You like N4G, don't you? Of course you do! That's why you come here every day. You come here to fight against someone that annoyed you the day before, argue with people that don't share the same opinion as you, blindly defend companies, and laugh at the overused, predictable memes and GIFs with the other N4G members.
But the average N4G member can be unpredictable at times, too. Today's friend could be tomorrow's enemy, especially if you aren't 'loyal' to a company or franchise and just like gaming in general. You really need to watch what you say around here at times. It's best to just think about what you say to someone who has a person that works for Sony, Microsoft, or Nintendo in their profile pictures. Things could turn ugly fast.
Anyway, I'm going to make a list of certain situations that the average N4G member may find himself or herself in often but just don't take any notice of. I've experienced a lot of these myself, but i'm sure most of you have too, and maybe you'll say "Yeah, I do that!" at the end.
Anyway, let's begin:
(#1) Getting angry that you got a disagree.
Yeah, it happens to the best of us. We write up a comment that we think is awesome and then BAM! Someone just disagreed with it! You didn't want that disagree. You didn't deserve that disagree. But you got it. Damn him or her! Damn him or her to hell!
(#2) Disagreeing with other peoples' comments to get revenge.
Something we all do. Whether you're new to N4G, or have been here for years, there's nothing quite like disagreeing with people that you don't like. It gets even better if the person responds to the disagree by saying something like "What?! I get a disagree for this!" Ahh, it's simply orgasmic. Okay, maybe i'm blowing it out of proportion, but still....
(#3) Stealth Trolling.
Something that's probably not as common as disagreeing with others for silly reasons, Stealth Trolling does take some degree of skill. You can't just say "Hey! Console A is awesome! Console B? Utter trash! I wouldn't let my dead turtle buy Console B!." Say something like that and the mods will float down from the sky and behead you, or at least de-bubble you. You have to say something like "Console A is what i'm getting! I'll probably get Console B someday, when it has games that interest me, because right now it's looking bleak. Good luck to the people who want it, though." That was probably a more subtle attempt at Stealth Trolling, but you get the message, right? Of course you do!
(#4) Ignoring people that annoy you.
Personally, I don't ignore or block people, so I can only speculate on this one. Now here's what I think happens: You see an N4G user who is talking trash about your favourite franchise, you feel the rage building up inside you, then you pounce on that ignore button without thinking twice about it. You've successfully erased that person from your life -only, you haven't! I think that every time you see that person's name in the comments, you click on their name to see what they're saying, and instead of just unignoring that person, you click on their comments every time to see what they've wrote. Like I said though, i'm unsure about this one.
(#5) Getting annoyed when a console you don't like sees a bit of success.
You see a sales boost of Console C, and you're not having any of it! It's time to bring up any and all past failures that the company who manufacture Console C has made over the years. You do it without thinking about it, don't you? Yeah, you do. I know because I do it too, sometimes.
(#6) You give a submission a report that it already has.
I've seen this a lot. Somebody submits a story to N4G. It's sitting in the pending section for a while, and the reports start flowing in. It wouldn't be a bad thing if users didn't give it reports it has multiple times. It could probably be emotionally devastating for the person that submitted the story, especially if it was their own work. "Honey, I've been called LAME 37 times on N4G, I'm never going to write again for the rest of my life!" Lay off the unnecessary reports, people!
(#7) Temporarily holding grudges against people who report your submission.
What?! Someone has reported my submission?! That son of a... I've never been so angry in my life! I'll show him who's boss around here! Raaaarrr!! What?! I didn't put the score for a review? Pfft, i'm doing it now...... Oh, the person who reported me has now approved my submission? Oh, okay. I'll go and uh...get more stuff to submit now.....
(#8) Thinking everyone you disagree with is a shill.
Yeah, that's right! Everyone that is pro-Console B is a shill. They have to be! After all, that person wasn't here a week ago....
(#10) Getting angry at people who mix up 'You're' and 'Your'.
Yep, you see it all the time. People mix up those words and the grammar nazis come running.
(#11) Getting angry at people getting angry at people who mix up 'You're' and 'Your'.
You see someone make a harmless mistake, and the grammar nazis who have descended on them are annoying you. You argue that mixing up 'You're' and 'Your' doesn't matter on the internet.
(#12) Getting angry at people getting angry at people getting angry at people who mix up 'You're' and 'Your'.
You've seen the mistakes. You've seen the people who came to helpfully correct those mistakes. You've seen the people who came to say that correct grammar isn't necessary on the internet. You beg to differ. Your argument is that proper grammar should be used at all times. Insults ensue.
(#13) You get annoyed at people who say they aren't frightened by survival horror games.
Not something that I get annoyed with, personally, since I don't get frightened by them either. A person who says this, though, usually get a string of replies calling out his toughness. It's both funny and ridiculous to watch.
(#14) Your joke goes way over peoples' heads.
You write a comment that you think is hilarious and not only do people not get it; they take offence to it. In a matter of minutes you have gone from someone who just wanted to get a laugh out of people to being N4G enemy #1. Your harmless comment then gets hidden for trolling and you lose a bubble.
(#15) You notice that your submission is a duplicate and you submit it anyway.
Maybe if I stay quite, nobody will notice that it's a duplicate. Shh! Time to tip-toe out of the pending section....
(#16) You say you're going to quit N4G.
You say it every day, every week and in every comment section that is discussing a console that you don't like. "This place has turned into a hellhole", "I'm getting sick of the trolls on this site", and "Okay, that's it. I'm done. to hell with this website" are things we all say regularly to ourselves, but we're not going to quit. We're not going to quit because we don't wan't to. And if we do force ourselves to quit, we'll still be here reading the comments and will rejoin when somebody annoys us enough to want to lash out at that person.
Well, that's it! A list of things N4G members do and say. Some of you will say that you don't do or say any of the things i've listed, but that's okay. Maybe you don't do any of it. Maybe some of you will find one or two things that you do? The list could probably be twice as long but that's all I can think of.
If you know one that isn't here, tell everyone in the comments.