Time and time again, people have come here to complain about a player who nominally poses as a “bully” to them or to their team. Such cases have represented nothing but petulance and poor senses of organization. (I take accountability for my missteps as well; I don’t really like to err on the side of hypocrisy.)
But that’s not to disregard that some extremely vile undertakings have been committed on this very platform. Some of our community is very vulnerable (not sensitive, unless they very obviously are, but vulnerable), due to things such as age and disability.
There is a fine line between being blunt and sharp in how you assert yourself, and being a malevolent scourge bent on setting people’s perfect little utopian horizons ablaze, until little to nothing remains of it.
For years of time, one of the most notorious ruffians in this game was allowed to prowl the ominously dark War Dragons forests scot-free, wreaking havoc any chance he got, until the burden was finally uplifted (at least from the forums, which practically served as his primary hunting ground anyway).
There was also a hacker who made some buzz here at some point; if I recall correctly, he was threatening to hack multiple players’ accounts, mainly those of the faction members and anyone who tried to stand by them, before deciding to try hacking the game overall. One thing I remember out of that with full certainty is that he was sullen about his ban after being caught exploiting a resource hack… which isn’t very ironic.
We have seen previous reports of a couple of deaths as a result of maltreatment within the divisions of this game; some have been young, some may or may not have had some personal issues. We have seen relentless threats to personal lives based solely on game-related matters. (I’ve seen one example in a Line chat, FYI. I know it’s not optimal because it’s a third-party platform, but War Dragons still ties into it, if not at the very forefront of the issue.)
My first year as a returned player formerly retired due to rage-quitting (forgot password to old account, couldn’t retrieve, deleted game) was not very warm, and the following months were no better; considering my mental conditions and my life history, if I weren’t so determined not to let people who have no immediate access to me get me to crack, and if I weren’t so stubborn and argumentative when it came to defending myself, something could have went wrong. If I were the former version of myself, not quite toughened by life’s adversities, it probably would have been characteristic of an apocalypse.
We have received reports of a few minors (and a few majors) committing suicide because they weren’t treated fairly here. I’m sure that whether the victims were legal adults or juveniles, their families were extremely confused and distraught. I personally witnessed a parent have to explain in a group chat a while ago that they were the parent of the gamer, that their child had committed suicide, and then proceeded to demand answers from those involved; they seemed clueless in their expression, and the whole scenario was both a pity and an embarrassment to witness. Some people resort to games as a formula for escaping whatever adversities they may be facing in person, so to them, the inequity can tend to be exhausting; it comes to have been a hop out of one cesspool and a plunge into another, likely going on to produce inevitably catastrophic results.
This is a small but particularly stable community, so it’s easily controllable. Something has to be done about the negativity. The toils of the real world should have no room to pervade the atmosphere of a virtual game designed with the prime intention of having fun; unless you prefer to take a more nihilistic approach, there’s generally nothing fun about pretense. I stated at the beginning that there is a difference between bluntness and churlishness; a person has every right to be blunt in their expression, even toward an authority, but I think we all want the same type of environment here: a safe haven from all of the real world’s troubles and demanding obligations. That’s the experience that the community should be trying to foster.