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NBA Jam won’t save the world, unfortunately

NBA Jam won’t save the world, unfortunately

NBA Jam isn’t a game that conjures up thoughts of abusive smack-talk. NBA Jam is a game from simpler times (the early 90s), where everyone was best friends and the concept of abusive opposition wasn’t even on the horizon. But now isn’t then, and things have changed for the new NBA Jam.

Speaking with MTV, Trey Smith, creative director on the game (this time from EA), had this to say:

“I think one of the biggest problems right now is the actions and attitude of some of the gamers out there. You know who they are. If they spent less time spewing ignorant hate on the boards and in online games, and more time rallying behind the great games they love and helping to build a thriving community that welcomes everyone that shows up to play with them – everybody wins. Nothing wrong with a little smack talk here and there, just wish gamers respected each other more.”

Much as I am loath to agree with a generalisation like this, I’m going to, because it’s nice to see a developer just out and out say something like this. It’s not like it’s something that doesn’t get said, but it is something I agree with.

I increasingly find myself ignoring online communities for games these days, both in the game and on forums. I just don’t have the patience to listen to idiots squawking, singing, swearing or slinging abuse (mute button or party chat: check).

As for forums? They once had a place in my heart, but today I just see them as pointless, negative hives of scum and villainy. I still check them, as it would be remiss of me not to – it forms part of the job, after all – but post? Contribute? I’m at about 30 per cent of my old output.

Listen to Trey. He’s a dreamer, but he’s dreaming the same dream as me. And this definitely isn’t a pointless post.

[via MTV Multiplayer]

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