So I've noticed a slightly worrying trend occuring on GiantBomb in the last week or so and sadly I hold my hands up and admit I have been a part of it on one occassion.
Forums are difficult places because their intention by nature is to discuss opinions but anyone who has frequented games sites over the last 10 years or so will know this usually causes -- sensitive? -- discussions.
I don't want to go on about fanboys or anything like that (I hate the word myself) I just want to talk about respect for other opinion, really. I'm worried GiantBomb has been getting a bit -- heated? -- lately. There have been a lot of 360/PS3 comparisons floating around which are all ending up in the same way.
Naturally people want to compare the systems but here's the thing, if we can't do it sensibly I'm calling (praying?!) for mods to close these threads down. There have been a few threads that have run their course early on and continued to serve for 2 or 3 pages of flaming. Sadly I've been involved in one of these and again, I admit, I hold my hands high.
My proposition to the mods and other members keep a closer eye on these "comparison" threads ("Should I trade in my 360 for a PS3?"; "PS3 vs 360 graphics"; "PSN is better than Live"). I think the mods have done a great job thus far and it's only in recent weeks GiantBomb has took a slight tumble towards the realms of Eurogamer and Gametrailers. I'm not saying we shouldn't discuss these things -- when GB launched discussions were generally very respectful and interesting but something has changed recently. Which brings me onto my next point.
New members, if there are a few of you goading each other, please try to curb it and take it to another forum if you really must do it.
I only type this as a concerned user. I don't mean to step on toes -- just a quick musing.