Thing is, there have been some subtle changes to the general direction in the last year or so. Retrogaming is starting to broaden and evolve, old IP is being re-released on new platforms, games are being re-made, online services and friends lists are bringing back the old high score challenge and gaming with friends mentality, with platforms like the iPhone, XBLA, PSN and Wiiware there's a whole new wave of games being produced with old school values and mechanics. Consoles that many of us consider contemporary are already another generations retro machines, the mag is featuring new as well as old content. IMO this is all a good thing, there's never been so much choice or so many ways to play. This move toward the mainstream means the forum is less niche, new people are taking an interest, existing users are increasingly using modern hardware to get their retro fix and the content of the threads reflects that.
Having a read through, there's still a pretty firm traditional retro focus to most threads in the Retro oriented boards, but there's also a lot more discussion on new platforms, this is perhaps because more and more people are rediscovering their interest in actually playing retro games with the current gen machines.
TBH there's been a lot of discussion of cliques and groups and such for a long while now, but the fact the forum content and mag have evolved so much in the last year or two kind of points in the opposite direction, if anything the broadening of topics to include contemporary platforms and new retro inspired games can only serve to attract new members. Its OK that some people know one another, play games together, meet up, send each other gifts, do deals, have 'in' jokes and so on. Why people think that's a bad or exclusive thing I don't know, I don't really see how the forum would be any better for other users in its absence since its not hurting or offending anyone. Similarly I think the forum is in far more danger of becoming an insular, cliquey closed shop spiralling in ever decreasing circles if its strictly limited to 'retro' chat and 'retro' machines with anything else being banned. Certainly the boards would be a far more barren place nowadays after so many years of discussion on the subject.
What I would like to see an end to is the backhanded sniping in threads. A number of users seem prepared to make derogatory comments about other users directly and publicly in threads (regardless of wether the point is justified or not) without actually addressing it with them directly beforehand, thereby absolutely guaranteeing that user will see it and an argument will kick off.
Generally speaking if I have a specific problem with someone or something they've posted beyond wanting to venture a different opinion, I'll PM them and have a discussion rather than making a snap decision about their judgment, behaviour or personality and posting it for all to see online. Its akin to gossiping about someone rather than having a polite word personally beforehand. Its a bit craven TBH, I don't like it, and it never, ever leads to a positive outcome for either party, so what's the f**king point, beyond wanting to deliberately start a public row?.
If you have an issue with someone, chuck them a PM, don't be abusive, be honest. If you don't feel comfortable PM'ing them directly, contact me and I'll moderate (the clue is in the title). If its not something you can or want to resolve then use your foe list.
Its perfectly easy to disagree with someone without being offensive or personal in a reply, and if you don't want just anyone to venture an opinion about something you've posted, then don't post it on a public board, if you aren't interested in allowing people to have a different opinion to something you've posted, then don't post it on a public board, if you can't deal with honest criticism or opposing points of view without taking things personally then don't post on a public board.
Generally we're all adults here, the number of people I've seen over the last few months, exchanging unpleasantries and calling each other names is bizarre behaviour to say the least, and something I'm pretty sure no-one would indulge in in real life, as an adult as you would be aware it just makes you look silly to anyone within earshot.
Everyone has off days, might be a little drunk or otherwise just be having a bit of a stinker. Its to be expected and we all suffer from it at one time or another. Just lately for some reason though it seems to have been dialed up to 10. Maybe the moon is moving into a new phase or something.
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