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Why I hate the Steam community. (Rant)

Most people who come across this, will most likely disagree. I mean Steam has great holiday sales, cool free games, and memorable games from earlier gens. Ya, I love all of those things about Steam. But the thing I hate is the people. Steam mostly consists of three types of people, Bronies, "Offensive" people, and "pro gamers." I will be talking about all three in this blog.

First there are the Bronies, I don't want to hate on anyone. However I see no logical explanation to why anyone besides children and babies would enjoy My Little Pony. My guess is people just become Bronies to be "funny", "unique", or "weird. If that's true, it just proves that some people are really trying to hard for attention."

Then there's "offensive" people, the reason I put quotations around offensive is because these people aren't really offensive, they just try to be. They set their username to some racial slur, or joke regarding religion, death, or politics. Although, they're really just trying to be funny and get attention, they don't really hate whatever they're making fun of. I mean hey I like a couple racist jokes as much as the next guy. But these people, just try to hard to be funny and shove all of it down your throat like they're trying to accomplish something.

All of the Steam community gets on my nerves, but the people who piss me off the most are the "pro" gamers. They annoy more than the MLG Call Of Duty kids, even more then any kind of fanboy. These are the people that take games, way to serious. I don't mind actual pro gaming, yea it's a cool concept in all. However when someone joins a public game, and starts complaining and throwing a fit over how I suck, it pisses me off. I play games, purely for fun, yes I get a little competitive at times but it's only for games that I should. In my opinion video games should be for just pleasure, if you're not competing for money you should take it easy and love the game, not get frustrated at it. On the other hand steam gamers have a completley different opinion. Just today I was playing on Left 4 Dead 2 versus, I was playing as an infected and all of a sudden a new player joins my team. A couple moments later I screw up my attack, I acknowledged and said sorry. Although, instead of forgiving me this new player starts trash talking me and trying to kick me because of the situation.

Left 4 dead doesn't have any XP or unlock system for versus. Therefore there is actually no point of winning, rather for the thrill and fun of it. So basically this guy was screaming at me over nothing, here's what I think. Players shouldn't join a game and expect every other team member to be as good as them, if they want go join a league or something. People just make a big deal over something that should be purely for enjoyment. What I'm trying to say is, IF YOU ARE NOT PRO DON'T TAKE THE GAME SERIOUSLY!

That's why I personally like the Playstation community better, yeah there are some nasty people on PSN also. However a big majority of people on PSN are friendly, and don't care if you're a beginner or you're just having a bad match. That's just my thoughts on the subject.

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MacDonagh1942d ago

Steam has a sub-culture of Bronies? I don't really get the appeal of MLP personally. Someone sent me a link to an episode but it's just not my jam. I'm more of a fan of anime more than anything else I guess. It's just rather bizarre to me that males would be interested in such a show.

On offensive types; I have no real issue with them. I'm rather old and crunchy; so I've heard it all before. People like to shock other people with their "edgy" opinions because they love the reaction. Frankly, it bores me because they aren't genuinely funny.

I've played with a couple of pro types before and they seem like pretty chill guys. Of course, this is only speaking through narrow experience and I don't run into them everyday but I'm pretty laid-back should I hear people calling me a n00b or whatever expletives they wish to call me. It's water off a duck's back.

PSN community is pretty decent. Mostly just friendly people on there.

+1 on fairly well-written blog.

Imikida1942d ago

Thanks for reading. Ya I'm an anime too, and I don't really get MLP either. And I agree, offensive people aren't very funny. The only reason you don't have a problem with pro types is probably because you don't suck like I do, and they hate people who suck lol.

MacDonagh1942d ago

Everyone has their good points. I'm not a very good player either. If someone is shouting me out; I can give out some doozies.

