Posted on April 13, 2018
What level of Troll are you?
Within all video games is a meta game. A game that the designers of the game didn’t intend for users to play but is played anyway. A type of meta game I came across while doing my research that is prevalent across all video games ever made is the act of trolling.
Trolling is a form of provoking an individual or a team into some sort of emotional response based of your actions or words. But why do people troll? What is the fun in trolling? I think to answer these questions you first must view it from a troll’s perspective. From a troll’s perspective, the object of the game isn’t to win or lose, it’s to create some sort of emotional response from another user. Usually this response is rage. Watching someone get so mad over a video game has a sort of appeal to it, because from the troll perspective, its just a game. They break the magic circle and incorporate the real human world into the gaming world, by saying the video game is just a video game. It’s nothing more then a platform on which you should take it not as serious. However, the people playing the video game and being trolled don’t see it like this. They are immersed in the game and want to fulfill the objective of the game, which is typically to win. The conflict of interest is what trolls thrive on, and what makes it such a fun entertainment for them. They love seeing people get so worked up about a “video game” and get a kick out of people playing the game for how its suppose to be played.
League of Legends is notorious among the gaming community for having individuals troll other people. This can come in the shape of feeding (repeatedly killing yourself so the other team gets the advantage), flaming (yelling at your teammates for nothing), or even using champions who shouldn’t be used for certain positions. There are a countless number of trolls I have come across in my games and the unfortunate part is you can’t really do anything. They will play the game how they want to play it and we just must live in the troll’s world.
Thacker, Scott, and Mark D. Griffiths. “An Exploratory Study of Trolling in Online Video Gaming.” International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning (IJCBPL), vol. 2, no. 4, Oct. 2012, pp. 17–33, doi:10.4018/ijcbpl.2012100102.