Yet another insightful post by Tobold, in part responding to a post by Klepsacovic on negativity in the MMORPG blogosphere. Tobold’s main point is that since every other hobby/activity that is represented on the Internet appears to draw people together, then why does the gaming genre, in particular, seem to breed such negativity and resentment between the various bloggers and even between bloggers and fans?
First thing to be said. It’s quite an assumption that other groups all get along. The sad fact is that they don’t. Not really.
Arguments and negativity abound in any group that allows for differing opinions. Hey, back in the day the Star Trek newsgroup had a huge thread devoted to the behaviour of a bottle of champaign in a micro-gravity vacuum. And I’ve seen no small web-rage in any number of programming forums.
Where people are, dissension occurs.
Having said that, I do agree on the main point. There’s too much negativity in the blogosphere, and there’s too much hatred directed at players who don’t fit into a particular play-style, or who like one game over another.
Does it matter if someone likes World of Warcraft the way it is? You’ve got Darkfall, Eve, Everquest, and a myriad other games available to play.
Does it matter if a casual player has a different path to get the same gear that you raided your arse off for? Really, does that lower your enjoyment of the game?
Does it matter if a hardcore player gets access to content that you, a casual player, cannot because they’ve done a ton of hard work? If you’re enjoying the content you do have access to, what does it matter?
Can’t We All Just Get Along?
I Love You All
I love reading blogs on gaming. I love seeing what others think of the different games, and different game mechanics. I enjoy the humour. And yes, sometimes I enjoy the conflict between different bloggers.
It doesn’t mean I agree with everything I read. Sometimes I read posts that make me shake my head, laugh at the inanity, or get a little hot under the collar. I move on when this happens, or make a remark.
I’ve met a lot of people online over the years, and have gotten along with most of them. There are people I love hanging out with in a game. And people I really enjoy grouping up with.
I love the gaming community, despite the bitching and negativity.
I love you all.