristram wake] - Cause most of them are 12 year olds duh.
[andrew bland] - Because there are no consequences.
[aaron riwai] - Its not online gamers that are jerks, they were jerks before they played online, its just now they have a global audience to annoy. Has nothing to do with them being gamers, has to do with them being life losers.
[eric cameron sublett] - The irony is asking the internet community
[erica nicholls] - Ego. With that said, replace "gamers" with "people."
[david pilgrim] - Because they are totally disconnected from society, like most people with cell phones and texting. You never have to make eye contact with anyone online, therefore they don't actually exists in the mind of the gamer.
[jeff james] - George Kuris, if you are a jerk to someone losing the game for the team, then you are a jerk, period. Not everyone is a pro...someone is going to be last place...it's a game, not your real life...
[jorge estolt figueroa] - Cause they're tired of biting their tongues in real life so they let loose online.
[charles brader] - Call someone out in public, get ready for a lawsuit. People may resort to using fists (or worse) when it comes to a verbal standoff in the real world. People like to vent online, whether it is games, Facebook, etc.
The way I look at it is that if someone is blowing off steam or just being an ass online, that might be one less problem in the real world for someone else. Screwy logic, maybe; but just how I see it.
[gaël cassetari] - Apparently you may be playing with the wrong persons.
The people I play with are worth every minute I spend playing or talking with them.
In case of jerks, use the ignore command. You'll never have to see them ever again. Simple enough and goes a long way to protect one's serendipity.
[pierre-luc rancourt] - Kids today have no grasp of what they do and it does to other people
[monroe white iii] - Because idiot devs keep granting them the ability to talk smack in online games, hence the industry still continues to create its own problems, and then whine about it when players exploit the powers given to them by the devs. DUH!
[randy fuhr] - Simple. Internet + Anonymosity = Total D-Bag
[howard zhihao wen] - Because they are anonymous online. Some chose to be trolls or aggressive and other pretend they are girls.
[robbie smith] - A very simple answer....they know that people cant reach thru the mic and beat the breaks out of 'em
[mecka rizaldi] - LoL community are the worst
[jack hudson] - online gamers aren't jerks, online SHOOTER gamers are jerks aka call of duty / battlefield
[jason mccoy] - The Wild West of the internet where there's no repercussions and competitive game play. Hopefully the next gen consoles will help weed out these douche rockets.
[lui correia] - Simple fix for this:
[scotty morris] - Online Disinhibition Effect. Also called the greater Internet fuckwad theory
[gary eischen] - because its online, no REAL consequences. Gives ppl bigger balls than they would usually have
[darrtel brown] - I just hope everyone who gets an Xbox One does their part in giving a bad rep to everyone who deserves it. Let those hostile/toxic people sit in a pool of their own hate.
[kim dannerfjord] - Their team always suck. They ARE the best around. No? ok...
[adrian ramirez] - Because they know very well I don't know where they live so I can break their necks
[henry ojeda] - Like we all are huh ? Well I am kinda when playing noobs...
[miles away metts] - They aren't, you're just in the wrong community.
[sam ndokosho] - Keyboard warriors
[chris campbell] - No consequences for acting like an asshat that's why.
[paul bundy] - Because we can be
[amanda turner] - Julian you just proved that its not just online gamers that can be jerks
[gabe m taylor] - Most the people I play with in Lord of the Rings online are highly mature people. Then again most the people I know in that game are 30-40 years old and have families. I guess it depends on the game and what maturity level the game appeals to.
[sterlin ruther] - Losing. Unbalanced gameplay. Cheaters. That's why.
[jon davis] - Because they know they can hide behind their screens and be total jerk offs from the comfort of their couch.
[thom curry] - A total lack of accountability. Also, people trying to deal with those who have a total lack of accountability. Folks will generally get away with whatever they can. People say and do things online they only think about in person.
[frank wilson] - I just mute everyone and I just talk to mates
[luis torres] - I think it's because there is no location services. I am sure if your home address was tagged on your GT, there would be less 6'5" 250 pound all muscle gamers.
[daz sams] - PC jerk free feel free to come down of you're high horse anytime
[lydon doublezz lewis] - Because there not good at anything else in the physical world! =P
[toby kelly] - Not all of us are, just the tweens...
