The Problem With Voice Chat in Online Console Games

There is no doubt that many people love playing video games online. People from all over the world will sign onto their computer, PlayStation 3, or Xbox 360 and play competitive online video games against each. This is a great way for people to develop their communication skills with others, but this often gets abused. Voice chat in online console games have caused many gamers to get on the microphone and act like a “tough guy” to others. This is the biggest problem in online video games.

If you sign on a game on PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, you are bound to hear many different remarks. It is quite common to hear homophobic, sexist, and racist remarks. The scary thing is that the people that often make these comments usually sound to be no older than 15 years old. Are kids signing online and spewing out hateful comments? Why are the parents not being responsible and stopping this?

This is a problem that has been occurring in online video games. This normally does not happen in PC games because server administrators can remove and ban those that make hate remarks. However, in console games, it is very difficult to stop this. Microsoft and Sony are not doing enough to stop these offensive gamers.

The main reason kids sign online and yell out hateful comments is because they are completely anonymous behind the internet. In addition, they do not have parents or guardians looking over them as they say these remarks. If they have someone present to hear what they say, it is probably certain that they will be in trouble.

The question for this is, how do we stop all of the racist, homophobic, and sexist comments that children are making on services like Xbox Live or PlayStation Network? The only way to stop it is to have Microsoft and Sony step up, hire moderators of the system and remove or ban those who violate the service’s terms. If Sony and Microsoft can do this, maybe online voice chat will be more entertaining.

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