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Tomodachi Collection: Nintendo patching out same-sex marriage – rumour

Monday, 13 May 2013 16:29 GMT By Dave Cook

Tomodachi Collection users have found that they can allow two male characters to tie the knot, but the feature doesn’t work with two female characters. As such, it seems Nintendo is now patching out same sex marriage in full.

Nintendo Life quite rightly marked this one as rumour as it’s based on a Google-Translated blog post over at Nintendo’s Japanese blog. So please do take this with a grain of salt for now.

Here’s a grab:

Note the line about human relationships. Nintendo Life also suggests that the same-sex marriages for males could be unintentional, and that Nintendo is now keen to remove the feature as a result. Either way, the feature has seen new gamers flock to the game, so it will be unfortunate if they’re then unable to do as they please.

We’ll have more on this one as it plays out.

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162 Comments

  1. The_Red

    Yeah, instead of adding the female-female marriage via a simple update, let’s remove it all together for all sexes. While I do understand that this is more of a bug that is being fixed, I can’t help but feel that Nintendo is mostly doing this because of the subject matter and how it might reflect on its “family friendly” image.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Fin

    Yerrr, tea needs to be banned for that.

    Don’t care if he’s trolling, I’ve had enough.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Kidbuu42

    It’s a glitch in a game that needs to be fixed. It probably causes more problems with the code than you realize. It’s not really about same sex marrige or any other social issues. Also, we now know theevilaires is a homophobe

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Sylrissa

    #3 Agreed, that kind of blatant hate shouldn’t be acceptable here.

    #4 If it’s a legitimate bug that is truly causing problems with the code, then by all means, i’m okay with them fixing it.

    Why can’t they just find out a offical way to enable it later on?.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. zinc

    I do like the way Tea can only bottle-up the stupid for so long :-P

    #5 2 years ago
  6. dreamcastnews

    @7 that’s your opinion and I for one, think you have every right to express it. Why should he be banned for simply saying something he doesn’t like?

    If he was being homophobic, he’d be saying some shit like ‘burn the lesbians’ or some slur like that, he isn’t so those who have a problem with members expressing a view, get the fuck over yourselves and stop contributing to this stupid nanny society we live in today.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. The_Red

    @8
    I do agree that he is entitled to his opinion BUT he didn’t just say he doesn’t like lesbians or doesn’t care or disagrees with their beliefs. He said and I quote:

    “No one gives a shit about you ugly ass broads. Wow you don’t need penis in your life (which is B$) and you know what you both like cause you’re females. Congradufuckingalations no one cares about you pushing gay right statement because 90% of you are forced to be gay because theres more women on this planet than guys and we rather focus on better things.”

    That is the definition of offensive and insulting talk targeted at others. Even as a troll post, those words unacceptable to me though I’m not a mod or judge. It’s just… sad.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. dreamcastnews

    @9 hmmm yeah, it’s certainly strong. This is half the problem with this site in general I find though. People take to the keys to talk about what they dislike and it soon becomes a heated rant that’s very close to a hate campaign. I guess I’m not surprised by his outburst as it’s commonplace for things to get out of control on VG247 – even Eurogamer has a more balanced comment system that at least can be downvoted should you not want to see a particular post or would rather give approval without getting into a silly ‘my console has a bigger cock’ argument.

    But yeah, it’s very close to the knuckle. But still his view, many are too scared to post what they think on this so at the very least it’s brave.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Sylrissa

    #10 “or turn lesbo during their life” And that is where you are flat out wrong, you’re assuming that being gay or lesbian is a choice, and one day a woman just goes “welp, I like girls now” when that couldn’t be further from the truth, and just goes to show how misinformed you are.

    I could go on about my own personal experiences, but unlike you, I’m not going to use small anecdotal evidence that isn’t valid to be used as fact.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Clupula

    @2 – Honestly, dude, it sounds like you were into some woman. She was into women and turned you down, and now you’re bitter. Actually, it sounds like it has happened more than once with how much it seems to upset you that some women wouldn’t be into you.

    I called Francis out when he was pulling this and I think it’s fucked up that you’re spewing this sort of shit here. Just as I said with him, I don’t think that sort of thing really has a place here.

    And Francis has pretty much been my punching bag the whole time he’s been here, while you and I have agreed on a lot of things. But this is caveman talk. This is the sort of hateful misinformed bullshit that should have gone the way of Jim Crow laws by now.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Sylrissa

    #14 Well said, I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the case, it wouldn’t be the first time someone has lashed out like that.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. dreamcastnews

    I think in such a cushioned society, for you to say those things is certainly respected by me in a strange way, I agree it did go a little less-focused half way through but if you want to say something on your mind about the subject matter- why can’t you? It’s a democracy not dictatorship and you’ve expressed an opinion that sure others may take an instant dislike to, but we don’t all fall in line in life and do and feel different things towards situations – you get my respect for daring to be different, you aren’t homophobic – you just have a view.

    Just, go easy on Nintendo ;)

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Clupula

    Oddly, the other big homophobe on this site is Nintendo’s biggest defender.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. dreamcastnews

    @17 who?

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Clupula

    @18 – Francis was all acting like a 14 year old on Xbox Live a couple nights ago. I mean, hey, if he wants to imply that me and Legendaryboss get it on, that’s one thing, but he was all being really nasty about it and saying some fairly hateful shit about gay people in general.

    I’m fairly confident in my ability to get women, so calling me gay doesn’t bother me. It’s not an insult. Kinda wish I could be into guys too, so I could have twice the sex, but just not into it. But, I’ve always been really supportive of my gay and lesbian friends. And for him to be all making Brokeback Mountain jokes and shit was really inappropriate.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. dreamcastnews

    @18 that’s fair enough, there is a line between joke and just plain idiocy. I don’t think theevilaires is -too- over the line although some of the comments are close to the danger zone for sure.

    You’ve got Francis on XBL?! I thought you guys didn’t see eye to eye? You’re always fighting ;)

    I personally don’t have a problem with same gender shenanigans, but I don’t really have a problem with folk expressing a different view either, it’s a catch 22 really.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Clupula

    @20 – Did you just whip out the Werner Wolfcastle “Maybe you all are homosexuals” defense? You gotta just be trolling right now. There’s no other explanation.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Clupula

    @21 – No no. I don’t even have a 360. I’m saying he sounded like your average 14 year old on XBox Live.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Richenbaum

    @22 seriously, when is he not?

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Clupula

    @21 – Honestly, if he had just said, “Fuck that shit. Good for Nintendo. It’s a kid’s game. If I had kids, I wouldn’t want them learning about that sort of thing,” I’d think it was an ignorant opinion, but one that can, at least, be debated. His whole, “Bitches can’t ride this, so they turn gay” rant was basically just sad, ill-informed ignorance that doesn’t really belong anywhere that adults attempt to have intelligent discussions.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Richenbaum

    @25 that’s how trolling works. and the more offended you act and attention you draw to him the more you are giving him exactly what he wants.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. zinc

    “I’m a realist”… Used by the type of peeps who start sentences with “I’m not a racist, but…” or “I don’t mean to offend, but…”

    :-P

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Beta

    Dear God.. Homophobic trolling galore in this comment section. I can actually feel my iq melting away. :P

    In any case, it was a glitch and if Nintendo patched it because it was screwing with other code then fine.

    But if it was removed for the disappointingly predictable reason of keeping Nintendo’s family friendly image then I’m not impressed.

    @28 + 10

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Fin

    Soooo, tea’s homophobic ranting gets a free pass?

    Pretty sure I say Dave saying he would ban people for hate speech before, no?

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Sylrissa

    Seems that way. and I remember reading the same previously.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Dave Cook

    @30 Yeah but I can’t be here 24 hours a day though, I finished work almost five hours ago.

    I’ll have a chat with Pat about this issue in the morning.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Fin

    @32

    No worries man, just as long as you’re aware is all! Don’t mean to be hassling :)

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Dave Cook

    @33 I know you weren’t :)

    I agree with you guys on this for sure. It’s not on.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. lexph3re

    Come on now guy. This dude wasn’t spreading hate he said what he felt. You can’t tell me he deserves a ban when you guys kept him going on the topic. If you didn’t like it tell him what he said that offended you and ask him to be more understanding. Why go about acting like he is prolonging the subject more?

    You guys were just waiting for this to exploit an individual quarrel that you already had with TEA from post you didn’t like before.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Fin

    “I meant no hate in terms of prejudice”

    “I must say I hate lesbians”

    /eyeroll

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Brenna Hillier

    I just banned theevilaires, which means this comment thread now makes little sense. Sorry about that.

    I don’t want to derail with yet another conversation about acceptable behaviour, trolling, community moderation and why we don’t have much of it, but I will say this:

    Making offensive generalisations about a group of people – whether that group is defined by race, gender, class, sexuality, or any one of a range of human differentiators – is hate speech. On those rare occasions it’s brought to my attention, it results in a ban.

    Don’t make me hunt down your alts. Just rein it in.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. zinc

    Edit:

    Well I did originally have a nice retort for Tea, but Brenna seems to have…

    /Dealt with it.

