Sunday, 18 April 2010
In the article, “Racism and homophobia in gaming: Hate speech corrodes online video game experiences” by Nicholas K. Geranios, the reality of what takes place during online gaming is revealed leaving many unhappy and surprisingly its no the violence of the games but the language used in chat. First, the article explains how bad the language is by saying, “The comments would shock parents who may not realize their children are constantly exposed to language that might make a sailor blush.” I know exactly what they mean, having personally experience the language used by game players ranging from racism to just plan cursing. Next, they share their concerns as there are some online game players that might just use that language to fit in with the other millions who play leaving them fearful of punishing someone who didn’t use that language until after they had experienced it online. Last, to finish the article the online services were talking about how they could possibly get rid of the language without breaking the 1st amendment, the right to speech; however many of the punishments would definitely work but were outrageous even for someone poising the minds of other. I personally think the best way to fix the problem is to eliminate the chat from those who can’t keep their chats clean instead of eliminating all of their services. Clearly, the way online video games are used needs to be cleaned up to enhance the gaming experience for all.