The Gaming Community is pretty bad (horrible) right now
The Gaming Community has been on the decline for quite sometime. So much so that it earned a page on Toxic Fandoms and Hatedoms Wiki. I saw that ThunderKat made a blog on AAA Gaming and that kind of inspired me to make this, so shout out to him. I thought it would be appropriate that since we have gone in depth of what's wrong with the gaming industry that we also look at its own community. This community has so many flaws, I think I might go insane just thinking about the problems, so...yeah. Here are some of the main issues:
1.If It's Not White, Male, or Sexy Then It's Political: This community has attracted the attention of racist, misogynist, transphobes, homophobes, ect. The amount of times where I saw some 40-year-old virgin bitch about how he's not going to play a game because you play as a female is countless. Many believe that any game that has someone that is black or female or that isn't heterosexual is pushing an SJW agenda. The best example is The Last of Us 2 where lots of E P I C G A M E R S were making up the fact that a character named Abby was transgender; this was made up primarily because they believed that a woman who has an established workout schedule can not be buff in a post-apocalyptic world. There also is the case of "if they aren't sexy they're not female". This can also applied to the Abby case since people were making stuff like this. Not to mentioned when people got upset because this animation was removed from Street Fighter V and the whole thing with Dark Queen from Battle Toads. The whole thing about politics is stupid, not just for what I've already mentioned, but stupid in the sense that many in the community don't want politics in games despite people like The Act Man who made a whole video on why games should stop being political, but then made a video on why Bioshock is masterpiece despite being based around Objectivism. Not to mention the Metal Gear series, which is one of the most politically driven game franchises out there that to this day doesn't get any flack at all for being political.
2.Circlejerking: If there's one thing that can be agreed upon, it's the fact that the community is knee deep in circle jerks from hating EA like it's the Anti-Christ to worshiping CD Projeckt Red like it's the second coming of Jesus. I don't like EA, Activision, micro-transactions, or loot boxes as much as the next guy, but when you constantly go on about how they are one of the worst thing to happen to mankind then that's a problem. I believe this started around the whole loot box thing with Battlefront 2 and hasn't really toned down that much since. Then, there is CD Projeckt and The Witcher 3. There has never been in my nearly 20 years of life have I ever seen something be heralded so much so that you'd think the people who love it think it was the best thing since sliced bread. They treat CD Projeckt as if they're going to single-handedly save gaming and will attack and ignore any problems they have like how they treat their employees terribly or that they do crunch. The Witcher 3 is the same way. If you say one thing negative about it whether it be the movement or combat, you will be ridiculed with hate. It doesn't help that any time someone mentions an open world RPG they'll say stuff along the lines of: "It's not as good as The Witcher 3" or "Have you checked out The Witcher 3, it's amazing?". Currently, this circlejerking is still going strong as it was 5 years ago and people are already calling Cyberpunk 2077 "game of the year" despite not being out yet.
3.Nostalgiatards: This one is pretty obvious. There are so many people out there who like to believe that gaming has not been good for at least a decade. Obviously, this isn't true. Aside from the shady practices pulled by AAA game studios, gaming has been the best its ever been. More and more people are getting into to games and the industry is now worth billions. Not to mention that we can now make characters who almost directly resemble real people, environments that look realistic, top of the line voice performances, and so on. Saying that it hasn't improved but only declined is almost insulting to the people who strived to get gaming where it is today.
4.YouTubers: I want to bear in mind that I'm not saying that I dislike these people, but rather their content. The reason why I'm putting certain YouTubers here is because some of the stuff they make may have helped influence SOME of the above reasons. People like YongYea, Jim Sterling, LegacyKillaHD, The Act Man, and Crowbcat and so on have made content that reeks of trying to appeal to the gaming community in the worst way they can. While I have no doubt that they have good intentions, it doesn't dismay the fact that you'd swear their goal was to make gaming industry look as bad as possible. I have yet to see a Jim or Yong news video that is even remotely positive and the amount of times Jim says "AAA gaming" is so much that if you binged his videos and did a drinking game, you'd be dead. The same goes for Legacy and how he seems to have the need to cram every hated game studio in his thumbnails (Ex: EA, Activision, Blizzard, Bethesda) and I've already mentioned The Act Man, but he also seems to follow the circlejerk with "The Decline of Blizzard, Gaming, and Xbox" (bonus points for a lot of the thumbnails looking the same). Now, we come to Crowbcat, I hate his videos so much because of how you can easily tell that he is a clear nostalgiatard. Lots of his videos do the same of hopping on the bandwagon of what is being hated right now and making comparison videos of a franchise comparing the newest game with one of the older games in a franchise. Instead of giving legit reviews he just showcases small details no person would notice unless players were actively looking for said details. Like how trees burn down in Far Cry 2, but not in Far Cry 5 so FC 5 is bad, it's so stupid.
Before I end it I must give a recommendation to r/GamingCircleJerk. This subreddit much like r/MoviesCircleJerk and r/AnimeCricleJerk helps prove all my points and if you notice I used a lot of their posts in my points. They have a lot of great memes and you can have some really nice conversations with people who are just as passionate about gaming as you might be.
With that I'm done. I really hate what the community has come to and I wish I knew how to fix it, but unfortunately it seems like no one does. Thank you for coming to my TED Talk.