By Sweep 139 Comments
Whilst I approve of the recent updates made to giantbomb, one aspect in particular seems slightly confusing to me; the integration of Facebook with Giantbomb. For me Giantbomb is a place I come to talk about videogames because I feel that, putting it frankly, my friends in the real world don't really give a fuck. Or maybe they do, but perhaps not to such an intense level. I use Giantbomb as a place where I can go to geek out, a place where I can discuss the most intricate details of the games I love with like-minded people. The whole reason I use a site like giantbomb in the first place is because the people I work with in real life, the people who I see on a daily basis, have no interest in any of this shit.
There is a train of thought here that implies shame.I'm not ashamed of how I spend my time. My friends are aware of my blog, they know what I write - they act as my anchor to reality. I'm not scared of people finding out who I am, there are already a great many giantbomb members added as friends on my facebook. However i'm not sure I want every goofy 2am forum post plastered on the website which is my primary method of communicating with all my friends, family, ex-schoolmates and peers from around the world. That world is not one that would mingle well with this world of intense geekdom. And similarly, you probably don't give a fuck what happens to me in the real world. Here's a preview: University, Girlfriend, Alcohol. In that order. See? Told you.
So I'm not really sure who this "Link with facebook" feature appeals to? Maybe people who have already bridged the gap between giantbomb and the real world? For the moment i'm happy keeping them separate.
I find it sadly ironic that it's now easier for people to find my blogs on facebook than on giantbomb.The people I talk to on facebook are completely different from the people I talk to on giantbomb and they most likely don't give a fuck about what happens here. Some people don't like computer games. That's cool. However the people on giantbomb who I don't have added on facebook but who might actually care about what I have to say still have no real way of easily finding my work unless I publish it to the forums? That's kinda fucked up...
Sorry to kill the buzz. I still love you, Whiskey.
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