No, it didn't.
Something's definitely wrong with the title, and pretty much the whole situation. The title's ambiguous by saying that "Haters are nut jobs CONFIRMED", because it reads as if anyone that dislikes the game is a hater, and all haters are crazy.
This issue with TLOU2 highlighted the following problems:
- It is currently impossible to criticize the game without being personally attacked or called a hater.
- It is currently impossible to worry about the bashing of the white male "patriarchal" figure without being called a bigot.
- It is currently impossible to tell people that bigotry, on all sides, is unacceptable, and be believed, because only bigotry on one side nowadays is untolerable. In other words, if I say that I am not happy with how the patriarchy is being portrayed in movies, I automatically become a bigot, but if someone says that they are not happy with how people are negatively reacting to feminism, homosexuality and transgenderism in media, by saying that it's arguably forced and not natural to the characters and plot and alters the characters from their original form, then that's okay (Examples in Star Wars, Ghostbusters and possibly TLOU2). Double-standards are not right.
- It is currently impossible to have a personal opinion without being attacked, or being shamed for it.
- It is almost currently impossible to have a reasonable dialogue on the matter because people are so personally involved in all of it.
What's the solution?
- We stop bullying each other, insulting each other, and hating each other.
- We start listening to each other, for once.
- We give the benefit of the doubt and allow people to explain themselves without vilifying them.
- We understand that people are different, have different lifestyles and those need to be respected. That includes homosexuality, conservativism, religion, feminism, patriarchy, progressivism, and everything in between.
- We start respecting that everyone has their own opinion, and unless they are intentionally trying to hurt others (on all sides!), then people have a right to their thoughts, and to express them, just like you are free to express yours.
- We stop trying to fit everyone into our mold, as if it is the only right way to see the world.
- We start trying to actually build a community together where we can be different from the rest, and foster dialogue.
- We start caring for each other, our personal issues and testimonies about things that actually bothered us in the past.
- We learn to use some discernment and read into subtleties, such as the difference between being critical of something and hating it.
- We use logic and sensibility, in order to all become better and smarter.
- We take a moment before we post to make sure we are in a good head-space and are fostering the right attitude.
If we don't, we will just perpetuate the cycle of hatred just like everyone else does and we all clearly don't want that.Last edited by padib - on 07 July 2020