Thursday, April 15, 2010

Hate speech corrodes online games

Hate speech corrodes online games
By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press Writer – Thu Apr 15, 1:42 pm ET

SPOKANE, Wash. – "It's not just cyberbullets that are exchanged during firefights on the XBox Live version of "Call of Duty."

Many gamers also exchange hate speech over their headsets as they stalk each other across the virtual battlefields. Players trade racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic insults so frequently that game makers are taking steps to tone down the rhetoric.

This is happening on all the online MMO games & networks. It doesn't make any sense to me, but then most of what goes on these days baffles the hell out of me. Maybe I'm just getting old but sometimes the complete lack of brains that exists in the world is astounding.
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