I was finally banned from Gamespot…After 8 years.

In my free time, I like to mess around on forums of all types. It’s fun to tell everyone why you are right and why they are wrong. It just never gets old. Well I’m a member of numerous forums on teh intrawebz. The one I’ve been a part of the longest is Gamespot. For years, it was not only the best gaming site with the best reviews and game coverage in general, but it also had the best community in terms of activeness and overall fun people. However, over the last couple years, that’s changed.

Over a year ago, there was an issue at Gamespot with Jeff, one of the reviewers. He was my personal favorite of all the reviewers there. However, one day, he reviewed the game “Kane and Lynch”. This is an awful game published by Eidos. Jeff gave an excellent review of the game, being as critical as he should. However, this honest review ended in a negative review for the game. Eidos was advertising this game heavily on Gamespot, and did not appreciate the review given one bit. The end result, was Jeff getting fired. Soon after, several other staff members of Gamespot left, and started up a website called “Giant Bomb”.

So after that whole ordeal, I stopped getting my gaming news from Gamespot, and switched to Giant Bomb and IGN.com. However, I stayed at Gamespot for the community, especially the “off-topic” forums, or OT.

I’ve been participating on this specific forum for years, 8 to be exact. I usually contributed to the religion topics and even contributed more to political and economic topics. In case you hadn’t noticed from reading my blog, I’m a very strict Libertarian and even borderline Anarchist (I prefer the term “free marketeer”). So I always argued from an anti-state and pro-market stance, specifically Austrian School Economics stance.

I made lots of enemies by taking such a stance, but also made some good friends over the years. However, over the years, things have changed. The moderators at Gamespot have become much more….”active”. As time went on, moderation were occurring for more and more reasons. The mods kept finding smaller and smaller things to moderate people over. For posting a verse from the Koran which I posted to show Islamic support fot violence, I was suspended for 2 weeks. For equating partial birth abortion to killing, I was suspended for 2 weeks. This never would have hapened a couple years ago. They used to be much more tolerant, especially since these are just opinions,

I never would swear or call people names. The worst I would do when someone would make an awful post, I would sometimes say “Wow…”. Usually that would get me moderated as well. For an example of how strict the mods have become; I was at level 20 for over a year because of how many moderations I had got.

But what I could never understand, is why other people wouldn’t get modded for doing things much worse than I did. I would get insulted on ever topic I created. People would call me crazy, tell me to get an education, and much much worse. I never got offended by this, but it just strikes me as odd that I would get modded for saying something such as “You have no idea what you’re talking about, government is not required for money to exist in the market”. I got suspended for saying that. Yet this person I was arguing with told me “How could someone like you get into college?”. He never got moderated for that.

Gamespot is no longer a friendly, tolerant, intelligent, gaming community. The reviews are awful, and the community is stale. Worst of all, the moderators have made sure that anyone who’s opinion they don’t like, will pay for their opinions. Opinions are only allowed on there if they are certain opinions.

In case you’re wondering, this is what I got modded for: The topic was called “Eva Mendez named hottest women of 2008”. I made a comment and said “Adriana Lima ftw”. This post got me permanently banned from a website which I have cintributed to for 8 years. Ridiculous.

So to anyone looking for a good online community open for debate, Gamespot is one of the worst places to go. The moderators are out of control and your opinions will only be welcome if they are the opinions shared by the moderators. Since Gamespot is an awful waste of time, I’ll suggest a couple other places you may want to join:

1) The Board- One of the most open minded forums. Also, one of the most intelligent. It’s a small community, but growing. It has a lot of potential and awesome Administrators. Mostly political and random topics.

http://the-board.info/    (Click on “The Official Forum”)

2) Theology Web- Don’t let the name fool you. TWEB has discussions which cover all subjects. An excellent site with the most intelligent community I’ve encountered. Mainly religious and political topics.

http://www.theologyweb.com/campus/

3) Giant Bomb- A gaming website started by the cool people that used to be at Gamespot. Great video game coverage, and highly active forums. The downside is the community. Obnoxious and immature users plague this site. As a result, most topics are jokes, random blog posts, and movie/music posts. Mainly joke and rant topics.

http://www.giantbomb.com/

So that’s it. Have fun. If you find the right community, internet forums can be great fun and even educate you a little in the ways of debates. Avoid Gamespot at all costs.

