Whenever I get the chance, I like to play online video games with my Playstation 3. I would say that the majority of the other players in any game you’ll play are pretty cool and reasonable. Basically, they’re just on there to relax and have a good time. Unfortunately, there is also a breed of people that get on these games and act like total assholes doing things like berating others for messing up and bragging about how good they are at the game. Whether they are good at these games or not, it doesn’t matter because the only reason they play for hours is to fill some giant self-esteem void.
I see the same thing in online poker rooms where most of the people are pretty cool while there is also a minority of losers ruining the game for everyone else. These are the same players that will hit a straight and criticize those that called them at the river with a middle pair. Then, they’ll turn around and do the exact same thing as the person they were criticizing before and call that player a “donk”, “fag”, or “idiot” through the message box.
Now, to deal with this type of player, you could always leave the game and find a friendlier bunch to play with. But this isn’t any fun and the great thing is that, most of the time, these players aren’t really very good themselves. Personally, I like to challenge these types by raising them a lot and trying to bait them into focusing about me. A lot of these types will relentlessly go after you until they’re satisfied that they won a pot from you while forgetting the amount of money they lost to try and “get back at you”.
Sure you’ll lose a few pots to players like this and have to hear about it afterwards. However, I’ve won a lot more money off of these players than anything and think that challenging them is the best thing to do – as long as you can stand the barrage of text insults thrown your way.