You're right about that! They do mod you over the dumbest crap! And news is never on time! I said I was leaving too a while back but I'm still here and I see you are! I don't blog much at all either I prefer posting more and I only blog when its something I really want to talk about. I haven't even been typing any reviews lately because I mean whats the point? Some noob will disagree with you but whatever. That's why I left my answer machine on. Gamespot ain't much and neither are its contests! The reviews are mostly crap also. But anyway I like to add some humor every now and then when I post it's the least I can do since this sight royally sucks. But, other than that I just put up with GamePOT.
I knew I would grow tired of this place and decide to leave, or get banned without actively trying. I'm surprised I'm not banned already, but instead it has led to this. I don't want to continue doing this anymore.
I am leaving GameSpot permanently.
To put it simply, I'm sick of it. I'm sick of the site telling me that it's my fault there are HTML errors. I'm sick of pointless moderations. I'm sick of the same threads being reposted every month and I'm sick of the waves of old threads being bumped.
James Kozanecki sent me a private message at the start of this month. Part of it reads:
Yeah well screw that. Lose me. I don't want to be a GameSpot forum poster anymore, and I won't let moderators have the satisfaction of moderating me anymore or banning me. I am clean. I am above board, but GameSpot's moderation system is flawed and doesn't allow for the least bit of fun, joke or innuendo. I will no longer subject myself to this virtual prison.
There isn't even a reason outside of the forum to visit this website and hasn't been for years. The news is always a day late, the reviews are late and the video content is bland.
This website is no longer relevant and has no reason to be visited.
So there's my reasoning. No real surprises there, but why exactly have I chosen to leave on the 22nd of September?
Before being a regular at GameSpot I used to post very frequently on a wrestling forum at wrestling.net.au. As seen by this screenshot taken before the forum was relaunched, I made nearly 6000 posts there! However after having enough of one moderator on the team who had hated me ever since I signed up I decided I would leave. I did so, on the 22/09/2007. The exact same date I registered there in 2003. Now I'm going to do it again. Same date, same signature, and just like last time I will never return. Even after writing this the similarities continued with one of my last threads on GameSpot being closed just like on the wrestling forum.
As for where I'm going next, I don't feel like writing anything on the internet for a while. I want to sit back, wind down, reflect, forget and refresh. I want to rid my mind of the evil of the past before moving on to something better.
But it wasn't all bad. The most important part of this website for me were the same people who read my posts and blog entries throughout the years. You. Your personalities, forum posts, blog posts, Community Games Nights and Pick-up threads kept me coming back all these years and I thank all those who gave me a laugh. You all know who you are!
And... I guess that is it.
It's time for me to stop. What you're reading now is the last thing I'll ever do on GameSpot before signing out for eternity. Time to walk away from almost 100 blog entries, over 1000 users tracking me, over 11000 profile views and over 12000 posts. It may be drastic, but this is something I feel I need to do and it's in my best interests that I say... Goodbye!
And then, there was nothing.
And as the sun sets on yet another great forum regular, I wish you well. 10-4 good buddy, 10-4............... He was my favourite :''''''(
Please note that if any admin contacts a user about anything like this, they are only doing it because they seriously do not want to lose a user for not knowing that ignoring former moderations for too many times can get them banned. Admins don't take time to warn users unless we truly want you to stick around. Simply reading through your mod history and noticing the kinds of things you have been moderated for is probably easier than you think. We hope to see you back someday, but I can understand if you think the rules are something you can no longer follow. Take care.
Well I hope the best for you. I'm not too big on this site either.... I mostly use it to keep track of my gaming collection and talk to some people on here. I get sick of the freaking unions! All they do is just post stuff without getting to know new people. Unions are like a business here: They don't care who you are as long as you make the union look good.
Sorry to see you have to leave buddy. I don't really understand why moderations build up to a ban. They should be scrubbed after a few years. Bans should only happen when people frequently screw up and don't listen to instructions. Meh, this is why I don't really get involved with posting on forums much. Aside from my work life, it's just too constricting (and sometimes I feel like I've lost a few IQ points just reading some of the drivel from the usual mouthbreathers around here). Good luck and Godspeed :) *salute*
Bro, enjoy life, if GS was being a deterrent its a good thing for you to leave. The forum members are what binds this place together. But there are many social networks out there that people will always maintain some contact. I kinda tried to leave a few times but i missed some good members and friends in the forums. elektrixxx you will always be the mario man we all know and respect. Take care bro.
