After last week’s Animal Crossing Direct, the internet was buzzing with reactions to Nintendo’s announced price hike on its Nintendo Switch Online subscription service. From Twitter to Discord, gamers took up battle positions over the news, decrying Nintendo’s greed or accusing those raising objections of engaging in toxic, joy-killing behavior. The divisiveness is nothing new, however.
The notion that social media inflames tensions and furthers divides is old news. Indeed, one need only to slip into politics Twitter–or anywhere on Facebook–to be reminded of how ugly the internet has become. Gaming is supposed to be different though; at its best, gaming transports us away from the crushing weight of life in the twenty-first century and delivers to us a unifying experience built upon stories and gameplay we all love. Sadly, the gamer-sphere in social media is not immune to the divisiveness currently plaguing the world.
All too often, we…
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