Hi! I feel old. Although I am younger than most politicians I am older than what the industry tells us is the average age of people who regularly play games. Anyway, I finally got a PC that can play games more intense than solitaire so have been enjoying all the millions of Humble Bundle games in my back catalogue, yay! Previously, the only online game I had played to any extent was the fantastically anonymous Destiny, which I quite liked. Other than that, I have literally no experience with the online games community, being playing, forums or reviewing/commenting on games. Weird perhaps, but when you grow up on C64 and Spectrum games and magazines moving through several offline consoles it's just not something I ever bothered with.
So my question, to the Giantbomb hive mind is, how do you all deal with it?
Seriously. I wrote a review for a game that made me think about it a lot and since then woke up every morning to a list of people who've kindly taken the time to abuse me about so many, many things. If I have played a game where my Steam profile name is obvious online, again, abuse for either being too rubbish or being a "insert massively offensive term here". Now, I am not so naïve to not know that there is some unpleasantness out there regarding these things, I know from the GB podcasts some communities can be pretty toxic. But I am guessing that most of you all out there are putting up with this sort of thing too - doesn't it start to get under your skin?
Aside from how you deal with it, how do you avoid it? Non of my IRL friends play games anymore or if they do it's friends on the couch gaming. Coming into this a bit later in life, is there a pain free way to find normal people to hop onto a game with?
I am fully aware I might be called out for being overly sensitive about things, I probably am. But then I used to teach prisoners, and that was a pleasure compared to some of the things online gaming has chucked at me.