    ;-) Private joke for those who were reading this thread :-)

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Phoenixblight

    Its their site they can run it how they like. TEA needed to be banned for his comments. We don’t need that crap here, go to 4chan if you want to spew that nonsense.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. lexph3re

    Right, I get cyber stalked nothing is done about it. TEA says his personal view that was apart of the already sticky subject he gets banned. Backwards

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Phoenixblight

    @34

    Cyberstalking != offensive remarks

    #35 2 years ago
  36. G1GAHURTZ

    @34:

    I agree with you, lex.

    Ridiculous double standards here.

    Can’t say I didn’t see it coming. Seriously, before I went to bed last night, I was thinking about leaving a message saying that as soon as Brenna sees this, she’s going to go all ban happy.

    I didn’t, because I hoped that the thread would just be left alone, but obviously that didn’t happen.

    Brenna, you ban tea, because he’s specifically talking about lesbians, which is a group that you openly put yourself into, but while he may have been offensive, he’s NOT a homophobe, and DIDN’T say anything homophobic.

    He stated an opinion, and justified it with explanations.

    You, I or anyone else may not have agreed with him or his explanations, but to ban him is outrageous.

    It goes directly against how Pat has been running this site from day one, and for me, it shows an abuse of power, purely because he said something that you took personal offense to.

    Please, give me your personal email, and I will spam your inbox with ban requests for every time someone comes on here and is offensive to Muslims.

    Because it happens regularly, but I don’t see you rushing to ban them.

    The inconsistency is ridiculous.

    Why couldn’t you just wait and talk to Pat like Dave was going to do?

    #36 2 years ago
  37. salarta

    Brenna’s about to go full Lara Croft (the original, proper one) on the alts. :P

    #37 2 years ago
  38. zinc

    @36, To be fair, Pat has banned Tea once before, so Brenna is still acting in a way that is true to VG247 :)

    Plus its only for a relatively short while, so he’ll be back.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Dragon246

    Wow, someone got banned. Never thought I would see such a day. Missed the discussion entirely.

    Now, can we also get bans on words like “schizophrenic”, “mentally challenged”, “masturbating” and so on?

    Just read #7, that was bad. Generalizations like that suck and shouldn’t be allowed. However, as Ghz said, same intolerance should also be shown to anyone else hurting any other groups like Muslims and so on.

    Edited

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Ireland Michael

    Good riddance, for a second time. This place might actually be habitable again. We’ll see.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Brenna Hillier

    @34 who did you report the cyberstalking to? I haven’t taken action because I don’t know a single thing about it. Email me with links.

    @35 @39 I’ll ban over any incident of hate speech I find. I saw this one because the discussion was during my shift. If I see more, I’ll act. I don’t read every comment thread or forum post and I’m not here 24/7.

    @39 I’d love to se an end to the kind of words you mention, Dragon, but using a word callously is different from saying “all people in group x are [negative statement]“.

    @35 His opinions were offensive generalisations, and that’s not allowed.

    @38 I deleted his main. It’s permanent.

    Listen, it’s simple: don’t say anything here you wouldn’t say if you were standing in an office. If the thing you’re saying would have us throw you out of the building, we’ll throw you out of the site.

    Can we please quit it with these endless boring discussions of community moderation. We’ve heard your complaints, we’re working on it, there’s nothing else to be done right now.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Ireland Michael

    @39 This is the second time he’s been banned.

    @41 “We’ve heard your complaints, we’re working on it.”

    I would totally agree with this if not for the fact that Da Man has been habitually harassing, mocking and insulting almost every single member of the community for ages now, and still nothing has been done about it.

    What he’s posted *has* been hate speech on many occasions, and his behaviour has consistently been worse than TEA’s. But apparently that is totally the sort of thing people say in the office to each other and completely acceptable…

    Beyond that, you guys are doing great.

    #42 2 years ago
  43. Dragon246

    @Brenna,
    Agreed on the whole. People should talk like they would in real life face to face.
    Btw, about cyberstalking, it happened to me before, and nobody listened. I will be counting on you to protect me in the future of VG247 :P

    @Michael,
    Agreed on Da Man, here is one-
    “#474

    Da Man
    13/12/12, 7:44 pm

    Have you tried masturbating, Dragon1234567890 yet? Or is it just vg247 and Metal Gear soundtracks daily?

    It’s been a while since I’ve seen people bumping four year old threads due to having literally zero life. Poor young man.”

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Ireland Michael

    So then, can we get a ban for Da Man’s hate speech and constant stalking harassment as well, since its been made aware of?

    That is all that’s required, correct?

    #44 2 years ago
  45. G1GAHURTZ

    Stop it, O’Connor.

    You don’t even post here anymore, so what’s with the vindictive campaign?

    You’ve been just as guilty of obnoxious behaviour in the past, and you eventually made a conscious effort to change, so perhaps you should spend a little more time concentrating on your own shortcomings?

    You’ve been telling people to ignore, ignore, ignore, for years, but all this time you’ve been incapable of doing it yourself.

    #45 2 years ago
  46. Brenna Hillier

    Honestly everyone, if someone is legit hassling you, with repeat incidents of targeted insults, email me (or Dave, or Steph, or Pat) with a pile of links. You can grab the URL for a specific comment from the red, hashtagged number.

    We are going to check the whole thread and ask for the other side of the story so be very, very sure your own tabard is clean. There are a lot of glass houses around here ;)

    #46 2 years ago
  47. Ireland Michael

    @45 Michael, please.

    I still visit the site daily for news. The only reason I stopped posting is because of the utter pig sty that the community itself has turned into. One of the people responsible for that has been completely wiped from the face of the website though, so there’s some hope for it yet.

    “….you eventually made a conscious effort to change.”

    And that, right there, is the difference. They haven’t.

    “You’ve been telling people to ignore, ignore, ignore, for years, but all this time you’ve been incapable of doing it yourself.”

    I ignore the individuals in question when they directly talk to me. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to discuss the issue with the staff. There’s no “vindictive campaign”. He’s simply one of the guilty people.

    @46 “Honestly everyone, if someone is legit hassling you, with repeat incidents of targeted insults, email me (or Dave, or Steph, or Pat) with a pile of links. You can grab the URL for a specific comment from the red, hashtagged number.”

    I sent numerous links on Twitter to the staff of consistent, abusive comments from Da Man, directed not only as me but countless other members as well, for almost a year. There are members of staff that openly despise his behaviour, and yet even that isn’t even enough. Eventually I got so sick of people like him being allowed to piss on people I simply stopped posting.

    Dragon just showed you one of those comments. The fact that its not in an email shouldn’t matter. The words don’t suddenly change because they’re in an inbox.

    Frankly, people shouldn’t have to sit around and gather up links when the persons behaviour is right in front of your faces, and has been for years. Especially considering that TEA just got banned for one homophobic remark.

    You’re the one who said that you would instantly ban someone if you were made aware of such behaviour, so it’s pretty clear stuff ARE allowed to ban people at their own discretion. So simply delete Da Man’s profile. You KNOW he’s an insulting, degrading, bullying jerk. You don’t need a “email of repeated instances of targeted insults” anymore than you needed them to ban TEA.

    #47 2 years ago
  48. Beta

    The man was ranting about how he hated lesbians.. That is blatantly offensive and he entirely deserved his ban. Ridiculous that anyone could defend a man posting that kind of cave man drivel. And “I’m a realist” is not a justification.

    Well done Brenna.

    #48 2 years ago
  49. Dave Cook

    @47 Michael I spoke with you about this on Twitter and said the best way to deal with the issue was to send me a mail with the evidence in one place, as per what Brenna said above.

    You never sent it mate. I’d have happily taken things a step further if you did but unless it’s proper hate mongering like what TEA has just been banned for, we need to see it in a written email with the evidence there. Just send us links.

    I offered to help and it never came to pass for some reason.

    #49 2 years ago
  50. salarta

    I am going to eat pants now. Mmm. Pants.

    #50 2 years ago
  51. monkeygourmet

    This is outrageous!!!

    While I agree with TEA’s ban in this case (although, same as last time, I think he knew exactly what he was doing to provoke a reaction), the projected view some people have of their conduct on this site is unbelievable!

    If you act like that IRL there must be ALOT of people walking around with a ‘God’ complex.

    Fact is, I’ve seen evidence of;

    passive aggressive bullying
    goading
    sniping
    bitching
    manipulation
    etc… etc…

    These are all pretty shitty character traits, and all coming from the majority of people who call for bans!!! The hypocricy is so strong here!

    Just because a certain member can’t be arsed to trawl through pages and pages of VG247 stories just to dig out the dirt, doesn’t mean it’s not there!

    Of ccourse, then we have the charming ‘alt accounts’ and people running around ‘stealth’ editting their comments in case the get ‘caught out’. What a spineless attitude, can’t bode well for there self esteem IRL.

    I’ve said it before; ‘People in glass houses….’

