Shit talking has been around forever. I used to get shit talked on UT99 for sniping on Deck 16 all the time back in the dial up days. That isn’t what is new.
What is new is that a lot more people are now invited to the party who just weren’t back then and a lot of them are cunts of varying severity and type.
The industry has grown to bring in bigger audiences so they make more money which involves giving defference to the lowest common denominators when it comes to design and content.
The more the masses ‘REEEEEEE’ about what they want the more the rest of us who have been here since the earlier days are left out because we want more of what we took part in and helped grow when games didn’t have multimillion dollar budgets and dozens of mechanics - we had limited mechanics and content to work with so focused on what we could get out of what was there and try to play in a way that wasn’t totally obnoxious.
If you came across obnoxious players you usually had the option of going somewhere with no or at least less obnoxious people who played more in line with how you wanted to play, hence ZiiP is a thing.
Now the problem is that gaming has moved in a direction where even if you are lucky enough to have a bastion like ZiiP, you still have to expose yourself to the unwashed masses and mix with the exact types of people you became part of ZiiP to avoid…
It doesn’t help that there are less of us, but larger multiplayer games these days don’t accomodate for the likes of us, they accommodate for the ones we’ve been trying to avoid.
CooP is certainly an option, but there arent enough gamea with the flexibilty and diversity of content to accomodate as few or as many of us as there might be as little or often as we might play.