The decision for posting this article has been made by the fact that we have constantly witnessed several inappropriate expressions of certain number of players over some periods in EU Data Centre, and been by consequent prevented from enjoying more effectively. Also have we noticed that the majority of hackers in general play video games (not limited to FFXIV), and that we are invariably exposed to the risks of coming across many types of online sociopaths.
Please be advised that you certainly have enough time if you are reading this article or logging in for playing the game. The phrases related to “wasting one’s time” can be used ONLY when you are in real life. In other words, if you are really working on something more important, you have no time for playing any game, unless you are employed by Square Enix and watching over or some truly fortunate individuals who log in just for supporting others virtually through Eorzea for various reasons. This means also that, if you have enough time as such to play the game, instead of being so obsessive about getting only what you want (i.e., 2 chests which you may not probably get by chance), why don’t you try to help others who are new to contents? Or, are you too selfish (so blindly into your own gains) to be able to see other issues?
Regarding the social communication observed for Alpha savage series in EU Data Centre, most players use English language as their second language and many of their expressions are misused, and apparently inappropriate in real life. Some of them are born in the English speaking countries, but unable to use the language properly due to a lack of education (such as Dropout). It is probable that they assume that those words may be used because of watching American movies/comedy shows way too often, or something else available in every other country, as if they were capable of making others laugh in every single situation by using prohibited words. However, such expressions are sociologically inappropriate.*1 And when it comes to the concern for communication skills, they are psychopathological, exerting a contagious influence on others, in a sequence of toxic expressions (as a form of chain reaction).
This is exactly how sociopathy establishes in real life and thus, this article is intended to explain why you must pay attention to your usage of (verbal or non-verbal) expressions regardless of your nationality, mother tongue, and/or social status. Otherwise, from a perspective of psychosocial development, you shall be indirectly a part of mass production of sociopaths by employing any prohibited expression recklessly in general as well as by offending others unknowingly even with regular words (i.e., imperative sentence), and therefore responsible of such, even if you assume to be doing nothing wrong or only playing a video game.
This is a case occurred in the content, Alphascape v1.0 savage (also called O9S: The 9th content of Omega series in the Savage version). The general idea is as follows:
Chaos has two different rotations that he will do depending on the first casted move he does, if he does Damning Edict then he will do Blaze followed by Cyclone. If a Longitudinal/Latitudinal Implosion is casted, then Tsunami followed by Earthquake. The first move is random so be vigilant as to what move he casts first.The fight is split into four notable segments:
– First Phase: Two Elemental Attacks, determined by what he casted first.
– Second Phase: Chaos Orb
– Third Phase: Two Elemental Attacks, the two he did not do in the First Phase
– Final Phase: Enrage
Another notable difference is the inclusion of four new debuffs for Cyclone and Earthquake.Retrieved in March 2019 from https://ffxiv.consolegameswiki.com/wiki/Alphascape_V1.0_(Savage)
At the Earth phase, in order to cleanse the debuff, tanks and healers must be fully healed. Even if missing 1 point leads to the defeat. By the DABC positioning, 2 healers must come back from C and D to the centre and heal 4 players to full simultaneously. Cure III casted by White Mage is often indispensable, but depending on only this particular healing action is not enough: The other healer must heal as well as those in need of heal must be closer to the pure healer because of the fact that the effective range of Cure III is shorter than Medica II. This content is certainly challenging for every healer.
Yet, even if 1 tank (or 2) is defeated by being unable to cleanse the debuff, it is still possible to clear the content as we have already done so several times. By accepting Raise/Resurrection/Ascend, a defeated player can be recovered and continue. (Giving up in the middle of something = Dropout)
Due to the ideological expectation to be fully healed every single time, this player who had taken the role as a tank did not even accept Raise, whereas the insufficient heal was no more than 100 points, and let the rest of us wiped. By doing this, he intentionally created such a likelihood that it was caused by the healers.
We DID see what he had done and had this impression that he would continue creating an unpleasant atmosphere in the party. Therefore, we had our avatar abandon the content, but did not leave the party. The first phrase, which he employed as it can be seen in Screenshot 1, was “another retard.” So, we asked what was wrong with him. Unable to answer our question, he initially proposed us to leave the party, where he was the one who had pathologically misbehaved.
Unfortunately, the leader of the party believed the depiction of the situation “intentionally fabricated” by the troubled player, and effectuated the expulsion of our avatar from his party, without having given any chance to either explain or defend ourselves.
We have been informed of the name of this player and that he does the same in every other party. Some players have already complained about his misbehaviour as such. In fact, he is not the only one whose expressions (verbal and non-verbal) are misleading others in a similar way in EU Data Centre. Especially from this particular country in the European Union, these sociopaths take advantage of the education, and use the learned skills to harm others.
The first statement he employed “another retard,” this is not an expression that anyone can pronounce to whom you meet for the first time at a random encounter.
From interpreting the third statement that he employed, “[I]t is just [O9]S don’t wast[e] our time, and leave ^^,” it is probable that he meant that O9S was not so difficult as other content by stating that “it is just V1S,” and that, if you do not do well on the content, you are inferior to him (He thinks that he is better than you.). This is based on his sense of inferiority in his real life, and by doing this, he can feel better about himself in his virtual life. Also, it is possible that he is deprived of the ability to compare with the standards due his subjectivity (He believes to be the centre of the universe.).
