Internet gaming has become one of the most popular past times in recent history, but personal differences between players have been detracting from the fun for many.
Countless computer programs today allow people to band together into groups of like-minded individuals. Members help each other out with rules as well as provide game items to their online buddies cheaper than purchasing the virtual product from others.
Unfortunately, rivalries between so-called "clans" have become a growing problem.
"It's ridiculous the petty wars peeps wage on each other," said veteran Magic: The Gathering Online player Skews_Me.
"Players purposely disrupt our chat rooms and player-run events. The spam can become unbearable."
Methods usually exist to block individuals from posting to those who have chosen the option, but other areas of the game are often free of such censorship.
Blocking players' chats also has the drawback of preventing targetted individuals from seeing the trash talk said about them in the rooms.
"It's a catch-22," says Skews_Me. "While I'm sick of these immature jerks accusing me of everything negative under the sun, I still want to know what they're saying about me at the same time.
"Blocking someone's chats entirely is too often counterproductive to productive dialog."
Federal legislation last year proposed to criminalize inflamatory statements made against other online users, but the Bill failed Congressional approval.
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