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#1 Posted by mikey87144 (1676 posts) -

If you don't believe me check the comments section of Brad's great review of Devil May Cry. You know your site is popular when people hate a review of a game they haven't even played.

#2 Posted by Winternet (8008 posts) -

Or very idiotic. One of those. (probably both?)

#3 Posted by RazielCuts (2942 posts) -
#4 Posted by mikey87144 (1676 posts) -

@Winternet said:

Or very idiotic. One of those. (probably both?)

The more smart people there are that discover the site the more... angry and idiotic people there are who follow.

#5 Posted by Salbert (40 posts) -

I'm worried about the growing popularity. I don't want the site to attract denizens of cesspools like /v/.

#6 Posted by Oldirtybearon (4611 posts) -

@Salbert said:

I'm worried about the growing popularity. I don't want the site to attract denizens of cesspools like /v/.

The hilarious thing about this mentality is acting like /v/ or any other message board is a hive mind entity. It's not. It's a forum comprised of many different people with a bajillion different opinions. Just like Giant Bomb.

#7 Posted by Bell_End (1208 posts) -

@Salbert said:

I'm worried about the growing popularity. I don't want the site to attract denizens of cesspools like /v/.

just glancing at said review comments, i think we are well passed that.

#8 Posted by Sweep (8830 posts) -

I liked Giant Bomb before it was cool.

*bans self*

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#9 Edited by CaLe (3916 posts) -

Wow, I didn't even notice until now how many comments that review has. What the hell happened in there? Did Brad talk about sexism or something?

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#10 Edited by Andorski (5206 posts) -

@Oldirtybearon said:

@Salbert said:

I'm worried about the growing popularity. I don't want the site to attract denizens of cesspools like /v/.

The hilarious thing about this mentality is acting like /v/ or any other message board is a hive mind entity. It's not. It's a forum comprised of many different people with a bajillion different opinions. Just like Giant Bomb.

It's not about being a hivemind. It's the ability of a small group of people being able to voice their ideas as if it's the majority and to stir shit up when it feels like it. Giant Bomb, as a forum and community, can do this - we just don't because the overarching mentality of this place is "we kinda don't give a shit." /v/, and 4chan to a larger extent, does pull this shit off on a regular basis.

[edit] Also, this site still isn't that popular, it just has an active userbase among it's regulars and casual visitors. TheVerge.com, a site bigger than Giant Bomb but still considered a small tech website compared to something like Engadget, can get a 2000+ comment section on an article about Android getting a small update on Samsung phones.

#11 Posted by CptBedlam (4449 posts) -

@CaLe said:

Wow, I didn't even notice until now how many comments that review has. What the hell happened in there? Did Brad talk about sexism or something?

He dared to give a really good game 5 stars. Can you believe that?

#12 Posted by AndrewB (7519 posts) -

@CaLe said:

Wow, I didn't even notice until now how many comments that review has. What the hell happened in there?

Humanity.

Humanity happened.

#13 Posted by Mirado (992 posts) -

Is a very popular what? Cheese? Car? Dance craze?

It's a very popular what? A VERY POPULAR WHAT? I NEED TO KNOW!

#14 Posted by Orbitz89 (229 posts) -

@Sweep said:

I liked Giant Bomb before it was cool.

*bans self*

Hey Sweep. How much does a hipster weigh?

AN INSTAGRAM! ha.

I'm sorry.

#15 Posted by Yummylee (21305 posts) -
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#16 Posted by TooWalrus (13140 posts) -

@Bell_End said:

@Salbert said:

I'm worried about the growing popularity. I don't want the site to attract denizens of cesspools like /v/.

just glancing at said review comments, i think we are well passed that.

No. No no no no nooooooo. Someone linked to an actual thread in /v/ last night 'discussing' the review. It was filled with nothing but personal threats threats of graphic violence, and insults consisting of nothing but profanity and and a shit ton of slurs of every flavor, directed directly at Brad. It's honestly not even close.

#17 Posted by Andorski (5206 posts) -

@Orbitz89 said:

@Sweep said:

I liked Giant Bomb before it was cool.

*bans self*

Hey Sweep. How much does a hipster weigh?

AN INSTAGRAM! ha.

I'm sorry.

How can a hipster lose weight? They can let go of their Macbook.

That sounded funnier in my head.

#18 Posted by DeF (4814 posts) -

@CptBedlam said:

@CaLe said:

Wow, I didn't even notice until now how many comments that review has. What the hell happened in there? Did Brad talk about sexism or something?

He dared to give a really good game 5 stars. Can you believe that?

Grab your torches and pitchforks and lets meet at the CBSi building in half an hour! Or lets wait until it gets dark to be even more dramatic.

The internet loves to go crazy when something is preemptively condemned, judged or deemed unworthy and then someone with access to a big platform goes against that opinion.

