Blizzard’s Brilliant Approach to Bad Overwatch Winners: Troll Them With Their Own Mockery
“Gg” is generally used as congratulations (“good game”) to your opponent for a match well fought in online gaming, but bad winners are unsurprisingly prevalent for anyone who’s ever used the Internet/interacted with humans, with plenty of Overwatch players jeering their fallen foes with “gg ez.” (Meaning exactly what it sounds like.) What’s a game developer to do against these obnoxious trolls? Troll them right back, in Blizzard’s case.
Overwatch has a public testing ground for new features, and players using it have noticed that, in a new update, messages of “gg ez” to opponents post-match are being automatically altered by the game to turn the insult right around on the person throwing it. The clever text filter not only replaces the taunt with messages of fond feelings but also features some unflattering insight into the mindset and maturity of people who need to put others down on the Internet. (It’s hard to pick a favorite replacement between “It’s past my bedtime. Please don’t tell my mommy,” and “I’m wrestling with some insecurity issues in my life but thank you for playing with me.”)
Of course, once word gets around to players who don’t respect their own abilities enough to be nice to less skilled individuals, it’s likely that they’ll just find other ways to put other people down, but seeing this happen at all is cathartic enough on its own. Alternately, they could just treat other people with respect and not try to mess with others’ psyches more than losing a competition already does, thus avoiding Blizzard’s divine retribution altogether, but we’re not holding our breath for that one.
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