Thursday, April 18, 2013
The Difference Between Competition & Bullying
You know that moment when playing multi-player online and everything is just for fun then someone does or says something that triggers your competitive side. Suddenly you are fiercly determined to do anything and everything to win using everything in your arsenal including trolling and glitching. Recently I was in a game and this happened and suddenly I turned into a bossy bitch screaming profanity and directions to everyone in my team flinging insults left and right to the opposite team and to my own team.
My head was pounding as I made the most of every attack but I looked around and realized the rest of my team was still just playing for fun. I was the only one attacking with such vengence I mentally assessed myself, my head hurt horribly, I was very angry at the opposite team and my team, and I had become a total bitch. I realized these were all either my friends or friends of friends this should be fun but it wasn't anymore. I play purely for fun so when I realize I'm not having fun anymore I quit and do something else. Don't get me wrong I do have fun being competitive but somewhere in there is a line between competition and rage.
Some players try intentionally to push other players over the edge. They revel in causing misery to others. For the most part I don't let people like this bother me but I'd like to know why they enjoy ruining other people's fun? Is it that the game itself is no longer fun? Is it that they enjoy causing others misery? I think this could be an indicator of society as a whole. Kids in school bully other kids. Adults at work bully coworkers. Even in everyday life I see customers being nasty to employees just because they can and there is nothing the employee can say or do back.
I think we should be asking ourselves what the consequences are for intentionally causing other people misery.