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Sessler's Soapbox: Stop Being a Dick!

Posted: October 12, 2010
Sessler's Soapbox: Stop Being a Dick!
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Adam talks about the recent incidents of violent bullying and compares it to behavior in online multiplayer games.

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  • tylerstravis

    Inspiring. The idea that you can stick up for someone that needs it and it changes their life is fantastic. Sadly, the nerdy kid I stuck up for in high school committed suicide in college.

    Posted: October 12, 2010 5:04 PM
    tylerstravis
  • PrometheanArsonist

    I'm going to have to sound cruel here. The solution that Mr. Sessler proposes will not solve the issue of online insults and harassment. It's already unsociable to be impolite, and that's partially why some people act like such idiots. To reinforce the vibe that harassment is looked down upon by the majority of society will only incite the harassers. The best solution is self-reliance. Build your own unshakable confidence that you are viable. Let no set of sound waves affect you. Just sayin'.

    Posted: October 12, 2010 5:00 PM
    PrometheanArsonist
  • werser

    Good stuff. Couldnt agree more

    Posted: October 12, 2010 4:59 PM
    werser
  • playsbydesign

    This is not a heavy topic for those that have been teased, that have been bullied. It's very very real. I'm one of those people. I was picked on every bloody day of my childhood as my peers and the adults sat back and did nothing. Walking the halls confused as to what I did to deserve it.

    I endured. But that doesn't mean you should or have to endure alone. You shouldn't have to endure at all. Just one person, sitting with me at lunch or on the bus, a "how's it going" between classes, or even a "Want to come over to play some Nintendo?" Would have made a world of difference.

    With the advent of things like Facebook social status has never been more critical for younger kids. It may get you a few de-friends or even "thumbs downs" to stick up for the "weird kid" but if those "freinds" abandon you for doing the right thing then to hell with them.

    I made the right choice to continue and I am stronger person for it. It does get better. Others, however, may need someone to tell them it's ok to wake up every morning and go to school. That things will work out.

    Online is no different with people that are just there to get their jolly's by getting you and others angry. It's low, unfunny, and honestly that person shouldn't have the privlage to game online. If you see these people, ban them, kick them, ignore them, or report them. These people stop others from enjoying themselves online and meeting new genuinly friendly people, which I think is the point to gaming online in the first place.

    Sorry for the rant. Like Adam, sometimes you just need to get something off your chest.

    Posted: October 12, 2010 4:58 PM
    playsbydesign
  • mcgrottys

    yeah that was a great soapbox at my school there are some freschmen that get bullied and I like to shut down the bullies and reassure the kid that they're freshmen and that a lot of freshmen are dicks that first year and that they'll hopefully come to their senses the following years because its true at my school.

    Posted: October 12, 2010 4:58 PM
    mcgrottys
  • 0roburos

    Be that guy.. step in, You know its funny i try to live by these words now and have for quite some time, thing is when i was about 13 (yes its story time ) I was a big kid, as in 5-10is and at camp i mercilessly used to pick on this kid to make myself look good, until one night he almost stabbed me with a butcher knife.. yea i know.. after that i always tried to set a good example because as we all know "you never know who you will push too far" did the same in HS and college (Air Force for me) and i still do on the streets (I have been an EMT on the ambulance for more than 10 years) so yea step in, , be that guy. An epic speech from an Epic guy (NERD) as we all can be .. in this month (week ) of Epic-tober..

    Posted: October 12, 2010 4:53 PM
    0roburos
  • gambitjuggalo

    ok i have a idea that will work.. or just be some good entertainment but whatever.

    ok so you have a group of people hired by all the gaming companies to watch over the online play in the games and if someone is getting to annoying or bullying someone or anything else ban worthy you have 2 members fly in... yes on jetpacks.. you know cause jetpacks rock and they scoop up the offender and call every player on the map all to one area in a big circle then drop him in the middle and have everyone take their shots on him and he keeps respawning untill he runs off and quits..

    pretty much you embarass them in front of the whole gaming community then post their gamer tag on a wall of dicks or something like that so people know who not to play with.. anyway i think that could be cool and id love to sign up and fly in and do that... and when they are begging for me to stop it ill say sorry i cant hear you over the JUSTICE!

    Posted: October 12, 2010 4:51 PM
    gambitjuggalo
  • PSYCHOPATH667

    Totally agree Sessler. I have been bullied simply for defending people who are being made fun of by bullies. These douche bags need to stop. They don't have the balls to be bullies to people in real life.

    Posted: October 12, 2010 4:44 PM
    PSYCHOPATH667
  • Pillowman

    It seems like the last few weeks have had an uptake in bullying, if not the last year. Bullying has always been around I know but I wonder what factors are contributing to what seems to me like a recent widespread mean streak. The first thing that comes to mind is a down economy that gets everyone upset. Esoecially people in their late teens and twenties that are ahving difficulty finding work, which is a large percentage of gamers. Also to me this is one of the worst falls for games that I can recall. Reviewers have been giving mediocre scores to mediocre games and people are wigging out. I don't understand. Its frustrating to not have great new games to play but why get mad at a reviewer calling a spade a spade?

