It's an inescapable part of video games. Someone, sometime, somewhere, will always take up the opportunity to talk shit to their fellow gamer. It happens. In some games, it happens on an almost frequent basis.
The 12-year-old abusing your mum on Xbox Live has almost become a part of internet folklore at this point. But more often than not — and probably because I'm not playing Call of Duty on consoles that often — it's the aging dude, just home from work, who's flipping the table over how crappy my support play is in Dota 2.
But the thing is: should trash talk be acceptable? Do you trash talk? Is it OK if it's deliberately designed to throw your opponent off guard?
And how do you deal with trash talk when its directed at you or your teammates? Do you respond? Does it ruin your games?