Gamers and Narcissism

Playing online mmorpgs can lead to stressful social interactions. What tends to happen in my case is that some tool will jump out of the crowd and attack my character, mental health, mother, or whatever by insults and deranged offensive slurs. This tends to happen at the most innocuous times during the most unimportant discussions. I do not claim to understand every reason for this behavior, but I do know this; it is easy to decipher social behavior in text form to identify pathological narcissism. This type of behavior is toxic and the perpetrator often believes they are a glowing benefit to society just for existing. They are wrong. I used to bow out of these interactions, but now I throw punches back. If you want to act like a douche-bag and then proceed to insult me, I will not bow out. I will view it as a direct attack and throw attacks back. However, in the long run – since I cannot likely help this person overcome their mental insufficiency – I don’t really care how it turns out. I don’t care at all and I hope that irks the living crap out of these narcissistic ass-hats (to use a term from the Marine Corps). All  in all, these people can ruin the most entertaining of games. If you let them.

Don’t let them.

In the following screenshot, you see a player suddenly going attack mode over a simple question about ToS and playing in a pvp event on both teams. Unfortunately, I did not ss the rest of the conversation, but my mother was insulted, I was insulted, and the attacks continued for a few minutes. I attacked back just out of principle. I didn’t really care and I still don’t. It’s all so very pathetic.

Author: Col.MarshHare

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