Goodbye to all the reasons we can’t have nice things in MMOs, 2019 edition

    
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Goodbye to all the reasons we can’t have nice things in MMOs, 2019 edition

A while back, we started collecting all our cozy, comforting, positive, happy stories under the “warm fuzzies” tag. This year, we turned it into its own column, celebrating the good in gaming, gamers, and gaming studios in Massively Uplifting. But we also have another tag… a darker tag. The “this is why we can’t have nice things” tag is the one we slap on all the posts we write about stories that make us go “what the actual fuck?” and “are you even kidding me right now?” and “am I entirely positive I am in the right hobby and job?” (I am, but these stories do make me question it some days.)

So since I’m having a fun time with these end-of-the-year lists, I’ve rounded up all the “why we can’t have nice things” posts from 2019 and am offering them up for the New Year’s bonfire. We’re abandoning them, with prejudice, whether they’re stories about hackers and banhammers, authoritarian regimes cracking down on pixel fun, pointless lawsuits, Kickstarter scams, really dumb patch disasters, or game studios behaving like they’re frat houses. Go ahead and look at the worst things that happened in and around our genre this year – and then leave them behind you where they belong. o7

Want even more? Take a peek at Eliot’s other favorite tag, mature adults acting in mature and professional ways. Better yet, just cuddle up in the warm blanket of Massively Uplifting because let’s be honest, there’s only so much dumpster fire you can take. Bye, 2019!

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MJ Guthrie

I just really hope we don’t have 2020 saying, “Oh yeah, hold my beer!”

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Techno Wizard

We can have nice things. In a CoH way. Unfortunately we would have to become supervillains. But hey, it’s not that bad once you get used to it.

Happy New Year!

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Hello, 2020. Can we just start over?

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Baemir

The first one kinda did prove a point imo.

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rafael12104

Merry New Year! It’s 12:20 where I am and I love reading this list. Heh.

Meh. We can’t have nice things but every once in a while a nice thing sneaks through!

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Utakata

Nice things as in we can’t even pay tribute to a fallen gamer here without a shit show of gomer trolls and their apologist entourage showing up to remind us she was the enemy or something stupid. I don’t need to point to the locked article of recent in question – folks can find that out for themselves. But if that what 2019 that just past has come to…what a sorry shit sack of year it has been in this MMO meta. Where we are afraid to give respect to something without a barrage of alt-facts being lit under our faces. Dear, gods, Elune and Hitchens, I hope 2020 bring in something better. /le sigh

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Utakata

“Maybe a New Years resolution should be about being less prone to rants, Uta.”

…yeah. :(

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BalsBigBrother

The things you tend to rant about need saying and sadly they need to be repeated as some folks are a bit um slow when it comes to learning how to conduct themselves in general.

I am with you in hoping 2020 brings better things but the practical side of me is already preparing for disappointment /sigh

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zoward

Well, that’s one way to ring in the new year…

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Bryan Correll

Page down….
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Holy crap, how long is this list?

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Kanbe

I had to stop looking at this crap and realized I only made it about 1/3rd of the way down the list before jumping to comments.

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Bruno Brito

2020 will be a shitshow.

I’m so fucking hyped.

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Cyclone Jack

2020: Wait’ll they get a load of me.