Many of us have heard the game “League of Legends”, a MOBA (Massive Online Battle Arena) game created by Riot Games with 32 million active monthly players. League of Legends, or LoL, is a game where two teams of 5 players seek to destroy the opposing team’s headquarters, or Nexus. League of Legends is a game where it is nearly impossible to win single-handedly, therefore teamwork and cooperation is heavily emphasized on. A player’s decisions in the game can affect his teammates negative or positively, invoking a “Nice job” to a string of insults with caps lock.
Throughout my days playing League of Legends I have seen many people rage and insult other players for their mistakes, unfortunately even at times I do the same. I have noticed that on online games, especially team-based games, criticism reaches whole new levels. Even for a simple mistake, people will type insults toward a player’s mother, father, grandparents, and any other irrelevant relation to the player. I believe this sort of criticism simply demotivates the player and causes even more arguments.
The line between constructive criticism and insulting someone is easily passed in an environment where the other player doesn’t see your face. Constructive criticism is vital to taking new ideas from good to spectacular while criticism with insults pounds at a person’s self-esteem. The next time you are about to berate someone whether it be online or to their face keep in mind that your words can motivate the person to great heights or drop the person into an abyss.