Sunday, April 1, 2012
And, the real loser is...
Posted by Jerry Dugan
Today, I was given the best teaching opportunity ever. We found ourselves in a game filled with self-proclaimed "hardcore, pro" players. Hey, that's what they call themselves. Anyway, we could tell because our team was getting slaughtered every time we spawned into the arena. These guys racked up at least 20 kills each compared to Jacob with 1 kill and myself with 5. At the end of the game, we found an audio message waiting for us. Thinking it was someone wishing us well, which most of these messages usually an expression of good sportsmanship, we listened for 45 seconds as a grown man somewhere between 18 and 24 years old based on the sound of his voice (he could have been younger, but it was a mature voice) cussed out Jacob. I listened in horror, shock, and fury as this man called my son a loser and instructed him to get a screen print of his one kill to put on the refrigerator for his mommy to see. The F-word was used for every third word.
What is a father to do? What would you do?
I nodded, looked at Jacob, and for a brief moment thought of a million things I could do including lashing back on behalf of my son. There were so many things that could have been said back to the sender of the message. Instead, I looked at Jacob and simply asked, "Is this guy for real?" Jacob just simply deleted the the message, and said back to me, "I think he takes this game seriously." I laughed. Well said, Jacob, well said. This guy got p'owned by a 10-year old boy in the category of character! I have to admit that Jacob took the high road before I did.
"TV News Report Warns of Cyber Bullying on XBox Live http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/116553-TV-News-Report-Warns-of-Cyber-Bullying-on-Xbox-Live