    You can’t goad, stir up an arguement then cry about it later down the line. Life doesn’t simply work like that, somethings you have to look at your own behaviour and wonder if that may be the cause.

    Anyway, sniping, bitching and back stabbing are easier to do on a forum, it’s just ironic that all the people who seem to be asking about getting more ‘real life’ conduct here display behaviours that most would find abrasive.

    Anyway, TEA’s comments were unacceptable in this instance, but he knew exactly what he was doing. It’s the same thing that happened last time.

    He gets bored and pokes the hornets nest. I don’t even think he believes half the shit he writes, it’s just more trolling, same as he always used to do.

    If someone like TEA change your opinion on gay marriage over a videogame forum, I think you have more problems tbh!

    #51 2 years ago
  52. monkeygourmet

    It wouldn’t actually suprise me if some people on here were not trawling through all their previous posts now and editting like a maniac…

    Trying to make themselves out to be a saint…

    #52 2 years ago
  53. Fin

    I think there’s a big difference between the general bitching and sniping that goes on in comments and TEA saying “I hate lesbians”.

    #53 2 years ago
  54. monkeygourmet

    @53

    Yeah, I was seperating those 2 things.

    The TEA thing was a genuine issue, the people jumping on the bandwagon crying ‘ban him/her!’ are another thing entirely.

    You’ve just grouped both my points together.

    It becomes dangerous to act while people are in a heightened emotional state. Thats when you make mistakes and it’s where ‘Witch Hunts’ stemmed from…

    Mass hysteria or whatever you want to call it.

    My original point was trying to identify this and try to seperate them.

    The other day for example;

    Francis insinuated Clup & LBoss were a homosexual couple, and I think (may be wrong), threw the ‘fag’ word around.

    Clup retaliated by writing various inflammentry poems about him and Nintendo.

    Are we banning Francis here or does it only matter if someone decides to take offence? Just because Clup seemed okay with it and responded in a ‘jokey’ manner, are we saying that behaviour was okay?

    Basically, it’s all a load of shite bollocks and double standards.

    #54 2 years ago
  55. OlderGamer

    This site needs, imo, active moderation. I saw Teas outburt yesterday. Made me sick. But I couldn’t do anything about it. I am glad Brenna took care of it. However I agree with MG too, the action taken here feels selective. And ofc, the reason for that is that the staff is spread thin and not able to police the comments sections properly. You can’t really blame the staff, that isn’t their job. That is where active moderation should come in.

    Sure there will be draw backs. But that is the reality of it. No one should ever feel bad to come here. The type of comments posted by Tea(and others) are just uncalled for and have ZERO place here.

    I don’t post as often as I used to either. And several long term posters stoped contributing as well. Back a couple years ago, when the site was smaller it could get away with less rules and less babysitting. That formula doesn’t work as good now because of the increase in traffic. From spam attacks telling us “Posters love their jobs” to people promoting their own game blogs and youtube accounts with links, to people just spewing trash and hate, every site like this needs someone who only logs on to clean stuff up.

    #55 2 years ago
  56. G1GAHURTZ

    @53:

    That’s nonsense.

    You’ve taken a single sentence that he (possibly) wrote (can’t even check, now), and run with it, ignoring every effort that he made to clarify himself.

    You just wanted to get him banned, regardless of what he said from that point on, which is despicable behaviour.

    It’s very ironic, that for someone who so obviously tries to put himself up as a hero of tolerance, you seem to have an extremely low tolerance for anything that anyone says that you don’t agree with.

    #56 2 years ago
  57. GwynbleiddiuM

    @G1GA To be fair, low tolerance thing isn’t true when we talk about Da Man, oh we tolerate him alright, but the thing is he has this name calling habit that is going on for far too long. He believes himself to be funny and humorous. On rare occasions that might even work for him but most of the time it doesn’t.

    We all have endured him, some people learned to look the other way when he tries to derail a topic, but that doesn’t change the fact that he purposefully attempts to provoke others.

    Just read his comments, sometimes I even wonder if he has any interest in gaming at all. Most of the times he either attacks people based on personal grudges or based on the platform they game at.

    #57 2 years ago
  58. Ireland Michael

    @49 I never sent it because you already had all the proof you needed in all those links on Twitter. But hey, if sitting around waiting for someone to flame just so I can collect random URLs is the only options, I guess I have no choice, eh?

    If Brenna can delete a member’s whole account entirely on her own prerogative (which I fully support, mind you), I think it’s fairly apparent that the staff doesn’t need an email to take action, and can do as they see fit. You KNOW Da Man is guilty of what he’s been accused of countless times over, why not simply delete his account?

    Why is Da Man getting this utterly insane favouritism despite the entire community CONSTANTLY complaining about his behaviour? It’s ridiculous.

    @52 “It wouldn’t actually suprise me if some people on here were not trawling through all their previous posts now and editting like a maniac…”

    Comments on the site only have an editing timespan of about 30 minutes. It’s completely impossible to go back and alter them after that, so what you’re suggesting isn’t possible.

    #58 2 years ago
  59. zinc

    @56, Tea’s attempts to clarify himself are what got him banned.

    But hey, if your fine with unapologetic bigotry and name calling, more power to you. But let’s not make Saint Tea into a martyr here, yeah?

    Sometimes on the internet, stupidity does come at a price. He paid it, now lets move on.

    #59 2 years ago
  60. Clupula

    @57 – I know, at this point, I don’t even read a comment if I see it’s from Da Man, because he’s just going to insulting someone. I don’t recall him ever actually joining a conversation to discuss gaming. If he has, someone correct me, please. But usually, he’ll show up. Insult either the subject of the article or someone saying something positive about it. And then that’s usually the extent of his posts unless someone responds to him, in which case, he’ll then insult the people responding.

    #60 2 years ago
  61. deathm00n

    @60 Don’t forget randomly choosing someone to insult based on their comments. I didn’t liked one bit the time he called me deprived just because I was talking about how low the salarys are in my country and how much tax games have here.

    #61 2 years ago
  62. Deacon

    I’ve clashed with Da Man numerous times. Whilst in hindsight I believe a lot of the time I was merely taking it all a bit too seriously, it’s clear he comes into threads with the sole purpose of insulting, generalising, and throwing shit down from his perceived high horse. He’s better because he only plays online multiplayer and iPad games you see.
    How none of the staff have taken his trolling seriously and just banned the little gimp I have no idea.

    I hate seeing the pleasant old-timers leave just because a handful of hilarious trollers can’t be reprimanded.

    #62 2 years ago
  63. Ireland Michael

    @61

    > mock entire community – allowed to post freely without reprimand.
    > insults minority group that staff is part of – complete deletion.

    I’m not justifying TEA’s behaviour, but its a pretty horrendous double standard and you know it, Dave. Just look at all the comments proceeding this one about his behaviour. Da Man isn’t some sort of poor victim here.

    @62 “How none of the staff have taken his trolling seriously and just banned the little gimp I have no idea.”

    Pretty much this. It’s pretty cleared they can, based on TEA’s banning.

    #63 2 years ago
  64. monkeygourmet

    Da Man… Alt account of Pat?! :)

    @58

    Okay, well, people just have to use the ‘stealth edit’ then I guess.

    @Topic-ish

    I just lump ‘Da Man’ into a similar breed of posters like; PS3Fanboy, itsucks, Somi (Think that was his name, kept writing about Miyamoto getting cancer and stuff).

    It’s trolling on such a lazy level I don’t even notice it or give too fucks.

    When I defend Nintendo alot, I get people sniping as they assume i’m a Nintendo fanboy. The fanboy ‘wars’ part of the website won’t really change IMO.

    People like ‘Da Man’ just baits people, same as PS3fanboy baits other people who dislike Sony. Sometimes I take the bait, sometimes I don’t, but thats always my choice.

    And, let me repeat this: So many other posters are guilty of similar things. There is not really any one person on here that can stand up and say their shit doesn’t stink, so, to be calling other people out is bullshit.

    The only thing that really pisses me off are ‘alt accounts’, as that kind of manipulation isn’t something you can achieve IRL. It can completly throw a topic off balance and get people to argue amoungst themselves. That is the real poison here.

    The obvious trolls don’t do the damage, it’s the sly ones that cause problems…

    ..hungry, restless types… The type that put the wind up Julius Caesar – men who’d stab their friends in the back.

    #64 2 years ago
  65. Beta

    @56 I’m sorry, there is no way to defend his behaviour. He did indeed say “I hate lesbians” which is offensive and banning him was the right call. And his attempts to explain himself only involved more offensive behaviour.

    He was a troll, not some kind of martyr of free speech. And he’s gone. End of.

    #65 2 years ago
  66. salarta

    @51: Simply put, the reason the majority of the people that call for bans all the time are also the people that most deserve them is because those people are desperately trying to get rid of people that hold an opposing view or that they have a personal grudge against. They’re hoping they can get what they want either through intimidation, bullying or smearing them, or by ban hammer. Both work just as well to them.

    Of course, this is an entirely different case from when it’s actually deserved bannings, like saying things that are intentional hate speech.

    @52: You can only edit within a 30 minute window. At least, that’s what I’ve observed.

