The problem of toxicity in Overwatch is now rising once again despite of the implementation of the endorsement features. With the reputation of Overwatch in their state of decline, it is pretty obvious that the once non toxic community is now like the wild west especially in comp. One of the biggest problem of toxicity lies on- the blame game.
What is the blame game? The blame game to me is the blaming of responsibilities from a team's failure on your teammates rather than acknowledgement of your personal responsibilities. This is especially apparent in the "elo hell" ranks. An example I encountered was the blaming of my skills of not healing despite having both gold healing of 27 percent team heals and an above 73 percent accurarcy as Ana. While I acknowledge my potentials to seek improvement, however how much a tteam's failure should be attributed to a single individual rather than the team as a whole.
According to social psychology in the theory of causal attributions, majority of us tend to demonstrate behaviours that reflects self serving biases. This include attributing success over individuality (internal attribution) and attributing failures to situations (external attribution). The root of self serving biases can be traced to multiple causes including most prominently the goal to preserve self esteem.
With your SR playing such a prominent role in defining your skills, no wonder the problems of blame game continues at large in our beloved hero shooter. The current blizzard team's support of toxicity and endorsement is currently lacking to say the least. While the endorsement features did provide changes to the game, but in actuality the changes it has on this game is fairly limited. Further actions are needed to reward good players and punish the bad
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