So, how many moderations do you have? How many warnings? How many pointlosses? How many suspensions?
At the point I am close to a termination, or a permanent ban, means I would be done for, and I would leave GameSpot forever.
Sorry to lose you, elektrixxx. On my end I'll look into the HTML errors - I didn't realize those were still happening with frequency.
you have all the right reasons to leave. i back you in whatever decision you make. good luck with whatever you decide to persue in the future.
Oh that's a shame, miss you mate! Wont be the same without and your awesome posts, great pickups and awesome drumming skills. see you on twitter,xbl etc Buy a longer cable!
@Turbo-Evil just tried to, but he actually needs to sign in i believe before adding him as its saying its not registered, which was the same case when trying to add your id
its really sad to see you go after being a member for so long, but hey its life you have to move on. there's no doubt we will all miss you greatly. If you ever end up getting a ps3, hit us up on twitter or something with your psn :) best wishes for the future, if you ever feel the need to come back we'll be waiting with open arms (unless you get banned) take care
We certainly have been through quite a bit over the last couple of years. I agree 100% with the things you said but unfortunately they will never change on GS and i too have contemplated leaving in the past, though will just stay around to help keep the GS board going with the other regulars. I am sure we will still keep in contact though Live in the near future.
At least you quit while you were ahead :P Me, I'm gonna ride it out until the banhammer crushes my virtual skull. I realised this month that I don't care about this place as much as I used to... in fact I hardly care at all. All the good users I have on Twitter and/or MSN, so there's nothing keeping me here except boredom. Hehe, actually I can't wait... I have a revelation or two up my sleeve that I shall only reveal upon my banning (via a from-the-grave forum post)
From Freek666: I wish you all the best in the future and I was glad I could tie for winner of your blackboard. Sorry that I can't post this personally for I am currently suspended (I can feel your pain brother). Once again, all the best to you and enjoy life.
I literally am choking up here. You being one of the first dudes here I got to like and I think one of my first "friends" :P With your great insightful and hilarious posts. I do however agree with some of the points in your post, and I think that there is a time where you have to stop doing this sort of thing, but you will be sorely missed. See you later man, enjoy your.... other stuff. :P
I can kinda sympathize. Though it's more of "I do a lot of my own forum work than anything else", which is turning me off Gamespot. That, and a steady combination of real life, finding a real job, and getting frustrated at the insane amount of technical issues that should've been fixed and fixed years ago. See you around dude. Though I must thank you for the shout out.
It's really sad to see you go man, I always considered you a key part in what makes GSAU so enjoyable. Like you I only really use the forum on the site as well, and yes the rules are a bit tougher then I'd like but I can see why they're in place. Good luck in all your future endeavours sir, it's been a privilege to have known you. If you do for whatever reason decide to get a PS3 one day be sure to add me as a friend, and if I ever decide to cave and pay what Microsoft wants for a 360 wireless adaptor, I'll be sure to add you.
I don't think there would be a single moderator that takes satisfaction in moderating a good contributor. I disagree with your comments about the site's rules - I find them to be lenient enough so I can enjoy myself, yet strict enough to keep me shielded from the filth that the rest of the net contains. But as for your tech issues and dissatisfaction with site content - I can appreciate your comments. I have no doubts this will continue to improve and I know you can post within the site's rules, so hopefully you'll reconsider one day and join us in the AU forum again. See you around.
I'm really sad to see you go I really liked you as a poster but I'm also really impressed that you're taking this stand so well done :D Still...sad times :'( I hope the mods feel really guilty bad and change :P errr it could happen right?
:( Its going to be a big loss for the forums. You're one of the people that held the place together. You'll be missed. We need more people like you, but unfortunately we don't. You were certainly unique. Enjoy whatever you go on to do.
Damn. Well I guess all good things must come to an end. You're one of the very first people I remember seeing on here and liking, so it's really a shame we have to lose you. I can't say I'm surprised though, and with the way things are, I find it very unlikely you'll be the last to go out in this way. It was nice knowing you, we'll catch up on Live some time aye. ;)
Man it's going differently without you here - and I agree 100% with your points - the moderation and erroneous HTML coding here is stupid! Well, at least we will still see on twitter. Where ever you dwell next, have fun!