Rampaging “Give Diretide” Fans Give Everyone A Reason To Hate Gamers
I’m a huge Dota 2 fan. Had you asked me that about a year ago, I probably would’ve corrected you by saying “League of Legends” but recently I’ve been loving Valve’s offering far too much. If you’ve been watching statistics recently, you realise that I’m one in a few million people that currently engage in some online multiplayer strategy monthly, which is good news for the guys over at Valve.
What isn’t good, however, is when a few of those millions turn on you.
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It all happened over the weekend, over something as trivial as a Halloween event. I must say, even I was surprised that Valve failed to launch this year’s Diretide, the Halloween themed event that is supposed to be an annual treat for Dota 2 players. Team Fortress gets Scream Fortress, CS: GO has its own even and even League of Legends has (the superior) The Harrowing event. Thing is, this year’s Diretide window came and went, and not a peep was heard from Valve. And quite frankly, fans are pissed off.
Now that’s totally acceptable, especially when post and entire threads mentioning the word Diretide have either been completely ignored and even deleted by Valve, with the company not even acknowledging the mistake or blatant refusal to reward the community with their promised event. That’s a shit move on Valve’s part, but the response from the community definitely blew things out of proportion.
In what’s become a staple activity for gamers who don’t get their way, the Metacritic User score for Dota 2 was attacked by a plethora of “0” review scores, bringing the title’s average below 4 points. Not that User scores mean anything to anyone really, but it just shows how childish some gamers become when they don’t get something they’re not even paying for. Mature, huh? It doesn’t stop there either.
Through a stroke of luck (yes, luck) car manufacturer Volvo was somehow brought into the picture after a sentence going something like “daed gaem, Volvo pls fix!” was posted on social media. Volve used this to their advantage, as any smart marketing department would, urging Valve to give fans what they wanted. Even Obama’s Facebook account was hit up with thousands of “Give Diretide” requests, as the mob simply did not know where else to vent their frustrations. It was all fun and games, up until someone managed to get the personal phone number of Dota 2 community star and “Master Patch Eviscerator” Matthew “Cyborgmatt” Bailey…and posted it online.
I’m pretty sure you can imagine what followed. Bailey was not only harassed by complete strangers, he was also handed death threats over the phone should Valve not give the community Diretide 2013. The harassment went so far that Bailey took to Twitter to warn those still engaging him that he would soon be contacting the authorities with harassment charges.
Now, I’m all for gamers having a voice, but this is just ridiculous. And it’s not the first, or even tenth, time this has happened. As soon as a majority of “entitled” gamers don’t get what they want, they turn into the slimiest scum you can possibly find on this planet. Personally, I hope Valve doesn’t give fans what they want for a long time, a message to those retarded few about how their actions affect others.
Act like children, get treated like children.