Believe it or not, there was once a time when you, actually, had to go to a physical place to play a stranger in a video game; we called them arcades. If you talked serious trash before a match and lost, you were publicly humiliated, everyone remembered your dumb face, and you probably never came back. If you threatened someone, you'd be lucky to get away with just being kicked out and banned. Also, the only way to keep in contact with people—involved slowly getting to know them, which often lead to great friendships. Yeah, this was a problem that sure needed "fixing."