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#1 Veji

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 08:22 PM

Its a question that i've asked myself many times.  I know i can name about 3 different games (that i really liked in the beginning) that they have affected.  

I find a game that I like, i go to their forums to talk about how much i like the game, and I find people who complain about anything and everything.

Sometimes, these people gain momentum in these 'communities' and end up bashing the game and driving people away from them.  As consumers, we all want to read and see all the reviews of gamers playing a game before we consider buying them for ourselves, so therefore, we analyze and take a general consensus of the gaming community's feelings on a game instead of relying on the (often well-bribed) gaming reviewer websites.

Its terrible.  How is someone who doesn't have friends, co-workers, or family who do gaming, supposed to find communities of people they can share their hobby and interests with?  

I'm not pointing fingers at any specific communities or gaming boards out there, but my question to you is  "Do forums ruin your gaming experience?"

#2 Zodiac Meteor

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 09:53 PM

Depends on the forums, Serebii.net and smogon, the top Pokemon forums are just terrible.

Guild Wars Guru was great for a while.

DragonsNest had bad forums, but the in game community was pretty good to say the least. Which is pretty strange, maybe because all the loud mouth kids didn't spend much time in game.

Borderlands of coarse, had a great community forum. Can't say the same for online?

#3 Pandiano

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 10:05 PM

Forums affected my gaming experience in both ways. Although more positive as when the forums are terrible I tend to ognore them completely.
GW2Guru has influenced my view of the gw community very much. Was used to other forums and when I got here and made my first comment someone posted something harsh in reply. I asked for an explanation and guess what? He apologised.
I was astonished in my seat and was like "....what the..." I was so positively suprised of the quality and kindness (compared to certain other games) that it fortified my decision to give it a try.

#4 The Comfy Chair

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 10:06 PM

If the forums aren't very good for a game, stop visiting them.

If you let a community 'ruin' a game for you via forums and not in game, it's your own fault really ;)

I know it's common sense, but i'm just throwing that out there :D

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#5 Zodiac Meteor

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 10:08 PM

The Comfy Chair said:

If the forums aren't very good for a game, stop visiting them.

If you let a community 'ruin' a game for you via forums and not in game, it's your own fault really ;)

I know it's common sense, but I'm just throwing that out there :D

This makes sense, however, it doesn't apply to everything.

Pokemon for an example, a game where knowing whats good/bad is great for competitive play.

A community can really shape the game, fortunately, I have yet to run into any forum problems doing the Nuzlocke Challenge :D

#6 Sprinkles169

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 10:09 PM

I only really go to forums when I'm bored or looking for info. Which right now who doesn't want as much gw2 info as possible. If a game is fun enough for me I won't care about the forums much at all. 90% of the content is typically meaningless or repetitive anyways. Rarely does someone say anything that gets noticed or not immediately shot down.

And I agree with the concern.

#7 The Comfy Chair

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 10:10 PM

Zodiac Meteor said:

This makes sense, however, it doesn't apply to everything.

Pokemon for an example, a game where knowing whats good/bad is great for competitive play.

A community can really shape the game, fortunately, I have yet to run into any forum problems doing the Nuzlocke Challenge :D

Indeed, all statements have their exceptions :)

Minecraft, for example, is a game that essentially required a supportive community to survive. Even now you can't generally really minecraft without using the wiki, which was community developed.

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#8 Hirsty

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 10:33 PM

i think  they help the community get together more. the pros outweigh the cons

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 10:41 PM

Honestly, it hasn't affected it for me in terms of game play. I never turned to Guru for help with the game, such a builds, tactics or guides. Every minute I played I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by extremely talented and intelligent individuals and so my only resource was in-game experience.

What I have used are guild forums, and Guru for selling stuff. Guild forums are usually boring in small guilds, but I was in a multi-gaming guild for a while and enjoyed their forums and made a lot of friends that way. As for Guru trading forums, that's almost the exclusive source of my wealth so that was a nice bonus to have around.

With regards to what people say about the game... not really. So much of my enjoyment is derived from hanging out with others that popular opinion, whether it's good or bad, doesn't really impact me. If I'm having fun with people, that's really all that there is to it for me. The only opinions that may impact my own are those of my friends, and I'm okay with that - we still have each other to hang out with, regardless of which games we're playing.
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#10 aurora2

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 11:04 PM

I doubt that a forum could ruin your experience if you like a game.

Well, of course except the spoiler warning-less posts that some mentally challenged people make sometimes... How i hate those..

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 11:14 PM

A Forum  may have the power to affect your like/dislike of a gaming community, but you are the one that decides if you like the game itself or not.  Whatever people say in a Forum is irrelevant to how the game itself is played, and the gameplay is what ultimately decides how much you like and enjoy the game.  Unless someone is playing a game solely for social interaction, in which case I rather feel sorry for that person.  Ultimately a gaming community is just like having friendships in Real Life --- it's what You make of it. :)

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 11:46 PM

It depends on what type of game it is. For single player games I don't even bother visiting the forum unless I have a technical problem with the game.

