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Yahoo games

I've recently been playing hearts again, and would log into yahoo games. It is so addictive. But then yahoo games is a very hostile place. If you play in a way that someone thinks is wrong, they'll start cussing you, and calling you names. I think it's part of the online culture.. where it's so easy to insult people because you cannot see their faces. And I find myself getting riled up and then insulting them back. And thanks to my improvisor training, I usually am not at a loss for insults. Hmm.. I guess that is using improv for evil.

The better part of me wishes that I could apply tibetan teachings of loving kindness and feel compassion. Maybe I can use it as a training ground. But most of the time, I find myself just cussing back, and then I feel all riled up. And as satisfying as winning an insult match can be with a stranger, it still leaves me feeling really odd and uncomfortable.

Man. I just want to play hearts and have fun and not have all this cussing.


Dec. 13th, 2006 01:23 am (UTC)
most Yahoo games have the options to the side of "turn off Kibitz" which makes the chat room go away. then, the only way they can contact you is through private messages, which you can choose to ignore without seeing what they say. Perhaps a bit of a cop out, but if you can't see them insulting you, you can't get riled up.