34 thoughts on “Yup.

  1. Yeah, I was reading this and thinking about Mommy Wars, the NFL, the weather, superhero movies… I mean, the third rail is pretty much everything right now. That said, as a game dev, I’ve done lots of lectures and presentations and colleges and universities and industry events, and it’s always been cool. Everybody’s there to learn and ask good questions and network. Then again, I don’t do much discussion about video game development online, but that’s mostly because I don’t come here to talk about my job, I come here to talk about heavy metal and wizards and dragons and shit like that…

  2. For what it’s worth, I don’t know how much ruining the nerds are really getting up to when it comes to the Mommy Wars or sports-related acrimony. I mean, it’s more like “people ruin everything,” you know? Pick the most un-nerdy topic you can think of, stake out a position, post it on social media, and wait for the firestorm, right? Form an opinion on a pop singer — prepare for the scorching of earth, one way or the other.

  3. It’s a relatively small number of assholes (this isn’t a popular opinion, but there are a bunch of them on the left was well as the right*) who are over-represented in their mouthiness, and they drag otherwise decent people into thinking that this sort of childishness is OK.

    We just need some kinda of baseline rules of acceptable behaviour. Seriously; doxing (unless someone is actually a murderer or sex-offender), threatening people (especially with violence/sexual violence, getting people fired (unless they are actually hurting people), just make that shit unacceptable.

    *Seriously, I used to always see hateful mad comments from the right (random racism and insanity), then the alleged left joined in with trying to ruin people (who had sometimes actually said or done something pretty stupid), then the right joined in with with trying to ruin people, then it just deteriorated.

  4. Rafael Chandler “Then again, I don’t do much discussion about video game development online, but that’s mostly because I don’t come here to talk about my job, I come here to talk about heavy metal and wizards and dragons and shit like that…”

    And pugs.

    Seriously I can’t fucking blame you for not getting into this online.

    I sometiems forget that you work in that industry, you must be just “shit I hope these people don’t notice me”.

  5. While it may be a small number of buttdarts causing the problems, they’re still the vanguard of most online communities in my experience. The how-dare-yous and the you-idiots will come out in force the second you fail at the secret handshake

  6. I’ll agree with “people ruin everything”, with the caveat that nerds are particularly adept at ruining things. I chalk it up to people in general feeling like they’re not being heard in their lives. Today’s society is simply too large for the average individual to really stand out in the crowd, and media makes people feel like they should stand out. Posting online provides a type of feedback folks don’t often get in their lives – it provides clear confirmation that your voice is showing up in the discussion (any discussion) because you can see it, it’s there on the forum\thread. That compels people to share lengthy, pedantic diatribes about how they feel and what they think about whatever thing people are paying attention to right now (like this one).

  7. should stand out. Posting online provides a type of feedback folks don’t often get in their lives – it provides clear confirmation that your voice is showing up in the discussion (any discussion) because you can see it, it’s there on the forum\thread. That compels people to share lengthy, pedantic diatribes about how they feel and what they think about whatever thing people are paying attention to right now (like this one).]]>