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1-22-2010 @ 3:01PM
Like it or not, there are many different vernaculars in current day English (British/American). For some, 'that's so gay' is a normal phrase without any serious subtext involved; 'we got totally raped by *insert bossname here*' could be considered not offensive at all, but as just an expression of how bad the attempt was. Many other swears and curses used by players every day can be interpreted this way. For others, these terms can be quite offensive because they have a completely different frame of reference (their upbringing, personal experiences, etc.).Just be careful about taking offense when it's not aimed at you specifically, people often say or type these things out of habit or frustration without meaning any personal harm. Don't hate me for this, but listen to me when I say: don't be oversensitive when it comes to language use in online games.In other cases of course, the person is just looking for some trouble, venting hate or plain trolling, and is well worth the /ignore...
1-22-2010 @ 3:10PM
It's because the community doesn't uphold a higher standard, that we've sunk to the low we're at. You seem to be saying "If it's not directed at you, just ignore it", but that response may be part of the problem rather than part of a solution.I don't appreciate people dropping the f-bomb in public IRL (to get away from the "rape" example), or using profanity like it's punctuation. It's not acceptable there, and I don't see any reason it should be accepted in-game either. Turning a deaf-ear to it is giving your assent.
1-22-2010 @ 3:14PM
That's not what I'm saying, I'm saying you should pay attention to the context of the situation rather than just focus on that single word or expression. If someone uses a potentially offensive word, don't judge them without looking at the context.Like it or not, swearing is and always has been a part of spoken and written language, it's just much more visible these days.
1-22-2010 @ 3:18PM
"I'm saying you should pay attention to the context of the situation rather than just focus on that single word or expression. If someone uses a potentially offensive word, don't judge them without looking at the context."Ding ding ding ding.I'm glad to see there are some people still around that have the critical thinking skills to determine the context of a situation and react accordingly.
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