Points a bit of a finger at how toxic the behavior of some people has become in gaming for me, though this is naturally the definition of an edge-case. While I don’t think this is a problem ‘with gaming’ specifically, rather than a problem with toxic behaviours in society, I do believe it shines a bit of a light on how this has become a pretty powerful sub-current in some of gaming culture. Assholes, screaming and swearing and spitting, exercising the full brunt of their internet anonymity to spew vile shit and behave like furious children.
The classic defense has been to point out that these people are just the unpleasant result of anonymity and it has no real world impact (though cases like streamer swatting and so on have been a grey area there), but a case like this raises some worrying questions about the direction in which it’s going. To me, at least.
Not to say that there aren’t the typical broader questions about gun control, emotion control and so on. I emphasize that this is a symptom of societal and human problems rather than a fundamental problem with games. Nonetheless, it’s difficult not to at least spare a few thoughts to the idea that this was apparently an angry gamer firing on competitors at a e-sports event. Perhaps it’s good if it raises some uncomfortable questions.