An incident occured last night on my server, that i witnessed and left me absolutely mortified.
I logged on to my rogue and got ready to do some heroics, it was late at night and trade chat was unusually busy. I went round my buisness as usual observing the conversations that where going on. Everyone was talking about their lives and how miserable/great it was.
In all the commotion one Guy opened up to say that he attempted suicide five times in his life and went on to explain that he is still recovering from it at the moment. He also said that he was depressed.
I am one of those people who dont really open themselves up emotionally like that telling a bunvh of strangers about my problems, but I felt bad for this guy, i mean it was tough for him.
This of course is not the horrific part, what followed later on is…
About six people stepped up berating him and taunting him because of what he said:
-Your an Attention seeker…!!
-With five tries under you belt, one of thought that you would know how to do it properly by now!
-The trick is to cut your veins vertically, not horizontally!
-For the sixth time, why dont you jump off a building, there is no turning back then!
-Telling someone to commit suicide, is not bad, its called support!
This made me sick to the stomach.
To have people, insulting and coercing this individual to finish himself off was just obnoxious to say the least.
Does the safetey of Anonymity, bring forth the real persona within people? People who maliciously hurt an individual on a psychological level to the point that they would kill themselves?
On the other hand why didnt anybody else speak to support this person. Apart from myself and another player within the game we tried endlessly to convince them that to wish death upon another is just plain wrong and discusting. What is there to fear, if you have the safety of anonymity right? Maybe your not into conflict, or maybe your not interested i dont know, but mre should of spoken up.
I wonder sometimes where humanity has gone, where is the empathy for your fellow player. We are a community where like minded people who share the same interests gather. But instead of looking out for one another and offer a helping hand we condemn them because of their life experiences that are not considered normality.
Has the game conditioned players to behave this way? To become ignorant about their fellow man because all they do all day is Kill Kill Kill? I beleive not, otherwise we would all be like that. Are some more liable to succumb to that? I think so.
After about three hours of opinions flying back and forth and a war of words, the conversation ceased. I ignored a bunch of people, put others on the right trail of thought and gained some more allies in raising the awareness that is so required.
What do you think about this situation, do you think I should of kept quiet? Or was it right for the players to behave in such a barbaric manner?
All i say is that I am dissapointed!
*Discrmination is an act of narrowmindedness, and lack of empathy is a lack of self*