Related video is a close approximation of my reaction to people attempting to trash talk me.

dedicatedtogamers1941d ago

I don't really play online games on Steam (or anywhere else for that matter), but you forgot another annoying Steam dweller: the sale-scummer. Because there are so many Steam sales, there's that sub-culture of gamer who always "waits for the sale", and who brags about their massive game collection (most, if not all of it, bought through bundle packs and holiday sales) and yet they've only played a fraction of it. And yet, their library continues to grow with each consecutive sale...

mixelon1941d ago

The vast majority of my steam library comes from sales, and I don't have time to play through them all. Hopefully one day I will, but it'll be a hell of a backlog. Maybe when I retire in a few decades.. (It's like a gaming pension scheme!) I don't see the problem with this. On most systems I consider myself a collector as much as a player.

Who really brags about their library though? Why would anyone care?

ZombieNinjaPanda1941d ago

Wait, you're complaining about people who buy video games now? WTF? People brag about getting stuff cheaper. Come on now, if I got a car for 5 grand off whatever price, I'd be bragging to all my friends too.

PopRocks3591942d ago

You'll find nasty sorts of people in just about any online community. Though the most obnoxious ones seem to be frequently found on game servers for some odd reason.

I've yet to encounter anything other than trolls in TF2. But I have encountered those awful pro gamers in L4D2. I've been vote-kicked out of games for making minor mistakes that any player could make. It's pretty sad.

Steam is also very buggy and requires constant updates that can cause as many problems as they fix. Steam is far from perfect, but it does have its perks and it even has a rather sizable library.

Bladesfist1942d ago (Edited 1942d ago )

If you avoid valve games you will find that most people fall into two categories. People that are talking to there friends in TS or Skype and do not talk in game and friendly people. Valve games seem to be an exception with a whole load of vulgar and annoying people in them however it is fairly easy to find a community that is not very tolerant on that kind of behaviour and just join those servers. Something that you can not really do on PSN or Live. The PC community outside of these games seem to have a higher average age than PSN / Live so you will find a lot less trash talk.

I don't think this is a problem with Steam though so your title comes off as flamebait. I don't think I have experienced anything along those lines.

Steam is a very good platform and does digital distribution a lot better than PSN. A lot of people on this site say console gaming is easier but with steam I press one button and the latest version of my game is downloaded straight to where it needs to be meaning I do not have to install or patch the game and at about 6MB/s. The PSN servers have never reached these speeds for me.

OcelotRigz1941d ago (Edited 1941d ago )

I dont know if a community can be labeled, like i dont think you can say "The PSN is full of retards" or "Live is full of kids", things like that because it all comes down to personal experience. If i play on Steam, have a great time, then play on PSN and have a terrible time, naturally im going to think that Steam has a great community and PS doesn't.
Every community has its fair share of retards and nice guys, its just chance to which ones to meet the most.

I do agree with your specific gripes though, Bronies is just a typical example of people just hopping into whatever cool flock it is to be in at the time, no matter how stupid. Everyone knows what its like when something like this starts in a small town where something like a phrase becomes popular for a while. I remember when everyone in my town said nesh to everything, but jesus christ, these guys call themselves Bronies!!

I dont mind the offensive people, sometimes its funny how other people get so caught up in it, trying to get the better of these people who you cant because their whole point is to annoy people.

These serious "pro" gamers that have the "elite" mindset and talk down to guys, yeah they annoy me. Like you said, gaming is for fun, its a distraction from everyday life, a type of escapism, then you have these guys that break the immersion and defeat the whole purpose of gaming. With these i just turn into a complete bastard and try my best to annoy the shite out of them, which is usually very easy.

-GametimeUK-1941d ago

I think you will find all communities are in general intolerable to each other. It goes much deeper than the gaming world. It starts small from hating CoD players, hating system users, religions vs each other and atheism, rich vs poor, the internet wrestling community vs john cena. I wouldn't put it down to the Steam community being messed up. I just think some communities are intolerable to others and that is just the way it is. I'm not even trying to say its a bad thing, either. I haven't come across many problems on Steam and I love using it, but it is by no means my primary source of gaming.

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