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Posted on Apr 20th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (monkees19)
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Ah, video games. I love em. Love playing them and collecting them. I think that is obvious considering where this is being posted. I love watching my kids playing and seeing their eyes light up when they discover a new one.

But, what I don't get is how defensive and combative people get when you do not prefer the same gaming platform that they do. You are labeled a fanboy (I HATE that word.) No matter how right you are, you're wrong. Such is the way of the Internet. Listen, you're entitled to your opinion just as much as I am.



I bring this up because I recently got into an Internet fight with someone in the comments section on another site. No name calling and it didn't get petty, but I found myself in a day and a half long fight with someone who I did not know, about a subject I am well versed in and have much experience with. The article was about the rumor that Nintendo was shutting down production of the Wii U. Long story short, I was able to cite facts with reference and was basically met with a raspberry. Why did I do this? Why did I bother to take time out of my day to even try to reason with someone who did not know what they were talking about? I have no idea and I still haven't quite figured it out...

For some reason, I felt compelled to sit back and reel off countless facts about the system and the company I know and love. I guess it kinda falls into most any other argument one could have over anything, like Pepsi or Coke? The difference, to me at least, is that when it comes to gaming, the major companies are more alike than they are different. They seek the same ultimate goal and that is to please their fan bases. Some of those fan bases are smaller, but no less defensive. I want to live in a world where an announcement is made and it is met with critical thinking instead of outright hate, not even at the article itself, but even those commenting. From now on, I will stick to the sidelines and ignore the comments section altogether. Better for my psyche.

I never experience that here, thankfully. I see no change in that. It's about respect and unfortunately very few other places are held to the same high standard that we have here. I just hate that it's hard to have a meaningful, healthy discussion about the same universal umbrella they fall under. Games.

I haven't written a blog post in over a year so hopefully I didn't ramble on too much and made some sense. Had to get it off my chest I suppose.


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Rumours, opinions, and biases outweigh facts on the internet. It's best to avoid situations like that, but I can see why you would want to defend something close to your heart.

There's no harm in venting. Have a good one, Monkees. Smiley
 
I can't see Nintendo ending production until next year at the earliest myself.
 
I had heard similar things, regarding the WiiU, in the past couple weeks. I didn't look into it myself, but I believed what I had heard. It would not be surprising if the WiiU did end production this year. Seems like 3ds and Amiibos, are what have kept Nintendo afloat.
 
I have avoided those conversations online. I like having them in person at the store though. Found people more willing to engage and change stances (myself included) when the debate is face to face.
 
I can dig it, monkees.  I think most of us have had similar experiences on the Internets.  My personal philosophy on stuff like this is to accept, even if I cannot understand.  And double what Crabby said in the comments.  Anonymity does so many strange things to a person, almost like it creates mod-like behavior, I think, but when alone most people revert to their own personality.  I'm not saying that I believe people are generally good in nature ('cuz I don't), but most people are at least willing to be reasonable in person.

 
I totally hear you. I generally do the same thing and don't even bother looking at comments to avoid the cesspool of immaturity and baseless fanboyism. That said, it's a shame that that same inaction allows the vocal minority to shine even brighter. It's a constant push/pull I feel, where I want to add some positivity to the discussion, but then I see all the rabblerousing and downright viciousness and end up backing away
 
[img width=300 height=330]http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/duty_calls.png[/img]

As soon as conversations (real, on the 'net, in my head) turn away from critical or lucid discussion into vapid sarcasm or needless negativity, I immediately start to extricate myself, even if I began said discussion.

'aint got no time fo that.  And there are much better, healthier conversations to be had, usually with a different person/group.

Easy trap to fall into, though.
 
Yeah, I think your situation can be applied to any online community, whether it be forums, social media, or the comments section of videos.  I'm constantly surprised (or really not so surprised anymore these days) that people hide behind avatars and write some of the things they do. In the famous words of one Wayne Campbell, "Kiss your mother with that mouth?"  I know that Pam (whose YouTube videos I watch and who I follow on Twitter) has had some "unreal" comments posted about her. It's quite disturbing.

I'm glad you were at least able to keep your disagreement civil, but yeah, I use to find that getting involved in these types of arguments was just an incredible waste of time.  I'd not only respond, but sit around and wait for them to respond. I finally realized that you can never get that back, so why even bother.

Going off something you mentioned, I have always found disagreements in this community civil, light-hearted, and open-minded.  It's probably the reason that this is the primary community that I have chosen to be a part of.   
 
I 100% agree. I never, ever find that here. I find myself now just reading the article, and moving on to others, instead of scrolling down the comments.
 
I thought internet rule #1 was "Never feed the trolls." Not worth it, but it is mighty tempting sometimes.
 
I've seen a lot of what you speak of on Twitter, and on various gaming sites, as well as on Facebook.  Not to over-generalize here, but a lot of younger gamers have an entitlement mentality that stems from a more systemic shift in the culture over the last decade or so, and that translates into a lot of "know it all" attitudes, as well as people being quite to hate on something if they think it will give them "cred" to do so.  I'm approaching 40 over the next year, and I proudly own and play my Wii U, and will continue to do so as long as it works, I have fun games to play, and it continues to be a rewarding experience for me.  Will I buy a PS4 or Xbox One at some point?  Probably, but not until I feel like I "have" to have one.  Otherwise, I ignore the Nintendo haters, just like I ignored the kids at school who thought I was lame for getting a Sega Genesis when the SNES was just coming out, and when most of them were getting out of games and trying to get into sports instead.  I didn't care, and I did my own thing, and it ended up being the right choice for me, because I've had years of fun and enjoyment from my Genesis.  Let the "haters" continue to spew their venom, and just stand clear of it when it comes your way, smile, and move on.

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