I want to think the best of people, I really do. But it isn't easy when the internet exists. I can travel to any gaming forum in the world and odds are high I'll find someone arguing over absolutely nothing. You can go into threads with legitimate questions and you'll end up reading a six page flame war about dinosaurs.
While that is hilarious in it's own way, there are also communities on the internet that just allow you to see the worst in people. You'll find them chock full of liars, cheaters, griefers and everything else under the rainbow of hilarity that is the gaming community. Read on to see some of my personal favorites that prove just how awful we really are.
The Xbox Ban Appeal Forums
My goodness where do we start? The Xbox ban appeals forum has so many different gems of absolute idiocy that a whole new site was made just to showcase some of them. That's how bad it is over there. And when it comes to lying, the people on the Xbox forums are just the absolute worst. I'll be giving examples of better ones in a little bit, but for now enjoy the stupidity.
First of all you have the people with modded consoles. Whether they're using it for piracy or not isn't really the issue when it comes to these people. They have decided to mod their avatar. You know what an avatar is, right? That little person you dress up to represent you on the Xbox Live service? You know, the one that everyone can see?
My God I wish I could have seen that conversation play out.
So they go onto the forums saying it isn't fair that they were banned! They clearly did nothing wrong so they shouldn't be punished. They don't even know how to mod so it couldn't have been them! As they're saying all of this, you can see their bright pink avatar sitting in the corner with their crazy light up eyes. And they wonder how you could prove they modded anything.
And then you have the boosters. I honestly don't even know what boosters are. Apparently you give them your account info and some insane amount of money and they'll raise your level in Call of Duty. The only way they can really advertise what they do is by putting it in their profile, again something everyone can see.
And just like clockwork they're on the appeals forum saying the Xbox team has no proof they did it despite it being right there in front of them. While we're on the subject of proof, people seem to not understand that the Xbox team can save this information or watch what you're doing online in a game. Imagine different parent's surprise when they find out their son was banned for flashing his junk on Uno.
The DayZ Ban Appeal Forums
The difference between the Xbox Ban Appeals and the DayZ Ban Appeals is like the difference between night and day. While in the Xbox appeals forum you'll find a huge list of people getting served by Xbox staff with evidence of their random stupidity, the DayZ forums are the exact opposite. You see, there is no evidence.
Before we get into this, here's some background for you. The DayZ server owners are unlike server owners in any other game. They have to follow a very strict set of rules due to the fact that each character is persistent on every single server. Ban someone for no reason and you screw everything up for them in every other server.
So admins can only ban in the most extreme situations such as racism and hacking. Anything else and they risk their server being blacklisted. So when someone gets banned the admins have to have a good reason for doing so. Unfortunately or fortunately depending on who you are, these admins don't seem to understand they need evidence to support their claims.
Thirty pages of novel levels of deception. All in broken English.
This leads to some hilarious amounts of finger pointing on the official DayZ forums. In one such instance a player said he was banned just for logging onto this persons server. That person came on and said he was lying, he banned him for hacking. Then about five other people all came in saying the guy was hacking.
You would think it would be an open and shut case, but noooo. As it turns out, those people that all came in saying the banned player were actually friends of the admin who banned the player because he and his clan were trying to cheat to get the best gear. This was proven when one of the banned player's friends joined the server and recorded the admin banning him too.
The server was blacklisted and the idiot admin was out $150 (around the amount it costs to host a server). The best thing about all this is the fact that it wasn't an isolated incident. This is how nearly every single ban appeal thread plays out. Everyone is constantly lying to try to get their way and there is no way to tell who is lying and who isn't. Its insanely fun to read though.
Broken System Sellers
Consider this one a personal pet peeve of mine, but I absolutely hate people who sell broken systems and handhelds. This is because almost all of them are liars trying to make a buck off of a broken electronic. While I'm certainly not the best repairman, I just like to buy broken electronics (usually at a huge discount) and fix them up myself.
But over the last year this has become increasingly difficult. Not because the technology has become more confusing, but because the people selling the broken systems don't seem to understand they can't get new system prices for their broken merchandise. Let's look at the Playstation Vita as a good example. $250 new, about $165 used, and for some reason, $155 broken.
Eh, it'll probably buff out. $200 sounds like a fair asking price.
This isn't broken like a bad battery either. This is broken as in "I smashed the screen." No matter which auction you click on ebay, if the screen is broken then every single one will have the exact same description. "The screen is cracked but its a $40 fix!" First of all, a Vita screen is at least $140. Secondly, if the digitizer is broken too then you'll have to drop another $50. So that bargain bin price of $150 has just become $340, nearly $100 more than a brand new console.
I've talked with these sellers before. I've shown them the actual prices of replacement parts, I've explained to them how hard it is to actually fix and shown them links to working consoles selling for as much as their broken one. I usually get a reply along the lines of "If you don't like it then don't buy it." And they're still confused as to why their perfectly good nonworking system hasn't sold yet.
Thankfully, these people don't represent the whole of gaming. At least I hope they don't. They're merely a part of the ever growing digital world. While I might not like them, I know I have to deal with them. But at least we can stand off to the side making fun of them. What communities do you just love to despise? Any interesting websites that show off the worst of the worst? Why not talk about them in the comments below? As always, thanks for reading.