It seems the first time I posted this it was an utter fail, and as such, I have rebuilt, reworded, de-dicked, de-Ellipsed and I promise that other than the title and just now, this post is lacking any mention of my girlfriend. (It seems that was upsetting a few folks.) If you want to read the train-wreck that was my first post, it's the one directly below this one. Cheers, here's hoping this time we can incite some positive feedback.
There's one thing we have that our parents didn't have, the Internets. The World Wide Webs are as of late, the great melting pot that the rest of our geographical, social, academic, -insert another all-encompassing word here- failed at being. It is the place were we all hang out, a millenia of forums and websites that appeal to all walks of life, fill up the awesome cosmos that is... the intertubes.
But there IS one thing I often notice, just like our regular life, people on the internet have opted for being dicks to each other. Particularly on sites filled with (for lack of a better word, social outcasts. Some of you (not ALL of you) tend to behave - with what I will call: Social Contempt.
In a virtual world in which we can be whomever we want to be, we often find solace in harassing (through the veil of anonymidity (sp) no less) those who happen to be our internet peers. There is a movement, often amongst us geeks, in which we choose to be assholes. Any and all possible opportunities to attack verbally or to catch someone on a mistake is immediately whisked.
As a fellow D-Toider, you couldn't possibly fail at posting your thoughts, because they
are out there, and they
will immediately point something out.
I don't get it, what happened?
Some call it trolling, but I refuse to believe that there are any on this site, after all, everyone here is a smart kid. Trolls however, well, I don't know who these people are, and I'd like to think they're kidding. Because someone couldn't possibly be so dumb or vapid.
But the people I want to talk about, are those of you who couldn't possibly let something like this go un-mocked - and read that well, un-MOCKED, not objectively criticized or with an opinion as to how to fix it, but rather mocked:
Mageman Two was a great Super Nintendo title.
Could you stop yourself from calling me out on that? Can you stop yourself from correcting me without saying it in a berating way? Oh MY GOD, can you stop yourself from telling me that I 'fail' at grammar, console, and sequel number? Is that possible?! Huh?! Huh?! (Yes, that is a moment from the 3rd in the series, it's Mega Man and it was released for the NES.)
If you couldn't muster a constructive way of doing so, then, you sir, could very well be an asshole. Or maybe you just like mocking people in general. This is your domain, and this is where you rule. Out there you have little power, but here? Oh man - oh man. Nobody could be in such a regarded throne, such as you: King-dick. Here's hoping the opposite was true.
Fact remains: I don't know you and you don't know me. Yet you still find it suitable to point out why I fail. Face to face, that'd be a different story. So. My question is, why not here as well?
It seems, my friend, that what we need are some protocol droids...
Guys, I'm here for the community and the love of games. Not to be harassed by 13 year olds with a higher knowledge of videogames. I'll even be honest, I take no pleasure in being a dick to ANYONE. But when someone acts that way towards me I just can't help myself - and out comes mouth diarrhea.
I even admit it: I'm not very good at gaming. I'll even admit, I may have very little in terms of GAMING to share with you, cause you probably already know anything I read on the internet a few hours ahead of myself. And yes, I STILL want to be a part of this. Yet, no matter how awesome I lay down the sweet sweet track, there's always some asshole taking a shit on my cereal.
It never fails. I post some random thought or rant, and next thing you know: Your Post is Lamezors, Goodbye!
But I'm not worried about me, I'm worried about the poor sods who are already a tragedy - give those poor saps a break. Try and be more welcoming. As it plays out, you can often tell the maturity of the people in this community. There's those who don't bother with comments or even reading our posts, simply because it becomes unbearable to witness. And there are those who find comfort in numbers. Please don't make this another High-School experience.
Why can't we all just get along... why can't they just cease to be assholes?
You can be an asshole to me ANY day, because while I would love for the way things are to change. For this to be a much more open and welcoming environment, it seems only the social-contemtuous faux-elite will survive it. So in all honesty, fine. If they
want to play that game, then let's do it. I can be as much an Asshole as they claim to be. Just make sure you let me know you had some tears building up, I love that shit.
But leave the little ones alone, they don't deserve it.
A (different) sweet times image... for your troubles.