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Seeing the terrible harassment in the live stream comments last night made me cringe. I'd just like the Obsidian staff to know we're not all horribly misogynistic, racist, socially-stunted a-holes and we are sorry you had to see that.

 

Sincerely,

Hopefully the majority of your backers

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That was actually kinda mild from what I've come to expect from the internet.

Sure, most of it. But I'm sure there was some discomfort. We like Obsidian. We don't want them to be disgusted by their own fans.

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That was actually kinda mild from what I've come to expect from the internet.

Yeah... I was expecting a lot worse.

 

Most of the comments were stupid spam messages, but I didn't see much that was overly offensive.

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I believe Twitch highlighted their stream on the front page, which likely brought in a lot of viewers who had no idea what the stream was even about....eg, all they saw was a party. ;)

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Sure, most of it. But I'm sure there was some discomfort. We like Obsidian. We don't want them to be disgusted by their own fans.

 

They had a good sense of humor about it. The only real offensive stuff I saw was some of the racist stuff and the targets of the comments just laughed about it.

 

I'm sure they're familar with the things that come out of the internet enough to take it with a grain of salt.

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I got the feeling that most of the Obsidian folks were having a good time and rolling with it. Even the more racist or misogynistic comments were joked about by the people there.

 

After all, as game developers who have to read all of the negativity aimed at their creation day in and day out, "teh internets" probably becomes second nature. Actually, for anyone who has (for example) read comments on a youtube video, it's all pretty standard stuff.

 

The only comments that made me cringe a little inside were a couple directed at the children - but I (just like most everyone else) ignored them and went on with the party.

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I have to agree. Some of that stupidness was cringe worthy.

 

Suggestion: Please figure out a way only to let backers see/particapte in those feeds. Restrict this by email and have all comments show the person's actual name. If they get out of line, perma ban them from future events. The best way to end that kind of stuff is to take away anonymity.

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They handled it well and I don't think anyone was hurt, looked like a good party - but yes, the comments were cringeworthy. And simply annoying, because none of the more P:E related stuff went through between all the "WHAT'S THIS ABOUT" and "GREEN SHIRT GIRL CLOSER TO CAM PLZ" comments. But I believe that was the "guests", not this community. :getlost:

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No need to apologize anything if you were not one writing those comments.;) I think it went pretty well given that it's internet after all. Those few inappropriate comments were effectively ignored by everyone in front of the camera and that's how it should be: Just don't feed the troll and it will go away.

 

That green shirt girl thing then again was harmless. Just little joke which grew into meme during that show.

 

I'm sure all folks at Obsidian had as great time yesterday as we did.

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Suggestion: Please figure out a way only to let backers see/particapte in those feeds. Restrict this by email and have all comments show the person's actual name. If they get out of line, perma ban them from future events. The best way to end that kind of stuff is to take away anonymity.

 

Well, that would've locked me (and other paypal backers) out already, just like on the kickstarter comments... no fun. :(

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Too much exposure to the comment sections of any portion of the Internet are liable to kill any lingering faith one has in us as a species. I'm certain the people at Obsidian are Internet savvy enough to know that by now.

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