I’m mostly with you up until this point. I even get that the tone may have shifted. But I think that calling out the tone as hostility is kind of missing the point that there was a massive amount of hostility going both ways, but largely in the other direction.
If you look at all the ridiculously hostile crap that went on in Gamergate, or with the new Ghostbusters, or with the latest Star Wars, is it any wonder that people on the receiving end of this shit day after day, week after week get fed up, defensive and hostile? I would (and do).
Places like RPS did the tongue-in-cheek things pointing out humorously some of the ridiculousness, or most egregious issues, (that you liked) and then they got massive amounts of shit for it. At which point their choice was either to give up and not touch the issue, which would feel like the assholes won, or to stand their ground and fight… which is seen as hostile.
The movie studios and directors and actresses have basically had to make the same choice.
That’s the thing, people get most of their gaming news from reddit or youtubers or steam reviews, and then they complain when sites like RPS start posting more news/guides/lists etc… which is what sites like RPS have to do when more and more people are getting most of their gaming news from reddit or youtubers or steam reviews.
They don’t have to be opposites, but they do seem to be somewhat at odds. Wanting RPS to go back to the ‘good old days’ where they just wrote whatever they wanted, except the stuff they used to write that we didn’t like.
There will always be a range of people with different reasons for their opinions, but since I don’t have time to analyse them all and address every single variant, I’ll have to limit myself to somewhat generalizing.
Err. No? Not really. Although
I guess I assume that most of the people commenting about perceived hypocrisy in ads or about how RPS pursued the issue were making those comments because they didn’t see it as a big issue.
Because I can’t imagine anyone getting seriously upset about the apparent hypocrisy of an dodgy ad for some online strategy game being on a piece about an important issue. Unless their real issue was with the issue itself.