    #66 2 years ago
  67. Beta

    What this site really needs is an ignore button. That would solve a lot of problems.

    #67 2 years ago
  68. Fin

    @56

    Sorry, when someone says “I hate lesbians”, it doesn’t really matter if there’s a “but” after it.
    It’s bullshit to say that I have an “extremely low tolerance for anything that anyone says that you don’t agree with.”. Yes, when someone says they hate a group of people based on their sexual orientation, I’ve got a low tolerance for that.

    You’re damn right I wanted him banned. He made some other comments in one of the kickstarter articles, being derogatory to women, which I found incredibly distasteful. Him saying he hated lesbians was basically the last straw for me.

    Oh and there’s no “possibly” about him saying “I hate lesbians”.

    Here you go:
    http://i.imgur.com/HCFI6s9.png

    Is anyone actually going to defend what he said under “free speech”?

    #68 2 years ago
  69. lexph3re

    Honestly, This type of Banning process is what disgust me on this site. The topic of which is indeed already a touchy subject but TEA did talk on it. He said He has no problem with Homosexuality and even said he’s pro same sex marriage in the same post with no edits.

    Then he said how he personally feels and clarified that people don’t have to agree with him and it’s just how he feels. That was grounds for a ban? But Da Man who literally follows people on this site actively trolling in Forums and in Threads is passed?

    You can’t tell me that Dave, Bre and others don’t see that garbage. You can’t tell me that TEA didn’t atleast deserve a warning to rephrase off this one “Innappropriate” statement. But, Da Man and others that actively hunt eachother down get a pass.

    This is one of the main reasons I stopped caring about this site. Banning people that they personally feel offended them but not the constant derailers

    #69 2 years ago
  70. Ireland Michael

    @66 Nobody is asking for anyone to be banned simply for having a different view, and that assumption is a complete fabrication.

    @67 There used to be a script that you could run in your browser to ignore posts. I tried to find someone to recode it when the site design changed a while back, but nobody offered to help.

    #70 2 years ago
  71. Beta

    @68 Completely agreed. You cannot justify hate speech. Trolling or not it was extremely offensive.

    VG247 staff, is a proper ignore button something you’re planning to introduce in the future?

    #71 2 years ago
  72. lexph3re

    @68 People are allowed to hate what ever they want. It’s what they do in actions that provokes a movement. You can’t stop someone from hating/disliking/disapproving of anything. They can even state it from a personal position.

    You making a motion for someones disdain is pointless. He didn’t tell you to agree with him. He didn’t tellyou to help him rid the world of them. I read the whole thing. And, it honestly was mildly offensive nothing bigger then a average prank on Family Guy

    #72 2 years ago
  73. Fin

    @72

    So where do you draw the line about what people can say? Would you be ok with a comment saying someone didn’t like Cole in Gears of War because they hate black people? (I mean that as an honest question)

    For me, the line is when someone expresses judgement on a collective group of people – I hate all [insert group of people here]. That’s when they need to be banned.

    #73 2 years ago
  74. G1GAHURTZ

    @59:

    Bigotry and name calling?

    What exactly did he say, then?

    As far as I can remember, he said something about hating lesbians, because they were ugly. Then, iirc, he clarified that his girlfriend’s mother was a lesbian, implying that he had a normal, non-hate filled relationship with her.

    What followed after that, that was so bad?

    He also recently said that he hated KickStarter and the people who put projects on it, because they were just stealing people’s money.

    Is that bigotry, too?

    Are we still allowed to express what we do and don’t like these days, or have the thought police changed the rules?

    Can I now not say that I don’t like blondes, because I find them ugly?

    Is it suddenly a crime to not like something for an arbitrary reason, which isn’t actually homophobia?

    Let’s be honest here. The real reason that tea got banned is because Brenna is obviously very sensitive about this particular issue.

    I don’t agree with Micheal’s continued calls for Da Man to be banned, but look at the way his calls are falling on deaf ears.

    It’s easy to read into this, that certain people don’t care who says what, as long as it’s not about them, or the group that they belong to.

    tea was rude, he was offensive, he said something silly.

    Homophobic? Bigoted? No.

    And if that’s a reason for a perma-ban, then 70% of the people on here should be banned, too.

    #74 2 years ago
  75. Fin

    @74

    Again, there’s a difference between “I don’t like blonde girls” and “I hate all people with blonde hair”.

    Have another read of what TEA said and see if you can tell why it was homophobic and bigoted.

    http://i.imgur.com/HCFI6s9.png

    Quote: “90% of you are forced to be gay”

    #75 2 years ago
  76. Ireland Michael

    @74, “I don’t agree with Micheal’s continued calls for Da Man to be banned, but look at the way his calls are falling on deaf ears.”

    Because I’m totally the only person in this entire thread who has singled out Da Man’s behaviour… *rolls eyes*

    #76 2 years ago
  77. Deacon

    I completely missed his original comments, but if http://i.imgur.com/HCFI6s9.png is the worst of it, I agree with Lex. He has an opinion and he was simply sharing it (as fucking crazy as his opinion may be).

    At least generally he is here to talk about the industry and actually take part, as opposed to sitting on the sidelines and entering threads only to derail and attack.

    #77 2 years ago
  78. Beta

    Right so I’d be fine saying I hate gay people, but it’s okay because my aunt is a lesbian? I wonder how his girlfriends mother would feel if she saw him writing I hate lesbians?

    I’m willing to bet that nearly everything TEA wrote was made up in the first place.

    Actually laughing in disbelief. That is not a legitimate opinion. It’s hate speech.

    #78 2 years ago
  79. lexph3re

    ^Yahtzee And Giga and I never agree. But, He is right. I don’t care if someone says that hate black people and won’t play a game because of it. It’s the moment when someone comes up saying “I’m Black and that’s not cool!” and then the person proceeds to harass the person after finding out their black that turns to a perma ban.

    We found out Silk was a lesbian long ago. Did TEA attack her and make it his goal to make her uncomfortable that he would need repremand him.

    #79 2 years ago
  80. Ireland Michael

    @77 He straight up called homosexual women liars who secretly want a cock in their lives and are only deluding themselves otherwise, that their entire sexuality identity is a facade, and that them being gay was a choice as opposed to a genetic predisposition.

    Yeah, sorry, that’s not just “sharing an opinion”. That’s being a homophobic asshole.

    #80 2 years ago
  81. G1GAHURTZ

    Yes, when someone says they hate a group of people based on their sexual orientation, I’ve got a low tolerance for that.

    You’re talking complete rubbish.

    Never, at any single point in time, did he say that he hated them, based on their sexual orientation.

    That is a clear untruth.

    “You know I’m all for homosexual-rights (everyone is entitled to be happy as long as they aren’t harming anyone else)”

    Is what he actually said.

    You’re just reading what you want to read, because of the intolerance that I’ve already mentioned.

    #81 2 years ago
  82. Ireland Michael

    @81 “Never, at any single point in time, did he say that he hated them, based on their sexual orientation.”

    Uuuuhh…

    “I hate lesbians.”

    “They walk down the street trying to prove something like they’re fucking rebels”

    “You ugly ass broads.”

    “If polygamy was accepted world wide lesbians wouldn’t exist.”

    And just in case you missed it…

    “I hate lesbians.”

    #82 2 years ago
  83. lexph3re

    Fin you are being completely selective with his statements and are only using choice statements from TEA. You are not saying the entire thing at all even though you give links to the source. The dude was clearly making a exaggerated joke out of his own content. Did he link you to statistics on female population and how they are actively becoming homosexual? Did he send you to his website that is asking you to join his hate for lesbians?

    You took everything he said completely out of context and manipulated it to your own personal agenda. You sir/ma’am are being completely bias

    #83 2 years ago
  84. Fin

    @80

    +a million

    @81

    Err, I’m pretty sure when you say “I hate all of [group]“, you hate them because they’re part of that group.

    #84 2 years ago
  85. Clupula

    @74 – It’s more than just “I don’t like blond girls.” It would be closer to him going on some bullshit theory about why blonds are inferior humans.

    If you look earlier in the thread, I said that I don’t feel him simply not liking lesbians was what the problem was. If he had simply said that he didn’t feel gay and lesbian relationships belonged in a videogame primarily aimed at kids, then I would see that as an ignorant opinion, but one that could very much be debated. The whole point of these things is to have a discussion. And he can not like one group of people all he wants as long as he doesn’t suddenly turn things into a soap box, where he pontificates on why he thinks they’re deviants, which is pretty much what he did.

    It would be the same thing as if he went on about how black people were inferior to whites or that all Muslims are terrorists. It was a completely out-of-context rant basically designed to say that one group of people were not equal to others. It would be like using the comments of an article on Ken Levine to go on about how the Jews killed Jesus. That is why it was deserving of a ban. Besides the fact that he had already been banned once before, apparently.

    Including your opinion within the discussion is one thing. Turning it into your own personal forum for how some people are just better than others and why, is another.

