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06/30/2004

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Mike

Don't let 'em get you down. You've got to remember, people who have something bad to say will say it often more than people who have something good to say. Someone likes the site, they'll link it to friends, never say a word to you. Someone hates it, they'll piss all over it.

But, hey, this site is probably one of the most intellectual ones on the internet. There are conversations about games as literature, gender politics, and a whole mess of other stuff. You guys even gave me my game reporting start.

So chin up, enjoy France, and forced registration for comments may not be a terrible idea.

And honestly, if the man looked hard enough, there's a feature on this site that ranks as maybe the best video game/sex story in known history. But I'll leave well enough alone.

Enjoy the vacation!

Charmaine

Sorry, to hear about the dumba**es out there getting you down. I hope you have a great and restful time in France. Just to let you know I am for the forced registration.

If this happens to show up more than once, I apologize now.

Charmaine

Sorry, to hear about the dumba**es out there getting you down. I hope you have a great and restful time in France. Just to let you know I am for the forced registration.

If this happens to show up more than once, I apologize now.

Charmaine

Sorry, to hear about the dumba**es out there getting you down. I hope you have a great and restful time in France. Just to let you know I am for the forced registration.

If this happens to show up more than once, I apologize now.

maiku

If you have a chance, check out Cyberville by Stacy Horn. It talks about her experiences starting an early online community, how she handled jerks and policing, etc.. It may offer some answers, or at the very least, encouragement. One of the book's conclusions is that the Internet shouldn't be perceived as a utopia. Assholes are universal (and have computers too). Hang in there!

skye

I've loved your site for over a year. It's insightful, witty, and always keeps me entertained.

Don't let assholes and spammers force you off the web, or even question your purpose. What you do here is pretty unique, and I would miss it if it was gone.

Netwoman

I am really sorry to hear that this has you down - though I can't blame you. One can only take so much crap from ungrateful and disrespectful (and sexist homophobes).
I hope that after your rest you will be refreshed and ready to come back....enjoy.

Lisa Galarneau

That guy just wishes he had something as interesting to do as going off to France! Pathetic, really. Feel free to make us register... I can't imagine any of us really minding...

bon voyage!

Lisa

William

Hey Jane,
Sorry about that jerkyheaded jerk's comments.Not all guys are so close minded and homophobic.Some of us are actually feminists and open minded about stuff like that.well I hope you have a good vacation and remember to stay tough.
will

dr. b.

I, too, am sorry about the experiences you've had with comments and email. It would be sad to lose such a great community because of spam and jerks. I would hate to lose the chance to have open discussion and if necessary would be more than willing to register if that's what it came down to.

gman

It is really really depressing. I also run a site and have gotten pissed on in all kinds of ways from rude e-mails to having my domain abused by companies for sending spam. It really makes you realize how there is no shortage of a**holes in the world :-(

But, your site is great! I check out every entry so let's try to ignore the jerks and just enjoy the good people.

Cody

Hey now, don't let hosers like that get you down! Think of it this way; that fellow's life is so empty and void of all purpose that he had nothing better to do then send you hurtful comments. What a loser, eh? :)

By the way, this is the first time I've ever posted a comment here; I've been reading your site ever since Penny Arcade linked to your bit on Rez, however, and I've enjoyed the high level of video game discussion I've found here. Keep up the good work! :D

Zordran

i wanna give you a hug, even though I don't know you personally or professionally.

See? We don't all suck.

A reader

Well, that comment is just laughably stupid, but I guess the fact that it got to you is definitely proof that it's time for a break.

Hope to see you back.

Kit

I have enjoyed your site for months now via LJ. I would be sad if it went away but if it doesn't bring you joy anymore ... anyway, have a great trip and I hope everything looks better afterwards. Bon voyage!

Bob

Welcome to the internet.

Dave

I'm sorry you have to deal with jerks like that, especially since it sounds like you have to do it frequently. It goes to show how sad those people are, that they can only lash out in such a juvenile way anonimously. It also shows how little they have going on upstairs. There's notihg wrong with criticism done thoughtfully and intelligently, but what losers like that say don't even really count as criticism, it's more like the rantings of a foul mouthed eight year old.

Regardless of all that, you deserve a break. Not because these jerks forced you into one, but because you really have put together one of the most thought provoking video game sites I've ever seen. No one has to be a woman to appreciate what you've done here, they just have to be intelligent. Your site sets an example that I wish other websites and video game magazines would follow. Your site discusses games the way some sites discuss art or theater.

I hope once you are back from your vacation you will continue your site in whatever format you need to. It would be a loss to the gaming community to lose such a great site. I hope the ramblings of some cowardly jerks don't chase you away from the net forever. But, do whatever makes you happy, and keep playing. Hopefully some of us will get to play with you online in some game or another.

Hugh "Nomad" Hancock

From my experience with Machinima.com, forced registration does very little harm and a good deal of good spam-removal wise. I suspect, by encouraging buy-in, it actually helps foster a sense of community. And it gives a nice sense of how popular your community is as the numbers slowly go up a la Diablo.

And just to add to the chorus of praise - GGA is a fantastic site. I don't have time to check too many blogs, but this one's on the regular to-check list. A good deal of my job depends on catching interesting stuff happening with games, and GGA's been responsible for more than its fair share of hurried, excitable notes in my ideas file or my own blog.

Dave P.

Another long-time reader, infrequent poster here. Have fun in France, and enjoy your well-deserved break. It would be a shame to lose your excellent insights on gaming and culture, so don't let the d*ckhead trolls of the 'net get you down. I'll also add that registering would not be a problem with me, as long as I get dibs on the userID "JaneRocks"!

x2

If you really want peace, remove the Rez+Vibrator story. It's the only story that drives people to this place anyways.

x2

If you really want peace, remove the Rez+Vibrator story. It's the only story that drives people to this place anyways.

Jason

Just wanted to add my post to the "we love you, have a good vacation, please don't shut the site down" pile.

This site is one of the few things that makes me feel good about playing games as a hobby. When so many people, websites, magazines, TV shows, movies, etc. portray video games as an outlet for sexual frustration, a pastime for the emotionally stunted or immature, or the cause of violence and depravity in our nation's youth, it can really start to eat away at your self esteem.

Thanks for letting me feel a little better about myself and how I choose to spend my free time.

RegularX

Eventually spam can simply take over an email account, and there is no recourse - legal or otherwise. You've got my sympathy there. The email addy I'm leaving here isn't even a real one, it's a NYM address that while functional, it's seperate from my real one and can be deleted with a button click to stop incoming spammers.

The net went mainstream, and with it came a lot of undesirables. Sure that sounds elitist - but when you get messages like that one, who can't help but claim a bit of superiority over someone who only interacts with the net on a masturbatory level?

I abandoned my old email address a few weeks ago, and now have an auto response to curse all the spammers who still go there ( http://wiki.beyondunreal.com/wiki/RegularX/Spam_Response ) ... may they rot in hell.

zoarre

hi, i'm new here.

i just want to mention that i find your site to be a refreshing alternative to the status quo of gaming news. thanks for what you've done so far. hope it continues. :)

Robert Morgan

lol fags

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