Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up to see the freakshow. Instead of making a tribute to the happy wonderful fluff bunny communities in our gaming world, this week I thought I’d give you a different offering; a treat that few others will highlight. Anyone can tell you about the awesome games, but Babydoll is here to show you what your mommy and daddy don’t want you to see. This is a tribute to the worst of the worst, the hall of shame of the communities you absolutely love to hate. Without further ado, let’s dive into our list, shall we?
A familiar friend for most of us to start with, I’d be willing to bet that the majority reading this article has played this old faithful at one point or another. Holding the Guinness World Record for being the most popular MMORPG, as of September 2011, this juggernaut held 10.3 million subscribers. World of Warcraft brought gaming to a wider audience than ever before, and has sparked several urban myths on their tactics to keep the player coming back over and over.
This huge audience, however, brings our focus for this article. With such a large community, this leaves quite a lot of room for the less friendly to interact with the more gentle. From ninja looters to gold farmers, the community put the war in Warcraft. I’m sure veterans will recall the brief month that trade chat was global. Despite the best attempts of Blizzard, World of Warcraft will likely be known as one of the worse communities for the duration of it’s life. Yes, I know, I hinted that WoW might go down, but before you start flaming me, let me amend that: World of Warcraft will be around until Blizzard wants it to stop. Don’t worry, your precious is safe. FOR NOW. Cough. Anyways.
As is the theme that shows itself in this list, competitive games that focus heavily on killing the ‘other guys’ seems to bring out the worst in us. Peculiar. Regardless, Call of Duty has gained quite a name for itself in this arena. Online play isn’t the only issue, either; my brother and I picked up one of these games a few years ago and tried just playing against each other. After I managed a few lucky shots in picking him off, his nostrils began flaring and his brow creased with the sheer determination of making my pixleated army man turn into a splatter on the ground. Each kill I managed on him seemed to make the rage increase until finally, he picked me off. Chronically, my brother is older and routinely better at video games than me, and so this moment was unseen by my eyes prior.
Point? This game brings the worst out of the most rock solid of players. Raw aggression stems from the need to defeat everyone else, and Call of Duty taps into this easily by putting a gun in your hands and sticking you in an arena with a bunch of trash talking twelve year olds. Few people can get through a few hours of Call of Duty without spontaneously screaming at their televisions at least once.
Alright, I know what you’re thinking: shocking. Babydoll put League in another article. And yes, it’s true, I’m a complete slave to Riot Games, and an addict to League. My current fix, however, is the game that inspired this week’s article, so you’re just going to have to deal with it.
Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love this game. I love the challenge, the people I queue with, the characters, the lore–I’m this game’s bitch. That said, however.. I can’t get through a night of playing more than two games without myself or one of my ‘posse’ getting absolutely enraged by -something-. Whether that damned carry on bottom won’t go in when you come to gank bottom lane and when you get slaughtered, she calls you a feeder (yes, that happened last night, and yes, I’m STILL PISSED CAITLYN), or the other team’s jungler has made it a routine to come into your jungle, jump you and steal your buffs, League has a way of bringing out that inner rage in us.
The community is highly reflective of this; it’s not even always the other team doing the trash talking, more often than not the most crap is thrown by your own team. From being called a noob (which lets be honest, is quite sweet from this community comparatively), to far, far more colorful language that frankly I’m still not sure they didn’t just make up to be offensive, this community is simply not for the faint of heart. When a friend’s young son wanted to play, I said sure; when he snuck out of the safely crafted bot games and into games with the real people, I realized that this game was just not safe for innocent consumption. But hey, I kind of like it this way; League of Legends is like a seedy saloon in the old west, just with less tuberculosis and more showers. Well, for most of us anyways. You know who you are.
It was difficult for me to rate XBL nastier than League of Legends, however until League gets an innate voicing ability in the program without the use of a third party, Live will always beat LoL out here, and for good reason.
Xbox takes all of that anger, competition and grumpiness from the games we’ve gone over so far, and puts it all right on your sound system. That’s right, boys and girls; no longer do you get to hide how nasty other players are treating you in text, it is now broadcast for everyone in your living room to hear! I highly recommend getting a headset.
XBL has taken all of the negativity we face in competitive gameplay and pushed it straight into a social interface. It doesn’t matter what game you’re playing, if you don’t play right you might just get a verbal boot to the ass by a ten year old, so keep it together!
Finally, we’ve reached it; we’ve dug through the pits of hell to get to the inner circle, and who tops the billing?
On the internet, very few things can be agreed upon. One of those, generally speaking, is that cake is awesome, Steam is pretty cool, Babydoll is amazing (PEOPLE SAY THAT, ALRIGHT!?) and Heroes or Newerth’s community is absolutely, one hundred percent rancid filth that should be purged at all costs. Alright maybe not that bad, but generally speaking most PC gamers will point to HoN as the bane of the gaming community. High competition brings out high emotions, and Heroes is not very welcoming to newer players. The learning curve to every game can be challenging, however with Newerth’s particular learning curve comes along side a wealth of players that would like nothing more than to tell you in excruciating detail exactly why you are the single worst player on the planet.
So there you have it: the top five worst communities in gaming right now. At least you can say you read a top five list of online games that wasn’t topped by World of Warcraft, right? Now if you don’t mind, I’m going to go take a shower and go find that damned Catilyn. Who doesn’t help with a gank, seriously!?
~ by Babydoll.