While the editorial pages at many gaming websites are featuring opinion pieces on how the Internet is a pretty nasty place for creative types, not everyone agrees. Of course all this soul searching and hand ringing is related to Polytron's Phil Fish saying over the weekend that he has cancelled further development on Fez 2 and has quit the games industry after a public dust-up with Marcus Beer (also known as Annoyed Gamer over at GameTrailers).
One of those differing opinions comes from Zeboyd Games. You may know them better as the creators of such hit RPGs as Breath of Death VII, Cthulhu Saves the World, Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3, and the recent Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 4. In the post, Zeboyd Games says that making something popular will always have its fair share of haters no matter what, but engaging them is a waste of effort and energy.
Instead Zeboyd encourages ignoring them:
"Yes, if you make something popular, you will get your share of haters. But unless you’ve made some serious mistakes, the haters will be far outweighed by the supporters.
It’s easy to engage with the haters and hate back, but that just escalates the problem. If some says something negative, either ignore them or try to disarm them with a kind & humble response. You’d be surprised how often not retaliating and being kind can defuse an ugly situations. And if that doesn’t work, definitely ignore them – no point in wasting your life worrying about someone who is being irrational and trying to offend you.
'He who takes offense when no offense is intended is a fool, and he who takes offense when offense is intended is a greater fool.' – Brigham Young
It’s easy to focus on the negative and ignore the positive. Don’t. When someone takes time out to say something nice about you or your work, try to respond back, even if it’s just a simple “Thank you.” You should spend most of your community interaction time with your fans, not your detractors.
Seriously, just be nice. It’s not always easy but it’s easier than the alternative."
The short post was in response to the Penny Arcade Report editorial, "Swimming in a sea of shit: Phil Fish and the Internet’s war against creatives."
Source: Zeboyd Games