As some of you are aware, I recently wrote about how a ban on Red Faction in Germany was finally lifted. In my effort to spread the news to our readers, I failed to do some fact checking about the history of Germany's laws and the reason behind them. To make matters worse, I spread an ignorant and false claim in the comments about censorship on the part of the German government.
I'm not going to blame anyone else for this matter. GameSpot may have provided the initial story (and possibly some of the errors), but my lack of due diligence led to an explosion of hatred that I brought upon myself. All I've ever wanted out of writing for DToid is to spread news, review some games and create happiness for the community.
I'm not very astute when it comes to politics, nor am I caught up on every social policy in the world. I also don't know literally everything there is to know about gaming, as I'm only human. I do work a full time job (at which I've been doing six days a week for the past few months), so I often don't have the proper time to prepare stories as much as I would like. I want to get things out in a punctual manner and that has led me to making sloppy and amateurish errors.
The only thing I can hope for is that the community can forgive me for my transgressions. I'm not trying to stir the pot or ridicule others for a different line of thinking; I'm just a gamer who has strong opinions and often gets too excited for his own good. I like playing games, discussing ideas and trying to learn new ways to approach things; that sometimes leads me to being a bit authoritative in my stances as no one challenges me in my daily life.
I'm a loner who suffers from depression and has Aspergers. I've always had issues bonding with my peers and still struggle to make friends. I've turned to helping homeless people as they usually have the same kinds of issues I've dealt with my whole life. It brings me a lot of joy to be able to lift their spirits and change their lives in a positive manner. That is the same type of joy I want to bring to DToid.
As humans, the most we can ever hope for is to learn from our failures. People don't get rejected only to run away and seclude themselves; we take that failure and use it to fuel our passion for betterment. I will always do my best to remember how terrible I feel for letting you guys down with that post. I don't want to continue writing having ignored the mistakes I've done.