[peter beadle] - not all people! some people in Mario Kart stop before the finish line then you come along and they go in right before you do. once this guy tried to do it to me but he pushed a too late :)
[ryan wilkes] - because the playstation network thrives on them ?
[kelwin lieng] - Simple. Flame wars between young kids in CoD.
[david belmonte] - Because it's easy to be thug when no one is there to put them in their place. I assume it's also some form of projecting, maybe they get bullied, so they take it out on others, etc...
[jacob baldwin] - Because the real world is full of jerks offline too? XD
[jiovanna denisova] - Everyone is a keyboard hero ... Just check out League of Legends -.-
[david torres] - Because people are not accountable for what they say online
[steven cocking] - Anthony Fleury. Ben Davison is obviously trolling here. I play on console an pc and my experience with "jerks" is on pc. Even on facebook they think are superior. Let them be keyboard warriors and just enjoy gaming. That's what I do
[daniel mccann] - because they scared to say the word to your face.
[gavin whoriskey] - Lack of vagina i reckon lol
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[faceless guy] - Except Call of Duty and LoL audience.......
[stephan vandenborn] - I have a huge empathic sense that generally stays online. Whether it's because I'm 39 I don't know but I feel I have always had this. The best way for me is to play competitive games between friends who you know well and who's emotional range of feeligns you can guestimate and who all play in good fun.
In pub, I don't say mad things online to an enemy team until they start calling "rq now". Or calling people on my team noob, or loser or going to do things to their mom.
Then I ask them if this is the center of their life and why they are being behaving so confusingly, they want to feel the sense of powning someone yet they have to RQ also, you can't get the cake and eat it as well.
But there's an inevitable thing about this because usually these conversations end in a total fiasco with me being depicted as a nerd and the rest of the team not wanting to play anymore, it's as if people have their comon sense cut off from them and if it's a bit too hot in the mental kitchen (they are being confronted to their own behavior) there's no game left to play. Why can't people just play and quit jabbering at eachother ?
Let me also add that I have a very bad eyesight, I generally never see the eyes of the other, so that "solution" at the end of this video, is it really that deterministic? I never have eyecontact but I'm not hostile to ppl unles they want to go out of their way to act dumb.
[kevin taylor] - I've always felt that they started turning up once gaming became 'trendy'. Where were they when we were considered outcasts and nerds?
[ben colvin] - The type of interaction you have with others in online games is VERY different compared to most ways of communicating.
[sami nurmi] - because they got bullied in school and got spanked by daddy so that's the only place when they can feel good about themselves
[tym tod] - anonymity. thats why.
[david camacho jr.] - Well this is rude. I'm not a jerk.
[jules durante] - Internet Fuckwad Theory.
[corey rooney] - Cause you can't whip a voices ass.
[macho jj cordero] - Because they can hide.
[steve hòbó campbell] - because they think there tough over a head set
[matt tate] - Everybody's a hard ass as long as they're safely cowering in their own home.
[nishan goswami] - i have come across very few jerks in online games . Guess jerks only stick to consoles and the pc is jerk free
[welbeloved akulas] - Smack talking is one thing, but when it's completely over the top, rude & hateful that's when it goes too far. Some ppl show they're true colors behind walls...
[spike oorafudash ditzy] - Not all are jerks thankfully
[andrew thomas] - Because the internet turns people into sociopaths. Gameing with people was so much better back in the day because they were in the room with you, and if they did anything stupid you could just deck them or something. Now there really are no consequences just do and act however you want.
[luis torres] - People say stuff that they would never say to someone in person, and put people down. It's so funny to me. That is why I just private chat most of the time. #teamxbox
[md. fahimuddoula] - I donno. Let's ask the 12 year olds.
[xenonn ati] - well i've been a gamer for a long time.. never remotely been an asshole to anyone but confirmed hackers ( keep harassing them till they leave)
yet still got the little jerks attacking me like i wasn't being nice to them and helpful.
[lin christopher] - oh man ,i like this topic!!
[jordan hughes] - I'm not a jerk when I play online. It's probably because I'm not a 14 year old keyboard warrior with a pizza face.
[denise johnson] - lag. always the lag
[stephan pankevich] - The real question is: "Why are total jerks online gamers?"
[david mason] - Because their parents didn't discipline them enough
[charles parsons] - This was a really enlightening and well researched topic. Good job!
[lee mayes] - Fools like Jeremy think the internet will protect them, I real life. It won't.
