This has been a screwy month for gaming, particularly if you're a Nintendo fan. On the plus side, several games have come out for the Wii U (specifically Lego City, Monster Hunter and Need for Speed U). All of these games have generally received positive scores and are just now becoming available.
Furthermore, a new third party title, a rerelease of Deus Ex: HuRev, was announced for Wii U. The title has updated visuals, content, all DLC included and tweaks to fix issues with past versions. I would have preferred a port of the new Tomb Raider, but hey, this isn't the worst alternative considering I've wanted to try the game for a while.
It hasn't been the best possible month for the platform, but I would not call it a bad one at least so far. You would think that about now would be a good time for some more productive discussions as oppose to the usual grime. I've noticed in some articles, there have been some mature discussions for a change. But was it meant to stay that way?
Recently (and unsurprisingly), a couple of more negative articles have reached enough buzz to be a part of the site header in the Wii U section. I personally have not read many of the comments too deeply and only left a couple of responses or comments myself, particularly in one occasion criticizing the comments above mine that were attacking each other. You will notice many comments on both sides have been voted down for "trolling" and other such nonsense.
Which brings me to the point of this blog post; it really is stupid to see Nintendo fans being attacked, Nintendo fans attacking others and yet there are people out there who will still insist that the hatred it is not "as bad" in this section as it is in others. More so, the individuals who will make this claim are among the ones causing the arguments, being condescending and insulting and inciting flame wars for no purpose other than stroking their own egos.
Obviously, I'm not perfect in this regard and my comment history suggests so. But it's something I continue to work on. I prefer mature debates over petty arguments and the arguments are just annoying and tiresome.
Do you believe Sony articles have had it bad? Do you believe Microsoft articles have had it bad? Then I have a simple question for you. Do you honestly believe you think it is any better when you forward that kind of behavior onto others? You're doing nothing excepting becoming a part of the problem. If you really felt that hatred should not be in the comment section of your favorite platform's articles, I would imagine you would not want to see it in other ones either.
If you are one of those people who will attack Nintendo fans and then get on a high horse and say "oh well the hate is not NEARLY as bad as it was for the other guys!" then that really is not a good argument. Not only does it make you a hateful and bitter individual, it also makes you a complete hypocrite.
On the flip side, (to name an example) arguing how much more the latest Mario sold over Uncharted is neither productive nor intelligent. Sales have nothing to do with a game's quality or how a person aesthetically responds to it.
And that's a theme here; I don't like seeing negativity of any kind. I have slammed doom/gloom Vita articles as well as Wii U ones. I also defended Sony during the hack attack when the media painted them is irresponsible holders of personal info a couple of years ago. Being pro-Nintendo does not directly correlate with anti-anything.
I don't like seeing stupid flame wars in any context. What I DO like, is healthy debate and rarely on N4G do I get that without a barrage of insults, insinuations and just general hatred. And this is primarily in the Wii U section.
Look, bottom line, if you have a different opinion from my own, then that's A-okay. I've never once had an issue with that. What I don't like is inherent disrespect because someone does not like my ideology, or someone who will bully others simply for not agreeing with them. If you want to be respected, show a little respect in return.