By putting « ^^ » in the end of phrase, he tries to make the situation laughable. However, he uses this for only ridiculing the situation, by having made fun of other player(s). Why is it funny for him, while it is not for the other(s)? It is possible that he is incapable of reading the meaning behind the context, and even unaware of what he pronounces.
The problem is that some other players have already treated him in this way, and therefore he assumes to be entitled to treat others in the same way. This is where the toxic chain of reactions is formed, which must be stopped. Unfortunately, this cannot be intervened by any external force, because the problem exists only within oneself. In this case, he is the only one who can stop it with his own will.
The saddest part of the presented incident was that we had gotten involved with his “mind game” according to his expectation: We should have ignored and continued focusing on clearing the content only.
Possible Cause & Potential Risk
Those truthfully in need do not even have opportunity to access to any game. The player mentioned above has obviously access to FFXIV, which shows that he is lucky enough to have access to education in his country, while having enough time and financial means. The national competence of his country can be also said to be high enough for him to educate himself on his own. Then, how come he uses his aptitude in order to cause discomfort against others?
To begin, the following question should be asked: How did his mind become so primitive as that of a caveman by regression (Defense Mechanism)? As mentioned earlier, we hypothesise that he has previously been exposed to a series of victimisations by other players with malicious intentions. It is greatly possible that he currently suffers from some mental disorder(s) that may lead to sociopathic expressions (Attention: It is not what he says, but rather how he conveys). His response « XDDD » (this indicates a laughter) to our statement “Genj[j]i you have to go,” he quickly learned that we were being disturbed and that he could start playing his mind game. He apparently enjoys watching others in suffering, or is simply apathetic. This explains that he lacks of empathy, which is theoretically a sign of psychosis.
Furthermore, child abuse and neglect, theoretically speaking, are 2 basic factors of fundamental causes for the development of psychosis. A psychotic person gives a brith in order to neglect and/or abuse his/her child (producing another psychopath by nature and nurture). It is certainly a crime. When something against one’s will is done, it is often considered as criminal regardless of age. Comparatively, many criminals make the same excuse, this troubled player would imply “Abuse Defense” in order to justify his misdemeanour in his real life: “Because someone has already done it to me, I thought that I could do the same thing to others.” Needless to say, no one has such a right.
In fact, this is called “Victim Playing,” where a psychopath acts as if he were a victim, whereas he enjoys hurting others by reliving the same hurtful experience, as gone through by himself in past, against others. This psychological phenomenon is NOT reserved by gender or sexuality, still often found in both criminal and clinical cases. In sociopathic examples, a psychopath chooses a larger population, by manipulating others and situations, and sadistically enjoys watching them in suffering.
The player mentioned above, at this moment, can be diagnosed simply as troubled with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, one of the personality disorders, internationally prevalent amongst, but not limited to, adolescents (Keywords: bullying, detention, delinquency, misdemeanour). Moreover, it is possible that he continues developing his psychotic nature by himself, to the degree where we may have to say in the future: “It is too late…”
- Nonetheless, nobody should hate him, but rather we must despise such condescending expression, afflicted cognitive process, and psychopathological behaviour in him. And this applies to anyone and to any situation whether virtual or real.
- We have already been informed that many players are deeply discouraged, traumatised and too reluctant to try Omega series savage version due to the presented type of online sociopaths.
- He might have already changed his avatar’s name. Please watch out: He is still out there, even with his alternative character(s).
- No excuse shall allow you to justify any psychopathological cognition/behaviour that causes discomfort in others.
- Increasing the number of names in the Black List is not a solution at all. The source of the problems must be focalised.
- A mentor, incapable of helping other players but cable of making jokes with inappropriate expressions, should be devested of his or her title.
No one has any right to tell anyone what to do. Rather, one can only “explain” to one another.*2 It is one of the basic human rights. Where we are supposed to explain what went wrong, some just leave or get kicked out of the party, without giving or receiving any chance for explanation. It is because, in many incidents observed, there would not be any constructive resolution at such an instant encounter where no discussion were regarded as helpful.*3
If you intend to come to Eorzea in order to forget momentarily about what is going on in your real world and to have fun, then why do you bring such destructive elements in our virtual world? Do you not see that it is paradoxal?
You MUST AVOID those words considered as inappropriate, thereby inconsiderate, in social communication whether virtual or real. And if you have no control over your vulgar words expressed in an inappropriate timing or situation, please go back to school regardless of your age and see a professional such as a psychotherapist or psychiatrist in your real life (where you can use your time more wisely), instead of being unaware of what you do and/or of throwing psychopathological garbages at random encounters with other players from other countries in Eorzea.
(*1) We have also witnessed a phrase employed by a certain player referring to one another: “No offense, but you suck.” This sentence is linguistically incorrect, and definitely oxymoronic.
(*2) Another incident was witnessed where a tank was expected to do a perfect job and when he failed, a dps cried: “I don’t understand why nobody tells him what to do?!” This statement is based on a psychotic characteristic, namely Control Freak, with some spicing of hysteric need of attention.
(*3) Some players OBSESSIVELY believe that the method: DPS IN is the only way to clear the content mentioned above, whereas there is the better method available. They are unwilling to learn something new and force others to do only in their way, and express themselves as if they were superior to you when you fail to follow by the method: DPS IN. (Obstinacy is also a sign of psychosis.)
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