MMOs usually have the worst forum communities so I can see them ruining an mmo for people. There I try to stay away from the general forums and pvp forums, where most of the trouble makers ply their trade. Class and Lore/Story forums of the games are usually pretty good though.

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 11:47 PM

Thank you guys for the positive feedback.  I was really wondering if it was just me or if my line of thinking on these matters were just too negative.

In response to Jenn - I too have been a part of a multi-gaming clan that encompassed a variety of games, but unfortunately, I just couldn't keep up with the time requirements.  

In response to The Compfy Chair - I completely agree, but as i stated before, its always nice to get an overall consensus of a game from its community before committing to it.  MMOs are an pretty much the subject to that, because most everyone knows that MMOs are a long time engagement.  You just don't play it for a month or two and move on, so therefore the reason for the research.  

I hate to drag SWOTOR back into the middle of one of my posts again, but its the prime (and most recent) example of the motivation for this thread.  Gamespy and everyone else gave the game rave reviews and the community just hated it.  I did the 7 day trial of it, and i love the game aside from its WoW-like counterpart, so i was at odds.  

I was undecided until i started digging more into what the community was saying about the game.  I know that 'its just a game', but its a game you play for years.  You build a character and like Elder III said "Ultimately a gaming community is just like having friendships in Real Life", I just hate to get involved with a game and a social atmosphere and then decide to quit it all because the game has turned for the worse.

So personally, thats my peril.  I created the thread to see if anyone else was reaching the same results or sharing my opinion of it.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 12:25 AM

yes. This forum specifically has blemished my once untainted love for everything Guild Wars.

Same happened on many games too.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 02:36 AM

Zodiac Meteor said:

Depends on the forums, Serebii.net and smogon, the top Pokemon forums are just terrible.

I used to hang around Serebii. Never did much with Smogon. Do I make a point when I say that I like /vp/ more than Serebii's forums?

GW2Guru is the only forum I frequent. And I can foresee that once the game launches my activity on the forums will diminish entirely.

However neither Serebii nor Guru have affected my affection for their respective games.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 03:47 AM

No. (But I guess it really depends on the forums you visit.)

Looking back at my gaming experience I notice that there are a number of games that I would have either, never played, never knew about or never completed.

Forums and topic discussions have lead me to experience new games and also helped convince me to buy/play certain games, which in-turn have been fun to play. I also visit a Anime forum which lead me to getting one of the best games I have ever played on my Nintendo DS (Jump Ultimate Stars).

Plus I have no idea where I would be without GameFAQS. That site and its forum has helped me a ton in my gaming life.

Edited by Yoh, 18 March 2012 - 03:49 AM.


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Posted 18 March 2012 - 04:55 AM

Game forums should probably be renamed to bridges because of what they house.

Having said that, game forums go a long way to tell you the health of a game and the quality of it's community. Obviously you have to disregard or take with a grain of salt a lot of what is said on a forum because of the sort of people who tend to dwell on them, but things you can learn from them are along the lines of; How much traffic they have which might indicate active population or interest in the game. What kinds of things keep getting discussed or complained about and for how long have they been a topic or issue which might indicate the state of the game and it's community beyond the typical whines. How are these topics handled by the people running the game and what sort of presence or interaction do those people have on the forums which may indicate if they have a clue or give a crap. How current is the sort of information provided by the community and how helpful are hey to other players who ask question which may indicate relevant levels of asshattery or stagnation in the game. etc.

I've never been turned off from continuing to play a game by any of a game's forum communities, but I have decided to not bother playing more than a few of them at all because of what impression their forums give me. If I have to play a game with other people made by other people then I would like those people to not suck and be wasting my time.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 05:51 AM

it depends. i wouldn't say that the forums directly give me a reason why i start to dislike a game and want to stop playing it.  

i've been to plenty of forums were there were a lot of animosity between the members, mods, and topics that were poorly managed or too strictly managed.  it didn't really affect me.

some people think all negative posts or complaints are bad, but sometimes they actually bring light to something in which i never really took the time to think about myself or consider.  it's a way to get you in the know and to expose an issue that you never really thought about from your side. yet, you begin to realize how other people might be concerned or worried.

as far as "gaming experience", forums and actual in game experience can be somewhat different. there could be a really poor forum community, but the in game community and game itself could be pleasant.

i will also add that forums may -contribute- to my perception of a game being bad in general but  is -not-the sole -causation- of them.  i think the moderation team has more of an impact of degrading my gameplay experience than the members itself. i usually play a bunch of free to play mmos, and some of those official publisher run forums were a disaster.

people were quite vociferous on issues and topics got out of hand, but the presentation of the mods were unprofessional or poor.  because the mods were associated with representing the game, it kind gave a negative impression on how i viewed the game.  if the moderation team was inept in their duties, then i associated it with the game itself being poorly managed and handled because of that ftp publisher.