I write this article on the eve of one of the most anticipated days for video gamers around the world: the Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 release.
Once the game is available, gamers must be prepared to endure the barbarism that will occur in online game play. The immaturity of online gamers on every console is well-documented on websites and is forever captured on YouTube. The hope that I harbor for the gamers that attend our college is that none of us contributes to the name-calling, racism, ignorance, bigotry, idiocy and cruelty.
I enjoy jokes as much as the next guy and I can even enjoy them at my own expense, but there is always a limit. On the Internet, cases of cyberbulling are reaching astounding numbers. The online community for gamers seems to be a hot spot and breeding ground for these behaviors.
Entering into a lobby for a game often entails muting all those present to maintain your sanity. People act completely different online; case being, every 14-year-old on the Internet is an expert on any subject, amazing with women and has a foot-long “joystick.” I am mortified when I think that these Neanderthals will be lumped together with my generation.
For the sake of America’s future, do not encourage or participate in these juvenile displays on any online platform.