The Bethesda Fallout 3 forum can be a harsh place sometimes, Jonah”KamikazeKangaroo”Lobe took the opportunity given in this topic to ask for calm:
I hear Ralod, and I’ve got to agree with him. I hate seeing people flaming eachother in these forums, when the real issues are the game themselves. Fallout is obviously getting ridiculously controversial, but whichever side you’re on (pro or anti-Bethesda), it seems to me avoiding direct fights with people here seems counter-productive to any real debate, and, it seems to me, hurts whatever argument you’re trying to make.
I don’t mean to come in with any kind of holier-than-thou attitude, I just figured I had to join the ranks of those counseling calm, reasonable conversation.
I think I’ve just attracted the hatred of two dozen people
I hear you, Johan, and I’ve been saying the same thing for a while now, ‘cept that I always supplement it by saying “I don’t expect anything to change.” It’s generally better for your health if you do the same. It’s a sad situation, but it’s a nice stew this forum broiled up. A fairly hopeless one. People here are more interested in sniping at each other than discussing any game. Who cares about the game? This is internet anger here, way more important! How dare those NMA people/Bethesda fans have an opinion, I’ll teach them!
It’s “Jonah” Hahah, well put, well put. I suppose you’re right, as depressing as that might be… And on a personal note, None, I should say that I respect that, while you seem to lack confidence in our abilities and approach (which I hope to prove you wrong on, come Fall 2008), from what I’ve seen of your input, you’ve made good points and are blessed with the mental capacity for reason and analysis… things that are sometimes lacking in online forums.
This is not to put anyone else down, of course. I think the vast majority of forum readers – and posters – have a lot of interesting feedback and ideas, and present their hope and/or despair about the future of Fallout in reasonable, logical, convincing ways. I also want people to know that we Bethesda people visit the forums more than you know (but also tend to do little more than skim those posts that seem to be composed of nothing but unconstructive hatred), and we definitely appreciate that the Fallout fanbase hasn’t dwindled. It’s just too bad that a small, vocal minority tend to give the forums a bad name, spark conflict and anger, and imbue Bethesda people like myself with a deep aversion to wading in the murky, piranha-laden waters that is the Forums.
And, to come full circle with the thread, I personally have no idea why no Fallout Fansites weren’t invited… I certainly wasn’t involved in the decision-making process.