I don't pay a lot of attention to Twitter. Apart from the Giant Bomb guys and Hideo Kojima I can't think of anyone I read regularly. So I missed this whole Adam Orth thing when it apparently blew up but something about this GDC spot hits me weird.
If you don't know what I'm referencing you can check it out here.
So at the first GDC Next, a conference for game developers specifically focused on the upcoming generation and how to approach business, marketing and development methodologies in the new landscape. This chap, Adam Orth is giving a presentation on "toxic online behaviour"
This is where it goes weird for me. Is a man, a regular human male, going to get up on stage in front of -presumably- several hundred paying guests and speak for a half hour or so about not being a dick? Is this really a presentation to say "Well, here's the thing guys; if you act like an asshole, people think you're an asshole."
Am I misunderstanding the term "toxic online behaviour"? Because to me that sounds like PR talk for not being a decent person on the internet. As @brodehouse explained, I was. Toxic behaviour is actually a step up from being an asshole, it's poor conduct that lowers the resultant behaviour of everyone else in a given community. An interesting game related example is the way players in League of Legends act, my limited understanding is that exploitative play and derogatory remarks are so ubiquitous that it is lowering the overall experience of the player base as other people respond in kind.
Still It kind of boggles my mind that we have gotten far enough away from courtesy with our fellow users that there are now people holding presentations to rooms full of people to say "Be nice."