Fahrenheit 451 has arrived. (But no firemen are needed)

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Sangfroid

fahrenheit_451

Bioware is closing every official game forum. Except for SWTOR! Thank god that Star Wars the Old Republic is safe! Joking aside that’s more than 20 million posts and half a million members. You might have heard of Dennis Cooper who maintained a literary-leaning blog that was deleted without notice by Google. 10 years of content gone with a keyboard click.  Game forums where one guy spent a page describing what video game characters sweat must taste like (With accompanying chemical formulas as proof) might not have the same cachet as Dennis Cooper’s work (Part of his shtick was to find obscure posts like that and re-imagine them on his blog) but they deserve to be protected just as vigorously.

Having lived in these worlds it’s a dumb move on the part of EA. An essential part of any MMORPG (Massively multiplayer onlinerole-playing game) are the forums. Business as usual. They’re using the same model that figures in food stamps and other government benefits when the wages for WalMart associates are calculated. Reddit, Twitter and Facebook will cover the slack for EA. Only they didn’t kill the SWTOR forums because….$$$. Sorry Mass Effect and Dragon Age fans you’ve been nickled and dimed to death.

deadgame

Desperate Gamer leaves new kind of forum message

In the South Park episode “Make Love Not Warcraft” the show mocked game executives that are completely out of touch with their game. All too often  MBA sharks move in, fire the designers then run the cash cow into the ground. The demise of ATARI during the North American Video Game Crash of 1983 was caused by poor business decisions made by greedy corporate types who didn’t understand gaming. They then portentously declared the video gaming industry to be “non-viable in the long term.” Nintendo Entertainment System proved all that to be utter BS but those guys and gals with the MBA’s seem to have a Teflon coating when it comes to bad decisions.

It can’t cost that much to keep the forums up. Is EA trying to shrink BioWare for reasons we don’t know about? Does anyone care?

There are no Fahrenheit 451 Firemen needed to burn the books anymore. Some flunky that probably looks a lot like Kim Davis decided Dennis Cooper’s “Gay Stuff” violated the TOS (Terms of Service) and hit a button on their keyboard. Some accountant told Rich Uncle Pennybags that EA (Electronic Arts) would save a few pennies by ceasing to maintain the Bioware forums. Did Ray Bradbury predict all this in 1953?  Only there are no firemen Ray. Just endless regiments of Kim Davis types gleefully tormenting the little people: Queers, Gamers and anyone else powerless enough to get at. T S Eliot had it right. “This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper.”

Author:
Sangfroid's unabashed use of punctuation and grammar has made him a literary standout on the internet. A rising star in the urban/romance/horror/science fiction/Nancy Drew fiction market, Sangfroid is the talk of the local McDonald's. His dog actually ate the first page of his magnum opus "That Foggy Night" and compared it to other great works like the weekly circular for its absorbent qualities.

5 Comments

  1. Bigscrod wants cake
    August 3, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Storage is so cheap, if they had given even a week’s notice, someone could have done a backup to another location. If it was done as an archive then they wouldn’t even have to worry about controlling content. But no one ever considers that.

    • Sangfroid
      August 3, 2016 at 11:17 am

      I always get the impression that the slash and burn the budget executives have the impression that everything is still run on a 386 processor.

  2. Penny
    PennyReply
    August 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Obviously they don’t think there are enough gamers that will complain or try to do something. Too bad there is not a product other than our games to boycott that might make a difference.

  3. Acadia Einstein
    August 5, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Why did Google delete that guy’s site?

    • Sangfroid
      August 5, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      He did a lot of homosexual material. People complained some of it was XXX.

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