By Deusoma 0 Comments
Okay. Gonna come clean. Earlier this year (it's still 2009, right?), I saw that someone had created a concept page here on Giant Bomb for the act of a character swallowing another character whole.
Alright, good call, that actually happens more often in video games than I'd thought.
The problem was that this person had chosen to title the page "vore". Because I am familiar with many varieties of Internet perverts, I am aware that "Vore" is shorthand for "vorarephilia",a bizarre fetish where the person gets off to the idea of themselves either being devoured by a much larger creature, or devouring a much smaller creature. (I can even tell you that there are "soft" and "hard" variants that mostly differ by whether or not chewing is involved. Lovely.)
So I saw that this was stupid, and assumed that the page would be deleted within days. So, for no other reason than to annoy whoever had created the page, I changed the blurb to one more accurate to vore's actual meaning. And I quote...
"Vore" is an internet term for a sexual fetish for the act of a creature swallowing someone else whole while they are still alive. The act is also seen in many video games, in a decidedly less sexual manner.
Like I said. I was bored, I figured that the page would be gone in a few days, and even if it wasn't I assumed that the person who started the page would angrily change it back as soon as it was noticed. A little harmless fun, a joke, a shenanigan, a monkey-shine.
As it turned out, that wasn't how it went down. The very next day*, Giant Bomb's own Dave Snider, a secondary member of the Bomb Squad, posted a feature called " I Love Giant Bomb", featuring a list of several pages that amused him. And wouldn't you know it, there, right at the top of the list, was my mocking blurb for Vore, complete with accompanying picture and amusing subtitle.
I Love Giant Bomb was apparently meant to be the first of an ongoing series highlighting the Giant Bomb community, but as far as I know, that was the only instalment ever. But the damage had been done. By bringing my sarcastic alteration to the attention of a community that otherwise wouldn't care about the Vore page one way or the other, not only was it guaranteed that the page would never be deleted, it was also guaranteed that my stupid blurb, which people seemed to think was hilarious, would never be replaced.
That was back in April. Now it's December. The page, blurb intact, is still there. And it isn't going anywhere.
So yeah. The ridiculous blurb on the Vore page? That was my fault. I made a silly joke that somehow caught the attention of someone much awesomer than I, and it ended up sticking. I never meant for that to happen, and I apologize. Not that anyone will accept my apology, they all seem to think that my alteration improves the Wiki somehow.
Just goes to show how weird we here at Giant Bomb really are, eh?
*it might have actually been a few days later, I don't remember, but "the very next day" sounds better, don't you think?