While the Runescape community has most definitely improved over the last decade or so, there are still some troubling individuals walking. For one thing, some of the diehard and elitist players will verbally humiliate others, sometimes even to the point of severe bullying. New members can be attacked simply for being new.
The fans have also been known to exploit in-game mechanics for their own personal gain. The constant whining about the game dying doesn’t help either, especially when the vocal players are so unwelcoming and hostile.
While we’re sure most of Runescape players are delightful and the toxic ones are a vocal minority, they’re more than enough to make us stay clear.. and let’s not even talk about the time commitment you would need to even become slightly good at this game.