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Who invented the word "Toxic"?

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Triple Box

Senior Member

04-26-2013

Wasn't it Lyte?


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Endertome

Senior Member

04-26-2013

In the context of League of Legends, it's a blanket term coined by Lyte that covers highly confrontational players, ragers, players who constantly berate and abuse their team or their opponents, and those who blame their team for their own badness. Basically, it refers to players who are poisonous to the community as a whole.


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Scion of Heaven

Senior Member

04-26-2013

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Endertome:
In the context of League of Legends, it's a blanket term coined by Lyte that covers highly confrontational players, ragers, players who constantly berate and abuse their team or their opponents, and those who blame their team for their own badness. Basically, it refers to players who are poisonous to the community as a whole.


Wow, and all this time I thought it was just a synonym, for sustain, preferred by Rioters!

Silly me! xD


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Rex Nemo

Senior Member

04-26-2013

The word is derived from the Labors of Heracles in Greek mythology. It is derived from the arrows that he fires that are dipped in poison from his bow.


Something like that.


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Killslayer

Senior Member

04-26-2013

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I was gonna say this.


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Wangnam Style

Senior Member

04-26-2013

some oversensitive a sshat


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The Roman Empire

Senior Member

04-26-2013

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Endertome:
In the context of League of Legends, it's a blanket term coined by Lyte that covers highly confrontational players, ragers, players who constantly berate and abuse their team or their opponents, and those who blame their team for their own badness. Basically, it refers to players who are poisonous to the community as a whole.


I like how you name those offenses and not the most egregious ones like leaving/afk/intentionally feeding.


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Lyte

Lead Social Systems Designer

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04-26-2013

The reason we use the word 'toxic' is very intentional.

In our observations and research on player behavior, we find that a single source of negative behavior can ripple through hundreds or thousands of games. For example, let's say we have a game with 10 players--9 are positive, and 1 is negative. The 1 negative player is racist, rages all game, and intentionally leaves the game. This experience can negatively influence some of the other 9 positive players in the game. Some of these 9 players will play another game of League of Legends and instead of being positive, they might start the game neutral or negative. Their actions can then influence 9 other players in the game, and toxicity spreads.

A single negative action could result in thousands of games with negative incidences--this is why many of our latest experiments focus on shielding players from toxicity (Restricted Chat Mode -- forcing players to make a decision between using limited chat resources for cooperative communication, or still using it for negative purposes and being message capped), or stemming the spread of toxicity (our next experiment).


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Greenwheel

Senior Member

04-26-2013

Lyte has that statement as his #1 go to macro im sure :P


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Renaito Yuujou

Senior Member

04-26-2013

Dr. Lyte for the education!