Is Controversy The Way Forward?
The Playstation is probably the worst thing that has ever touched this earth and I’m here to give my opinion on why I think so. The Playstation is a horrible piece of garbage because it’s hardware is insanely bad and the games that it has are all just completely horrible beyond words. It burns my eyes to even look at that travesty of a machine and I would much prefer that the Xbox 360 replace all the consoles out there.
Got you didn’t I?
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Of course I’m talking a load of garbage and it actually pained me in more ways than one to write such a paragraph. Just out of personal interest, how do you trolls out there feel when you write something like this because I despised myself after about the second sentence. I’ve probably just upset quite a large amount of people considering that the PS4 would probably be announced at the time of reading. If you are already in the comments calling me names then you sort of proven the point I’m about to make. The point of this article is that gamers have this obsession with controversy.
I’ve noticed this recently when I was surfing through the web and saw an article with quite the controversial title. Of course, I went into this article to see what all the fuss was about and I soon discovered that this article misunderstood the topic completely and made a mistake with it’s title, but was it really a mistake? What followed were thousands of views and intensely hateful comments being thrown around like confetti at a clown orgy. All those views equal all those ad revenues.
Then the truth hit me in the bollocks with the force of a Japanese speed train. This is the gaming industry. This is what we subscribe to as gamers. Gaming news and media has evolved into how much people you can piss off and draw to your site. When you look at view counts you can see this very clearly. Articles with a large number of views generally have something controversial and/or negative about a certain game or name in the gaming industry. When you look at articles with a more positive outlook on gaming, you see that their responses are absolutely dismal.
In some cases this isn’t the writer’s fault at all and I’ve had first hand experience in this. I published a satire piece with a slightly misleading title and that completely exploded in my face. People were calling me hateful slurs and swearing at me with a undying passion. This of course led to an explosion in views and before I knew it, I was on the first page of N4G. The worst place you want to be when you made a slight mistake with your title. I also published articles where people personally emailed me saying that it was the most powerful and emotional gaming article they have ever read in their lives. Most of those articles got less than 5% of the views that the satire got.
Gamers want controversy and negative messages because they have grown accustomed to it to the point where they actually crave it. Gaming writers also exploit this because it works and it gains them tons of views and recognition. I, for one, think this is unhealthy because the consequences of this are dire and worrying. If we continue this then gaming will devolve into something completely devoid of happiness and become a place where angry people say angry things all the time without stopping. This will cause the gaming industry to crumble and lose fans that just can’t take it anymore. I personally wanted to give up on gaming media because of this and it made me physically mad every time I went online and looked at articles.
Negative exposure is all well and good, but there is a line. The line is where it becomes so jaded and warped that it doesn’t make logical sense anymore. It’s like the real world news media where all they show is negative things happening in the world to the point where it becomes insanely depressing to watch.
I”ll be honest and say that I don’t have a solution to this. Controversy will always be around and the first paragraph this article has probably accomplished the task of pissing off a lot of people to the point where they started working on their hateful comment almost instantly. What really pisses me off is that these things are mostly unnecessary and can be avoided. It’s not necessary to say things with the only goal being to piss people off and gain attention.
I don’t know, maybe I’m just a huge pacifist that would like to avoid conflict as much as possible. I just want to live in a happy community where people share my love for the thing that makes me happy and not turn it into some twisted fiasco of hatred and despair.