[christian tejeda] - No body would want to see there girlfriend while playing online. We need space between reality and fiction.
[shibby distel shibaabadu] - I actually touched upon this subject in one of my university papers. It's basically the person's super ego coming to the forefront of their personality as they believe there are no ramifications or consequences for their actions.
[dan cunningham] - COD, problem solved
[marty be] - Makes a lot of sense!!
[justin wiles] - Yea, I have to say it's because they can get away with anything behind a screen, mic, and keyboard. Only ones I really see giving me a hard time are the Koreans, Russians, and Chinese and some other countries that tend to cheat alot and I give them grief about it.
[rachael taylor] - Because they can hide behind a computer generated character and be another anonymous douche in a sea of many.
[james taylor] - 'cause F*** you that's why, only joking, it's because they think they are tough being able to get a "Kill streak of 74 and only 2 deaths in a match" yet some how don't understand that real life has better "graphics" ahahaha
[ernesto garcia] - You talk smack you get muted
[george flecknell] - Because most multiplayer games encourage you to act like a jerk. Besides, if anything is ruining gaming it is people trying to police the way that gamers play games. Screw you, I will play however I want.
[john dettman jr.] - Thats easy one to explain because most humans are petty and pathetic creatures always trying to force their misery on to others.
[moises ranches bustillo] - because of graphics
[jarvis hanley-nicholls] - Because they always lose so they insult you and rage quit
[dan torres] - Cause they can get away with it. They wouldn't be jerks in person. They be scared
[eric rhoades] - Great, another faggoty article by a shitty site who has nothing better to do, but to insult their viewer base.
[jeffrey w shaw] - Not all, just a majority of them all...
[christian lopez gil] - Jerks? They clearly never played lol
[julian jarvis] - Everyone who plays online are noobs since no one is good at every single game that goes online. Everyone is a jerk because everyone gets mad at someone else online. Plus, everyone online are 10 year old's using your mom jokes and also racist since no matter who you are, you'll be called a n***** if you are slightly better than someone. So if you have a problem with my opinion, then cry to someone who cares since the internet is filled with them.
[jean-marc therrien] - That's why I usually make a party so I don't hear the annoying things they say.
[daniel phillips] - I found the majority in my experience that the worst are the Americans I'm not saying all are but the ones I've had dealings with have made me not have the game chat turned on because at least then I don't have to listen to their threats and them telling me to kill myself in real life that last bit is true and happened to me when I was playing halo 3 multiplayer
[kev dellaquaglia] - I have no idea what this week's show could possibly be about...
[shaun haworth-blades] - Not all online gamers are jerks. The jerks are usually hyperactive 12 year olds who's parents go out and buy them 18 rated games to keep then quite
[paul ryan aguilar] - a ton of hate mails on my street fighter 4 everyone will lose no matter what just have fun or your waisting your time
[ben davison] - By online gamers they mean console gamers , PC gamers are nice people
[kevin willett] - This is a six minute commercial for the xbox kinect. I want that six minutes of my life back.
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[jared thomas] - 1) they're talking to you/a person over the internet.
2) people are competitive.
[ricky jones] - This is interesting especially for next gen, and I wonder will the actions of people online now differ seeing people will (optionally granted) use their real names, link their FB accounts to their online ID's and have a camera (optionally again on ps4) attached at all times to their consoles. Wonder if gaming is about to become more friendly and respectful online! Then again could lead to some major spike in bullying / harassment through various online platforms now.
[alex novikov] - yes i did suffer from that. glad to say I didn't turn into one.
[jonathan ward-kelly] - Because the animality of online gives them the freedom to say/behave as they would never dream of in real life - no repocussion!
[matt swemley] - Topics like this makes me reminisce of the old days on n64 and ps1 when you had to go to some ones house for multiplayer. People were still jerks though but as much as online play
[daniel johanning] - That's easy; because they're not in the same room
[antriksh yadav] - If this show was on iTunes, I'd subscribe.
[matt swemley] - Because moms basement
[mantus exx] - COD... thats why.
[neil glasgow] - It puts me off playing mmos
[scott anderson] - yay finall this issue i was on avatar laser wars and they were 12 year old
[mauro tamm] - thats way too much generalization.
[camilo parada] - most of them are virgins who live in their mothers basements
[jeremy perrow] - Anonymity. Though if you knew me personally, you would know everything I say to you online, I would say 3 inches from your face and there wouldn't be a damn thing you would do about it.
