Welcome to the first of the FlashBang series. A collection of posts highlighting some well known – and some not so well known – aspects of gaming. They’re all open for debate and we welcome your thoughts and feelings if you wish to get involved.

So without further ado, our first topic, trash talking.

We have all been there, in the middle of a game and one of the opposition decides to take it upon themselves to tell you how great your mum was in bed, or how crap your clan is, blah blah you get the picture. It’s mostly common sense that these things are said to get a reaction from you which in turn is likely to put you off your game. It’s also common sense that ignoring it is the best thing to do but it can be hard when someone has just wished all the cancers in the known universe upon you. But you know what, it’s a massive sign of weakness, something extra on top of their skills that they don’t 100% believe are good enough.

Have you ever noticed that good players on Twitch or YouTube don’t trash talk? And furthermore when they get killed they just chill because they know it’s not the first time they will be killed and it’s certainly not the last.

Next time on FlashBang we will be talking about the importance of wearing the right underwear when gaming.