"I think a big problem is that people really don't like it if people don't toe the party line...simply having a mildly dissenting opinion, causes people to (over)react terribly."
@Gaff I think that this is a great summary of the problems with Internet discussion. Everything is talked about in extremes. 1/10 or 10/10. Not just reviews but everything is polarised. Less so in good communities like Giant Bomb, more so in terrible communities like YouTube. It's a problem for me and I rarely post online because of it. I read a lot, form my own opinions but rarely vocalise them. (This is definitely not a problem in real life, where I'm open and chatty). Maybe I have Internet social anxiety. I rarely play online for the same reasons. I can't deal with the "THIS IS THE BEST EVER" "NO, FUCK YOU. IT'S THE WORST THING EVER" type of discussion and I feel that if your talking online your never far away from that.
I've tried this week to write more on these forums. Maybe I'll keep it up, maybe I won't.