Ribo: Trash-Talk Should Motivate, Not Degrade

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Ribo: Trash-Talk Should Motivate, Not Degrade

John Dave Rossel
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Omega Esports roamer Ribo shared his thoughts about online banter in the MLBB community.
Ribo believes that trash-talking should motivate players to improve.
According to the veteran player, this dynamic has made players increasingly cautious about their banter.

One of the legendary veterans of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) esports, Carlito "Ribo" Jr., offered insights into the evolution of banter within the gaming community, contrasting the traditional online trash-talking with the contemporary banter prevalent in today's esports scene. As per the seasoned player's perspective, engaging in banter within video games ought to serve as a catalyst for motivating players, rather than resorting to hurling derogatory insults. Ribo further emphasized that banter originating from toxic fans has been particularly distasteful, describing it as "hitting below the belt."

Ribo talks about the evolution of online banter in the MLBB community

Online banter, commonly known as trash-talking, is a staple element of competitive gaming culture. Fans engage in written or verbal exchanges to express their support, critique, or camaraderie, contributing to the electrifying atmosphere of esports competitions.

However, there are instances where such banter can escalate and lead to unsavory comments and toxicity.

Through an exclusive interview with AFK Gaming, the current roamer of Omega Esports and an MLBB Hall of Legends inductee, Ribo, shared his thoughts about the significance of such interactions in shaping the esports landscape. According to him, trash-talking before was more tamed and was used to motivate opponents into doing better.

"Previously, our trash-talking was confined to players. It was done to instill confidence... like 'I'm being trash-talked by Ribo, I need to step up my game so I can also engage in trash-talking with him'," he explained.

Ribo talks about the evolution of online banter in the MLBB community

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Ribo is currently the roamer of Omega Esports in the ongoing Mobile Legends Professional League Philippines (MPL PH) Season 13. The seasoned veteran played his debut match against ONIC Esports on the first day of the second week where the team unfortunately lost with a 0-2 score.

Expanding on his statement, the Hall of Legends inductee noted that fans are now actively participating in banter between players or teams, sometimes leading to situations spiralling out of control.

“Right now, it’s kinda hard to trash-talk, because the fans are getting involved in the banter. Everything’s involved in the banter, even the ones that are ‘below the belt’ and unrelated to the player banters,” Ribo expressed.

According to the veteran player, this dynamic has made players increasingly cautious about their banter, both within the game and on social media platforms.

As the esports landscape continues to evolve, the role of trash-talking in the MLBB community remains a subject of scrutiny and adaptation. While it can serve as a source of motivation and camaraderie among players, the emergence of unsavory comments underscores the need for responsible engagement.

MLBB fans and esports enthusiasts should foster an environment where banter uplifts and inspires, fostering a community built on mutual respect and appreciation for the craft.


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John has been reporting developments on major mobile MOBA titles such as Mobile Legends, Wild Rift, and Arena of Valor for over two years. He also understands and follows various other PC/Mobile games such as League of Legends, Crossfire, Warcraft and more.

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