• Developers of Cities: Skylines 2 have noticed a growing toxicity in their community, which is affecting engagement and creativity.
  • The CEO of Colossal Order expressed concern about the negative impact of toxicity on the team and the community.
  • The developers still encourage helpful criticism from the community but ask for it to be constructive and kind.

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  • @Copernican
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    24 months ago

    For some reason people seem to experience the most rage, vocalization frustration, etc. when it comes to having their entertainment fucked with (whether pricing, content itself, etc). Companies can cause global recession or market crashes, be responsible for child labor resulting in death and dismemberment, or engage in flat out fraud, but those companies will never bring out the toxicity, death threats, entitlement, and communal anger like a video game or film/tv company that impacts the entertainment of the masses. When people used to think of the most evil company in America back in the early 2010’s, EA was more hated than Bank of America, Wells Fargo, or AIG. That never made sense to me.

    • Cosmic Cleric
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      For some reason people seem to experience the most rage, vocalization frustration, etc. when it comes to having their entertainment fucked with (whether pricing, content itself, etc).

      You should never fuck around with the plebs and their ‘bread and circuses’, especially if your government is not doing well.

      Companies can cause global recession or market crashes … or engage in flat out fraud, but those companies will never bring out the toxicity, death threats, entitlement, and communal anger

      People are pissed off at inflation, the general cost of everything (including AAA games), laws and punishments not being applied evenly/fairly, etc., these days.

      I think the latter part of your comment is a bit hyperbolic (especially part of your comment that I edited out when quoting it in my response).

      • @Copernican
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        4 months ago

        The defunct Consumerist used to run a poll. https://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2013/04/09/ea-voted-worst-company-in-america-again/?sh=2dc357397aeb . It was always strange how EA beat out the companies that I think do more harm to society for several years. For some reason it’s entertainment companies that draw a lot of vocal ire from consumers, despite financial institutions, pharma, telecoms, oil, factory farms, etc. doing more explicit and literal harm.

        • Cosmic Cleric
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          For some reason it’s entertainment companies that draw a lot of vocal ire from consumers

          Just repeating myself at this point, but to answer (again) your question…

          You should never fuck around with the plebs and their ‘bread and circuses’, especially if your government is not doing well.

          • @Copernican
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            4 months ago

            Your comment was vague. I know there’s these days, but I was talking about a theme I have been seeing since around 2010. In the past 23 years we’ve had differing levels of inflation and what not, but entertainment seems to still draw communal vocal ire in ways that seem disproportional to more impactful issues caused by corporations.

            but to answer (again) your question…

            what question did i ask?

            • Cosmic Cleric
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              04 months ago

              Your comment was vague.

              It’s not, if you understand the concept/story of “bread and circuses”.

              Both responses has a link to the wiki for it, that you can read up on, if you want further info on it.

              what question did i ask?

              I bolded it in both of my responses. It’s an implied, and not explicit, question.