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Toxicity in video games is a topic that has given much to talk about, since the anonymity provided by the online environments of multiplayer titles, coupled with that offered by the Internet in terms of the relationship with companies, studios and content creators, makes way for some players to bring out the worst in them and instead of playing and enjoying themselves, they dedicate themselves to attacking. Beyond sanctions and security systems, there is an area that can also participate in the fight against these types of attitudes, as noted by the successful streamer Ninja.
Ninja noted parental responsibility for gaming toxicity
During an interview with The New York Times on Twitch, the popular streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins spoke about toxicity in the world of video games, a topic that started from the controversial article that the newspaper published in recent days and that infuriated to the gaming scene by giving a negative meaning to the time that minors spend playing video games in these times of pandemic. According to the streamer, who recognized that sometimes the chat of his transmissions becomes a horrible space, the fight against this type of actitides goes beyond what the companies do, because it is also the responsibility of the parents.
In that sense, Ninja pointed out: “but it all comes down to fatherhood. Do you want to know who your son is? Listen to him while he is playing video games when he thinks you are not watching him.”
In the same way, Ninja pointed out the importance of parental participation to deal with toxicity, since in many cases, minors who express themselves offensively in chats or online games, do nothing but repeat attitudes and expressions they have seen and heard from the adults around them: “How does a white child know that they are privileged to be white if their parents never teach or talk about racism? If they are playing games and their first interaction with racism is that one of their friends says the N word and they have no idea what it is, what happens when that happens on my broadcast? Is it my job to have this conversation with this kid?
Finally, Ninja regretted that these types of situations have escalated to such a degree that they have led him to think that minors, and also players and fans of legal age, act premeditated: “the first thing that comes to mind is if this kid is doing this on purpose to hurt me. If someone says a racial slur on someone else’s broadcast, they can potentially ban that stream. It’s horrible, but that’s the first thing I think of. “
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