Psychology: Why Are Some Games’ Chat Rooms More Toxic Than Others?

Playing video games is the favorite activity of many of us. When you’ve had a hard day, you come home and do what you adore the most — you sit in front of your computer or pick up the joypad and open the game you’re pumped to play. It is an enjoyable experience… But, things are not that simple and there’s one thing that contradicts what I just said — toxic chat rooms.

Single-player games’ most expressed feature is usually storytelling. It feels somewhat like watching an interactive movie which can be influenced by your actions and skills. Some games even have different endings based on how you chose to progress the game, and which ideals you followed. These games usually act both relaxing and immersing.

Some people, on the other hand, think this is not enough. More experienced players no longer feel joy and immersion from playing simpler single-player games, as they’ve already played dozens, if not hundreds of them and have seen all kinds of possible game mechanics. This makes them feel like reskinned versions of previously played games and frankly, boring.

So, there are two options. First is, they look exclusively for harder games both mentally and motorically, and if that’s not enough, there’s the second option: Online competitive games.

Online Competitive Games

This is when things start to get heated. When you play online, it isn’t possible to know the game or enemies’ behavior by heart, and neither is it possible to always be on the winning side, which is the part which makes this so exciting.

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Originally published at on June 25, 2019.

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