    #85 2 years ago
  86. Fin

    @83

    Oh sorry, he said he hated lesbians, that they were doing it to push gay right, that 90% of them were forced to be lesbian because of a lack of men, that people wouldn’t be lesbian if polygamy was legal.

    Correct me if I’m wrong on any of that.

    “It would be the same thing as if he went on about how black people were inferior to whites or that all Muslims are terrorists.”

    Exactly.

    #86 2 years ago
  87. G1GAHURTZ

    Again, there’s a difference between “I don’t like blonde girls” and “I hate all people with blonde hair”.

    If there is any difference, it’s down to who is saying the sentence, and how it is being expressed.

    Those two sentences could well have the exact same intended meaning.

    You’ve clearly taken the most negative interpretation on what he said, because of an agenda that you had.

    #87 2 years ago
  88. lexph3re

    See a lot of bias is cming up basedon the merits of what he said. Again, it’s clear he wasn’t pushing his statement as a general fact. He was completely exaggerating it.

    And If I wanted to be selective as some of the people on this site. I could easily say show proof that Homosexuality is genetic. Show proof that it’s not a choice.

    I could easily draw out the inconclusive aspects of each of those arguements. But, that’s not what TEA did, TEA stated how he felt and left it at that. He was then dragged out by a select few people that made an agenda out of it.

    #88 2 years ago
  89. Beta

    I find it hilarious that people are attempting to defend a man that “hates ugly lesbians”.

    His opinion was wrong. So is yours.

    #89 2 years ago
  90. Fin

    He said “I hate lesbians”, not “I don’t like lesbians” or “there’s this one lesbian girl I know, she annoys me”.

    That’s my agenda.

    #90 2 years ago
  91. Ireland Michael

    @87 He selectively decided that most gay women are ugly, overdramatic bitches who secretly desire a penis.

    It doesn’t matter if he has a single gay friend. That doesn’t make the claims any less homophobic.

    It’s no different to “I’m not racist, but…”. It’s racist / sexist / homophobic / bigoted the very SECOND you claim different standards on people because of what they are.

    And let’s point this out for you again…

    “I hate lesbians”.

    @88 “TEA stated how he felt and left it at that. He was then dragged out by a select few people that made an agenda out of it.”

    That sort of ignorance and bigotry isn’t accepted in adult society, unless you come from shitty places where it is. You don’t get to talk about gay people that way any less than you do women or people of different ethnicities.

    If he wanted to be treated like a grown up, he should have acted like one.

    #91 2 years ago
  92. Deacon

    @80 – okaaaay :p haha wow. He certainly is a special one.

    Still, if we can get Da Man out on his arse off the back of this I’ll be pleased. Surely we can do that now without a list of offences? I can only see G1GA and maybe Gekidami opposing this…

    I’m surprised he hasn’t appeared already to berate us all in one fell swoop!!

    #92 2 years ago
  93. G1GAHURTZ

    Err, I’m pretty sure when you say “I hate all of [group]“, you hate them because they’re part of that group.

    Yes, because they’re part of that group. But it doesn’t mean that what makes them part of that group is why you hate them.

    eg:

    “I hate Scottish people.” (who are Scottish by place of birth)

    “Why?”

    “Because I can’t understand a word that they say, and I feel stupid when I talk to them.”

    Reason for group definition =/= reason for dislike.

    #93 2 years ago
  94. Clupula

    @88 – And If I wanted to be selective as some of the people on this site. I could easily say show proof that Homosexuality is genetic. Show proof that it’s not a choice.

    But you’re missing the point…why would that discussion even need to be brought up on A VIDEOGAME FORUM? Unless, hypothetically, someone decided to do a Kickstarter for a videogame where you turn gay people straight and there was an article on it. Otherwise, there’s no place for that discussion to even happen. You can hate whoever you want. But why should you use here to pontificate about your theories on why the people you hate are the way they are? Get a blog and rant about it there.

    #94 2 years ago
  95. Beta

    So then what is a legitimate reason for hating lesbians? I certainly didn’t see TEA state one.

    #95 2 years ago
  96. Fin

    @93

    Hmm, so what innate thing that differentiates lesbians from the rest of the populate could’ve been his reason for hating them?

    I wonder…

    #96 2 years ago
  97. Dave Cook

    @63 saying I know what Da Man has down is wrong. I’m too busy to watch the boards like a hawk. I honestly don’t see half – scratch that – even a quarter of what you were referring to.

    I’d appreciate it if you’d stop acting like I was defending Da Man or turning a blind eye to him for some reason. I’m not, I just would still very much like to see what it is he’s done to warrant a ban.

    With TEA it was different as we were all here at the time to see it unfold. It’s a bit shitty when it’s being made to seem like we don’t care about you guys, because we do, but once again, resources are against us to carry out constant moderation, we’re insanely busy and once the new site opens, it will have better tools to combat people being pricks.

    If you had sent me that mail back then he could have been booted by now, but here we are, still doing the same, tired dance

    Just know that we do want to help and make this a friendly place to be. Until we’re given the scope to do so, we can only do what we can.

    #97 2 years ago
  98. lexph3re

    Again the grounds were clearly personal as opposed to the nature of his statement. In which it shows that the moderation of this site is purely impulsive as opposed to objective. And, all it takes is a single statement by a select group to inflate it to achieve a goal.

    But people can continue to actively harrass and attack community members and not a damn will be given.

    #98 2 years ago
  99. G1GAHURTZ

    @Micheal:

    What are you going to do with this quote?

    “You know I’m all for homosexual-rights (everyone is entitled to be happy as long as they aren’t harming anyone else)”

    Here, he has clearly made a distinction between his own personal opinion, and what he feels is right.

    That alone, is enough reason to give him the benefit of the doubt, and give him a warning.

    Did that happen?

    No.

    Brenna banned him for good.

    Has she banned the guy that you’re all complaining about?

    No.

    Why?

    That is my question.

    Why?

    #99 2 years ago
  100. Clupula

    @99 – I guess you could say that having already been banned once before can count as having already had a warning.

    #100 2 years ago
  101. Ireland Michael

    @92 “Surely we can do that now without a list of offences”

    Don’t hold your breath. There’s a pretty obvious selective bias going on, which the staff seem are outright ignoring.

    Brenna’s actions show that the staff *can* do this sort of thing at their own prerogative. I’ve had some staff outright tell me they despise his behaviour and find working in an environment with him in it to be both stressful and upsetting… so nothing is stopping them.

    Anything less than a straight up deletion of his account is selective bias.

    Maybe a thread of his offences might work better than an email. That way people can collectively point out his constant personal attacks individually, and the staff can see it all in one place. Apparently it’s the only thing that’s going to see any action taken.

    #101 2 years ago
  102. G1GAHURTZ

    Again the grounds were clearly personal as opposed to the nature of his statement. In which it shows that the moderation of this site is purely impulsive as opposed to objective.

    +1

    #102 2 years ago
  103. Beta

    @100 Seems like warning enough to me :p He’ll be back with an alternate account soon and the whole fun dance will start all over again anyway.

    #103 2 years ago
  104. Gheritt White

    ALL OF YOU ARE CUNTS!

    #104 2 years ago
  105. lexph3re

    @94 This topic isabout what again? Please don’t act like in journalism that this isn’t one of the many openings to Baldurs Gate. This topic always brings out deep feelings, Offensive rants and Hate filled arguemnts. However, in TEAs case he did not escalate anything past the interpretations of a select few that already seemed to have their views on him.

    I’m not making him a martyr or anything. But, when so many random bans go about and we see so many slip through the cracks. It continues to turn me away fom this site. And, I have made many of friends on this site already so it’s enough to make me speak up on it

    #105 2 years ago
  106. Beta

    @104 See why don’t I find that offensive? :P

    #106 2 years ago
  107. G1GAHURTZ

    @100:

    That’s fair enough, but Brenna never mentioned about him being previously warned.

    This has purely been about a banning based on one single set of comments.

    #107 2 years ago
  108. Patrick Garratt

    We don’t have to go through this every time someone gets banned. He was being offensive. And that’s that.

    #108 2 years ago
  109. Patrick Garratt

    We can warn him or not warn him. He was being blatantly homophobic. It’s not acceptable.

    #109 2 years ago
  110. Beta

    @109 I could not agree with this more Pat.

    #110 2 years ago
  111. lexph3re

    His Statements weren’t blantly homophobic. The guy even said they deserve to be married. Anything after that can be his own personal expression towards how he feels. And, you can’t stop someone from feeling how they want. That’s completely contradictive towards the initial motion and shows favoritism to a select party.

    Again completely implusive

    #111 2 years ago
  112. G1GAHURTZ

    Can we have some consistency then, Pat?

    #112 2 years ago
  113. Ireland Michael

    “With TEA it was different as we were all here at the time to see it unfold. It’s a bit shitty when it’s being made to seem like we don’t care about you guys, because we do, but once again, resources are against us to carry out constant moderation, we’re insanely busy and once the new site opens, it will have better tools to combat people being pricks.”

    Brenna deleting TEA’s entire account in a heartbeat says otherwise.

