So a little background. This spring I got a PS4. I was finally able to play The Witcher 3, a game I’ve longed to play since it was released. It was really fun! I stumbled into the game’s subreddit to ask a really specific question and got a specific answer. It was nice, I stuck around, made some comments. Nice little community.
Rinse and repeat with Bloodborne and Dark Souls 2. Helpful, encouraging, and generally good places to talk about whatever game I was playing.
Now. They’re nice little communities now after the games have been out for a bit and the hot takes have cooled they’re mostly made of people who just enjoy playing and talking about these games.
I bought Destiny 2 the day after launch and I thought “well, I had a good experience in those other game-specific subreddits, I should check out The Destiny sub and see what’s going on there.”
And for the first three days after D2 released it was pretty good. People answered my questions, there were fun jokes, everyone was high on the game.
And then. And then … my god.
The Destiny “fans” revealed themselves to be the whiniest, entitled, self-important “fans” of anything I’ve ever seen. Not just in the subreddit either, but so many streamers and other “influencers” seem to think they know how the game should be made and Bungie is ruining Destiny and oh my god there’s nothing to grind for what am I going to spend 1300 hours working for why isn’t this game my whole life now?
Just … the worst. So the worst.*
EDIT: I got distracted and didn’t get to my main point. My main point is, if not for the fine D2 players I met here and in the Discord, I would have dropped D2 and never looked back, assuming that all fans were like the most vocal fans. The bad fandom hasn’t made me quit playing the game but it would definitely have kept me away if I’d encountered them before I bought the game.
I would also say that The Adventure Zone podcast has a pretty toxic branch of its fandom that nearly soured me on the whole enterprise.
*thankfully there aren’t many “fans” in the Waypoint D2 crowds that I’ve encountered