Monday, December 22, 2008

The end of the Gamefaqs Era...

Mark this day. I have decided to close my account on Gamefaqs and walk away(not entirely true, I let some few choice words fly to some people who I found extremely annoying. Of course, I got modded for it, but at this point, who cares? I certainly didn't.

I really want to go full throttle and really burn through the Gamefaqs TOS (terms of service) and get myself banned. I already had one account banned for something I did over at GF's 'sister' site, Lamespot. (What happened was that I decided to f*ck around on Lamespot with my 'main' account, 'avideogameplayer' and ended up getting banned from both sites. Which to me was a crock of sh*t. But, meh. I did it and it was done and over with.)

Anyway, I was using a back up account called 'avidgameplayer' for awhile. Sure, it was just a cheap knock off of my main account, but hey...

But then, with the holidays coming around...I got to thinking about things. Like I was on the Gamefaqs site for over 7 years. 7 years. What the f*ck have I been doing with my time/life?

Granted, it was my choice. But it seemed like a drug to me...I seen or at least heard of goings on there, that, at the time, seemed cool and funny. But now seemed stupid or retarded.

Since we're on the subject of retards, I have seen Gamefaqs grew into a nice, online community then turn into a complete and utter cesspool of mental jackasses and power hungry fapmasters.

I tried to dodge any bullets, sort to speak, but it was just getting to me. Day in and day out. Same old sh*t.

Log in.
Post in some topic.
Read some annoying bullsh*t.
Try and remember that it's a internet message board.
Log out.

Wash, rinse, repeat...

It wouldn't have been so bad if it wasn't for a few things...

- an influx of new users who basically has no brains to speak of.
- a TOS which basically has you posting bland, stupid sh*t so you won't get into trouble.
- a site Admin(who once dressed as a Sailor Scout for a comic convention) who is more worried about ad revenue than how he treats the people who frequent the site.
- a Moderation team that has no accountability to no one. (Rule #1: GF Mods are always right. Rule #2: See Rule #1.)
- a on-site hacker who has ADMITTED TO stealing hundreds, if not more, accounts and still allowed to post on the message boards. (For the record, this is not a damnation of the hacker himself but rather the asinine logic of the site and the Admin in general.) Come on, now, if GF was any other site, mr. hacker would've had his ISP called and possible charges brought up against him.
- lack of any 'modern' features that most message boards have(Private message system, quoting...)
- Invisible rules that no one knows about until you break them.

I could go on, but...

Anyway, I decided that enough was enough. I had my fill of message boards. Maybe later on, I might find some other ones to post on.

But as for Lamefaqs, I'm done. Finished, etc...

Which brings me back to here...I started this blog as a way to comment on all the things that happened on Lamefaqs, but, like me, it changed. Don't worry, I will keep on posting here on various stuff.

Thanks for reading!



ViperInfidel/SourBlaze said...

I know exactly where you are coming from about the feeling of life (and time) being wasted. I felt the same way in November 2006, which was a time of intense struggles on multiple fronts: work, family, finances, etc. I knew I was wasting time working dead-end jobs with no hope of advancement or even decent pay, but I honestly felt like I could not get ahead at all.

Perhaps you just need to get refocused. That's what I needed to do before coming back. The number one thing I needed to do was get back into school. That enabled me to realize that I am indeed going somewhere.

I can't speak for you since I do not know you except for our online yakking, but for me I had developed a "this is it, my whole life" kind of feeling. While I stopped short of blaming GameFAQs for it (because the reality was that the problems were much deeper), I did feel the need to cut out all that was "non-essential" to my life, GameFAQs being one of them, so I closed my InfidelAvenger account and didn't come back until the following February, 3 months later, after I enrolled in school, my employment was more stabilized and I felt better about my condition.

I'll also grant that I don't post much on GameFAQs anymore, for the same "day in, day out" reasons you mentioned.

As for the ToS, I frankly felt it has gone downhill. I'm sorry, quoting someone in your sig without permission is grounds for suspension? Jesus H. Mother Christ, how are supposed to prove we have "permission?" Keeping a backlink to an archived post handy in case we get a sigwipe? What a load of horse sh*t.

Uh-oh, no one better mention who is on your ignore list. That might piss the poor trolls off. Let's not frustrate the poor trolls...

As for modern features, those will never happen. That's sad because the only reason is due to the fear-mongering that the MMA Whores propagate (OMG Everyone will abooooooose it! Porn and more porn and illegal ROMs and more porn and OMG more porn!). I say f*ck them but apparently SBAllen likes to listen to them. Don't know why, but he does.

You will still be hanging around the HATE boards, presumably, right?

avideogameplayer said...

Well, it's one thing to leave and coming back expecting things to be generally the same. But Lamefaqs has been going downhill since CjayC sold it to Centnet. While I can't blame the guy for doing it, but was this the only answer to the situation? Maybe, maybe not. I don't know.

But maybe it's because I have been there for so long that I started to see things a little differently than the average user.

Tons of elitism, rules that make little to no sense. A staff that treats the userbase like garbage at times.

And ever forbid you have something other than '---' in your sig...

Good god, man. WTF?

Maybe I was trying expect some real world logic to the world of the internet message boards...

Or maybe it's just me...

And yes, I will be still at H.A.T.E., what about you?

Fransiska Ike said...

Did you send feedback ticket to lock your account or what?

And yes, I myself don't visit GF that often anymore. Too much chaos now there.

avideogameplayer said...

I sent in a feedback ticket to try and close it, but some strange reason, they decided to purg'd it instead of closing it. Check out my latest post for the details...

Blast from the posting past