Some people may know already that I have left gameanyone.com. I thought at first it would be okay to just leave things how they were and not giving away any statement about the reasons. I was wrong and really need to vent my mind. Before you ask yourself what gamanyone is and what I have done there, then let me explain. It is a site for people to view and contribute Lets plays and video walkthroughs. The site offers people to submit into a team of directors and to get featured their guides. I was one of this directors over there.
During 2008, I got invited by the sites admin to contribute my guides there. Offered promotion for all of my guides once they are added and a friendly and healthy community of other Lets players and their audience. At this time the community was just small. I felt this is going to be big and enjoyed contributing my work and hang out with the other directors. Inside the next year, everything was fine and the people are really open minded and always good to everyone. This changed dramatically with every month in which the site became bigger and bigger.
They needed one entire year to realize that their forum is full of insulting and even the responsibility instances of the staff was spreading bad blood among the community. They just were bad idols, insulting people they got personal problems with. This should not belong into a nice friendly and healthy community. Moderators and Admins should be respected persons instead of feared monsters.
But they got warned by one ex moderator already a half year ago to stop threading others the bad way. He was of course fired for the expression of his opinion and later brand marked as the bad guy that just spreads bullshit to damage the image of the site. In the private board for directors, the staff started a big discussion about loyalty afterwards. The few people that told the staff about the misbehavior of the insult among everyone of the team and outside of the team got warned. They got forced to shut their mouths and to choose if they are with the got stuck ideals of the staff or against these ideals. At this point, I should have left the site already but I just thought about my own good and using the benefit to get my guides featured and to see my videos promoted on the main page. It was also the time in which I stopped having contact with any of the directors.
Contributions were just embedded from youtube and later the directors got the ability to upload videos to the site itself. I took this chance, because I already contributed guides on youtube ghost accounts. I added an unique guide of a game that nobody already contributed, but it got ignored. I decided to request it to be removed, so I could share it on youtube too. I was clear to continue contributing my work by uploading it to youtube only and to add it to the site later. I want to share my gaming experience with as much people as possible. If it does not getting featured, why should I leave it there to rot? I felt restricted in my personal freedom and I showed flag, telling everyone I requested my guide to be removed.
Since then I got a bad standing inside the team. As a Lets player that wants to have fun to share stuff he created with hard work, I want to be respected for my free opinion and not insulted for being no team player. In the last month before I requested to be removed from directorship, I was thinking about the pro and contra and came to the only possible conclusion. At the day I wanted to leave, I said goodbye in good but then again I got insulted for not being loyal and that I am just enviously not to be a staff member that always gets preferred over normal members and ordinary directors. I should write a pm to the chief director with the lines “blabla, I am not leaving anymore.” To read such infant reaction really made it easy for me to leave once and for all.
I am proud of myself and got my self-respect back again. Looking forward to many more months or years on youtube, while sharing my gaming experience with everyone that really cares. It does not matter what they will say about me if they read this lines. Its up to everyone to believe what they think is right. There will be no image damage to any of us. Not to my image, nor to the one of gameanyone. This is the liberty of free speech folks!