    I sent you guys dozens of links of his behaviour every single time they happened, 90% of which weren’t even directed at me. You saw it with your own eyes, and people have been telling the staff for YEARS that his behaviour is disruptive. GOOD members have straight up left because of him.

    If TEA can be banned on impulse, so can Da Man. You’ve been told what he’s guilty of countless times, and you don’t need to “police the site” to see it. I’ll check the comments maybe once a month and find them without even trying. On the last page alone there were about half a dozen comments IN A ROW pointing out the effects of his behaviour.

    Stop being selective. The *entire* site wants Da Man gone for the sake of the community atmosphere. You’re around enough to know who the active and decent members of the community are, so you could just trust their word.

    #113 2 years ago
  114. Patrick Garratt

    Of course I can’t stop someone having an opinion. But we can stop them from having it on our website. As we did.

    #114 2 years ago
  115. G1GAHURTZ

    @111:

    Agreed.

    #115 2 years ago
  116. Patrick Garratt

    @112 Sure. Who else is being homophobic?

    #116 2 years ago
  117. Beta

    @111 He can feel however he wants. That doesn’t mean that he can come on a gaming site of all places and try to offend people. And he was being blatantly homophobic. I hate lesbians is the very definition of homophobic.

    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/_/dict.aspx?rd=1&word=homophobic

    “Fear of or contempt for lesbians and gay men” I.E. “I hate lesbians”

    #117 2 years ago
  118. Ireland Michael

    “He was being offensive.”

    So is Da Man almost every single time he posts, with straight up insults and derogatory comments targeting people’s intelligence, personality, class and status DIRECTLY.

    This keeps coming up because of the selective bias going on. And people will keep bringing it up until he is banned.

    #118 2 years ago
  119. Ireland Michael

    @116 So it’s only bannable if its homophobic?

    Straight up harassment of members is PERFECTLY acceptable though. Got it.

    #119 2 years ago
  120. Patrick Garratt

    You do seem to have a giant hard-on for getting this guy banned, Michael. Is it really that bad? If it is I’ll whack him.

    #120 2 years ago
  121. Patrick Garratt

    Don’t have a go at me, dude. Error.

    #121 2 years ago
  122. Lengendaryboss

    Hmmm this got heated much quicker than i thought.

    #122 2 years ago
  123. Ireland Michael

    @120 He’s the worst thing about this community bar nothing. I’m not the only person whose ever brought him up. Almost everyone wants him gone because of his constant, neverending harassment of the community. What more do you need than that fact?

    @121 The staff ARE being selective. This is a straight up fact. Are you going to ban people for having an opinion and actually trying to defend the community, instead of the constant bully hassassing it?

    Since the site’s inception, Shatner and Da Man are the only issues I’ve ever brought to the staff’s attention… and Da Man is far worse than Shatner ever was.

    #123 2 years ago
  124. viralshag

    I’m with #104…

    Seems like it was bit of an impulsive decision regarding the ban.

    I think both TEA and Da Man make stupid comments from time to time but that’s not something I would only accuse them of and it hardly seems ban-worthy… definitely ignore-worthy though.

    #124 2 years ago
  125. Deacon

    This is all starting to sound a bit tit-for-tat, but, I can definitely back up Michael’s comments on Da Man Pat. He’s a deliberately offensive troll who adds nothing to this place and has influenced the departure of those that DO (or did) add.

    #125 2 years ago
  126. Beta

    @124 Which brings to me back to my request for an ignore button in the future.

    I certainly know that I would use it. ;)

    #126 2 years ago
  127. G1GAHURTZ

    @Pat:

    Well, I’ve seen Islamophobia and racism galore, over the years, but I’ve not called for those people to be banned.

    I’ve gotten used to the fact that nothing happens.

    Which is why this makes no sense.

    So all I’m saying is that, from this point on, can those people be perma-banned, too. Because it hasn’t happened consistently over the last 6 years.

    #127 2 years ago
  128. G1GAHURTZ

    @Pat:

    You know what Michael is like when he has it in for someone.

    Don’t ban Da Man purely on his say so.

    This is getting ridiculous…

    #128 2 years ago
  129. Patrick Garratt

    @127 – If you see something like that, tell me. A guy being a bit of a prick isn’t the same as someone being racist. I’ve said before that anything racist or homophobic isn’t allowed here. I don’t read these comments much, but I will ban people for it.

    Has Da Man been racist or homophobic? Or is he just being a bit of a prick?

    #129 2 years ago
  130. Beta

    It’s not just Michael asking for him to be banned though. Personally I don’t have an opinion on Da Man as I’ve never interacted with him.

    Though from what I’ve heard he sounds like a charming guy.. :P

    #130 2 years ago
  131. Ireland Michael

    Just for the record…

    “I can definitely back up Michael’s comments on Da Man Pat. He’s a deliberately offensive troll who adds nothing to this place and has influenced the departure of those that DO (or did) add.”

    @127 That’s because the staff aren’t Islamic or an ethnic minority. It’s only offensive if you’re part of the group being offended. I completely agree on racism being just as bannable, but don’t hold your breath.

    #131 2 years ago
  132. G1GAHURTZ

    @Pat:

    I don’t have any problems with Da Man.

    I know he can be offensive, like we all can, but no, nothing racist or homophobic.

    #132 2 years ago
  133. Patrick Garratt

    I’ve said repeatedly that racism will result in a ban. Who’s being racist? Why do you keep suggesting that I’m letting people be racist on here? Show me the racism and I’ll ban people.

    #133 2 years ago
  134. Patrick Garratt

    Or just fucking mail me, hey. It’s my 40th birthday today. I’m going to eat some cake. Send all the racism to patrick@vg247.com.

    #134 2 years ago
  135. zinc

    Moderation is all well & good until it’s your mates being banned eh?

    #135 2 years ago
  136. DrDamn

    Happy Birthday Pat :D

    #136 2 years ago
  137. Deacon

    LOL – Happy motherfunkin Birthday Patrick! :D

    #137 2 years ago
  138. G1GAHURTZ

    WHOOHOOOO!!!!!!!!

    CONGARATZ, PAT!

    The big four-O!

    Why didn’t you say something??

    #138 2 years ago
  139. Beta

    Happy Birthday Pat. ;)

    #139 2 years ago
  140. zinc

    @134, The cake is a lie!!

    Old pun, for an old guy ;-)

    Happy Birthday :-P

    #140 2 years ago
  141. viralshag

    Jeez, you’re 40? You don’t look a day under 43… :) Happy Birthday!

    Can say Da Man is bit of a dick sometimes, can’t recall any homophobic or racist remarks. I don’t really have any problems with him either.

    #141 2 years ago
  142. Ireland Michael

    @129 So let me get this straight…

    Racism: Unacceptable
    Homophobia: Unacceptable
    Sexism: Hit and miss
    Bullying: Acceptable
    Harassment: Acceptable
    Demeaning people: Acceptable
    Equating people to retards: Acceptable

    He’s not just “being a bit of a prick”. GIGA is the sort of member who is a “bit of a prick” from time to time, but I have no issue with him because he’s actively engaged with the community and respectful to most people. Da Man isn’t. He actively demeans countless members on an almost daily basis.

    #142 2 years ago
  143. viralshag

    This is fun…

    In a pin the ban on a racist kinda way…

    #143 2 years ago
  144. Lengendaryboss

    Happy Birthday Pat i kinda feel sorry for you having to put up with all these complains or demands so it seems :D on this particular day.

    #144 2 years ago
  145. Fin

    @142

    Alright man, chill.

    #145 2 years ago
  146. Ireland Michael

    @145 I am chill. I’m just making an observation.

    #146 2 years ago
  147. Beta

    Party games including: Pin the ban on the racist and the homophobia debate. ;)

    Sounds like my 17th.. ;p

    #147 2 years ago
  148. Deacon

    @143 – lol!

    ‘a bit of a dick’… wow, seriously?

    Considering DM’s targets, it stand to reason that some won’t mind him being here. I dare say fans of a certain flavour love having him around!

    And thus, life goes on.

    Might as well give it up Michael. I can see where Pat and Dave are coming from. I’m not here every day like I used to be and I don’t actively promote VG247 to people I know based primarily on the presence of people like Da Man.

    It’s ludicrous that he’s still ‘at large’, imo. It’s to VG247′s detriment that he’s still here. But then it’s all just words on the internet at the end of the day.

    I’d just love to know what goes on inside the head of someone like that…..

    #148 2 years ago
  149. Samoan Spider

    We’re all free to have opinions but as I’ve said before, freedom of speech doesn’t mean what a lot of people think it means.
    At least that certain someone got a smack from the permanent ban hammer of doom but like a weed, they’ll be back. I remember him saying to me once that ‘we don’t need people like you around here’ but it seems that plenty didn’t want him around either :)
    Glad action was taken but this is definitely why an ignore button is required and I’m looking forward to the site revision.

