Toxic or Salty

Thanh Hellman, Staffer

     Being a person who plays video games, you’ll notice that some people don’t have a very good attitude when it comes to playing a game they “love.”

    To be completely honest: if you love a game so much, then why do you get mad at it?

    And furthermore, if a certain game gets you so angry all the time, then why do you still play it?

    My take on this comes from pure experience while playing a match of Overwatch, a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) video game.

    Recently, there was a particular Overwatch teammate who was yelling at the rest of his team. I just happened to be on his team and overhead him getting upset. The player was getting on to us about not playing the “meta,” which just means the trend of what characters to play, and for being, “trash noob players who don’t know how to do anything other than die on the objective.”

    He also said we were “probably 32 year olds who were single and still lived in our parents basements,” and that [we] “should go kill ourselves.” This kid was 12 or 13.

    On paper and coming out of somebody’s mouth, that sounds ridiculous and rude, but this kind of behavior is what you call in the gaming community as “toxic or salty.”

    Again, to be completely honest, I myself have gotten upset at a video game, but not to the point where I told my team to kill themselves. That’s called a silent rage.

    When this kind of behavior comes from a person playing a video game, you can only imagine how the person acts in real life. The whole deal of getting upset at your team only makes them play worse in the long run, especially when you’re playing a competitive match, when it actually matters how well you play.

    For anybody else who acts like this toward other players, you probably need to think about what you sound like on the other end.

   Seriously, calm down, guys.

   It’s just a game. You don’t have to get mad