( IDK if this technically counts as part of one of the retired topics, since I think what I’m talking about here is a little different, and more about the community more than why people do it, but if the mods deem it as so, so be it, I won’t argue it. )
Now, I’m going to start off acknowledging that I’m a pretty reserved person. Often times if I feel strongly about something, the people around me don’t know, and often that causes emotion to sort of build up inside me like a shaken soda can, except it never actually gets opened and I just sort of suffer.
All that said, I’m a big gamer, as are most people on this sub. I play a lot of games, JRPG’s in particular, many of which even having a reputation for being very difficult or unfair, and even with that in mind, I can count on one hand how many times I’ve gotten legitimately frustrated to the point of throwing a tantrum with a game in my adult life, and even then, I don’t think any of those times were that bad, since I didn’t really yell or assault any of my equipment or anything, I more just needed to walk away from the game in question for a little bit. Now, part of that is probably just part of my personality, and that I had a really bad temper as a child that I specifically resolved ( and feel like I succeeded ) to temper in Jr. High. I have a pretty good handle on my emotions, and am probably one of the least compulsive people you’ll meet.
All that said, I work at GameStop, and I frequently see people bring in broken and defective controllers, headsets, and occasionally even full consoles, damaged, because the person it belonged to can’t control themselves. Many of them, are repeat offenders, who I and other co-workers know by name, who bring in defective controllers to put toward a new one, after they broke their current one. Sometimes they’re grown adults, sometimes they’re parents who enable their children’s behavior by simply buying them new stuff when they break it. In any case, I find it deeply concerning that this is such a normal thing in the gaming community as a whole. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I really don’t think it should be. I see a lot of people make jokes about it that romanticize ragequitting like it’s a totally normal thing that most gamers do, and the fact that online in the age of live-streaming games, we’ve sort of raised a culture of streamers to act as overemotional and angry as possible for our entertainment isn’t helping.
To be clear, I’m not talking about people who have like brief moments of frustration, maybe swear some, and especially not those who can actually laugh about it who can laugh about it almost immediately afterwards. I am talking about people who get so enraged that they damage their stuff, scream at the top of their lungs, shouting angry explicatives at other players in multiplayer games, and who often don’t even look like they’re having fun most of the time, but are still playing games for some reason. This isn’t healthy behavior, and it’s not cute either. I see a lot of memes and people talking about it like it’s this super casual thing because it’s so common, but that’s the thing, it shouldn’t be common, and we shouldn’t be encouraging it the way we do.
My old boss who worked at the store I worked at before my current one, watched videos from almost exclusively rage streamers, and he would frequently show me stream highlights he enjoyed, where people watching the stream would often join the game and go out of their way to piss them off, and the streamer would scream at the top of their lungs, and they often would continue streaming anyways, not even because they’re having fun, but often because they’re, seemingly at least, not mentally well, and feel an irrational compulsion to stream. That’s not okay. I don’t know about other people, but I simply can’t find that funny or entertaining, for me it’s just really, really uncomfortable to watch, and I really don’t think that we should be normalizing, or worse, making of spectacle of other people’s misery. Not even just for multiplayer games, but all games in general. I feel like people who display these sort of behaviors really need help, I think they need a better outlet for their emotions, they need a better way to handle frustrations, and I think we need to start by starting to acknowledge how unhealthy behaviors like that are.
Anyways, the whole point of this post was to start a discussion, so I’d like to hear thoughts, ideas, disagreements. At the very least I think that it’s worth talking about in a civil and mature manner. So what are your thoughts?
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