    Oh and I’m with Michael on this whilst we’re picking :P

    #149 2 years ago
  150. lexph3re

    Ironically, TEA doesn’t use alts he only comes to this site as TEA

    #150 2 years ago
  151. Beta

    @149 +1 to basically everything you said. :D

    #151 2 years ago
  152. viralshag

    @148, Well that’s it, I can only comment on what I have actively seen and experienced. I’ve had “heated debates” or pointless arguments with a few people on here but I don’t really care for them to get banned.

    I don’t pay much attention to what some people write so it’s very possible I have missed the reasons for wanting him banned.

    #152 2 years ago
  153. Mjorh

    152 Comments 4 a rumour ! wow! D! get over it guyz b4 bloodbath or sth happens ! D!

    #153 2 years ago
  154. GwynbleiddiuM

    OK, I felt like to paste this here as people seem to have a misunderstanding about what Homophobia is:

    Homophobia encompasses a range of negative attitudes and feelings toward homosexuality or people who are identified or perceived as being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). It can be expressed as antipathy, contempt, prejudice, aversion, or hatred, and may be based on irrational fear.

    This is sufficient enough to leave no room for doubt that what TEA said was completely undefendable. That said, I do have issue with the extent of his punishment, but it isn’t my business how VG247 wants to

    BUT, when it comes to Da Man, he is as offensive as TEA was. We are talking about a person who describes people as deprived fat nerds on a daily basis.

    @G1GA “Well, I’ve seen Islamophobia and racism galore, over the years, but I’ve not called for those people to be banned.”

    I assume that is directed at me, well, I’m sorry that you feel bad when I talk about the religion of peace, the religion of tolerance, the religion that would find and execute innate apostates because Allah commands it. I’m sorry that you are offended when I talk about your offensive religion that is after my head just because I’m an Atheist.


    sorry if I went overboard with this last comment but the phrase “Islamophobia” infuriates me beyond the point of reason, because it’s just outright bullshit. I’m an anti-theist, yet I have no hatred toward the people who are religious, only those who commit violence on behalf of their religion and inconvenience other people’s rights just because their religion allows them to, and Islam is the pioneer of defiling human rights all around the world.

    #154 2 years ago
  155. G1GAHURTZ

    ^ I wasn’t talking about you.

    I hardly ever read what you write.

    #155 2 years ago
  156. monkeygourmet

    This escalated quickly…

    #156 2 years ago
  157. Joe Musashi

    @66: Simply put, the reason the majority of the people that call for bans all the time are also the people that most deserve them is because those people are desperately trying to get rid of people that hold an opposing view or that they have a personal grudge against. They’re hoping they can get what they want either through intimidation, bullying or smearing them, or by ban hammer.

    This is a very good point. I’ve witnessed a number of little campaigns of this nature. Deliberately twisting events and projecting agendas onto others. I don’t think it’s going to be stamped out, but it’s comforting to know that others can see what’s gone on.

    As for the main thrust of the comments:

    Consistent moderation is successful moderation. Whatever the rules are. Whatever principles you run the site by. Whatever it is – if you’re not consistent then you fracture the community’s view. VG247 staff: if you’ve read these comments then you can see that people feel a consistent approach is not being applied. The comments speak for themselves. As good as your intentions may be the behaviour witnessed in this discussion is evidence of how the community feels. Lack of resources or tech may be valid reasons, but that’s merely a response – it’s not an answer.

    To those requesting an ignore button: you already have it. Try the “Page Down” key on your keyboard. Or just hit the space-bar. Chances are the offending material will disappear from your eyes. :)

    And as I mentioned in the Gadzooks-farewell departure topic: everyone is always accusing everyone else of bad behaviour. It’s always the other guy’s fault. It’s always the other guy that needs to get banned/given a warning/change their views. Whilst everyone thinks this way, nothing will change. If you care enough about change, you’ll start by looking at your own behaviour before pointing fingers. If you’re not prepared to do that, then you have no reason to expect anyone else to.

    And finally: contrary to popular belief, internet communities are not democracies. They are dictatorships. You can kid yourself that that’s not true but the true power is in the hands of the few at the top – not the masses below.

    JM

    PS: Happy Birtday Pat.

    #157 2 years ago
  158. GwynbleiddiuM

    @155 Not that I care but you’re lying. There are quite a few instances you did reply to what I wrote on the matter of religion wether it was brought up by someone else or me on the forum or the comment section.

    #158 2 years ago
  159. monkeygourmet

    @157

    Agree, and by proxy agree with how @66 put it.

    #159 2 years ago
  160. Stephany Nunneley

    Can we move this discussion over to the forums please?

    http://www.vg247.com/forum/topic.php?id=9678&replies=1#post-48432

    Thanks.

    #160 2 years ago
  161. G1GAHURTZ

    @158:

    1. I don’t lie.

    2. If I did talk to you about religion, it was a long time ago.

    #161 2 years ago
  162. salarta

    THIS JUST IN, SEND ALL RACISM TO PAT. Alongside those risque photos of him.

    @157: I can see it go on because I’m usually the target. I care a great deal about various subjects, people get angry that I’m so vocal and do anything they can to try to silence me out of desperation. Many try to frame my complaints as being overbearing and repetitive, yet that attitude of “you’re too repetitive” is never said if the person is fanboying or fangirling over a product or company. Apparently, gushing like crazy and acting like a particular game is the best thing ever ad nauseum is fine, but saying a game sucks and stating what’s wrong with it in equal proportion is “too much.” If “I’m sick of hearing your complaints” is sufficient reason to silence someone, then “I’m sick of hearing your praise” may as well be too to keep it equal.

    #162 2 years ago

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    Free DLC will be released in Japan for Tales of Zestiria, and while Bandai Namco has yet to state whether it will be released westward with the core game this summer, it’s an interesting slice of content. According to information from Jump posted by Siliconera, the DLC Alisha After Episode: What Is Reflected In The […]

  • This video of a Paris flat looks the real deal, but it’s all Unreal Engine 4

    I’m not entirely sure when, or how, this fella managed to sneak into my secret flat in Paris and film it, but since it’s out there I may as well share it with you. All joking aside, this video is rather amazing. It provides a virtual tour of a flat located in Paris; however, it’s […]

  • The Witness passes key development milestone, still no release date

    The Witness has seemingly come back from the dead. Creator Jonathan Blow has posted an update on the game’s development. Surely you still remember The Witness? Jonathan Blow’s follow-up to Braid, which was shown during the PlayStation 4 reveal event all the way back in February 2013? Well, today we got our first development update […]

  • You can now take selfies in World of Warcraft

    The latest patch to World of Warcraft has added a S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera to the game. And it does exactly what it sounds like it does. Patch 6.1 is currently being deployed to World of Warcraft’s Public Test Realms (PTR). There’s a massive list of patch notes, but the most pressing one, other than Twitter integration, […]

  • Hellblade: early gameplay and prototype footage revealed

    The latest developer diary for Hellblade is here with a look at some early gameplay prototypes and a peek at some polished areas. Hellblade developer Ninja Theory has revealed even more details of how game development works behind the scenes. The eighth part of this ongoing diary shows early gameplay footage along with some intriguing […]

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2: Raid mode offline-only on launch, more details

    Capcom has revealed a tonne of new details about Raid mode in Resident Evil: Revelations 2. Capcom has confirmed that Raid mode will launch with the first episode of Revelations 2 in February. You will be playing it offline only though, either solo or in split-screen co-op. As for the online portion, Capcom promised it […]

  • Watch the first 20 minutes of Life is Strange

    The first 20 minutes of Life is Strange have been posted online for anyone to watch. The opening 20 minutes of Life is Strange set the stage for what kind of game it is. The kind that you’ll probably like if you’re a fan of Telltale games. The video is courtesy of consolewarsofficial and you […]

  • Don’t blame Ubisoft for cancelling keys – blame the culture of overpriced games

    Publishers need to drop PC games prices in order to stem the flourishing grey market, says Matt Martin. “How are you going to sell me Far Cry 4 for £45 when I can pick up Far Cry, Far Cry 2, Far Cry 3, Far Cry: Blood Dragon and extra DLC for just £30?” Some players […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online is real, full reveal in this week’s Famitsu

    What’s been heavily-rumoured to be the next instalment in the Dragon’s Dogma franchise, Dragon’s Dogma Online, will be fully revealed this week. According to a recent post by Famitsu, the magazine’s upcoming weekly issue, which releases January 29, will contain a massive feature on Dragon’s Dogma Online. The magazine will dedicate 18 pages to all […]

  • Valve responds to recent Counter-Strike match-fixing scandal, bans offenders

    Valve has investigated the recent case of match-fixing involving two teams in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional scene and decided to ban those involved from future tournaments. Recent allegations involving match-fixing between iBUYPOWER and NetcodeGuides.com – two of the professional teams that played in Cevo Season 5 – came to light. Valve has took notice […]

  • Having issues playing Grim Fandango Remastered on PS4? Sony is offering help

    Sony has offered a few steps to help those who are having issues with their pre-loaded PS4 installs of Grim Fandango Remastered. A few reports have started to appear online from users who’ve pre-ordered and pre-loaded Grim Fandango Remastered on their PS4 consoles. Sony has since posted a support thread on the official forums, to […]

