So, what do you do when you run a community and some bugger keeps on popping up writing stuff you don’t like the sound of? You get one of your lackey’s to warn them of ‘trolling’ and then you ban them. As the laughable Zelda 8.8 incident of a fortnight ago shows, gamers are knee-jerk spoiled brats. It doesn’t really matter what the truth of the matter is – if they’re not hearing what they want to hear then they’re going to throw a tantrum. Apparently, in some corners of the internet bigotry, sexism, racism, making fun of crime, victims of crime, the terminally ill and the recently deceased is fine. Say too many negative comments about Nintendo and, all of a sudden, things get very serious. All that happy-go-lucky ‘It’s just the internet’ attitude evaporates and what’s left behind is a bunch of posturing kids taking things VERY seriously because they don’t like the facts and figures they’re being shown.

Now, in a mature and civilised arena there’d be discussion and an effort to understand the broader view.

That’s not the case in some areas. In spite of being someone who is in the position to offer gamers a wider, truthful and unique view of their ‘passion’ I trolled too many times by not bowing and scraping to Wiidophiles and their immature, nonsensical views and the mighty teenager whose ego runs a community I’ve given far more to than it deserves (considering the invasion of my privacy and my other sites they conducted) have seen fit that I must be done away with.

You see, fact has no place on gaming communities. Neither does criticism of Nintendo.

For all that I can offer (and have offered) I have committed far too many sins of outwardly not tolerating fools and refusing to suck down hype like the besotted chidren biting at my ankles.

What do stroppy teenagers do when when their more informed, more experienced, more impartial elders highlight the inadequacies of their behaviour?

They slam the door!

The gaming community never fails to show it’s intolerance and willful ignorance. It happened today, it’ll happen tomorrow. And those on the other side of the door will congratulate themselves on how clever they are for knowing how to slam it in the first place.

Here’s a little fact that I hope pisses off a great many of you: game developers rarely mix online with gamers because gamers can’t cope with being told some cold realities or having to deal with facts that burst their little bubble about what happens in the REAL world of videogames. Developers frequently mix with one another on communities – but they make damn sure that gamers don’t know where these communities are. They’ll just crash the party, shoot their mouths off and spoil it for everyone. Gamers show that, despite their apparent ‘love’ of games and ‘interest’ in gaming they’d rather kick those in the know out than tolerate a view that differs from their own.

Game developers, on the whole, really don’t mind being excluded from the ranks of mediocrity.

Tomorrow, another bunch of stroppy teenager-like gamers will do something equally stupid. And the day after. And the day after that..

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