Thank God for party chat.
In the Year 2000–I hung up my WoW subscription and bought an Xbox. Yes, I played Wow. I’ll pause while you snicker.
There was no party chat when I got into Xbox but there were loads of DickyDoo’s. It’s a pleasant and insular time we live in, with a nice group of gaming friends I don’t think I’ve spoken to a random in over a year. Those early days of XBL were rough… crammed full of Fred Durst badititude and X-treme everything it’s a wonder most of us made it. I hung in there, despite the DickyDoo’s, by trying to change the social environment. I wrote posts that were equal parts bold and naive on the XBL forums. I called for a kinder gentler gaming environment.
“Rape” should be banished for the gaming lexicon! Racial, gender, and sexually pejorative terms tossed out!
Obviously, my campaign was a stunning failure. My posts were thoroughly trolled, flamed, and bogged down by the L33Ts.
But, did I really lose to the avalanche of DickyDoo’s? I’m writing comics and casting their caricatures as horrible pervs
If the L33Ts do get you down or make you feel icky by associating in the same hobby, here’s a gaming feel good story for you. The journal Nature has published a brief piece that lauds players of fold.it for having helped with a real scientific break through. The players sequenced a difficult protein sequence in a mere three weeks, overcoming a problem that was stifling research into HIV and other retro-viruses.
Maybe my nerd brother can interpret the piece for me when he gets a chance… in any event, it’s certainly a Huzzah moment for Good Guy Gamers everywhere.