The game industry calls out toxic fans

Yesterday was a sad day in the gaming industry. In less than 24 hours, we got the news that Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert would no longer talk about the upcoming release of Return to Monkey Island following online abuse, and God of War producer Ragnarök had to ask everyone to be patient. while waiting for more news about the game.

It has since been revealed that some members of the gaming community have even sent unsolicited photos of their private parts to members of the God of War Ragnarök team. They somehow believed that because of this, Sony Santa Monica would suddenly give the world an update on the game’s release date… How they came to this conclusion is beyond me.

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Since all this has happened, prominent industry members have raised their voices and exposed the toxic behavior of these so-called fans.

Following the news that Gilbert shut down his blog yesterday, Neil Druckmann, co-chair of Naughty Dog, wrote: “Wow! Not even healthy adventure games are safe from toxic ‘fans’ who know better than the original creators?!

“Ron (and team), you guys keep making what YOU believe in! It looks beautiful! I’ll be there on day one!”

He went on to say: “Honestly… as a huge fan of a game series that changed my life, I’m very lucky to have another Monkey Island from Ron Gilbert. I want his team’s vision and no one else’s.” .”

Meanwhile, Guybrush Threepwood actor Dominic Armato wrote, “For a community that fiercely defends its medium as art, there are an awful lot of people going out of their way to treat it like a stupid product.”

Alex Mann, a development director for EA, also reflected on Gilbert’s decision to step back from the internet, writing, “When people keep wondering or asking why some game studios don’t communicate or talk about games before release. Or why they don’t interact with communities? This is 100 percent why; it’s not worth the personal toll [and] mental health costs to keep trying.”

Sony Santa Monica’s Cory Barlog also offered his support to Gilbert after the news, writing, “What the hell people? Please don’t be a dick to my gamedev hero. Sorry for the bullshit, Ron. Thanks for making things that inspire me to make things. Never stop doing that.”

Sadly, this wasn’t the only tweet Barlog had to share with his followers yesterday about being a decent human being in general.

Regarding the aforementioned NSFW photos sent to the God of War Ragnarök team, Barlog wrote, “Are you kidding me now???

“I can’t believe I even have to say this, but don’t fucking send dick pics to ANYONE on this team, or anyone else in this industry. They do their best to make some for you to enjoy.

“Show some damn respect.”

Sony Santa Monica game writer Alanah Pearce gave her followers a “Common Sense Reminder”.

“Yelling people out about video game release dates gets you absolutely nothing. Even if harassing people got them to date you (never), you also gain nothing at all by finding out before a team is ready to share.”

Gamertag Radio co-host Parris also shared his take on everything that was going on, tweeting: “Stop pestering game developers. What I’ve seen in the last few days is just awful.”

“Be better than this,” he finished.

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