Well folks, this article is going to be largely based off of PC Gamer’s article that they just posted last night. All credit to them for all quotes used from that article. It’s all about the gaming communities coming together to fight toxicity and it’s called the Fair Play Alliance.
Now, let’s start the ball rolling with the opening two paragraphs of that article:
It’s no secret that online games like Overwatch, League of Legends, and many others suffer from toxic communities. From raging over sub-optimal team compositions or under-performing teammates to slinging insults steeped in racism, sexism, and homophobia, it’s a problem that has plagued gaming pretty much as long as we’ve been connecting our computers to play with and against each other online.
Now, more than 30 major gaming companies, including Blizzard, Riot, CCP, Twitch, Discord and Epic are teaming up to tackle the problem collectively through an organization called the Fair Play Alliance. The hope is that by sharing research, lessons learned, and best practices, the companies will be able to develop a better understanding of why toxicity happens, how to deal with toxic players, and most of all, how to stop toxicity from happening in the first place.
OK. Sign my ass up. I’m all in.
Now, we all know that the same bullshit that happens in World of Tanks happens elsewhere, but frankly I’ve never seen it anywhere NEAR the levels that I have on World of Tanks. Ever.
It seems though that some gaming companies are taking it VERY fucking seriously. Now, of note here is that these companies have actually been fighting the problem all along while Wargaming to date has done NOT ONE SINGLE GOD DAMNED THING.
What they’re going to no doubt do is compare notes on who is doing what and get to work getting rid of those people permanently.
Again, I’m all in. Sign my ass up.
So who are the companies heading up this endeavor? Here they are with relevant to our group companies highlighted:
- Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
- Discord Inc.
- Epic Games, Inc.
- Huuuge Games
- Intel Corporation
- Ker-Chunk Games
- Owlchemy Labs
- Radial Games
- Riot Games
- Roblox Corporation
- Rovio Entertainment Corp.
- Space Ape Games
- Spirit AI, Ltd.
- Two Hat
- Unity Technologies
And guess who once again isn’t involved at all.
Why am I not the least bit fucking surprised? Those fucking assholes wouldn’t do anything to stop toxicity if we paid them…which we do. They actually love it. I think it’s their number one marketing strategy:
“Sign up for World of Nazis, Pedophiles,
Homophobes, Racists & Griefers
Today and get a FREE T2 TANK!!! *“
It’s no wonder why the game continues to spiral completely out of control into the toilet with each passing day. Even the most major patch in years that “improved” the graphics a bit can’t save it. The new 1.0 patch was, almost literally, putting a silk hat on a pig…and a fucking dead pig at that.
Add to that Wargaming’s continued blind eye to it’s toxic player base problem and stat whoring and you have a recipe for epic failure, which is exactly what the game is doing as I type this.
And it doesn’t help when everywhere you look Wargaming are being out done by everybody at everything.
War Thunder released it’s graphics update before Wargaming did. And it’s better. And they introduced new vehicles as well. And other stuff.
Wargaming did fuck all. In fact, they have nothing but lag problems, freezes and complaints about the “new”, old, redone-for-the-thousandth-time shit maps that have been made, incredibly, even more shitty than they were before.
It just never ends with Wargaming. It’s failure after failure after don’t give a flying fuck failure.
But lets take something positive out of all of this: A large portion of the gaming community are forming up and working together to tackle toxicity online. That’s a good thing. In fact, it’s about the best news I’ve heard from the gaming industry in years.
Of course, being the best thing I’ve heard from the gaming industry in years, it’s no surprise at all that Wargaming has absolutely nothing at all to do with it.
* Tank will be completely worthless in the grand scheme of things.