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Are You Trolling? [Quiz]

80% of people surveyed said that they have never trolled somebody in an online game. However, 64% have been trolled in a game – it seems that sometimes, people can be unaware that their behaviour is having serious affects on others.

Are you trolling people in games?

Answer these 8 questions to determine whether or not you’re a nice guy, or someone who’s showing signs of trolling behaviour…

 

Why is trolling a problem? Click here to find out.

Trolling is quite a new topic for a lot of people. For others it is part of day-to-day life. The issue is that even those who have experienced trolling, usually only experience one side of it. So, we have presented both sides of the trolling story and we’ll let you form your own opinions.

I was Trolled

I only wanted to play…

Every day I would log on and every day I would get put in the same lobbies with the same sorts of people. They made it impossible for me to escape. That’s all I wanted to do, find an escape from the stresses of school. I wanted to sit down for a few hours and just play.

A first person shooter was my first choice,  I would spend hours upon hours trying to get the best KD I could. That’s when it started, it began with being trapped in the corner. They would find me on the mini map and follow me shooting at me giving away my position. So to get rid of the problem I played on hardcore servers (this blocks the mini map) simple fix right? Wrong. On hardcore, ‘friendly fire’ is enabled. Activision tried to stop spam team killing by setting it so that if you kill your own teammates more than once, you get kicked. This was the issue, gangs of trolls would prowl through servers, their groups so big it would leave space for only one other teammate. This was usually me – meaning each of them got one kill on me and if I were to kill back, I would get kicked.

I decided to sell that and buy a football game. My reason being, if  I didn’t have any teammates then I couldn’t be trolled, right? I was wrong. Players would score, then spend the rest of the game passing the ball around their defense making it impossible for me to get near the ball. By this point my patience was wearing thin and I didn’t even want to bother trying to find a way around this – so I moved on.

My last try

I tried something completely different this time. But once again I was wrong and the trolls found a way to ruin my experience. This time it was by way of ‘griefing’. Griefing in its simplest form is destroying someone’s stuff. Usually stuff they have spent a long time on, or in my case, weeks. The game was fun, you could play it for weeks! I would play on an open server with dozens of people and I came on everyday, 3 hours a day for 2 weeks until it happened. I logged in to find that everything I had built, everything I had put so much effort into, was gone. Trolls had logged in and broken all of my buildings…

Maybe online gaming just wasn’t for me.
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I Trolled

It was brilliant fun, I would make everyone laugh by trolling people. My friends and I would go around chasing people in the game and blow their cars up. It was great, there was no downside.

In other games I would spam the chat, telling everybody they were awful and I would call them the most ridiculous things I could think of. It was really funny, everyone liked it.

I would find open-servers and wait for a player to go offline, as soon as they did I’d creep in and set up. Then when they came back online I would blow it all up. Everyone thought it was hilarious, all my friends would tell me how funny I was. It made me feel really special. Eventually my friends stopped talking to me. I wasn’t sure what I did wrong but suddenly they all stopped wanting to hang out with me. I looked in one day to find that they had done the very thing I was doing to others, destroyed everything.

Now I know what it feels like to be trolled and in hindsight, maybe it wasn’t funny, maybe I wasn’t making everyone laugh, maybe I was just being a dick. I don’t troll people anymore. I now realise that it’s wrong and I was a bullet in the foot of the gaming community, and I’m sorry.

Hopefully this opened some eyes to the issue of trolling. Have your own opinions on trolling? We’d love to hear them and if you would like to learn more about trolling, check out this piece where I give my opinions on the subject!

7 things we can learn from Pokémon

1. Racism is silly.

Pikachu is both yellow and black – yet still remains everyone’s favourite. (Sorry Charmander).

2. Things will get better. 

Take Magikarp for example; deemed useless for most of their prepubescent life, and then BAM – it hit its teens and evolved into Gyarados. Now everybody wants one. Who saw that coming?

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 3. Appreciate what you have.

Sometimes you take for granted what is right in front you. Just look at Team Rocket – they spend their time trying to steal Pikachu when they have one of the only talking Pokémon right in front of them. Don’t overlook your Meowth – sometimes you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.

4. Believe in yourself and never give up! 

Ash faces his fair share of adversity; he lost a frustrating amount of leagues and definitely didn’t ‘catch em’ all’ – but did he ever give up on himself? No – and neither should you!

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5. You can be anything you want to be. 

Who you become in the future isn’t set in stone. Like Eevee, you can evolve and grow into anything you want to be – if you put your mind to it.

6. We all need the support of others.

Where would Ash be without the support of his Pokémon friends? Everyone needs someone to lean on, and it’s okay to ask for help when you need it. #squadgoals

7. Being bad isn’t going to get you where you want in life.

Save yourself the time and energy and learn from Team Rocket’s mistakes. It’s way cooler to be kind.