Ditto the Monster looks at the world of family friendly online games from a Fabricated American perspective

Is it really so hard to be polite?

I was in Wizard City, just crusing through the commons, when I came across three young wizards in what amounted to a shouting match, using the most awful language. Not awful because it was vulgar, however, but awful because of the grammatical gymnastics they were performing just to get around Wizard 101’s chat filters. They were all very obviously trying to insult and smack-talk one another (do people still say smack-talk? Monsters use it all the time but sometimes we’re behind the times. I still have ‘Prince’ on cassette…) and maybe to them the put-downs were flying fast and furious, but to an outside observer it was nonsensical and a little sad.
I’ve seen this before, of course, but I’m still genuinely confused by the display, especially in games like wizard 101, which seems to have a lot of chat filtering to keep it family friendly, and which isn’t a super-competitive game like some hardcore first person shooter; sure there’s some PvP, but it just doesn’t seem all that bloodthirsty. I mean, really – it’s kids going to wizard school, with unicorns for pets, not a Black Ops deathmatch…
So I want to ask the question here – is it really so hard to just be polite? Just talk to other players with respect, or at the very least don’t bad mouth others in game (or anywhere for that matter) and keep your negative opinions to yourself. It’s not that hard, honest – in fact in Wizard 101 and a few other games, it’s actually EASIER to be polite than it is to trash talk, which is a nice feature. Jumping through the chat filter hoops to curse out someone in Wiz 101 just makes you look kind of sad and somewhat illiterate…
Anyway – be nice to each other, it makes the world a much nicer place!


5 responses

  1. Totally agreed. Some kids just don’t grasp the concept, and
    this is why the real world has wars. Sometimes I wish all the bad
    people in the world would suddenly make sense of what they were
    doing :/

    January 18, 2011 at 9:47 pm

  2. BaronJuJu

    I’ve run into this a time or two but definitely not more
    than other games. What really gets me upset are folks jumping in a
    match with me and simply shielding up then sitting there waiting to
    “one hit” the boss or watch me die then finish the rest off. All in
    all a little kindness can go a long way in this game.

    January 18, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    • LOL I hate it when the noobs do that, and yes people can be
      level 50 or 60 and still be noobs, actions speak louder than words.
      So many times people jump in my “big fight” and shield themselves,
      when they clearly see me dying, or close to it. Then have the gull
      to ask me “can I kill it?” argh! NO! go away! this is my fight
      right? But no biggie I know there are plenty of kids and
      adults/teens with no manners whatsoever!!!!! its life it is what it

      January 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm

  3. Garrett

    i agree, but i just hit the “ignore button” button, then i hit the “report” button and and move on, but i use to play WOW (world of warcraft) and i saw much worse, thats why i stopped playing (and the price was rediculously high) so i think to just report them and move on, KI can handle the rest 😉

    January 18, 2011 at 11:25 pm

  4. I agree, yes some people still say smack and I have a
    prince tape too! (dont use the tapes anymore) but I have a few!
    Going around the chat filter is still a no-no, it is not what you
    say it is what you are trying to say and how your meaning it. And
    it is a bannable offense. it says so in the instructions of the
    game. If I were you I would have clicked on each young wizard and
    reported them on the SPOT!, we need more people reporting what they
    see, just porting away from the scene, just pawns the problem off
    to another unsuspecting wizard.

    January 21, 2011 at 4:13 pm

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