In an interview with Polygon earlier this week, "Orcs Must Die! Unchained" designer Jerome K. Jones opined that toxic players, gamers who don't conduct themselves in a polite or civil manner and serve to make the game a miserable experience for many others, are good for games.
"There's probably something good about the toxic players showing up and sticking with your game," he said. "They're not going to go away. And honestly, I don't think you want them to. You need those people there. They're driving the game. They're giving it longevity. They're giving it passion."
Not everyone agrees with Jones' statements and that would seem to include the company behind the game, Robot Entertainment, who later that day issued a statement saying, "toxic players that worsen the experience for the Orcs Must Die! Unchained community absolutely will not be tolerated."
But what do you think? Are toxic players good for games? Is there any value to having them around or would the world be a better place without them? Vote in the poll and fill the comments section with your thoughts and opinions.
Super Podcast Action Committee is taking the weekend off due to the holiday but we'll make sure James types up an article next week revealing the poll results.
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen