This is an actual internet skill set - and people practice it hardcore.
Make no mistake - For someone to know what pisses your average person off enough to respond to their comments is a skill.
These people do not feel this way or even believe in the things they say 99% of the time. they simply KNOW that by nature, most people are good - so the easiest way to draw attention is to say something so outlandish it forces them to reply out of shear rage.
The second you do that they have won and are laughing at you for taking them seriously.
Example - Everyone knows wow was a good game in it's day, for some it still is. No on can dispute it was the biggest MMO of all time. But still people in Tera General and Rift General Swtor General still bag on wow - not because its a bad game, they do it just to get the wow fans pissed off enough to start ranting in chat.
It's a game to them, and you people that fall for it are thier victims.
Is there a /mute option in Tera? If there is, that probably would help quite a bit. I know it's a little extra work, but I feel this may help resolve some of the degrading comments being said.
I find Area chat to be ridiculous a lot of the time, it doesn't bother as much as it distracts me : P I can't look away from the nonsense rolling down chat.
Honestly I agree with the OPs sentiments, but I also think there's not a lot that can be done - people can and will talk utter rubbish, as much as they want, when they want.
You can always just un-tick the Area channel for your chat tab : )
honestly, the easiest way to avoid this, if it bothers you that much, is roll on the RP server. RP servers tend to have a nicer and older population, and you get less of it. Not to say it won't exist at all, but you will at least get less. This is the first game in quite awhile I am not rolling on the RP server just for the reason.
@Wingless tbh most kids born after 1990 are raised to believe that the only person that matters is themselves. Being Self centered comes from having parents that threw fits and were disrespectfull to other adults/people in the child's life be it a teacher, coach, divorced parent if they were not catering to the child's sensitive sense of self worth. thereby training the child that others deserve to be treated cruely while they themselves are the only one deserving of consideration. How I have had to reassure my childrens teachers that I want my children pushed. How shocked the teachers are when I blamed my children's lack of trying if they failed instead of them. Parents have become ignorant and Thier children are proof of that fact. Quit hyper sensationalizing every thing about a child, bring them up with humility, teach them that no one is to blame for Thier bad behavior other than themselves and for gods sake give them consequences for Thier actions. Maybe then we would see attitudes begin to revert back to a more respectful time.
I 100% agree with you OP. As someone who remembers the good old days of Everquest, there was this thing the players liked the refer to as etiquette.
You treated each other with respect, trolling was non-existent, and any obscene behavior would result in you being alienated by the server rapidly.
Unfortunately, the education system in America has gone downhill rather quickly in the past decade and the kids coming up in their teens and even the young twenty somethings have no respect, no culture, and no moral standards.
It's not just TERA though, it's every MMO, especially the transient group of players that flock to the new game, trash it, and go back to the hole they crawled out of. In general, gamers have rather poor social skills, especially the MMO crowd.
There's a reason I call the chatbox the "idiot box" and I almost always turn it off. Just remember, these people are scum, and they will reap in life what they sow. Don't give them the attention that they so desperately crave and eventually they go away.
They are usually so flawed mentally that they don't get past lvl 30 in most games I play anyways. I highly recommend getting out of the low level zones asap and looking for other mature gamers such as yourself to team up with, to escape the human scum that is the internet generation.
I know not all of you young ladies and gentlemen are part of the problem, but the percentage of human scum versus respectful gamers has drastically shifted in the past decade. It's very sad indeed, it is even sadder that it is purely a reflection of the world itself as well.
Rise above, be civilized, treat each other with respect, and ignore those who don't do the same.