The Daily Grind: Do you have your profanity filter on in MMOs?

    
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You may not realize this from reading what I write on this site, but I curse a lot in real life. It’s not appropriate to be dropping four-letter words of every description in articles, so I do so rarely, but outside of these contexts I curse a lot. Thus, I tend to turn off the profanity filter that every MMO tends to feature, because it doesn’t bother me and it prevents some of my sentences from looking like a game of Mad Libs.

But there are also lots of reasons to leave the filter on. You might just not like cursing, for example, or you might not want to see the particularly awful stuff that you see in lots of text chat even though you’re fine with curse words. Or you might have kids watching you. Whatever the reason, today we’re asking if you have your profanity filter on in MMOs. Do you tend to keep your words on the clean side, or do you open up the floodgates to new and exciting curse words?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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Zen Dadaist

I leave the filters turned off for chatting to my friends, but then I avoid public channels like the plague.
It’s often not a specific word that I find offensive so much as the context in which that word is being used. Context can make even an innocuous word into a derogatory slur, and that’s what I report. I generally prefer to use block and report because no one has developed chat filters that are context-sensitive enough to work properly without just relying on short slur phrases that end up mangling a normal conversation!

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camelotcrusade

This DG reminds me of having younger players in our guild who couldn’t or didn’t know how to turn off the profanity filter, and the creative ways they spelled things to bypass it were obvious flags for who they were. :p

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Neiloch

No and I don’t then lecture people on swearing/naughty language. That is so annoying when people do that, turn the filter off and then get upset when people use words the filter would have easily blocked.

I really wish there was a way to block attitudes or topics of conversation in general chat though. I’m not sure how such a filter would work but it would be nice. Blocking individual people for such a thing would be a full time job. In the mean time I will just continue to avoid public channels and just look at my friends swears.

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Roger Edwards

re: profanity filters

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Pandalulz

I leave it off, because for some dumb reason my brain really wants to know exactly which four letter word they’re using.

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Sajiri

I turn mine off, though I rarely curse myself, and even less online. However, I dont need a game to hide words from me, Im an adult after all, and Im not offended by a bit of profanity from others. There’s also the fact that these filters often get words that aren’t bad, generally because some words might just make up a part of it or…something. Honestly I’ve seen words censored that I cannot figure out a reason why.

But the big reason is I also find them unnecessary. In my experience, when someone does go on a tirade in game chats and uses all sorts of profanity, they want to be an even bigger jerk by doing it in a way that their words dont get filtered out, generally by just leaving a space in between each letter.

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Toy Clown

This has become a strange one for me… I’ve always associated excessive swearing with “low class” — it’s just the way I was raised and its how I carry myself. Mostly so as to enjoy a bit more neutral status as I move among strangers in the real world and on the internet. I save swearing, bad jokes, and sharing of personal stuff with real friends. Not fake friends that mostly just “like” stuff. Anyway!

As a roleplayer, I used to be able to leave the filter on because most RPers going a few years back were creative with swearing and made it fit into whatever setting we were playing in. Now, if I have a filter on, I can’t understand half of what some RPers say.

What’s really funny is BDO made it so you can’t turn off the swear filter without going into your files and making a few line changes. So I leave it on and if I can’t understand someone because they’re blurting out cuss words left and right, I explain that it’s too much hassle to turn the filter off and could they please put what they said in a way the word filter doesn’t chew it up and spit it out in loads of ****.

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thirtymil

Well done to everyone who managed to say they switch the filter off without having to swear to say it.

Personally I leave the filter on. I don’t have an issue with swearing per se, except possibly its devaluation by overuse or its use to prop up a weak statement or act with provocative emphasis. But in most cases swearing doesn’t add anything to the conversation, it’s just noise – and anything that filters the noise out is good by me.

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Duane_Does_not_check_email

I am about to pop an ambien and then you all will wish this thing had a filter.

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imayb1

I hate profanity filters. It does make chat look like Mad Libs, much like auto-correct. That goes too. I like using words and I don’t want their meanings obscurred, however well-meaning that is supposed to be.

Incidentally: https://www.sciencealert.com/swearing-is-a-sign-of-more-intelligence-not-less-say-scientists and https://nypost.com/2017/08/28/smarter-people-are-more-likely-to-use-curse-words/

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Neiloch

Interesting to see peoples two page reports on how swearing means those people are beneath them in the comments. I can only imagine they are quite boring while they think they are complex and ‘deep.’