[aentik sparda ten-no] - thats their only purpose in life dry themselves up angry all the time!! i mean u can ask them more some barely commit their objective!! too much for them if they do something else!!!! and by winning and saying vulgar natural words of them thinkt hey will jump higher!! or get an Invisible cape u know fantasy crap like that!!!
[carlos calderon rios] - Meh..I rage when I play almost any game, but that's because I have anger issues, and when I call someone out, it's all in (not-so-good)sporting fun. Other than that, I am more than a good team player. I use smoke grenades in BF3 to cover up a fallen teammate so I can go in and revive. Whenever I'm Squad leader, I occasionally mark points for capture and *always* mark tanks and other enemy vehicles. Too bad nobody else I play with, has this mentality.
[ramon terrell] - Keyboard and controller warriors.
[zack temple] - They just do it cuz they know nothing can happen do them, cowards thats what they are in real life
[john witherite] - I recently played injustice online with a guy that was real nice even though he was better than I am.
[zarko jurukov] - because they cant take defeat http://i1.sndcdn.com/artworks-000050506419-wfztet-original.jpg?3eddc42
[ravi pathak] - Simple, they've got the best internet connections in the world and still waste it on playing games rather than doing something useful. I wish if I too could be such a jerk.
[anthony evans] - Either 1. They are virgins and angry no woman wants them
2. get picked on alot
3. are female
4. are 12
[django cribbs] - To single out gamers is, while not exactly unfair, a little short-sighted. Games are just the outlet of choice for some jerks. Loads of awesome, decent and sporting people play online all the time. Same rules apply as everywhere else, if someone is a douche then ignore them.
[jose daniel escamilla] - Trash talking has always been apart of competitors. No different than football or even poker. Noobs also under estimate the mute option. You don't have to listen to enjoy online gaming.
[mike dio] - Only the ones on consoles are because, dirty peasants.
[cirno yousei] - Because it's better than them lashing out their frustration IRL
[richard ratliff] - Because online games suck ass.
[anthony fleury] - Okay Ben Davison you must be new to online gaming. More of that P.C. master race b.s. People are jackasses regardless of what platform they play on.
[anthony fleury] - Simple; no accountability. People can be as awful as they want because they will face no punishment for their behavior.
[olin t flowers] - Most hardcore gamers are social miscreants to begin with. Many are people with few real life friends, nerds etc. So combine poor social skills with the ability to lash out and empower yourself through an online persona and you have the birth of BNet and 4Chan which set the standards for acting like a jerk.
Contrary to what most people believe, online gamers arent 12 year olds, they are just socially inept adults acting like 12 years old. Combine this with the fact that social conditioning is learned behavior and you have the current state we are in now as more new gamers learn to accept that bad behavior is the norm they emulate what the people already there are doing.
There was a time when online gaming wasnt like this. Prime example is the beginning days of MMOs. Most people that played MMOs werent 12 year olds, you had to have a pretty pricey PC and a credit card to actually even play. There was a time when noob wasnt a derogatory term, when veteran players actually helped new players learn the ropes.
There was MMO etiquette and the communities policed themselves. It literally could take years to level a character in EQ, FFXI or Lineage and it was something you couldnt do solo, you had to work with other players to actually level. Act like a jerk you get blacklisted by the server, no one groups with you and you couldnt level effectively making you quit the game.
Then WoW comes along, makes solo play possible, doesnt punish players for ninjaing and basically acting like jerks. Get banned? just level another character to max in a month. (Note: I think WoW made a lot of innovations that were good but one of the bad things they did was throw MMO etiquette out the window for good)
Now the BNet mentality permeates the online community, to the point where other new games cant even establish decent communities because legions of former WoW trolls come and corrupt those communities with the same behavior as soon as the game launches.
The sadder thing is most of them dont even play the game long term, they play for the first month, bash the new game to death and troll the chat the entire time then leave after ruining the communities.
I long for a day when a game actually brings back players policing the social environment of the games.
[joachim gutierrez] - becaue online GAYmers
[george kuris] - 1.Im a jerk to someone when hes the one loosing the game for the team.2.Im a jerk when someone is playing badly for the other team,but thinks hes good.3.Im a jerk if you are a jerk.
[engdragon83] - Anonymity for the most part
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