Bad words still make me giggle. I’ve been told that I’m not allowed to link my several examples of this, but I’m sure that isn’t necessary; you get the idea just from knowing that I find bad words funny. So one of the first things I do when logging into a game for the first time is make sure that the profanity filter is off, so I can both construct and witness new forms of compound profanity. They can be funny!
But that’s not a universal sentiment, and for some people profanity just isn’t appropriate. Maybe you’re playing Guild Wars 2 with your kids in the room. Maybe you really don’t want to hear new slurs leveled at you in a World of Warcraft battleground. Maybe you’re playing League of Legends and don’t mind seeing maybe one word of every thirty entered into chat. So today, dear readers, that’s our question. Do you keep your profanity filter on in MMO chat? And why do you leave it on or turn it off?