I keep seeing people flaming and harassing individuals or groups of people who express their love for this game or that. I’ve had enough.
Say you are a Call of Duty fan that loves playing it on your Xbox 360. You might experience fans of PC FPS games bullying you. Or maybe you’re a Rift player and wherever you go, there’s that one guy who starts ranting about how Rift is a WoW ripoff, an inferior game and how you are a moron for playing it. Try to make a LoL post on any forum and there’ll be heaps of people spitting all over it, about how it’s inferior to DotA, HoN or any other DotA-like. Commence flame wars.
This isn’t only limited to gaming, it’s rampant in music too. Why do they do this? Why does a large majority of people feel the need to diminish and criticise things that others love? If you love listening to metal, there’s no need to flame the hell out of the guy who loves techno. As long as they aren’t downright forcing you to listen to their music, there is no need to criticise their tastes. Because it’s their taste, not yours. It’s none of your frigging business.
This is somewhat connected with my attempts to educated the MMO community (now isn’t that ambitious?) in critical thinking and turning them from fanboys into fans. Jumping on the fanboy bandwagon of hate isn’t being a fan. Showing your love for something by expressing your dislike of something else isn’t being a fan. Being a fan is looking at a game/band/genre with a critical eye and loving it even after recognising their flaws.
As with gaming, there is no moral precedence or
belief (ok, some religious people are nuts) that would compel you to say anything bad about games other people love. If you don’t like something, there’s no need to express your dislike, as long as their hobby doesn’t hurt you. Love your game and let others love theirs.