I'm really starting to hate forums that are based around gaming. Jesus Christ, most of the forums I visit are filled with some of the most annoying, hypocritical and negative people in the world. Every game screenshot that is released is judged and scrutinzed into oblivion, every sequel that is announced starts up 20 page threads about how the developer is going to stuff up the game and then you have the constant ninja bias that goes on when it comes to specific platforms.
A few examples of game forum stupidity would be colourful games. Everyone cries about how games aren't colourful enough, games aren't unique enough, everythings an FPS and so on, but then when a colourful, unique game that isn't an FPS is shown, it's criticised to hell and bombs. Enslaved is a perfect example. It's a game that tries to do things differently and when the first screenshots were released, forums like Neogaf, IGN and Giant Bomb started shitting all over the game, with some people saying it's too colourful. Then as soon as a brown shooter is released, those very sites have massive threads discussing and praising games like Call of Duty, Gears of War 2, Bad Company 2, Medal of Honour and then they all look forward to upcoming games like Battlefield 3, SOCOM 4, Gears of War 3 and Killzone 3.
Game forums are also negative about everything. Nearly every time a game is announced or a developer discusses something, the forums always have to put a negative spin on it. Oh, hey, Mercury Steam is developing a new game? I hoep it's not as shit as Lords of Shadow, HYUK HYUK! Just Dance sells 3 million copies? That's 3 million stupid people then, HYUK HYUK! Dragon Age 2 is being better adapted to suit consoles? Bioware are crappy developers and Dragon Age 2 is going to be a crappy game, HYUK HYUK! For a community that supposedly loves videogames, they majority of their time is spent bashing videogames.
The whole ninja bias thing is just ridiculous and this is something that occurs on this forum as well. If you have a preference, then admit to it and try not to hate on everything the 'oppossing' console does. You can have an opinion on it, but some people just repeat the same bias statements every single week and then critisize people when they make similar statements. A recent occurence would be the whole tie thing that was going in that last Worldwide sales thread and I was a little disguested with how people were acting and how many pages it took up. It's such a silly argument, but people took it so seriously. We seem to discuss specific terms like fanboy, tie, console exclusive, troll, conspiracy, copycat and hackers, more often than we actually talk about videogames.
VGChartz has a better community than most sites, but I've noticed that some people are starting to go off the rails. I'm at least confident in saying that this site is more open minded towards most games, but when a thread about El Shaddai goes on for 2 pages, but then a thread about how '360 something something PS3 something something sucks' goes on for 12 pages and it's literally a thread about nothing but sqaubbling, you kind of feel a little sad.
What are your thoughts? Sorry about the length.
Bet with Conegamer and AussieGecko that the PS3 will have more exclusives in 2011 than the Wii or 360... or something.