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#1 Posted by graniteoctopus (260 posts) -

ive spent a few days over there and christ ive never seen a bigger bunch of stuck up elitist jerks with senses of humor reading somewhere in the negative. makes me take this place for granted thats for sure
#2 Posted by Sinatra (213 posts) -

I never even heard of those forums before.

#3 Posted by DCFGS3 (1054 posts) -

About:
 
  Founded in 2005, The Escapist is a leading video gaming destination offering video game enthusiasts high-quality, innovative and exclusive content with a considered approach to its audience. The mouthpiece of the gaming generation, The Escapist aims to capture and celebrate the contemporary video gaming lifestyle and the diverse global video game culture by way of in-depth features, thought provoking articles and relevant columns authored by leading video game authorities, as well as cutting-edge video shorts, engaging forums and robust social media elements that incorporate the video gaming experience. 
 
Sounds pretty bloody elitist.

#4 Posted by graniteoctopus (260 posts) -

well i go there because of the video content which is pretty funny. its just the culture that surrounds it that makes me wanna spew.
#5 Edited by Sephiroth9997 (265 posts) -

Not surprised in the slightest.  Have you never watched zero punctuation?  I imagine most of their users are as cynical as that duder. 
#6 Edited by kingclaw (757 posts) -
@graniteoctopus:
I see the zero punctuation videos because they are fun as hell, but taking in consideration the opinions of the reviewer (don´t know his name), i can see the community on that site being just the way you describe it
#7 Posted by graniteoctopus (260 posts) -

again i mostly go there to watch his videos which are quite funny. also in his defense he isnt really like that he admits he over analyses because no one watches otherwise. its their strict rules and pretentions of maturity that got to me. every topic must have "potential for discussion"...what that actually means seems to change on a daily basis...but if you need a quick answer to a question, "hi guys will a ps1 controller work on a ps2" etc you will be placed on probation.   
not to mention that  you see endless topics that try to be insightful and poignant but in reality reek of trying way too hard to sound intelligent    

#8 Posted by ZanzibarBreeze (3069 posts) -

Nope. Haven't been around there. Not a big fan of the Zero Punctuation stuff.

#9 Edited by NoDeath (798 posts) -

Yeah, those guys are crazy strict about being clean on the forums. For example read this, specifically what corroded said (his last post is hidden so you'll have to click it to see it). Then note that he was perma-banned for his comments. Which isn't to say he wasn't being a bit of a dick but getting banned seemed way over reactionary for what he said.

#10 Posted by Andorski (5236 posts) -

Just judging by a quick browse through the Escapist forums, I think the 1UP boards still takes the cake.  Their Games board is very strict about what threads are made (e.g. any topic that has posters just listing stuff gets locked; topics that have been discussed - even if it was a year ago - get locked).  I once made a thread about a rumor and got chewed out by some of their forum veterans by not labeling said topic as a rumor.  Their NGR (Non-Gaming Related) board though is where the biggest cynics "hang out."  They take pride in thinking that they are truly better than everyone (including those who work at 1UP).

#11 Edited by WilliamRLBaker (4777 posts) -

lol your talking about escapist the least worthwhile and certainly least site to be warranted as a realistic or serious jounalistic source hell most of their hits come solely from ZP's critics about games. I don't think I've ever seen them actually break a news story before any one else in long time.

#12 Posted by Bones8677 (3224 posts) -

I go to the Escapist only to watch Zero Punctuation and Unskippable. Every now and then I look over at the forums, because the top forum posts show up on every web page. Man, there's some fraked up people over there. Gotta love that one thread made by some European 15 year old saying, "Why doesn't America dump the constitution? It's outdated, and shit." 

#13 Posted by DJL (202 posts) -

It's called the escapist forums because you'll want to escape as soon as you see it! 
 
*ba dum chi*

#14 Posted by Khann (2816 posts) -
#15 Posted by immike (714 posts) -

People usually act based on their surroundings. This place is no different. It's why I came here, because everyone acts pretty silly and laid back like the staff.

