How far are you willing to go in your pursuit of gaming pleasure?
The question in itself is simple enough: Are you prepared to dig deep into your pockets and fork out another few hundred quid to purchase another console just to play a game from a favoured franchise? Or, instead, would you go all out ‘Clock tower Sniper’ and threaten the life of the writers and developers unless they adjust their position and bring an exclusive title across to your platform of choice?
It would seem that there are a great many unstable types out there currently hiding under the guide of ‘gamers’, and in particular PlayStation gamers, that would do the second option. Incredible though it would seem to rational, free-thinking people, these deluded fan boys, and in fact, let’s not even wrongly label them as fan boys….let’s just give them all the title that they truly deserve: “ Lunatics “, As calling them ‘fan boys’ would be doing a disservice to the legions of dedicated and loyal gamers who love to support their favourite pastime.
But, where were we? Oh yes, the ‘Lunatic Fringe’ of the gaming community. Although judging from the way that some of these halfwits have behaved toward Tomb Raider writer Rhianna Pratchett of late perhaps, then, the phrase ‘Care in the Community’ would be a little more appropriate.
This sad shower of keyboard warriors and delusional deadheads have taken it upon themselves to attack Miss Pratchett via her Twitter account for having the unmitigated nerve to…erm, ‘write’ the Tomb Raider stories, as opposed to being the one making the decisions at Crystal Dynamics over the choice of being a future Xbox One exclusive title, or not, in this case?, ( no we didn’t get it either – Ed.)
This assorted collection of clowns and low-lives then beganthreatening the award-winning author with everything this side of a painful death from AIDS, Cancer and every other nasty exit from this mortal coil that you can think of from burning in oil to spontaneous Human combustion.
Doesn’t it make you proud that this sack full of degenerates claim to be moulded from the same gamer clay as you or I?
Surely, then, the time has come for representatives from companies such as Sony, whose own ‘supporters’ are the ones carrying out this recent wave of incredible assaults, to take a stand and condemn the actions of this vocal few who use the most disgraceful of tactics to threaten and intimidate the men and women who bring us all this wonderful form of entertainment.
Well, you would think so, wouldn’t you?
Judging from the recent ‘no comment’ we received from Sony’s own mouthpiece, Adam Boyes, one could readily assume, then, that rather than Sony being outraged at ‘gamers’ perpetrating acts of online assault and cyber abuse in their name, that the corporate giant is actually encouraging this viewpoint from the extremists in the gaming world.
This lack of condemnation from Sony and their refusal to give an official statement distancing themselves from the awful antics of the minority of scumbags in their community ranks shows nothing if not appreciation of the lengths that some of their fans will go to to defend their beloved Sony.
It’s almost as if Sony seem to be proud of their extremists. As opposed to loathe of their disgusting behaviour.
Far from being a solitary attack on Miss Pratchett there have been many other reported incidents of late where PlayStation gamers have threatened and abused many other developers and writers, designers and individuals all associated with such drastic acts against the Sony corporation such as signing exclusivity deals with Microsoft, producing a pack of cards for the Xbox One owners ( as in the case of The Witcher 3 developers at CD Projekt RED ), as well as the despicable acts of outright abuse committed against a myriad of multiplat developers who have been harangued for their decisions to include or exclude additional content as they see fit.
Let us not forget also the sheer weight of petitions currently flooding websites who are designed for far more deserving causes, such as Change.Org, where PS4 and PS3 owners bleat like deluded children over everything from exclusives to content, DLC and online features.
This has to stop, and we look to Sony themselves to come out and take a stance against this ridiculous influx of stupidity into the gaming community.
How long before a writer, artist or developer is killed? How long before genuine actual physical harm is doled out to a designer because they went on record to say they liked to game on Xbox One and not PlayStation 4? Would Sony make an official statement condemning the deluded actions of the fetid few then?
Or maybe they will continue on with their ‘there is no such thing as bad publicity’ campaign. I for one won’t be holding my breath in anticipation of an Adam Boyes based blasting of the PlayStation install base.