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Posted by Soap (3575 posts) -

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.

#1 Posted by Soap (3575 posts) -

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.

#2 Posted by Sweep (8837 posts) -

I'm going to continue yelling at you on steam.

Moderator
#3 Posted by Sooty (8082 posts) -

Stop being a pussy.

Pretend to be a girl.

#4 Posted by Hizang (8533 posts) -

Aw man, gonna miss your awesome avatar.

#5 Posted by kmdrkul (3476 posts) -

SOAP! SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAP! Yuri, what did you do???

#6 Posted by Mmmslash (2167 posts) -

Bye, Soap!

This place isn't all that different than other game forums anymore, so I can see where you are coming from.

#7 Posted by MooseyMcMan (10814 posts) -

Come on, who is going to clean up the internet if Soap leaves?

Too much?

Good luck out there.

Moderator
#8 Posted by Barrock (3525 posts) -

Did you get a new job?

#9 Posted by whistlebottom (193 posts) -

Good luck, have Batman.

Online
#10 Posted by Jolt92 (1546 posts) -

It's a sad day for Giant Bomb.

#11 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

I'm sure everybody good use a good palette/attitude cleanser when posting on the internet. I'm in the process of trying to change my posting habits now.

#12 Posted by MacEG (253 posts) -

I don't understand what's going on. I see a tale of corporate espionage and double entendres but I don't understand!

#13 Edited by Soap (3575 posts) -

@Barrock said:

Did you get a new job?

I did, I'm working at a games company in the UK, it's a reasonably sized one, I wont mention it though, the less I say the better :P

@Mmmslash said:

Bye, Soap!

This place isn't all that different than other game forums anymore, so I can see where you are coming from.

It's not just a giantbomb thing, I really still love this site and it's community is better than most places, it's more of a change of internet usage in general, better to be a an observer rather than a commenter I thought, especially as my usual level of sarcasm recently has been bordering on just being plain rude to people.

@Sweep said:

I'm going to continue yelling at you on steam.

I know Sweep.... I know.

#14 Posted by Brodehouse (9760 posts) -

What kind of name is Soap?

#15 Posted by Arker101 (1474 posts) -

@Soap said:

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 can understand that and that's a wise decision to make. I will miss reading your opinions.

@whistlebottom said:

Good luck, have Batman.

#16 Posted by Jeust (10537 posts) -

Good luck with your new disposition. :)

#17 Posted by Still_I_Cry (2494 posts) -

I think posting your opinions is good.

You are inferior.

Goodbye infidel.

(Joking of course -_-)

#18 Posted by Alexandruxx (228 posts) -

Ok then, bye :-h

#19 Posted by Vexxan (4618 posts) -

@MooseyMcMan said:

Come on, who is going to clean up the internet if Soap leaves?

Too much?

Can't believe that made me chuckle.

#20 Posted by wefwefasdf (6729 posts) -

I understand where Soap is coming from. Hope to still see your blogs pop up every now and then!

#21 Posted by laserbolts (5317 posts) -

Peace dude good luck with your job.

#22 Posted by bombHills (632 posts) -

A sad day indeed, but I get why. Good luck with the job!

#23 Posted by OllyOxenFree (4970 posts) -

Deuces.

#24 Posted by Commisar123 (1790 posts) -

@Soap: Yeah I understand what you mean. As someone trying to get into games journalism its something I keep and mind and I'm trying to temper my arguments a little. that being said I think its okay to voice opinions others may not share as long as you do it intelligently and respectfully. Good luck though :)

#25 Edited by BlinkyTM (1054 posts) -

If you leave I will blackmail you with all the posts in your history!

When you least expect it...there will be an E-mail in your inbox with a copy of a letter I sent to your employer full of all your posts.

#26 Posted by dankempster (2252 posts) -

I completely get where you're coming from, Soap. The internet as a whole really irks me, and yet I seem unable to tear myself away from it. It's like driving past a bad crash on the motorway - you don't want to look, you know that if you do look it'll make you feel sick, and yet you look anyway. I'm also trying to cut down significantly on the time I spend on the Giant Bomb forums. It's been going well this past week, but it remains to be seen if I can maintain this level of commitment. I'm sure being unemployed doesn't help, either - as soon as I have something constructive to do during the day, I won't have an excuse to waste so many hours haunting sites like this.

Anyways, I wish you the best of luck in your job. Hope to still see you around the site, and I'll keep an eye out for those occasional blogs. Take it easy, duder.

#27 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -
I've been seeing you around since forever yet you never really were 'around' often, however I do remember generally liking your posts whenever you seldom posted. 
Either way, have a good one!  

 
@Mmmslash said:

Bye, Soap!

This place isn't all that different than other game forums anymore, so I can see where you are coming from.

How's that? 
 
 
@Brodehouse said:
What kind of name is Soap?
#28 Posted by coakroach (2490 posts) -

You'll be back... THEY ALL COME BACK

#29 Posted by bybeach (4770 posts) -

You can both be on the internet and still say nothing..you know that!

well I don't know you, but my advice is just seperate your job from the forums..You are right in one respect at least I'm sure, best they don't mix. Guess I could understand if in some ways things are getting on your head,..I have left another site or 2(non-gaming) for that reason.

That I do understand.

#30 Posted by Little_Socrates (5675 posts) -

See you, Soap. We'll miss you.

On a side note, sad that such a great username is going to leave us. We knew we had the authority on ultranationalists whenever Soap had something to post.

#31 Posted by Mmmslash (2167 posts) -

@AhmadMetallic said:

How's that?

Please keep in mind I am not making an attempt to sleight the community here.