#16 Posted by lizcav (62 posts) -

The funny thing is though The Escapist..... never used to be like that... only in the past couple of years has it become elite-house for the mcelite.  
In close; because of the attitudes of some people, I haven't been on there in a good six months :/

#17 Posted by graniteoctopus (260 posts) -

good! for a while i thought i was alone
#18 Posted by Symphony (1912 posts) -

You know what's worse than elitist forum users? Forum users who talk trash about such forum users behind their backs on another forum.

#19 Posted by SonicFire (821 posts) -

Well, I do love the zero punctuation "reviews" (honestly though, they're just experiments in creative insults). Apart from that, the forums are almost laughable at times. 
 
However, I wouldn't say that the escapist is alone, and in fact, a disturbing percentage of the games press is way too obsessed with the  "games as art" perspective. I sometimes can't deal with the irrational love that people give to indie games, juxtaposed with the vitriol they'll show to anything with a mainstream tint. This is why I love the GB editors: they drop the pretension. I can't say that for many of the other podcasts that I subscribe to.  
 
But the day that game critics universally sound like music critics, I'm leaving the internet and going back to books. 

#20 Posted by EpicSteve (6479 posts) -
#21 Posted by Evilsbane (4578 posts) -

I stay away from those kind of sites, @NoDeath: And wow, just reading that short thread made me sick to my stomach, its bad when the "Editor in Chief" talks like a three year old and says "Wrong Answer" that community makes us look like a bunch of fucking saints.

#22 Posted by zudthespud (3281 posts) -
@Khann said:
"    Look at the posts that people were suspended for. Ok, 2-3 of them were rather short and could be taken as spam, but a couple of them were perfectly fine. What a ridiculous place. "
They suspend anyone who posts within 3 minutes of the video being uploaded because it's unlikely they watched the whole video. It's a really stupid system. I used to be a member there and got suspended for that.
#23 Posted by eclipsesis (1242 posts) -

People take Zero Punctuation well to seriously, i enjoy all of Yatzee video's despite if he is ripping into a game that i like, i don't care i still like the game, and in all honest the majority of the time he pretty much correct. 

#24 Posted by graniteoctopus (260 posts) -
@Symphony: 

You know what's even worse than forum users who talk trash about such forum users behind their backs on another forum? Forum users who indirectly insult other forum users because they're passive aggressive and don't have the balls to be direct.
#25 Posted by ArrenDusk (84 posts) -

Never check their forums, only for Unskippable which I find pretty damn funny.

#26 Posted by evanbrau (1162 posts) -

Zero Punctuation is the only funny thing on that site. The rest of the video content is complete trash the people who made it should be ashamed of and yes the forums are elitist as fuck. They also ran an article in defense of that "witch toucher" game and generally run articles that are what's wrong with video game media today.

#27 Posted by Drebin_893 (2906 posts) -
@NoDeath said:
" Yeah, those guys are crazy strict about being clean on the forums. For example read this, specifically what corroded said (his last post is hidden so you'll have to click it to see it). Then note that he was perma-banned for his comments. Which isn't to say he wasn't being a bit of a dick but getting banned seemed way over reactionary for what he said. "
Jesus Christ..... That guy did absolutely nothing.
#28 Posted by AestheticSynthesis (414 posts) -
@evanbrau: I agree.
If it Yahtzee didn't post his videos, that site would have gone down the shitter a while ago.
#29 Posted by VWGTI (1919 posts) -

They understand that the internet is serious business.

#30 Posted by uniform (1835 posts) -

Great site. I love Yahtzee.  I never bothered with the community, as my first exposure was pages of people begging for Yahtzee to review "Super Smash Brothers Brawl". For some reason this irritated me immensely, but hey, isn't that the goal of 90% of the internet?
 
Moderators do not  = Mature community leaders. Depending on the community, they're just posters like you or I, only they've received Mod powers some should not have. That first example, with the red card, was clearly the Moderator "getting off" on his Mod tools.

#31 Posted by Psych0Penguin (412 posts) -

I just watch the Zero Punctuation videos because that guy is hil-ar-ious!! 

