You’re Sorry About Filipino Gamer Behavior? That’s Cute.

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This requires just a bit of a background.

GGG’s volunteers have an FB group where we bug each other about our deadlines for the website and share things that are relevant to our interests. Denice linked Leiron Martija’s “Signal Noise” a few days ago. It’s a piece on the notorious behavior of Filipino gamers in online games.

What got me interested enough to read it wasn’t the article itself at first, but Denice’s reaction. The copy was pretty good: “Filipino gamers are getting notoriety for their salty behaviour. Are these ‘Peenoise’ ruining the fun for everyone else?” Denice was characteristically blunt. “It’s even worse when you happen to be in possession of a vagina (or identifies as a woman, actually).” That’s the reality on our side of the fence, see.

Please note that I said “reality.” I’ll go back to that later.

 

Thanks for telling us what we – especially the ladies in the house – already know.

Milder trashtalk, Filipino Gamer Behavior
This one’s mild.

Martija does not have a kind word to say about Filipino gamer behavior. “Signal Noise” focuses on the reputation that we seem to be building for ourselves online as rude shits who win as horribly as they lose.

If we are sore losers, we are also abhorrent winners. No team that has lost to a Filipino gamer… has ever walked away without fists clenched, mashing “report” buttons wherever available, only to find that the threat of online sanction will not cease or stymie the torrents of invectives hurled against mothers, sisters, girlfriends… references to sexual abuse… or dismissive lectures about unfortunately easy opponents. Filipino gamers do not bury the hatchet — they dance on the graves of their enemies.

He drives home, yet again, the fact that in the already incredibly salty world of online gaming, us Pinoys shine in all the wrong ways. We’re breathtakingly creative in our ability to be juvenile to whoever we’re playing with. Being one of us doesn’t even save you in the end. In fact, sometimes that makes it worse since you’re expected to grin and bear it.

Vitriol is Optional, Filipino Gamer Behavior
Grin and bear it, or fire back with an equal amount of sarcasm. Vitriol is optional.

Expressing dislike of any kind results in anywhere between uncomfortable laughter and everyone and their brad telling you that maybe you’re just too sensitive.

Yes, kids. Us Pinoy geeks had our own version of “eh di wow” way before it became a Thing.

 

Thanks, but no thanks.

The "usual" trashtalk, Filipino Gamer Behavior
There it is!

Anyway, somewhere in the middle of his piece, Martija has a message for the aggrieved parties of this phenomenon.

I do not write to rationalize this behavior, nor do I condone it. I would like to apologize… to anyone who ever had to encounter a Filipino gamer… in the e-sports scene: we detest intelligent plays because we feel it behooves us to realize our own faults; we are absolute in our bitterness in losing and gracelessness in winning because, most often in life, we know nothing but the former. Without admitting that there is some unfortunately complex reason or some acceptable apologia somewhere that exists to validate or reasonably temper this behavior, I can only go so far as to acknowledge that it is a symptom of something more: a social and psychological frame of mind that isn’t just contained to online gaming, but which is essentially a Filipino trait. It’s the desire to have more, without changing for it.

Why do I have a bone to pick with this piece? He’s acknowledging that there’s a problem. The attempt at some sort of cultural analysis is cute (if not a little too lofty). He’s made his stand against the matter clear, and he’s apologizing.

But that’s just it. People have apologized enough. It’s time that we start doing something about this shit.

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Pamela Punzalan
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