If it's any consolation, the status problem if not also the avatar one seem to be site-wide issues. Until it's fixed a possible workaround for your status issue is to link your Giant Bomb account to a Twitter and update it from there.
Even if we're averaging the amount of crazy between the number of people I still think it's the community, some of them in a good way, some of them in not such a good way. I think Jeff gives everyone a run for their money though.
Some interesting discussion happens on NeoGAF, but some wildly misguided posts also get made on NeoGAF. Don't take anything there as gospel. People seeing poor video game sales and predicting that the sky is falling in the world of video games has been happening periodically for the last few years. I don't think what the AAA games industry are doing is sustainable long-term, but it'll take a damn convincing argument to tell me that consoles are on the verge of armageddon right this second.
The same thing that was said in that clip has been posted on this site before. It's bullshit, but it's also why the mod team have taken a pro-active stance against trying to move as many idiots like this off-site as possible. Due to a variety of factors I think we're seeing less direct vitriol spewed towards Patrick, but there are still people there and there who will take a jab at him because they can't understand things like why thoughtful indie games might be worth covering or why we might want to be empathetic towards other people online. I really salute what the guy does and continue to wholeheartedly believe that calling out crap like this is important.