So this is a vent thread, recent occurrences have caused me to become cranky so one of the healthy ways to deal with it is to vent and have a b!tch session followed by a hearty meal.
Everyone is welcome to vent their frustrations about gaming. Do realize, this isn't like the "gaming going downhill thread" this is a thread to vent about various things in relation to or in regards to gaming.
So, as always, I will start:
1) Snarky/snobby video game store employees - a very general term, there are some good people, but across the board I really hate dealing with these a$$holes. They'll scoff when you go to buy that Soul Calibur or DOA fighting game; "yes, I like these games, is there an issue? Yes, I'm not into Fallout, Halo, or COD - I'm not saying they're bad, I'm just not interested in buying and playing those games."
Then they lie. They lie. They lie through their teeth, they make up policies that don't exist, they tell you some line of BS to get you to leave them alone so they can continue to get paid talking and gaming while the one good salesmen is doing all the putaway and customer service. I know they lie, I used to work in gaming, I've caught people doing it, I've actually chased down customers to explain the way things really are, and they look at you like they're a starving person and you gave them a generous meal.
Yeah, I can't have the cardboard stands because policy states you aren't allowed - when you told me last week to just be in the area when you guys are throwing it out and I get it.
This is why the last game I purchased - Dead or Alive 5 was ordered online - so I don't need to deal with these f%cktards.
2) While I hate dealing with people in game stores (or people in general for that matter, I'm a bit of a misanthrope) online ordering is not without problems; my recent order for DOA 5 is having complications to put it nicely. The UPS delivery service came yesterday - when I was at work and left me a tag that they will attempt delivery again today. So, I took one of my extra vacation days to stay home and wait, because there’s nobody else here during the day.
First of all, even though I work evenings, what are thinking trying to deliver at 3:00pm, nobody's home at that time, or at least most people generally speaking. Secondly, with the tag I have stating there will be another delivery attempt today, this has not occurred; they're late, the time allotted on the cart was from 10:00am - 2:00pm - it's 6:00pm now, I've waited around for a while and called their service line three times and they tell me it's on the way.
Bear in mind, it's not that I'm anxious to play the game, it's because I gave up a day off to make sure I was here for the package so that I don't have to drive out to some out of the way warehouse across the city.
3) How gaming has become "cool" now. Everyone games it seems, it used to be an underground thing in arcades where people would spend their allowances getting good at certain game and learning the moves. People used to be more competitive in gaming, and outsiders looked at them like freaks - hey, anything to keep "those" so called normal people out. It was something to do that was fun for people who weren't interested in sports or being the popular person. And it was these people that built it to what it is now. With gaming being more accessible and more people getting in on it the results:
a) rude lippy people in online gaming - I watched one of my old friends play Xbox live - all I can say is that there are some sore losers out there.
people seem unaware that with online gaming, you need to play the game beforehand and get good at it, then when they go online and they suck people tell them to practice and then they get mad those online people, then they wonder why nobody wants to play with them. Bottom line, like anything else, you have to earn a certain level of credibility, respect or some sort of positive reputation if you want others to take you seriously. This transcends everywhere - even on this forum here, it's something I have noticed.
4) Anita Sarkeesian - I really don't like this person, and I'm ashamed she's Canadian. First of all, he's smug and arrogant, not to mention somewhat obnoxious. I watched some of her videos for my last GS class and like everything, I give it a fair try, and at first I was okay, but then started to become more annoyed which grew to being outright offended (which I will touch on the why in a bit) and I swear - she thinks EVERYTHING is misogynistic - commercials, music, shows, movies, video games, ads etc. Yes, I can watch anime and movies and play games through my misandry detecting goggles but then - why? I partake in these endeavors for enjoyment and entertainment, I know they're not real and most importantly - I have nothing to contribute.
Now her ability to detect sexism even when it is borderline non-existent, and avoiding carrying the same thought process over to how it applies to the male gender in the same way is crafty, so crafty it's admirable. Now, that's fine, if people want to hate on something or cut it up, whatever, the rest of us will keep on trucking along, but hating on something is not enough for people like this: they want to barge into a community that has stood a certain way for years and change it.
Now, here's where I stared to feel offended by this person's videos; rather than adapting to how it is now, they want it to adapt to them, now I can understand wanting things to be more user friendly for certain people, but when these people have not contributed anything to the community or earned their seat to voice what they feel should be done - say creating a game, or new software or some sort of crafty online innovation, or even just being the best player at something beating out everyone else, but they haven't.
So, if they want to change the gaming industry, that's fine, but the answer is to make/create their own game to market and sell to the public, and if it does well(which it will as long as the gameplay experience is enjoyable - then, they'll have earned the respect and their place to come in and change things in the industry, and this would be through their franchises - in others words, they produce a good quality product in their vision, and make some good sales on it, and that way they're not barging into the community demanding - they could and should create a new game in their vision and as a side effect with that; their own space in the community without disrupting everyone else, that's why it's called the free market, choice is a wonderful thing.
So, I feel they have no right to barge in and start commanding others to adapt to their wants - this isn't a matter of "preserving male space" because it never was exclusively a "male space" - it happened to fall that way; everyone has always been welcome to try gaming, but you had to be good, you had to prove yourself and earn respect from your peers, so it's a matter of principle. I can't go to a job and because I don't get how everything works the first day, try to change everything the way I want, that's not how the world works, and these people seem to lack that understanding. So, that "free choice" in the market; lost because a handful of people disapprove of certain games and the run of the mill gamer.
Don't get me wrong though, there are sexist a$$holes everywhere you go, both male and female, misogynistic and misandric, hypocrisy, trolling etc. - and gaming is no exception to having these, it would be much nicer to avoid these behaviours, or people who endorse and/or act on them.
But, people still need to prove themselves in games - if you suck, you suck, and you will be ridiculed regardless of your gender. I have not experienced it first hand, but I sat and watched my some of friends a few times in their online gaming times. One of them even had to sit and listen to their guild manager or boss or master (I don't know the term) on WoW chew out the team because they screwed up on one level. Or one of my friends on Xbox live was playing a Halo game and I remember him and his team getting mad at one guy asking him "what the f%ck are you doing?" And after the game they told him - "go practice, learn the game, get good, then you can come play with us again, there will always be a spot." So the community is harsh, it always has been, but some guy are willing to give others a second chance, that's how it's been, it's not a question of discrimination in any way.
I'm not writing a manga or an anime, or a movie, I'm a not a game programmer, I may critique these things in relation to my enjoyment level of the products, as I do here about anime, but as someone who hasn't actually done anything in terms of create something for, let's say, anime; I have absolutely no right to smugly and arrogantly command the industry write certain kinds of anime, portray males and females a certain way, nor do I possess the authority to tell Funimation how to dub their products etc. - put in simple terms:
I have not earned the right or authority to infringe upon, or impose my personal views or agendas on the creative aspects of these arts; in other words, I know my place, perhaps some of these other people should too.
4) Lastly, people who fail to understand that different people like different games, some people like shooters, or racers, or fighters, or RPG's whatever - as I've said with anime, (so I won't need to repeat myself) people need to respect each other's choices.
So, with that, if there's anything you hate about gaming, be it past, present or future; this the place to vent.
And once again - I made another long post, hope you like it.