It seems in this day in age, that game we play these days don’t just star one main ‘Hero’ in a story. Most games nowadays are online of course, but feature multiple characters, offering a choice to us to choose how we want to roll into battle, or use to satisfy our imagination. These characters vary from specific roles they transform in a game, to choosing and customising your own character and choosing a role or play style for them.
Either way, it’s these roles, or role restricted characters, that develop a relationship between them and the players, for better, or for worse. To that end, players who pick specific characters or play specific roles can be critiqued and ruthlessly judged for doing so, and get conflicted and relentless abuse or insults for being ‘a useless piece of generated code’.
So, here is a list of characters from a variety of games that generate the biggest uproar within the gaming community. There may be multiple characters from a single game too, so bare with me:
Overwatch/ Hanzo – We’re jumping straight into Overwatch, with its incredibly toxic gaming community, there are characters and players ripped to shreds every second. They say 400 insults every 5 seconds are delivered daily on this game, false fact, ignore that, that figure is most likely higher.
We start off with Japanese, arrow-showering Hanzo. Like most of these characters, we are not sure when or how they began to attract so much hatred, but we can only gather and guess why. Hanzo, although a defensive class role, is one of the more ‘Sniper’ roles in Overwatch.
Unlike the normal sniper role that the character Widowmaker plays, Hanzo’s weapon is required to have a little more skill to use, as his arrows take longer to reach a target, and require a certain knowledge on trajectory to get the arrows arc of travel correct. It’s because of this level of difficulty that players seek to play him, therefore getting better the more they use him. However, because of this fact, a lot of players fall short of the skill mark, until they get better with him, but it creates a lot of tension between teammates when they see a character not performing up to standard, especially if they are not winning, and especially if it is a Hanzo.
Overwatch/ Torbjorn – Going out on a serious and quite dangerous limb here. I love this guy, he’s freaking hilarious and surprisingly decent to play as. He works really well in most situations, depending on how you play him of course.
My god, do you get some people who have some serious issues with the little guy. Torbjorn’s main ability is to deploy and upgrade a turret, that tracks enemies and damages them from afar automatically. Generally as a tactic, I upgrade the turret and leave it. Use it as a distraction and go and support your team with armour upgrades and shots from his Rivet Gun.
Other players like to constantly camp on a turret which can sometimes be ineffective, and get completely steamrolled, even by an uncoordinated enemy team. It could be that this is the main reason why people don’t like the dwarf; he’s not being used to his full potential, or others are putting his name down the drain.
I used to use him on Control Point games; a game mode with only one capture point, similar to king of the hill mostly. I used to get screamed at, abuse down the mic, messages about how “I’m a n00b” or a “faggot”, just because I was using him in a situation out of the ordinary. Sometimes you cannot please everyone, and if certain characters are picked in certain situations, that don’t appeal to everyone’s needs, they can become real nasty.
Dota 2/ Techies – After sifting through a few forums, the hero Techies seem to generate the most toxicity from the community towards them. These guys are Ranged Intelligence heroes, despite their appearance, that can lay traps and mines. They are used for area denial, a tactic to stop enemies from capturing a specific objective, or to block off an area from the enemy. It’s due to these characteristics then, and no surprise, that they don’t necessarily do a lot of damage from range, it’s more a defensive role of laying traps and anticipating the enemies movements.
So, no wonder they are a toxic character, as players who attempt to put them to use are either not using the character properly or to their full potential, or they are all in all, just not very good with them. Luckily there’s so many characters to choose from on Dota 2, it shouldn’t be hard to find another main.
League of Legends/ Riven – There was a little bit more digging for this guy, as there was quite a few that caught a lot of interest to be defined as the most ‘toxic’ character. After some research however, Riven had come up top.
Riven, by the sounds of it, sounds like he is a difficult character to master, with different variety of play styles and abilities, as well as different strategies playing with the character himself. How this character becomes toxic then is the player ability to use him. He ends up with beginner players, or players not using him correctly or to his full ability, and instead of looking at their own capabilities to play as that character, they turn on their team, and blame them for the loss of the round, game, or the fact they died. Classic blame.
In summary then, maybe it isn’t necessarily the characters that are to blame, but the players themselves. People tend to think they are invincible, and feel the need to hand out abuse, have a complete disregard for others, and have the amazing ability to blame their mistakes onto teammates, all hiding behind their specific character. So, when the repercussions of a toxic players actions gets a firm return fire, it’s the characters themselves that get the brunt of the after-burn. Characters that had been through hours, days, weeks, even months of development to bring entertainment to us, the gamers. Only to be given grief, by gamers, because of how they have acted, by gamers.
I tell you, gaming…can be a harsh reality at times.