As time goes on and people get older they change, or at least they should change and for me one of the things that has needed to change over the past few years is my attitude towards the internet. It seems like a very easy thing to say that you will take any piece of information on in a level headed way and to respond to it with only something that will add incite to an established debate, in reality it can be all too easy to simply be the person talking crap on the forums, spouting some half formed opinion you just thought of based on a half truth somebody else only half understood themselves.
When you’re young, or not in the games industry it doesn’t really matter, the internet will always be a place for anonymous people to vent their anger at the latest outrageous DLC, or to remind people how liking something that they themselves don’t like makes them inferior. But when you do work in the games industry, regardless of if you are a coder, animator, designer or even QA there comes a time when you have to realize you represent not only yourself but your company and as such saying nothing is always better than saying something stupid.
I’d like to point out before I go on that this isn’t me preaching to anyone, or trying to make some huge statement, it’s just justifying to myself why I think it’s time for me to stop posting on the forums. I’ve never gone online with the intention of being an asshole, and in real life I strive to be as nice to people as possible, but it would be stupid to let my online habits jeopardize my future in the industry.
Basically what I’m saying is I won’t be posting on the forums anymore, I may occasionally write a blog here or there, and I will still visit the site daily for videos and content.
If anyone wants to chat or keep in touch or whatever PMing me is the best way, after all I’m still going to be visiting daily, I’ll just be hopefully keeping my opinions to myself a bit better.