I rarely comment in any internet community but have felt compelled after the past few episodes of the show. Recently Garnett solicited a request for a review on iTunes or a comment as to how we think he can make the show better. I'd like to do both. I've just gone and left a five star review and I'd like to right here humbly make a request.
Please, please, PLEASE....stop being so neurotic. PLEASE. All of you. At various points over the past few months I've heard Jeff say his job has never made him so depressed because of the comments here, Andrea receive an onslaught of undeserved (and occasionally sexist) hate remarks, and Garnett comment and retract, comment and retract. Nearly every show someone says, "I know I'm going to get blasted in the comments for this but...."
Stop it. Please. You guys put on a wonderful show. It's sweet, electric, and sometimes caustic. But that's what makes it great. I understand the desire to build and maintain relationships with the community, but the people that scream the loudest and the most passionately are usually the ones at the extremes of the bell curve. The people like me who just tune in each week, get the news, enjoy your chemistry with each other and just have a good time often DON'T comment. Personally I don't because there is little to no accountability in anonymous online communities like this.
In geek culture, if you're not a creator like you guys then you are a consumer and your only identity commodity is your opinion. And it seems a recent trend in our culture to hate and shun everything that runs contrary to our personal opinion. Perhaps this is a byproduct of us becoming more mainstream in the last decade? We are allowed to speak now but still see abuse when someone expresses a contrary opinion?
But I digress. The point is that in this particular way the community here is making the show worse not better. A show of retractions, clarifications, and 'I know I'm going to get blasted for this but...' makes for dreary listening. My favorite shows are actually the drunkest ones, as you all seem the most comfortable and relaxed with each other. We listen to the show because we like you and value what you have to say. I'll bet even the belligerent elitist dongs who rant and condescend each week here, are some of the first to hit refresh in iTunes and grab the latest copy of the show every Friday.
I'm sure it's a tall order but please, try and let the bullshit slide off a bit more. Just because some of us seem to forget that video games are entertainment and outside our dens a very big world keeps on spinning, doesn't mean you guys should.