A theory…

I have a theory…

It’s a bit odd… It may be true… It may also just be complete fantasy…
Nevertheless, it’s a theory…

I bought BF4(Battlefield 4) when it came out and I’ve been playing it for an hour or two every day since then, on average of course…
Since launch day, I noticed that the in-game text-chat has been rather calm… A few “oh wow!” and general chatter.. I liked this… It felt promising that the BF4 community would turn out better than the BF3 one…

I was wrong…
The last couple of days (read past week) I’ve noticed that the frequency of profanity and general “bad behaviour” has increased in the in-game text-chat.. I tried switching servers, even across nations, but the problem seemed to persist…

So that’s the backgroundstory.
My theory is that… When the game is still in, lets call it “New-phase”. Everyone is still learning the game and how to play it. If you get shot, you critisize youself and think that you did something wrong and you try to improve youself. Nothing wrong so far…
But after a while, as experience increase, your self-confidence in the game increases. You start feeling more and more like a God that can’t be killed by an ordinary player. Ordinary? Why do I say ordinary?
Because in this, lets call it “God-phase”, the player feel that he/she can not be killed by any other player, except for the one who cheats.

Once the community has entered the “God-phase”, the frequency of profanity will increase in the in-game text-chat, or even voice-chat.

To me, this theory explains why players behaviour in-game is so poor, why they always call their killer for “noob”. This kind of behaviour most often results in me turning of the in-game text-chat (I always disable voice by default). I’m currently searching for such an option in BF4.