Launching with the Legion expansion pre-update later this month, World of Warcraft’s new silence penalty is designed to let players engaging in abusive or inappropriate chat dig their own incredibly quiet, ever-expanding grave.
If you've spent much time online—playing games, talking on social media, using message boards—chances are you've gotten some abuse. Someone's called you a fag, or a dumb bitch, or suggested they might find out where you live and skullfuck you to death.
It's not exactly secret knowledge that Xbox Live, even in 2012, is home to some rather unsavoury chat. But the manner in which this salvo is delivered, and the reaction it receives, serves as a pretty tidy example of just what it's like to actually be on the receiving end of it.
Richard Kretovic, accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy he met through Xbox Live, has been indicted on nine counts each of first-degree criminal sexual act and second-degree sexual abuse, plus one count of endangering the welfare of a child.
For two decades, people have been paid to make fun of Nintendo. These professionals are hired by big companies that either hate Nintendo or consider Nintendo to be semi-ridiculous.