Are the gaming community toxic? Sadly yes.

Should we be toxic? Definitely not. Being toxic in the online game community is basically cyber bully, and it is as harmful as the bully in real life. If you have been bullied in school, you know the feeling, and you know how terrible it is.

However, it is hard to keep your head calm and cool after you have just lost an intense ranked game, or anything similar. That is why we need to have rules so that we know our limits and we will not surpass them.

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It's nearly impossible to keep calm after a heavy loss

Game developers know this, and they have been trying to set rules for us to follow so that everyone is happy while playing with the others. But it is harder to do than to say. All the game developers who are owning an online game community have set rules for players, yet the community is still very toxic. Hatreds, verbal abuses, even swearing words are still existing.

Nevertheless, Microsoft is trying very hard to bring a healthy gaming environment for its community – Xbox Live. And Microsoft looks like to have some result. It has just introduced the “Community Standards for Xbox” a few days ago, and this company is dealing with the toxicity in a very creative way: the company has listed out examples of ‘trash talk’ lines that are and are not accepted in Xbox Live. Below here are the examples that have been listed by Microsoft.

Things that are not okay for you to say online:

Don't call other people potato aim

And here are the acceptable ‘trash talk’ lines:

The “Community Standards for Xbox” is actually really great to read it all (although it is really long). We do recommend you to spend some time to read it all. Microsoft has tackled the toxicity and many other issues in the gaming community in a funny, creative yet very practical this time. Perhaps this can be a good exemplar for other game developers to learn.

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The “Community Standards for Xbox” is worth reading