  • Get Dragon Age: Inquisition for $36 and more in EA’s Xbox One sale

    Many EA digital games are being offered at considerable discounts on Xbox One right now. The latest EA sale is pretty good, offering sales on many AAA titles. It’s only available on Xbox One, with extra savings for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. The list below covers prices for Gold Subscribers. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered reviews round-up, all the scores

    Grim Fandango Remastered is a classic game brought into the new generation, so it’s time for everyone to know how great it is. The reviews for Grim Fandango Remastered have started popping up and as per usual, we’ve collected a few of them below. Grim Fandango Remastered is, as the name suggests, a remastered version […]

  • The Witcher 3: latest build is 1080p on PS4, 900p on Xbox One

    The recent preview build of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was running at full-HD resolution on PlayStation 4 and 900p on Xbox One. German website Gamestar attended the recent preview event for The Witcher 3 and examined the three versions that were on offer, PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Here’s the quote, courtesy of Google […]

  • Joystiq is likely to close – rumour

    AOL is rumoured to be closing its video game site, Joystiq. Re/code is reporting that AOL is likely to close its video game site Joystiq soon, according to “various sources.” The move is part of a company-wide restructuring that will affect Joystiq and other “under-performing content properties.” Joystiq is one of the most renowned sites […]

  • The Last of Us movie will be “pretty faithful” to the game

    The Last of Us will bring many of the same elements to the big screen as the small one, according to writer Neil Druckmann. Although The Last of Us will have to be adapted in various ways to make the transition from lengthy interactive adventure to cinema-friendly story arc, Druckmann is hoping to keep the […]

  • Microsoft is fixing Xbox One’s slow controllers

    Xbox One control pads have many charms, but quick start up is not one of them. The Xbox One controller currently takes up to five seconds to connect to your console after switching on, which is an eternity for someone with an attention span as short as mine. Luckily, Microsoft is working to fix this […]

  • Lucius 2 releases on Friday the 13th (of course)

    Lucius 2 has a really fitting release date. Lucius developer Shiver Games has produced a follow-up to the dark tale of an evil child, and it’s coming your way on February 13 – which just so happens to be a Friday. Lucius 2: The Prophecy will set you back $20, and release through Steam. As […]

  • Saints Row 4: Re-Elected PS4 recalled in Australia, incorrect content to blame

    Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has been recalled in Australia due to a mysterious manufacturing issue. An Australian PR representative said that the retail PS4 version of Saints Row 4: Re-Elected has “a serious manufacturing issue” and has been recalled nation-wide. Here’s what we were told (emphasis mine): “A manufacturing issue has caused an incorrectly classified […]

  • The Whispered World follow up now coming to PS4, too

    Deadalic’s gorgeous-looking adventure Silence has been confirmed for a fourth platform. Originally announced for Mac and PC with an Xbox One port one revealed at a later date, Silence is now on its way to PS4 as well. All versions are due later this year. Silence is Deadalic’s first multi-platform release and in my mind […]

  • Mythbusters to tackle DOOM this weekend

    DOOM is the subject of the next episode of Mythbusters. Having been airing for over ten years now, Mythbusters has pretty much run out of myths to bust, which is why we find ourselves in 2015 with an episode dedicating to answering the question “could DOOM be real?” Bethesda has rveealed that the January 31 […]

  • Destiny hosting a Bungie Bounty – go go go

    Destiny players have a chance to take down Bungie employees in return for one of the most exclusive vanity items in the game. Destiny’s Bungie Bounties usually feature guests from the community, and today’s event is no exception. Joining Bungie community manager David “Deej” Dague are several members of Bungie.org, the developer’s most staunch fan […]

  • Elite: Dangerous developer issues lay-offs

    Elite: Dangerous team Frontier Developments has had to let staff go. At least 15 staff have been laid off from the developer’s Halifax studio. According to an investor update, this decision will allow Frontier to focus its efforts at its primary studio in Cambridge, England. “With its business emphasis now on two major self-published franchises, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition tavern songs free for a limited time

    Dragon Age: Inquisition tunes can be yours for the bargain price of zero cashmoney. The tavern songs from Dragon Age: Inquisition will be made available for purchase from various digital distributors sometime after February 9. Until then, though, you can have them for free – including their sheet music. To take advantage of this generous […]

  • Even the Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 teaser is frightening

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is probably going to be just as tense and uncomfortable as its two prequels. This teaser for Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is the first we’ve heard of the project since creator Scott Cawthon confirmed it is in the works. The third entry in the series is now up on […]

  • 6.6 million Xbox consoles shipped last quarter

    Xbox One and Xbox 360 console sales were strong last quarter, although Microsoft isn’t talking hard numbers yet. Microsoft shipped 6.6 million Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles to retailers in the quarter ending December 31, the company revealed in its latest financial briefing. This figure wasn’t broken down by platform, and Microsoft didn’t supply […]

  • Homeworld Remastered Collection: five minutes of b-roll footage

    We may not have proper, uncut gameplay footage of the Homeworld Remastered Collection, but we have the next best thing. Homeworld Remastered Collection was confirmed to release on February 25. Gearbox has only showed a trailer, but no extended gameplay demos. There was however a b-roll video showing at PAX South, and we’ve embedded it […]

  • Grim Fandango Remastered looks sharp in these new screens

    Grim Fandango will come back from the dead with the Remastered edition, and it’s looking great. Grim Fandango Remastered has a few new screens available to prove that even old games can look stunning with the right remaster, especially ones with an already well-defined art style. Have a look at them below and get excited. […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: beta weapons, maps, modes, progression system and more

    The Battlefield Hardline beta will include a third new map and a new game mode, on top of what’s already announced. You may remember last week DICE started a community mission for all Battlefield 4 players. The goal was to reach 2 billion points playing Rush mode. That goal has been achieved and as a […]

  • Dying Light launch trailer is one last display of its forte

    The launch trailer for Dying Light is here one day ahead of the game’s release. Techland and Warner Bros. have put out the launch trailer for Dying Light. The trailer is a short reminder of the game’s main selling points: free-running, weapon crafting, drop-kicking zombies. Reviews should start to come out tomorrow for the game […]

  • Watch The Witcher 3 developers stream new gameplay on Twitch

    The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt RED is hosting a Twitch live-stream to show off brand new gameplay footage and answer some fan questions. The live-stream will start at 7:00pm GMT, 2:00pm EST, 11:00am PST. It will show off plenty of new footage, some of which was shown only to the press so far. The […]

  • Finally, some screens for Final Fantasy 15

    Patience is a virtue and we finally have our hands on a few gameplay screens from Final Fantasy 15. There’s not a lot of them, but they show the impressive lighting and they’re all gameplay as far as I can tell, so take a look. There is no release date for Final Fantasy 15 as […]

  • Here’s 15 minutes of gameplay from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 1080p

    The Witcher 3 has a new direct-feed, 1080p video available that’s 100% gameplay. Would you like some gameplay of The Witcher 3 in beautiful 1080p? Why, of course you would! The gameplay below shows combat, conversations, travelling. In short, it’s a small sample of everything the game will offer. If you’re looking to learn much […]

  • Two Mortal Kombat X characters to be revealed this week

    Mortal Kombat X will get not one, but two character reveals this week. Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has been at again on Twitter, teasing all kinds of reveals over the past few days. Firstly, Boon tweeted this image, which at first glance appears to show a character holding a bow. However, further examination by […]

  • Planetside 2 successfully claims the Guinness World Record for biggest FPS battle

    The Planetside 2 community has successfully organised an online battle involving over 1000 players, breaking the previous Guinness World Record. The event, which was organised by Planetside Battles was pitched to the community last week. 1,158 players have answered the call, smashing the record for “Most Players Online in an FPS Battle.” The previous 999 […]

  • Microsoft aiming for Xbox One-to-PC streaming to function while you watch TV

    Streaming Xbox One games to PC while you watch TV on the console through the HDMI pass-through is something Microsoft is hoping to achieve when the service launches with Windows 10. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has been on Twitter answering fan questions following last week’s Windows 10 event. One interesting bit that came out of those […]

  • Everything we know about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is sure to be one of the biggest RPGs of the year, due for release in May on PC, Xbox One and PS4. Delayed since its target release of 2015, CD Projekt Red’s latest game takes the series to a true open world environment, and charges the player with tracking […]

  • Battlefield Hardline beta date leaked – rumour

    According to an email sent to some YouTubers, the upcoming beta for Battlefield Hardline is scheduled for February 3. The date for the Battlefield Hardline beta is believed to be February 3. It comes from an email that’s been sent by Ronku to various YouTubers reminding them of the starting date, February 3. Ronku is […]

  • The history of The Witcher: beyond the Road With No Return

    We take a look at The Witcher franchise, from the original short stories to its blockbuster video games. The world was first introduced to Geralt through a set of short stories called The Witcher (English translation) written by author Andrzej Sapkowski. The first short story was published in the Polish fantasy and science fiction magazine […]