Yesterday was crazy. It was one of those days when moments after checking my phone I realized things had gone south with the patch cycle from the night before. I tried remoting into things from home and had no luck, so I hurriedly shower, dressed and drove into work to see if I could raise anyone to get the matter resolved. I left so rapidly that I freaked my poor wife out who was out on a walk… and she came home to my vehicle being missing from the drive way. The other bad thing is that I didn’t actually get breakfast meaning I was probably more grumpy than intended during the entire day. The problem with running on adrenaline is that there is an inevitable crash… which came about noonish. All of this said… I didn’t get to do a morning blog post yesterday and I was not in the proper frame of mind when I got home to do one either. As a result this morning I am going to use this incident as a teaching … [Read more...] about Dealing with Absences
Dealing with 5 year old anger issues
This week’s Massively Overthinking comes to us from Kickstarter donor Dahui, who asks, “What do you think MMO developers can do to try to minimize the toxic behaviors that are so prevalent in some of the bigger name MMOs?” I posed Dahui’s question to the writers, and now I pose it to you. Brendan Drain (@nyphur): The reality is that the internet allows people to evade the consequences of their actions. When there are people out there actually bullying others over the internet while remaining unpunishable or even completely anonymous, we can hardly expect everyone to be friendly in our online games. There have been cases in which the media and Twitter mob have ruined people’s lives and nobody was punished, to say nothing of those who have called SWAT teams or bomb threats on twitch streamers. In Northern Ireland, we used to call it “10p terrorism” when bomb threats were called in from public phone boxes, but the internet has made … [Read more...] about Massively Overthinking: Dealing with toxicity in MMO communities
Epic Games is still doggedly pursuing supposed Fortnite cheaters. As we reported back in November, one of the defendants in Epic’s many lawsuits is a 14-year-old boy who stands accused of streaming and promoting cheats on his YouTube channel. At the time, his mother sent an informal letter to the court, arguing that her son didn’t actually develop cheats, that Epic had unlawfully released his name (as a minor), and that Epic was unfairly scapegoating him. As TorrentFreak (via GIbiz) noted, the court took that letter as a motion to dismiss (the family hadn’t responded officially otherwise). Epic has since refiled its complaint as a reply to that motion, claiming that it didn’t know the kid was a minor and that he had agreed to the EULA. While Epic has successfully taken down a few solo cheaters in court, this one isn’t really making anybody look good or feel safer, Epic. Meanwhile, ESPN reports that Fortnite e-sports outfit Team Secret has signed a … [Read more...] about Kids these days: Fortnite fights a 14-year-old in court, signs 13-year-old to e-sports team
Last month, Fortnite developer Epic sued two alleged associates of a cheating software site as part of the studio’s hard-line approach to cheaters. Makes sense; cheating is not all right, and this approach has a chance to actually shut down some cheating. Only the mother of one of the defendants has come forward protesting Epic’s actions, stating that her 14-year-old son is being made into a scapegoat and is unfairly being targeted by this legal action. The mother’s objections include the claims that she never gave parental consent for Fortnite’s terms and conditions, that the developers claims of profit lost on a free-to-play game are impossible to substantiate, and that her son did not help develop the cheating software but simply downloaded it as a user. Furthermore, she stated that the company released her son’s name, which is illegal under Delaware law when concerning a minor. You can draw your own conclusions about how valid her complaints are, but … [Read more...] about Mother of Fortnite cheater claims that her 14-year-old son is being used as a scapegoat
Earlier this month, Overwatch made headlines when a player posted up a behavioral therapy chart his wife – who happens to be a therapist – made him fill out after he complained about his game losses. The idea is that you write down your “negative thoughts” about the game experience, then reflect on that to see how your temporary emotion has distorted your opinions, then craft a positive frame instead. It’s funny – but also pretty useful, and even Overwatch Redditors were asking for a blank sheet so they could try it themselves. That brings us to today’s Daily Grind: How do you deal with your anger in an MMO? Do you complain to guildies, log out, bang your desk, go work out to burn off some steam? Are you handling it as well as the Overwatch Redditor and trying to learn from what went wrong? What do you do, exactly, when your teammates turn out to be “hot garbage”? My wife told me to fill out this form after I kept complaining about … [Read more...] about The Daily Grind: How do you deal with your anger in MMORPGs?