GeekFTW avatar

Absolutely. I enjoyed playing a bit of Smite at one point in time (mostly that big open area map) and some Heroes of the Storm, but I'm not a big MOBA guy. Decided one day to give League of Legends a try, why the hell not ya know?

I have never been called a 'fucking fag' and been told to kill myself more times in a 5 minutes period of time in the entirety of my 40 years on this flying shitball of a planet. Not in public school, not on Xbox Live while playing Halo, not from my abusive family, never.

Uninstalled that shit 10 mins later and went back to TF2 where I get called that only once an hour.

Chozo avatar

Yeah, I don't know what it is about the League community, but they are some of the worst people I've interacted with in games. I've heard that apparently Riot has cleaned up their community a bit since the early days, but first impressions are tough to overcome.

GeekFTW avatar

I've heard that apparently Riot has cleaned up their community a bit since the early days

Shit this was just a few years back so this was the cleaned up community lmao.

Cylusthevirus avatar

I enjoy League mechanically, played a lot, but it just got to be such a net negative that I can't do it anymore. I enjoy trying my best to win and I adore that feeling of a team coming together, but the toxicity was just too much.


They got more aggressive about banning people for chat stuff a long while ago. But the same people just find ways to be just as toxic with game mechanics and other more subtle communication.

Infiltrated_ad8271 avatar

That's why I liked hots, the capability to block chat from the start and for everyone.
It's not really a problem in non-competitive modes, as people usually just use on-map alerts.

GeekFTW avatar

Disabling voice/text chat is usually my first go-to with almost any online game cause of shit like this lmao.

Helldiver_M, (edited )
Helldiver_M avatar

Big part of the reason why I enjoy cooperative games nowadays like Risk of Rain 2, Helldivers, Deep Rock Galactic, etc.

You can occasionally come across a toxic person, but the broader communities in said games are amazing on the whole.

ono, (edited )

Deep Rock Galactic is better than most in this department. (I haven’t played the others you mentioned.) I like how it supports only predefined shouts. “Morkite here.” “Rock and Stone!”

Unfortunately, griefers still managed to ruin my night more than a few times. (And I couldn’t report them, because all of their usernames were in Chinese, which I can’t read.)

Montagge avatar

That's why I play Fromsoft games offline


They need to run peoples text through a sentiment analyzer and categorize players based on toxicity and group tiers of toxicity together. Maybe include tips on how to be a better human.


Should we have a game toxicity review site to warn people of how toxic a community is.

Ashtear avatar

Ultimately, this is one of those things that needs subjective judgment and community ambassadors to be handled effectively. That requires human labor with high turnover.

I'm sure at some point one of the big players in the especially bad spaces (like MOBAs) will figure out how to do it on the cheap and create a market efficiency. But until then, all the profit chasers are allergic to creating actual jobs to solve the problem.


i have a lot of fun playing valorant, but in order to preserve my sanity i immediately mute everyone and disable text chat whenever i join a game. if something is important, they can ping it. it makes me sad, because in my experience the valorant lobbies are a coin toss between the sweetest and goofiest people you'll ever meet online, or the most unhinged sociopathic 16-year-olds letting their life frustrations out on you.

i want to meet those sweet and goofy people and have fun with them, but i just can't be bothered sitting through 3/4 lobbies of toxicity until i find one with mentally stable people


I only play csgo with friends. And I have voice/chat turned off for nom-friends. People just get under my skin man. Sometimes I suck and sometimes i don’t. Sometimes I’m slow and other times I make bad decisions. Other times I feel like a superstar with insane flicks thinking “I’m so getting reported for this”.

I hate how people say “GG ez” after clutch games. Bad sportsmanship really became the definition of online gaming. :(

Even in games where they replace it with something else like “I’m insecure and …”. it’s the same end result because people know what they said to get that result.

Honestly. I play video games to unwind for the day and I enjoy the thrill of competitive online games. I just only play online games with friends because everybody seems to be an absolute d*ck online.

Remember when you could make friends online? Pepperidge farm remembers.

andy_wijaya_med, avatar

Dota is the definition of toxic that’s true.


Eve online…those guys are toxic AF


I’m looking at you overwatch, and really any mp I don’t actively play on a regular basis.


Definitely, I avoid online playing as the plague. Except with friends. I enjoy couch coop with my wife a lot!

RoboRay avatar

I avoid any fast-paced competitive game designed to appeal to 13 year olds with no attention spans and inferiority complexes.


Words to live by. Because even if they're not 13, they act like they're 13 basically forever. cough Elon Musk cough

Roundcat avatar

I enjoy Smash Bros. Both in playing Ultimate and watching Melee. But I never want to go to another smash tourney, or hang out with other smash fans again. I used to be part of my university's smash group, and looking back I only got a long with a few of the people there, and everyone else was a fucking toolbag, or an incompetent manchild. I remember having an enlightening conversation with someone who tried to convince me women were incapable of playing melee competitively due to the shape of their heads and motor skills. I remember the smell being soo bad at one tournament, that I ended up forfeiting one of my matches so I could go home cause I couldn't take the smell anymore. One of my best friends, who was a brilliant Robin player in Smash 4 was called the "N" word multiple times cause people couldn't handle losing to him, and the tourney organizers would do nothing about it. I main Ness in both 4 and Ultimate, and almost got a controller thrown at me cause the guy kept running into my pk fires. and a local game store stopped hosting smash tourneys cause people wouldn't stop breaking shit after losing, and shit kept getting stolen after tourneys.

optissima, avatar

Great news, the Melee community has weeded virtually all of those terrible out, though I’ve heard that most of them I’ve heard just went to Ult (whose community is fairly disconnected). I used to avoid the entire game because of the community, but now that it’s not being run by people in their low 20s or younger, I actually finally picked up the game.


Albion Online: I’ve seen (what I thought was) a good deal of toxicity in games before, but the public chat in that game was by far the worst in recent memory. Uninstalled.

elscallr avatar

I'm really looking forward to Starfield. One of the most compelling selling points: no online play.


I just want coop. 8 plays but no online stat tracking. Just let me play with friends how I want to play. No matchmaking. No leader boards. No anti cheat.

cyberian_khatru avatar

Not game-specific but those types of games certainly were a big factor.
I used to love playing with my school friends. Yet slowly but surely they became very toxic to play with as they became bitter in adulthood. Now I only play single player and stick to text chats with them.

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