I believe that the gaming community is affected by a major problem. Sadly, this problem is part of the community. There are those of us who just want to play games and have fun with one another. Then there are those who feel the need to yell at game companies and ruin the experience of those who just want to enjoy themselves. I see this all the time in the forums of many games and the games themselves, such as Destiny, Call of Duty, and Halo. I don’t know what it is about these individuals who want to ruin other people’s experiences, but they are getting on my nerves and I’m sure they’re getting on yours too.
I think most people have heard of Destiny by now. If you haven’t, Destiny was said to be an amazing MMO from Bungie, the creators of Halo, and Activision, the publishers of Call of Duty, which are both amazing games. When it first released, millions were playing the game. Since then, the game has become a dry wasteland that only has a few million playing. I can already tell that many Destiny fans may not be happy to hear me say that, but I’m a Destiny player myself and it’s honestly become infected by complete jerks. I frequently go on the Destiny forums to see what’s up in the world of the game and instead of finding new information, I find people complaining that Bungie couldn’t make their dream game. Bungie is a company that likes to listen to their fans and that’s great, but it’s a double-edged sword. People complain and then Bungie continues to implement or fix whatever they wanted, which is then met with an uproar of people saying how stupid they were for implementing/fixing whatever they did. This has caused the game to spiral into what seems like an inescapable pit of stupid changes that were never needed. Was this Bungie’s fault? It was, but only partially. It’s the players who beg for changes that cause the game to be ruined ever so slowly.
Along with this, many players in the game choose not to play with certain people just because of their weaponry or armor. This isn’t as much of a problem now due to recent patches, but only a few months ago there was a weapon that destroyed everything in sight if you pulled the trigger. This weapon was called Gjallarhorn and it was a rocket launcher that had high damage along with mini missiles that would track targets after the first rocket had impacted against something. It felt amazing to fire and it was the most wanted weapon within the game. This was an amazing time for those who had these wonderful rockets because it was extremely rare and whoever wielded one could play with almost anyone they wanted. It was awesome being one of those few that had one, but soon I started to notice how players who didn’t have one were booted from teams just because of this issue. These guys were unable to play a game they really enjoyed because someone else felt they would drag the team down. That may sound really stupid, but teams are everything within Destiny, you can’t do much without one. This would make people who had never met before go onto the forums and say how much they hated one another because they couldn’t play without a Gjallarhorn. People would begin to just start insulting others who had done nothing wrong because of their misfortune, which led to those with good fortune yelling as well to defend themselves even though it’s just a game. Destiny since then has become a place where people will yell at Bungie for doing their best and where players can shout at one another for not being as skilled as someone else.
Now I’ve made Destiny look like a bad game, but that truly isn’t the case. I’ve also met folks who laugh at failures, smile at screw ups, and meet challenges with an enthusiastic attitude. These people really enjoy the game the way it is and the way the developers made it. This type of person will have a beneficial relationship with the industry–gamer gets a good game and the developer gets paid without complaint. These people can have a joyful aura around them that feels contagious, making everyone have a better time overall. I’ve also met many friends over this game who I still talk with and sometimes even meet up with in the real world. Destiny is an interesting game in a way that there are many people who choose to be mean to each other, but there are also people who want to make nice experiences with other players.
Destiny, if you think about it, is a perfect example of the whole gaming community. It’s where people can shout at each other for stupid reasons and ruin fun experiences for one another while sending the game into an endless pit of worsening. It’s also where lovely people can spend their time shooting aliens together in a place they recognize as a virtual world and share meaningful times with each other. This problem will never go away of course, that’s impossible, but it can get better. Maybe if some people wake up and smell the roses they can see that people are people and games are games. We don’t belong to the 1s and 0s that make up our entertainment, we’re free to do whatever we want. There’s no need to be rude to others who aren’t as skilled or talented at games because in real life those same people are better than you at certain things. Overall, game companies aren’t the ones who are ruining the industry–it’s ourselves.