#19 Posted by Salbert (40 posts) -

@Oldirtybearon: I'm not talking about a generic "hivemind" mentality, I'm talking about an internet lynch-mob mentality composed of gamers who feel the need to go on a holy crusade against reviewers they disagree with. Go on /v/ nowadays and you see people complaining about "casuals" unironically and getting seriously pissed off that someone disagrees with them. These are the lowest common denominator of gamers.

#20 Posted by TyCobb (1951 posts) -

WTF is a " /v/ "?

I guess my gray hairs are replacing my awareness of stuff on the internet.

#21 Posted by Andorski (5206 posts) -

@TyCobb said:

WTF is a " /v/ "?

I guess my gray hairs are replacing my awareness of stuff on the internet.

4chans video game forum.

#22 Posted by Humanity (8874 posts) -

@Yummylee said:

@AndrewB said:

@CaLe said:

Wow, I didn't even notice until now how many comments that review has. What the hell happened in there?

Humanity.

Humanity happened.

Indeed, nice going

Fucking jerk.

This is just like prom night all over again!

#23 Edited by claybrez (74 posts) -

This whole thing depresses me deeply. I dont care if Brad was bought off, the people holding that opinion are acting just shameful. We can joke about the internet and how it's a hate machine, but it really is.

What does any of this accomplish? I'll tell you what: it gives a bunch of hateful, do-nothing people something to lash out at. Something to nonsensically demoralize until they feel they've elevated themselves to 'internet warrior of truth' status. All these people saying things like: "His lack of integrity must be questioned." Give me a fucking break. It's a videogame website, not the militaristic government of some impoverished nation. Get some perspective.

#24 Posted by planetfunksquad (401 posts) -

@TooWalrus said:

No. No no no no nooooooo. Someone linked to an actual thread in /v/ last night 'discussing' the review. It was filled with nothing but personal threats threats of graphic violence, and insults consisting of nothing but profanity and and a shit ton of slurs of every flavor, directed directly at Brad. It's honestly not even close.

Knowing the way /v/ works that thread will have 404'd by now, but I'd be interested to see an archive or some screen caps of it. I just wanna see it out of morbid curiosity. I want to know just how fucked we are as a culture.

#25 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

@Mirado said:

Is a very popular what? Cheese? Car? Dance craze?

It's a very popular what? A VERY POPULAR WHAT? I NEED TO KNOW!

Cheescar Dancecraze is my favorite nu-polka band.

#26 Edited by OfficeGamer (1087 posts) -

@Ravenlight said:

@Mirado said:

Is a very popular what? Cheese? Car? Dance craze?

It's a very popular what? A VERY POPULAR WHAT? I NEED TO KNOW!

Cheescar Dancecraze is my favorite nu-polka band.

And now my brain is sprayed all over my keyboard.

#27 Posted by Sgtpierceface (614 posts) -

@claybrez said:

This whole thing depresses me deeply. I don't care if Brad was bought off, the people holding that opinion are acting just shameful. We can joke about the internet and how it's a hate machine, but it really is.

What does any of this accomplish? I'll tell you what: it gives a bunch of hateful, do-nothing people something to lash out at. Something to nonsensically demoralize until they feel they've elevated themselves to 'internet warrior of truth' status. All these people saying things like: "His lack of integrity must be questioned." Give me a fucking break. It's a videogame website, not the militaristic government of some impoverished nation. Get some perspective.

Uhh, what? Who the fuck thinks Brad was bought off? At this point, if any single member of the Giant Bomb community thinks that any review of any game is artificially inflated, they need to get their heads checked.

Do they remember how this fucking site got started in the first place?

#28 Posted by Branthog (7349 posts) -

@mikey87144 said:

@Winternet said:

Or very idiotic. One of those. (probably both?)

The more smart people there are that discover the site the more... angry and idiotic people there are who follow.

I'm a proud angry idiot who discovered GB before there was a GB. :D

#29 Posted by MiniPato (2721 posts) -

@Sgtpierceface said:

@claybrez said:

This whole thing depresses me deeply. I don't care if Brad was bought off, the people holding that opinion are acting just shameful. We can joke about the internet and how it's a hate machine, but it really is.

What does any of this accomplish? I'll tell you what: it gives a bunch of hateful, do-nothing people something to lash out at. Something to nonsensically demoralize until they feel they've elevated themselves to 'internet warrior of truth' status. All these people saying things like: "His lack of integrity must be questioned." Give me a fucking break. It's a videogame website, not the militaristic government of some impoverished nation. Get some perspective.

Uhh, what? Who the fuck thinks Brad was bought off? At this point, if any single member of the Giant Bomb community thinks that any review of any game is artificially inflated, they need to get their heads checked.

Do they remember how this fucking site got started in the first place?

You mean Brad Moneymaker? Brad $hoemaker? I'll tell you what his initials stand for, and they aren't "Brad Shoemaker!" LET US SEE YOUR TAX FORMS MR. MAKER.