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8 Responses to “I was finally banned from Gamespot…After 8 years.”

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  2. So true. Gamespots modds are terrible. They take all the fun out of gaming forums.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Love the blogs. I recently got suspended at Gamespot for some of my comments. My comments were mostly along the lines of yours. I questioned the mods and they call it “trolling.”

    Just remember Gamespot is part of CBS. That should tell you everything you need to know about their political views and what they will or won’t let go.

  4. “…government is not required for money to exist in the market”…”

    Unless you don’t care if everyone in the country, or the world for that matter, has free reign to swoop in and take it from you by force. I see you have jumped on the latest ignorance bandwagon. How sad. Hopefully some other new movement will come along soon to tell you what else to believe.

    Here’s a question to knock around a bit: forcing a woman to go through painful and possibly life-threatening child birth is more moral than aborting a clump of cells that feel no pain and have no consciousness? People like you make me sick, always forcing their beliefs onto everyone. You probably got targeted at GS because you’re a dick and every time they saw your name on a post the mods felt the urge to vomit.

    • Daniel Boone Says:

      Oh please. You’re just another moron who stupidly believes that he has all the answers in spite of never having had even a single thought of any real significance in his entire life. What really sickens you about this dude is that he has an opinion that differs from yours and that he’s not shy about expressing it. Mental midgets such as yourself always have a hard time hanging with that.

      The only thing more pathetic than that is the false bravado that wafts from your post like stink from shit. You’re just yet another in an long procession of douche-nozzles who have chosen to use the internet to compensate for their offline insignificance. You lack the physical presence and authority to do much of fuck-all to change your pitiable lot in life, so you go online where you won’t get decked in your greasy crater face for running off at the mouth and you pick fights with people. You act like you’re hot shit, but you’re only acting like such an insufferable cunt for the momentary reprieve that doing so grants you from how utterly pathetic and completely meaningless your life is.

      I could almost find it in myself to sympathize with you if not for the fact that there’s about a million more productive ways that you could have chosen to channel your frustration with your miserable life. I mean, if growing the balls to do something about it isn’t something that you’ll ever stop being too much of a pussy to do, that is. Instead you’ve chosen to be a dick, and so instead of sympathizing with you I find myself actively hoping that everyone you meet calls you on your shit and fucks with you so relentlessly that you will never again get the satisfaction you so desperately crave.

      With that aside, there’s a shit-ton of irony in your accusation that the dude forces his opinions on anyone. Being that you don’t appear to know him from Adam and so couldn’t possibly be in a position to judge his conduct on Gamepot, all you’ve got to go on is a blog post that I’m pretty sure that he didn’t coerce you into reading. You did anyway, and then you chose to not only force your opinions on him, but to suggest that his treatment on Gamespot was justified for no other reason than because you disagree with him. What a shitty little hypocrite you are!

      I bet you patted yourself on the back once you finished writing that post, your keyboard stained by the same greasy Cheeto dust that has turned your fingers a nasty shade of permanent orange. You probably stared proudly at your great accomplishment for a moment or two before the adrenaline wore off and you had to take a couple of puffs of your inhaler, am I right? Well, look how horribly that shit backfired on your oversized-load of an ass! Took a year for it to happen, but karma is a bitch, aint she?

      Grow the fuck up, because the real world is full of opinions that people are going to express whether you like it or not. The shit you pull online aint gonna fly out there, kiddo.

  5. I agree completely. I positively detest the new Gamespot. I recently started a blog reviewing older PC games http://pcflashback.blogspot.com/
    and visited Gamespot to look at some older reviews to see which games may be cool to review, but the state of their reviews are horrendous. Their reviews are entirely biased and their low scores are unwarranted most of the time. I also find their reviews childish and most of the complaints are nitpicking nonsense they dug out to support their illogical opinion. Not to mention that they place games under the wrong categories.

    Gamespot sucks. True story

  6. i thought they were terrible from the beginning. they were a bunch of biased assholes that never learned that that were no the only person in the world. they need to grow up.

  7. I just signed up at gamespot and posted one thing. Got banned within the hour. Wtf?

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