So this thread has struck yet another blow to my confidence in the level of maturity of the GiantBomb community.
Admittedly I wasn't expecting much so there's not much left to strike blows at.
I just find the attitude that people respond to anyone be they of a different stated religion or ethnicity or race is just... saddening.
Its hardly something specific to the GiantBomb community in itself, rather an internet wide issue. I guess it is to be expected considering the combination of anonymity and lack of accountability for your words.
There are so many many examples of people coming onto the forums and expressing a belief or a part of their identity and being met with abuse that is not in any way edifying or constructive. By all means have an opposing viewpoint theres nothing wrong with that. However this guy simply posted that he would like to meet other game players who share a similar world view to him and also enjoy this site.
At the very most a reasonable negative response to that post would have been:
"I don't agree with the community segregating itself by belief systems."
Thats it. Instead the very mention that the guy is a Christian received a tirade of abuse and snarky comments about his religion.
In any public forum where all our identities were known and we would have to live with the people, or at least in the same community as the people who had posted their feelings we would never respond like that. So perhaps in a way the response that was given in anonymity was the true nature of people? perhaps its a more honest representation of people and the nature of the community that frequents the site? If so its embarrassing, saddening and really shakes my confidence in the human condition.
Now I understand that someone who publicly states their beliefs to others is opening themselves up to criticism of those beliefs, but this guy simply asked if there were any other like minded people who would like to play with him. Probably in the expectation of finding people he could relate to and make friends with.
How the hell does that warrant ANY abuse?
I dont expect much of a positive response to this post. If much of a response at all but I figured I might as well make it anyway.