I know that nothing is static, especially something as huge as the mood of a community.
When you start thinking of the collective mood of the internet community, you then have an exponentially wider span between positivity and negativity.
I understand there will be an ebb and flow to things (moods, opinions, and life), but lately, I’ve seen far more negativity online than positivity, and that’s concerning.
Saying these things, I am not necessarily referring to the community on my website, though that also goes through an ebb and flow of various things (e.g.: views, comments, likes). I am referring to something I’ve noticed about the online gaming community in general: it seems to be going through a collective cranky.
Please make no mistake: I know there are still lovely and wonderful people out there, but the negative ones seem to be getting louder and more numerous, and that’s concerning.
I have never been someone who is content to just let things be, especially if they aren’t great. If I see a situation that needs righting, I often find myself trying to do so in a diplomatic way. Does this mean I don’t get irritated or frustrated or opinionated? Of course it doesn’t. I can be all those things.
I just try not to infuse the internet with them.
I know there are certain websites that are known for their toxic communities, but there is at least one on the other end of that spectrum, and I had been quite active there. Lately, it’s been increasingly full of vitriol, and that concerns me. For many reasons.
Gaming is a glorious thing. It brings people together. It allows us all to have extraordinary experiences we could never have in any other way.
And, to me, gaming is inclusive.
The gaming community should be inclusive.
I’m not saying people shouldn’t have differing opinions (of course they should!), but my concern comes from the expression of those opinions. When people quickly shift into name calling, public rants, and snarky banter, I start to get concerned.
How many times have I already used that word in this piece?
Gaming is what you want it to be. It’s accessible to more people than ever. It can be a wonderful thing, and there’s room for everyone. So let’s all extend an olive branch to our fellow gamers and try to be a bit more understanding, shall we?
If there is an article online about something you dislike, why read it and comment something negative about it? Why not focus on the zillion other games out there you are interested in and comment on those? I’m not saying people shouldn’t dislike things, I’m just saying, why put more negativity out into a space that’s intended to be a positive atmosphere?
I know the internet allows everyone a public voice, I’m just saying perhaps folks should think about what they want their voice to bring to the world. Do you want to bring a little more positivity and objectivity? Or do you want to bring a spike of negativity to the tone of the community?
The decision is that easy.
I recently allowed that same negative tone to keep me from my favorite online gaming community and that was a mistake. By avoiding the issue, I wasn’t doing a thing to turn it around. But that changes now. I’m not a great example of much, but if I can bring a bit of an even keel to something, then by all means, I will.
I’m grateful to be a part of the gaming community, and I hope the positivity famine turns into a feast. We all come here to celebrate something we love. Let’s keep that in mind.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, friends. I wish each of you a glorious weekend of gaming. Cheers!