That said, I feel like Giant Bomb's community hasn't been much different than any other site's, for a long time. Don't get me wrong, there are still people here who I think are great, but they mostly predate my arrival, or have been here for a very long time, at least.

The forums are full of spammers, of kids who can't spell, and Mods who act as if they are the Supreme Chancellor of Fun Time (No offense to the few I know do well, and the many more I don't know at all). It's clique-y like a High School lunch room like all forums get, and coming to them gets less and less enjoyable each time. Certain users post a ton of new, off-topic posts each day, clogging up any actual discussion with "Do you prefer sneakers or boots?" or "If I fell down a well, would you miss me?" polls.

Again, I am not trying to insult Giant Bomb, I've gotten hundreds of hours of entertainment from here, and I appreciate the folks who made that possible, but the forums feel like GameFAQ's Part Deux, and that is really bothersome, to me.

#32 Posted by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

Goodbye random internet duder.

#33 Edited by TheSouthernDandy (3841 posts) -

I get where you're comin from man. There are days I wish to asplode the internet. 
Godspeed. Best of luck on the job.

#34 Posted by RoboRobb (1051 posts) -

peace!

#35 Posted by Akrid (1356 posts) -

You were one of my first followers, so thanks for that! You and a few others were the reason I decided to stick around here. Whether that's a good or a bad thing, I'm still not sure.

#36 Posted by iam3green (14390 posts) -

well good bye. i hope your life is good.

#37 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

You will be missed, but I completely understand. One day I too shall leave from this place that we call the Giant Bomb forums. It is a sad occasion to be sure, but a sign that you have really and properly moved up in the world.

#38 Edited by Lunar_Aura (2779 posts) -

Why is it that the people who decide to leave the internet are the ones who should really stay? The ones you want to leave never, ever do.

#39 Posted by JackSukeru (5908 posts) -

Best wishes, and don't worry; there will be plenty of people around to post stupid stuff once you've stopped doing so, I guarantuee that personally.

#40 Posted by Cloudenvy (5891 posts) -

@Lunar_Aura said:

Why is it that the people who decide to leave the internet are the ones that should really stay? The ones you want to leave never, ever do.

Sorry, I'll leave now. : (

Even though I don't really know you Soap it's sad to see a good duder leave, good luck with everything!

#41 Posted by awesomeusername (4167 posts) -
@Mmmslash said:

there are still people here who I think are great, but they mostly predate my arrival, or have been here for a very long time, at least.

The forums are full of spammers, of kids who can't spell,
 
Certain users post a ton of new, off-topic posts each day, clogging up any actual discussion with "Do you prefer sneakers or boots?" or "If I fell down a well, would you miss me?" polls.

This! I've been here for a bit over a year and I don't remember having all these kid/spammers/trolls on this site. I wasn't able to get on here from February-June but when I came back, I started disliking the forums. So many of these threads are stupid/pointless/terrible and it just turns me away from posting much now. I can't stand the new users on this site, they bury all the good threads under their 'BF3 vs. MW3' and 'i hate this game becuz its gay' threads.
#42 Posted by MistaSparkle (2148 posts) -

We really need some sort of GB Community Year Book.

Good luck with the new jobby job!

#43 Posted by Athadam (684 posts) -

Although it's probably against forum/site rules, just make a new account and post anonymously using that one!

#44 Posted by CptChiken (1987 posts) -

Im sorry to see you go, especially because of your KICKASS avatar

#45 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -
@awesomeusername said:
@Mmmslash said:

there are still people here who I think are great, but they mostly predate my arrival, or have been here for a very long time, at least.

The forums are full of spammers, of kids who can't spell,
 
Certain users post a ton of new, off-topic posts each day, clogging up any actual discussion with "Do you prefer sneakers or boots?" or "If I fell down a well, would you miss me?" polls.

This! I've been here for a bit over a year and I don't remember having all these kid/spammers/trolls on this site. I wasn't able to get on here from February-June but when I came back, I started disliking the forums. So many of these threads are stupid/pointless/terrible and it just turns me away from posting much now. I can't stand the new users on this site, they bury all the good threads under their 'BF3 vs. MW3' and 'i hate this game becuz its gay' threads.
Question to both of you: What is your idea of an "awesome" Giant Bomb forum? highly-opinionated 100% well formatted and spelled topics dripping with discussion value? 
 
Not only would that be extremely bogus and tedious, but I got a news flash for you, the forums have had their share of silly spam (which I personally enjoy) since day 1. Threads discussing Hamburgers as a legitimate sandwich, threads about Snake's buttocks, and so on. 
 
These forums were never that serious or that intellectual, they've had their share of both kinds of topics and users, hell the community's favorite veteran user is Biff.. 
No offense but I think you're doing the "It's not the same anymore" routine just because it's fun to do it. The website is still great, the community is full to the brim with kind intellectual decent users, and those whom you call trolls and spammers are only the fun icing on the cake. 
 
Nothing wrong about a spam bot posting a weekly topic about the slutty clothes her "husband" objects to her wearing.
#46 Posted by Dooops (227 posts) -

I love you all! Ok maybe not all... most of you... some.... a few.. hmmmmm

#47 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8061 posts) -
#48 Posted by Klei (1768 posts) -

Whatever floats your boat, TC.

#49 Edited by Bucketdeth (8005 posts) -

I remember you from the beginning and how crazy the forums were back in the summer of '08. Everyone has different paths to take, I hope you find success in industry, and I hope to see some new blogs from you every now and then.

Take it easy man.

#50 Posted by Ramone (2960 posts) -

Bye dude. Have fun out there.