#32 Posted by graniteoctopus (260 posts) -
@uniform:
no see the thing is that guy is the leader of that site! imagine if jeff pulled shit like that!
#33 Posted by uniform (1835 posts) -
@graniteoctopus: 
 
Oh, well that makes sense. His site, he does what he wants. That wasn't a very good way to represent his site, unless the user broke some exclusive escapist rule. In a case like that, if you really enjoy the community, your best option is to avoid conflict, or you can always kiss the ass of the Mods or Devs, like the majority of online communities, when these guys create, or pop up in a thread.
#34 Edited by Geno (6477 posts) -
#35 Posted by DragoonKain1687 (702 posts) -

I supposse they are Yathzee copycats. Still, I never liked that dude, and I seriously think that he has brain damage.

#36 Posted by Atlas (2435 posts) -

When Giant Bomb gets too silly, I go to the Escapist. When the Escapist gets too toxic, I come home to Giant Bomb. There's room in my life for both, but Giant Bomb is always top dog.

#37 Posted by blacklab (1538 posts) -

Not a fan of that place, people seem to take themselves a bit too seriously.  I do enjoy ZP though.

#38 Posted by graniteoctopus (260 posts) -
#39 Posted by Bwast (1342 posts) -

What's a forum?

#40 Posted by VWGTI (1919 posts) -
@graniteoctopus said:
" @Geno said:
"
" Just to let you guys know, there is a thread on the Giant Bomb forums that is critical of your community, specifically referencing the elitism and ridiculous ban in this thread.
Congratulations.

http://www.giantbomb.com/forums/general-discussion/30/man-has-anyone-here-been-on-the-escapist-forums-lately/390720/?
 
Haha.

"
ha look at the guys post count. 1. 1! i smell a traitor...ok, everyone put your blood in a petri dish, its time to do the heated wire test. "
Burn the witch!
#41 Posted by Godwind (2597 posts) -

 
 @Drebin_893 said:

" @NoDeath said:

" Yeah, those guys are crazy strict about being clean on the forums. For example read this, specifically what corroded said (his last post is hidden so you'll have to click it to see it). Then note that he was perma-banned for his comments. Which isn't to say he wasn't being a bit of a dick but getting banned seemed way over reactionary for what he said. "
Jesus Christ..... That guy did absolutely nothing. "
To be fair, his signature does look like piss potts.

It looks nothing like Russ Pitts.
#42 Posted by swamplord666 (1758 posts) -

Oh god... the totalitarian regime of the forum world! Also that mod needs to be stripped of his powers. He can't just wave the ban hammer at whoever annoys him!

#43 Edited by TheHT (11081 posts) -
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#44 Posted by graniteoctopus (260 posts) -

@Godwind said:

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 @Drebin_893 said:

" @NoDeath said:

" Yeah, those guys are crazy strict about being clean on the forums. For example read this, specifically what corroded said (his last post is hidden so you'll have to click it to see it). Then note that he was perma-banned for his comments. Which isn't to say he wasn't being a bit of a dick but getting banned seemed way over reactionary for what he said. "
Jesus Christ..... That guy did absolutely nothing. "
To be fair, his signature does look like piss potts.

It looks nothing like Russ Pitts. "


asking for it.

#45 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -
@graniteoctopus said:
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@Godwind said:

"
 
 @Drebin_893 said:

" @NoDeath said:

" Yeah, those guys are crazy strict about being clean on the forums. For example read this, specifically what corroded said (his last post is hidden so you'll have to click it to see it). Then note that he was perma-banned for his comments. Which isn't to say he wasn't being a bit of a dick but getting banned seemed way over reactionary for what he said. "
Jesus Christ..... That guy did absolutely nothing. "
To be fair, his signature does look like piss potts.

It looks nothing like Russ Pitts. "


asking for it.

"
Looks more like Puss Pitts to me.
#46 Posted by rjayb89 (7719 posts) -

Looks like Piss Pitts to me.

Online
#47 Posted by graniteoctopus (260 posts) -

maybe he'll start an account here and flag all these comments given he's clearly a sensitive little girl
#48 Posted by swamplord666 (1758 posts) -
@graniteoctopus: I welcome his fascist and precious behaviour! would be fun to demoralize him where he has no power ;)
#49 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -
@DCFGS3 said:
relevant columns
This is the part that confuses me. When have you ever seen a column or article that was irrelevant? "'Baking chocolate truffle surprises for your Valentine sweety'? What the shit is this, I want some fucking reviews!"
#50 Posted by Alex_Murphy (1184 posts) -

I've seen some of the guy's videos, but I didn't even know they had a forum.