    Posted: October 12, 2010 4:40 PM
    Pillowman
  • Gaflax

    Thanks Adam. This kind of thing needs to be said, again and again. I understand how many people can think that just muting or ignoring these @$$holes is enough. But, for some people these comments can cut deep, especially in your formative years, when your still trying to figure out who you are. It may not stop the behavior, but having someone stick-up for you can have a great impact. There's some quote about evil succeeding because good men do nothing. Ya, we're just talking about online video games, but the principle is sound.

    Posted: October 12, 2010 4:37 PM
    Gaflax
  • Krypton

    The ones doing this kind of behaviour is the immature little kids online. Again, this is why parents should NOT buy thier idiotic kids M rated games. I seriously hope the parents start gettting punished and prosecuted for this.

    I'm 25 & i got carded just for pre-ordering Halo Reach. The day i went to buy it, some 11 year old was standing in line in front of me with the game in hand & gave it to the cashier, purchased it & walked away with game in hand. I was upset over this & asked the cashier about it. His respose was..."His dad was there next to him" and when i told him about me being carded, his response was..."Oh that day we had a upper manager inn the store, so we had to look good & had to ask everyone for ID"

    I think it's about time that cashiers start getting punished as well for doing this as well as the parents. M rated means something for a reason. It's not just a sticker on the gamebox.

    Posted: October 12, 2010 4:35 PM
    Krypton
  • TOUGHGUY51

    Very well said Sess. I wish more individuals in positions such as you would make a statement like that.

    Posted: October 12, 2010 4:35 PM
  • Slickboner

    When that happens theres always more than one kid that yell or say stuff about you so your the only one defending your self while the 10 year old playing call of duty is talking about what he is going or already did to your mom while his friends support what he's saying or just repeating it to sound cool because there to stupid to think of anything fresh to say, so now you got three 10 year olds yelling at you and when you try to make fun of them they all start yelling so you cant say anything to them which really shows there maturity level. Ive even had some kids follow me into games just to keep making fun of me with there friends. Anyone that bully's you on the internet is just a person that has nothing else better to do than to go on any videogame or computer game and just make fun of people because they have nothing else to fufill there life than watching other people suffer.

    Posted: October 12, 2010 4:35 PM
    Slickboner
  • halbert986

    okay but seriously bullies will always be around... how about instead of saying how awful and terrible they are and saying stoppppp iiitttttt... we focus on teaching kids better coping methods. yeah that kid jumped off a bridge because of a picture but hey how about instead of giving the kids who took the picture life in prison we examine his life.. parents friends etc... yes this couldve all been avoided if gays were more accepted.. blah... good luck i dont see that happening anytime soon.. but it also couldve been avoided if he knew how to deal with things like this. the whole anti bullying campaign seems bassakwards to me

    Posted: October 12, 2010 4:33 PM
    halbert986
  • Krypton

    The ones doing this kind of behaviour is the immature little kids online. Again, this is why parents should NOT buy thier idiotic kids M rated games. I seriously hope the parents start gettting punished and prosecuted for this.

    I'm 25 & i got carded just for pre-ordering Halo Reach. The day i went to buy it, some 11 year old was standing in line in front of me with the game in hand & gave it to the cashier, purchased it & walked away with game in hand. I was upset over this & asked the cashier about it. His respose was..."His dad was there next to him" and when i told him about me being carded, his response was..."Oh that day we had a upper manager inn the store, so we had to look good & had to ask everyone for ID"

    I think it's about time that cashiers start getting punished as well for doing this as well as the parents. M rated means something for a reason. It's not just a sticker on the gamebox.

    Posted: October 12, 2010 4:32 PM
    Krypton
  • Patr10t1

    Takes a Big man to admit that :), you prob not though :0, there all times when we act like this, Then we learn

    Posted: October 12, 2010 4:20 PM
    Patr10t1
  • Raisinbman

    I am a [Insert internet crime of choice here] and I have a problem. This is the first step to recovery.

    'I am raisinbman, and I'm kindof a jerk.'

    Posted: October 12, 2010 4:19 PM
  • chasewillfoxx

    you speaking the truth man

    Posted: October 12, 2010 4:11 PM
    chasewillfoxx
  • acknowledgeme

    I freakn loved Bully! Rockstar needs to make another.

    Posted: October 12, 2010 4:09 PM
    acknowledgeme
  • GamebustaZX

    hahaha wtf come on how you gonna get bullied online lol thats BS if you getting builled online its called close the window and if you on a console its called mute and block I mean come on why do you think people talk so much ish over the internet because they dont have to reap the consocuses but in real life they walk around and just take it I dont think theres anything that can really be done about bullying because the male pride wont let them tell someone and most of the time if they do the teachers or parents dont do nothing when I was getting bullied my dads told me even if you scared just go at him with everything you got and thats what I did everytime someone tried to bully me and I always won when I got out of school everyone called me no joke - J

    Posted: October 12, 2010 4:08 PM
    GamebustaZX
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