It's been a very long time since I posted to a form here so forgive me if my protocol is rusty.
Way back when, this site was a much simpler place. You had a personal page, and every week or so the staff cranked out another RvB video.
As the site has grown and expanded, a huge number of things have been added. Just looking at the helpful gray sitemap at the bottom of the screen I can see how big this place has gotten.
When I came here, it was because I could say without any doubt: This is a good place to support, I can give them some money and feel no shame.
There were things I didn't like: In particular, before they changed the mod system, all you needed was a pair of breasts and a good haircut to have an astronomically high Karma level, making Karma level essentially meaningless. You can't help human nature, but you can compensate for it. The new system completely eliminates that issue.
And while most of what has been added to the site is good and appropriate, even if it doesn't necessarily interest me personally (I don't own a Wii, for example, nor am I much of a PC Gamer, and I don't feel a great personal need to get all the achievements for the Hanna Montana XBox 360 game), there have been some things added that feel like they violate the spirit of the place as it was when I became a member.
Pajamachievements, for example, doesn't make me feel good about being a member. I was content to ignore it and just assume that I didn't get it because I wasn't the target audience, but then they did a Pajamachievements video about Halo 3.
Halo being what my friends and I all play, and have played for years, and given that Halo was what led me to this place that has become my internet home, I was angry when I saw the video.
Those of you who have seen it know what i mean. One of the women in the video at one point takes an extremely cheap shot at Halo fans. It's a really, really low blow. It's the kind of mean spirited comment I remembered hearing from jocks in high school. Mention video games and they'd tear you a new one, but then, they'd rip on you if they saw you reading a book during free time, so there you are.
But in general the entire thing seems out of place. I went through and watched a few of them and I have to say I found it kind of obnoxious. I didn't like that the money I give Rooster Teeth as a sponsor might in some small way have helped to fund that video.
But there are more things as well. There are now groups for every imaginable subject. And while I do understand that these are groups created by gamers who belong here, to address other things they happen to be interested, that isn't what this place is, or should be about.
And while the guys are sometimes very funny in their RT Shorts videos, I can't help but wish that time was invested in making more Machinima. It's their website and their production company, they can do whatever they want but...
....But this place is moving steadily away from what it used to be. And in as much as the gamers are, as far as I can tell, still a huge majority here, other things have begun to take root.
In the end I suppose most organizations diversify if they want to grow, or even just survive. But I don't want this site turning into another facebook, or myspace, or God forbid, another LiveJournal.
And I suppose the question is, is anyone with me on this? I rant about this in my journal here, but the people who read that are just my personal friends, and they may not represent a legitimate cross-section of the population of this site. Anyone else feel like Rooster Teeth is drifting away from what made it great in the beginning? And if so, are there any ideas as to how we might drop an anchor and stop it?