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Why is GR doing a week of hate?

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Out of all groups of people, doing all types of hobbies, gamers hate the most. Gamers (and yes, we include ourselves in this) moan. Christ do they moan.

They moan about hardware prices, software prices, they moan about missed release dates and they moan that the game's not finished if it does come out on time. Gamers hate buying games that turn out to be rubbish, but say they hate or don't trust reviews. Gamers moan about graphics, sound and 'playability' (whatever that is). They moan that games are too long and too short, or too hard or too easy, or that characters are too weak or too strong, or it's unrealistic, or so realistic it's boring. Gamers moan when they lose. And when they win, they complain that they didn't win by enough. And of course, although they read them all the time, gamers hate gaming websites. It's difficult to imagine fly-fishermen, chess players or needlecrafters getting so worked up.

But, like it or not, all this hating adds to what gaming is today. A teeth-clenching morass of bitching, moaning, whining, snarkiness, sarcasm, griefing and venom. Gamers really do love to hate.

So with this in mind, GamesRadar once again offers a week of features and videos themed around gaming hate. We've got five videos that try and capture everything fanboys hate about Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo, PC and finally on Friday the 28th, (gulp) GamesRadar. If you can name the most references in each platform video there are four games of your choice up for grabs.

We've got hateful gamer stereotypes, why Japanese RPGs suck, the worst innovations in gaming, 37 reasons to hate Halo and loads more. Oh and keep your eyes out for our world exclusive interview with Shirley Phelps-Roper, leader of the Westboro Baptist Church, often called the most hated woman in America. We've got her questionable viewpoint on the current state of gaming coming up on Thursday the 27th. It ain't pretty.

Hope you enjoy the week and of course, feel free to hate us for it.

Mar 24, 2008

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