*Disclaimer! In my post, I in no way say that any one person or group of people are bad or that there is anything wrong with the decisions people make. I am only talking about a very common issue that I know many people have faced and would like to hear other opinion's on peoples own experience's. Please refran from leaving any negative comments as that is eaxtly the issue I am addressing in my blog.
With all the "Tests" and "Studies" I have seen on the effects and influence of the Internet and Video Games on both children and adults, I would love to see a study into the seperate personalities we seem to all develop when we switch from normal human interaction to the Virtual Universe that is the Internet. Go into any blog or forum or play any game online and you'll quickly learn that everyone has an opinion and that they are always right and you are always wrong, except from your own point of view ofcourse. People are treated as lesser human beings simply because of their choice of video games or console, or are treated poorly because they are new to the game and are not automatically as good as the other people they are playing with. People get down right angry to the point of threatening violence, to insulting peoples families just because they own a 360 instead of a PS3. I play games like Counter Strike and am subjected to endless vile, vulgar and hateful comments towards myself and other players. We all know that if, sitting face to face, people would not even think to say such things, but when they are on-line they feel they have the protection to say anything they can to belittle and degrade other people. I for one don't think stylized violence in video games leads to violent or aggressive behavior but I do think it's the moral gut check we seem to lose when we can say what ever hurtful and hate filled thing we want with out consequence. A person might spend hundreds or even thousands of hours each week on-line saying and doing what ever they wish...after a while this starts to manifest it's self in the real world. They lose that little voice in their head that tells them not to do something because it is wrong or they could get into trouble. Vulgar responses become automatic and people are no longer able to control their actions. I am no expert and my opinion is based solely on my own experience and the experience of people close to me that have experience the same or similar situations. I have found myself guilty of some of these things myself. Someone might make a remake in poor taste and I'll snap on them both on and off-line. What I have learned to do is to play some of my games on-line with the in game voice turned off. It is necessary to talk to people in some games and I do talk to my friends in game but I find it just makes for a much more enjoyable on-line experience if I don't have to listen everyone complain, yell, cuss and rant over just a game.