Xbox Live “Trash Talkers”

This article is based on my thoughts and experiences and is dedicated to anyone who has experienced or who has been a victim of  Trash Talking.

Ever had a random person just shout at you down that head set of yours for your accent, the way you play, the way you talk? Then you my friend have been a victim of the ever growing trend on Xbox Live known as “trash talking” so take a deep breath.

Trash talking is basically a form of boast or insult that opposing teams would hurl at each other when in a competitive situation such as a clan match between two clans. Normally trash talking is just used to intimidate the opposing team in order to maybe put them off the game but you can also use this for just the laughs to lighten up the spirit of a match (especially if you’re losing, big time.)

It comes as no surprise to me that now trash talking is some what “evolving” on Xbox Live, by evolving I mean now players who are on your team will most probably insult you (especially if you have an accent that the insulter considers bizarre or weird.) Also the word “trash talking” on  Xbox live has slightly changed meaning  due to those high pitched children who have somehow persuaded their parents into letting  them use the service, what they will most probably do is pretend they are older than you, despite their “squeakiness” and say the up most daft sayings such as: “oh my God! You stupid kid!” or they might just be screaming down the head set constantly for fun, but probably the most annoying for me would be this one: “Oh my God! You  suck, I could probably own you in real life because I’m probably older than you” (but with alot more cursing in the process) and then just rant on about their “coolness.”

I was kind of seeing this coming, think about it, if you gave a child the ability to talk to people across the world in the safety of their own home, and never being able to see the person on the other end, eventually that child would make fun out of those people that he/she communicates with.

Once you have been with the Xbox Live service for a while, you will get used to it eventually and you will learn to just stay in a Xbox Live Party with your friends and avoid  insult  which will make your experience with Xbox Live a bit less of a pain, but no one should be made to put up with it, sure you can mute people but still, why is the community so full of hate? If you ask me, I think that quite a small proportion of the community needs to be back handed a few times and learn some manners.

I actually love Xbox Live’s services and what they have to offer, I don’t have a problem with that, just the darker side of the community.

A funny little video that shows what it takes to be a trash talker, although it is quite humorous, it displays a very true message.


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  1. Trash talk.. its the scum of online game communities. People that do that just to annoy people should be kicked off the service, it definitely makes it less fun for the rest of us to have to deal with a bunch of a$$holez

  2. It’s a major issue in all pvp games. One game I have that’s pvp, the community needs to be taken by the collar and given a solid beating. Another that has no pvp at all, there is very little conflict between people. Period.

    Any games I run, you can swear all you like, but I don’t like personal attacks against people. If things get too heated, I just mute people for “Taking the game too seriously.”

  3. Trash talking was never that annoying to me, I was just lucky on Xbox Live I guess, but my friends did find a very good solution for it.

    There is an option in the Xbox Live account site for muting everyone except your friends list. It kills trash talking entirely, since the only people you can hear are your friends. (who presumably are NOT trash talkers :D)

    Also, I found it made my friends a lot easier to hear in game. Normally, the other players talking would make background white noise that would make it hard to understand friends, but when everyone but friends is auto muted, its very easy to communicate.

  4. I think trash talking is just apart of the game. It’s like in real sports you’re bound to get trashed here and there and to dish it out as well. I don’t think there is anyone out there that can resist the sweet temptation to call someone out or rub it in a little more once you’ve won.

    That being said, there are certain boundaries that just shouldn’t be crossed; a major one is probably ethnicity.

  5. Yeah it is part of the game specially if your in bad temper. Now but it will just ignite fighting with other players.

  6. Part of the game? I don’t think it’s part of the game, I think it’s what someone people fall back to when they are losing quite badly.

    I also think that sometimes people will do it just to make their friends laugh, and make their experience a bit more interesting.

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