Trolling in Games

If I was to ask you a simple question that was (Are you a troll?) how would you reply? Nowadays gaming has become one of the biggest and most impressive forms of entertainment for adults, teenagers and children of all ages as it is a way for people to just relax or have fun in multiplayer games such as Counter strike Global Offensive (CS-GO), League Of Legends (LOL). But most people are not aware that there are dangers in multiplayer games and they are commonly known as trolling or simply put as cyber bullying. Firstly what is cyber bullying?, cyber bulling is a form of harassment done through electronic devices by ether social media or just plain emailing. But most people don’t know that multiplayer games is the type of category where teenagers or gamers can get bullied most gamers tend to call this TROLLING. A group of scientist deiced to do a research on the difference between social media bullying and multiplayer games, it was shown that 43% of teens aged 13-17 have reported an experience where they were cyber bullied, but for video game players, that percentage could be significantly higher. In fact, 63% of female gamers have been sexually harassed such as being asked to perform “virtual sex behaviours” in return for in game currencies. But most of the reasons why people Troll online is because they either had a bad day or they just feel like harassing someone who beat them in a game or match, when one of those opponents loses that is  when they decide to send unnecessary messages where they are threatening the victims life or threatening their family. Most victims don’t see this as a major problem, this means that they want bother with telling an adult whats happening. What they don’t really know is that it can escalate very quickly.

Now lets talk about me and my experiences of TROLLING. I’m gonna be really honest and say that I have never been Trolled before, but I have been the Troll. For me it was only a one type thing from then on I never did again. I’ve currently been playing a game called League of Legends (LOL) a fun MOBA to kill some time or just for fun, I never thought that I would end up Trolling one day but it just happened I was talking to a random person online whom I’ve never met face to face so i deiced to catfish him and pretend I was a girl. The only reason I did it was for the laughter and for fun but after a while I realised what I was doing was inappropriate because the person I was trolling wanted to give his number and wanted to chat him and hang out some time and that’s when I deiced to stop harassing him and making him think I was a female gamer so I had to tell him the truth obviously he would become angry at me but I’m glad he didn’t take it as a bad thing, right know we are good friends and still laugh about the messages we used to send to each other.

Girls (Egirls) get targeted a lot in games, this is because most gamers think of woman not playing games and that they are to perfect for it and that gaming is for boys. but most girls don’t care about who thinks what. For example a well known female gamer that goes of the name Pokimane on twitch gets sexually harassed a lot every time this live streamer stands up to get something she would always end up with these types of messages (THICC) which means she has a big ass or bum.

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But there are some people out there who try their best to stop trolls from sending these types of messages or trash talking in a game about or to someone, one of my favourite you tuber who does this has gotten a lot of praise from parents and some game creators for standing up. He has recently uploaded videos called (African Rebel teaching kids lessons) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YduoI4jN0UY).  The reason why I love this video is because this you tuber stands up to a troll who is talking crap someones mom, this you tuber demonstrates that its not OK to talk about other peoples parents online as it is disrespectful and it was also a funny video to enjoy.

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In conclusion trolling happens everywhere but on social media it is well known as cyber bulling. Even though most people might think its not a big issue it can change to an even bigger problem very quickly, that is why it is important to tell a parent if you are being harassed on multiplayer games and that the game creators should find ways to prevent this from happening.

Reference:

AARON, J.

Cyber-bullying and video games

In-text: (Aaron, 2017)

Your Bibliography: Aaron, J. (2017). Cyber-bullying and video games. [online] VentureBeat. Available at: https://venturebeat.com/community/2014/09/26/cyber-bullying-and-video-games/ [Accessed 12 Nov. 2017].

WHEN CYBERBULLYING AND BULLYING MEET GAMING: A SYSTEMIC REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE

In-text: (When Cyberbullying and Bullying Meet Gaming: A systemic Review of the Literature, 2015)

Your Bibliography: When Cyberbullying and Bullying Meet Gaming: A systemic Review of the Literature. (2015). Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy, 05(04).

HULL, E. B.

Internet chat in simulations: Taking BULLYING online

In-text: (Hull, 2008)

Your Bibliography: Hull, E. (2008). Internet chat in simulations: Taking BULLYING online. Simulation & Gaming, 39(2), pp.198-208.

Rooney Mawa

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4 thoughts on “Trolling in Games

  1. I quite enjoyed reading your blog “Trolling in Games”. I think you’ve provided strong examples as to what a what a “troll” is, and what actions they may carry out. The way you included personal anecdotes helped to give the blog a clearer description of your issue and also gave the blog a bit of a personality. This also gave the blog a greater comedic effect causing it to be a more enjoyable read. I believe you structure of your blog was also solid: the opening paragraph a description of trolling, your personal experiences, examples of trolling specifically at women and finally a reputable source discussing the effect of trolling. I think this structure enabled and enable a fluent and engaging read for me.

    However I think including extra evidence to support what you’re saying would be beneficial. It would also help to set up a deeper analysis. You have not quite included how social media causes a direct effect to trolling. You have provided a strong description of what it is, but not how instant and prolonged interaction (provided by social media) between gamers causes and impacts “trolling”.

    harry clayden, 1006221

  2. Your blog about trolling online was informative, and provided many examples as to what exactly trolling was. It provided statistics, which is always nice to see, and did a good job of describing the various forms of trolling. However, it placed too much focus on the methods by which trolling is performed, and not enough focus on the actual effects that are caused by trolling. As the troll’s goal is generally the reaction and not the performance. Addressing this would greatly improve the overall quality of the blog.

    The blog at times can be hard to read, due to the poor grammar and sporadic use of capitalised words. There are also incredibly long sentences that can take up to half your paragraphs. These sentences are also overall poorly worded, making it a bit difficult to see where you are going with your examples. Some of the paragraphs themselves are also too long, due to many ideas being grouped together into a single paragraph. separating each idea into its own paragraph would have made this blog much easier to read.

    Other than those two complaints, however, this blog was well done. The overall quality may be somewhat low, but it doesn’t really take away from what the blog is trying to say. This was overall an informative and interesting read.

  3. Your blog about trolling online was informative, and provided many examples as to what exactly trolling is. It provided statistics, which is always nice to see, and did a good job of describing the various forms of trolling. However, it placed too much focus on the methods by which trolling is performed, and not enough focus on the actual effects that are caused by trolling. As the troll’s goal is generally the reaction and not the performance, addressing this would greatly improve the overall quality of the blog.

    The blog at times can be hard to read, due to poor grammar and sporadic use of capitalised words. There are also incredibly long sentences that can take up to half of your paragraphs. These sentences are also overall poorly worded, making it a bit difficult to see where you are going with your examples. Some of the paragraphs themselves are also too long, due to many ideas being grouped together into a single paragraph. Separating each idea into its own paragraph would have made this blog much easier to read.

    Overall, however this blog was well done, as the above complaints don’t detract from what the blog is trying to say. This blog was an informative and interesting read.

  4. Your blog was very engaging and quite funny to read. You clearly stated what trolling was and why most people do it. I also think because you’ve experienced or rather been the troll yourself helped you and made it easy understand this a lot better, which is why it was interesting and didn’t sound fake or made up. Your Images also helped back up your claims but I felt it needed one or two more just for more evidence.

    Overall as I said it was engaging and fun to read, with a good deal of evidence to back the blog up. I thought you could have gave more reasons why people troll in games, because you only gave us two, but you can work on that more for the future.

    BY Taonga

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