#30 Edited by Bumpton (441 posts) -

I love GB and it's really the only forum I've ever gotten slightly involved in. That said, one of my big rules is to never post in a review's comment thread and only read them for a laugh, especially for games like DmC that have a big internet cult following. This strategy has worked well for me.

#31 Posted by Petiew (1334 posts) -
@planetfunksquad: http://archive.foolz.us/v/thread/171480986/
#32 Edited by Bollard (5307 posts) -

@CaLe said:

Wow, I didn't even notice until now how many comments that review has. What the hell happened in there? Did Brad talk about sexism or something?

He pulled a Brad.

@planetfunksquad said:

@TooWalrus said:

No. No no no no nooooooo. Someone linked to an actual thread in /v/ last night 'discussing' the review. It was filled with nothing but personal threats threats of graphic violence, and insults consisting of nothing but profanity and and a shit ton of slurs of every flavor, directed directly at Brad. It's honestly not even close.

Knowing the way /v/ works that thread will have 404'd by now, but I'd be interested to see an archive or some screen caps of it. I just wanna see it out of morbid curiosity. I want to know just how fucked we are as a culture.

I saw that link and you're right, it had 404'd. Why does that happen? I know nowt about 4chan.

#33 Posted by ExplodeMode (852 posts) -

From the gaf thread:

#34 Posted by Panpipe (472 posts) -

Brad Shoemaker was an inside job.

#35 Posted by kermoosh (911 posts) -

i don't think it woud have a big impact on the community. We have a universal process on dealing with trolls, spam, ect.

also the fact that most of us speak properly and mature, it usually rubs off on others (disclaimer: not an absolute statement)

#36 Posted by MC_Hify (322 posts) -

Wow, I never knew people cared so much about Devil May Cry.

#37 Posted by jkz (4003 posts) -

@Sweep said:

I liked Giant Bomb before it was cool.

*bans self*

#38 Posted by chilibean_3 (1626 posts) -

Popularity leads to intimacy.

#39 Posted by BraveToaster (12590 posts) -

@ExplodeMode: What video is that gif from?

#40 Edited by kgb0515 (411 posts) -

That's funny. I just clicked on the comments link of the DMC review to see where things went, and it literally crashed my browser. It's most likely because I'm at work and they haven't upgraded their internet explorer version in 3 years, but it was still fitting. Things got ugly on there. Yeesh. Ok, now it just happened again! Something is fishy here. Wait....nope, our computers just suck.

#41 Posted by AckbarTheGreat (419 posts) -

@chilibean_3 said:

Popularity leads to intimacy.

FINALLY!

#42 Posted by benpicko (2002 posts) -

@BraveToaster said:

@ExplodeMode: What video is that gif from?

The last day of the Game of the Year videos.

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#43 Posted by Chtasm (446 posts) -

He should go back to making shoes.

#44 Posted by Nux (2308 posts) -

@Salbert said:

I'm worried about the growing popularity. I don't want the site to attract denizens of cesspools like /v/.

Thats why we have mods who know what they are doing.

#45 Posted by Tesla (1911 posts) -

It's like that one E3 podcast all over again when a bunch of kids around here first learned the phrase "corporate shill".

An unfortunate fact of life is that there just aren't any good communities of a substantial size on the internet. Too many meek individuals need a place where they get to be the tough guy and hurl insults over the least consequential things...like Brad enjoying the new Devil May Cry.

At least Giant Bomb has a small contingent of users that contribute interesting threads and discussions. But for the most part it is best to just ignore comments in general. Just like every other website.

#46 Edited by Draxyle (1798 posts) -

I take solace in the fact that maybe less than 1% of the viewers of Giantbomb actually post comments (as indicated by that other article Patrick and others tweeted sometime last week). So really, the people like us who actually post are the crazy outliers.

@ExplodeMode said:

From the gaf thread:

Amazing!

#47 Posted by EarlessShrimp (1632 posts) -

@Andorski said:

@Orbitz89 said:

@Sweep said:

I liked Giant Bomb before it was cool.

*bans self*

Hey Sweep. How much does a hipster weigh?

AN INSTAGRAM! ha.

I'm sorry.

How can a hipster lose weight? They can let go of their Macbook.

That sounded funnier in my head.

Or they can stop drinking PBR

#48 Posted by TooWalrus (13140 posts) -

@Draxyle said:

I take solace in the fact that maybe less than 1% of the viewers of Giantbomb actually post comments (as indicated by that other article Patrick and others tweeted sometime last week). So really, the people like us who actually post are the crazy outliers.

@ExplodeMode said:

From the gaf thread:

Amazing!

Heh, that is pretty great.

#49 Posted by Blimble (302 posts) -

I like how the thread has more people commenting that there are lots of people commenting than actually talking about the review

#50 Posted by Jimbo (9777 posts) -

Devil May Give A Fuck