Originally Posted by tubnotub1 The type of verbal abuse people are subjected to while playing games like LoL is far more harmful to the game as a whole than the banning of a few players here and there
. Bottom line is this, Riot Games, like any other company, is around to make money, and in order to make money they need to make their game as accessible as possible, and promote as positive (as possible) of a game-play environment to encourage people to continue playing. The attitudes of some of these players is completely counter productive to increasing (and maintaining) the player base. I am glad Riot came down hard on this kid. Hopefully it will serve as a warning to others.
That's a matter of opinion. I played Starcraft for a long time; the original and Brood War particularly. Both of which had horrendously offensive player-bases. And by that I mean the average person was a complete, and utter jerk during gameplay. Alliances would change mid-game based sometimes because a player started bad mouthing his ally, or whatever. It was chaos; very entertaining.
Enter SC2. Heavy moderation, in game options to report players for harassment, and CD-Key banning. In SC2 you're also unable to create titled games, and due to the search method, people don't really play custom melee at all. This is the result of the company trying to direct the user experience. The most satisfying thing about an online community, in my experience, has been the ability to "own" your experience. You, and the people you're gaming with are free of the constraints that are placed on you when you need to be concerned with the consequences of that said expression. It can be cruel, fun, offensive, whatever; but it's in many ways more real than social experiences of every day life. Add the threat of consequence again, via moderation of developers, and there goes all those special qualities that fuel good online communities, and interesting online gaming experiences.
I've never seen a developer do anything other than kill communities, by becoming involved in them.