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Choose Your Words

 

Xbox Live and PSN are virtual playgrounds where gamers can come together and play their favorite games, make new friends, and compete for bragging rights. But sometimes those ever popular multiplayer lobbies can be cesspools of foul language, racism, and just plain hate speech. With the ability to hide behind their TV screens children and adults alike partake in the slinging of insults.

While there is bound to be profanity thrown around in a game like Call of Duty, there are some words that really irk me more than others. Two in particular will make me leave a lobby when used in such excess. The words Nigger and Faggot are both classified as hate speech. Whether or not you use these terms and mean them as hate speech is irrelevant. They are not just slang terms to be thrown in a sentence to get a few laughs or shock value. These words are meant to harm certain groups of people. To make them feel inferior as human beings.

Now to those who use these terms on a regular basis, would you walk down the street greeting people with “good morning N-bomb!” or “How are the kids doing F-bomb?” Would you use these hurtful words anywhere besides the safe haven behind your TV screen? Somehow I doubt it.

I know I’m asking a lot here, but my plea to you is to think about what you say over Xbox Live or PSN. The people on the other side may not tell you it hurts them but every time you use the words the wound opens wider. The mute button may be a click away, but it’s not always that easy.

I know it’s tough, but use your brain before you open your mouth.

 

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2011 in General Gaming News

 

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Under Lock and Key

Like most online outlets Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network are just another place that hackers can seal your personal information. Yes, online gaming is supposed to be fun but there are some things you need to think about to keep it that way.

One of the simplest ways to prevent hacking is to create a good password. A good rule of thumb is to create one with at least 6 characters and use both numbers and capital letters. With that I must stress the obvious fact that you should not give your password out to ANYONE!

No one from Microsoft will ever ask for your password. If you receive a message from someone stating that they are an agent from Microsoft and they need your Live ID and password, do not respond. File a complaint and block communications. They are posing only to get you to spill you’re information.

Most importantly, if you are a parent, you need keep an eye on what your children are doing if they play online games. It would also be smart to explain to them that just like real life they should not talk to strangers or give out any information to them. Children are most vulnerable to these online predators.

Online gaming is meant to be fun for everyone. Keep it that way by protecting yourself.

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2010 in ps3, Xbox

 

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