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Ok, I never played a "Democracy" game, know nothing about its mechanics, etc. But I checked the Democracy 3 : Africa game page, wanting to know more about the game and if it's interesting to play ...

Of course, I couldn't miss the first review on its' main page, which puts me into a rage I can barely articulate.

You all know which one I'm talking about.

So, my question is : can we do anything about it? To report it, to mark it as irrelevant? Because as we all saw it, it is just a racist rant disguised as a review.

I'm all for freedom of speech. If you think that the game doesn't represent or poorly represents the real geo-political situation in Africa, you can absolutely talk about it and explain your point of view. But racist insults, talking about "genetically lower average IQ", and putting a whole continent which is made of, you know, PEOPLE, not homogenous blocks who all think and act the same in the same box, is not just infuriating, it's hate speech.

The thing that probably bugs me the most is that gamers' as a whole is also a group that is often stereotyped and mocked by others. We have no life, no brains, no future, we're just overgrown children, have no motivation in life, you've all heard it one time or another.
To think that most regular people still see gamers as unarticulate primates living in their mothers' basements and spewing racist and mysoginist shit every time they open their mouths ...

-->>> AND you have this review on GOG.com, on of the coolest gamers' gathering places on the internet, on the front page of a major game.
Is this how you want us to be represented? By this garbage?

Again, the review wasn't about pointing the game's flaws or telling why the political situation is more complex than that, and which parameters weren't considered for the game. It's just a series of insults to black people.
When I marked the review as unhelpful a report button showed up to the right. I pressed it and nothing obvious happened other than the button disappearing, so I suppose it flagged the review?
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Feamelwen: The thing that probably bugs me the most is that gamers' as a whole is also a group that is often stereotyped and mocked by others. We have no life, no brains, no future, we're just overgrown children, have no motivation in life, you've all heard it one time or another.
To think that most regular people still see gamers as unarticulate primates living in their mothers' basements and spewing racist and mysoginist shit every time they open their mouths ...
Have you ever read (or tried to parse) any of the comments on the battle dot net forums for the last 25 years? Hell, peek into *any* online bbs gaming discussion forum (official or unofficial) and you will see a pattern of decadent language that defies maturity & logic. Now that online digital streaming has emerged, just go to any YouTube video (or Twitch) of gamers trying to play the video game they're attempting to promote and you can not only hear them speak with a limited & redundant vocabulary but you determine their demeanor just by their appearance!
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The majority of younger generation gamers are isolated social retards, ok...?
Lets keep it real.
Yes, I've seen/heard plenty of stupid and ignorant discussions in gamers' communities, I've also seen/read/participated in plenty of intelligent, funny, articulate discussions with other gamers, IRL or on the internet over the years. So I don't agree either, it's stereotyping either way. It's just taking the behavior of some members of a community and suddenly making it a "majority". Our perception is skewed by our emotions and preconceived thoughts, that's why we lump what we see into stereotypes to make our reality easier to process.

Anyway, it wasn't the subject of the discussion, and I just want to say that I'm happy the post I was disgusted with was removed. GOG generally feels like a nice online place to hang out at, so I'm happy it does its best to stay that way.

A good day to everyone.
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Feamelwen: Yes, I've seen/heard plenty of stupid and ignorant discussions in gamers' communities, I've also seen/read/participated in plenty of intelligent, funny, articulate discussions with other gamers, IRL or on the internet over the years. So I don't agree either, it's stereotyping either way. It's just taking the behavior of some members of a community and suddenly making it a "majority". Our perception is skewed by our emotions and preconceived thoughts, that's why we lump what we see into stereotypes to make our reality easier to process.

Anyway, it wasn't the subject of the discussion, and I just want to say that I'm happy the post I was disgusted with was removed. GOG generally feels like a nice online place to hang out at, so I'm happy it does its best to stay that way.

A good day to everyone.
Perhaps you have logged onto the internet until just recently.
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Yes... I, too, have also participated in 'plenty of intelligent, funny, articulate discussions' , however, if you have observed online as long as me, you'd find those encounters are merely very far and few in-between.

Hey, thanks for reading!

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I wanted to say earlier that I think HEF2011's conclusion is the exact opposite of mine. The only place where I can concede that gamers appear mentally stunted is on Youtube, but that isn't saying much because all kinds of videos on YouTube generate troll like comment wars, it isn't strictly a gamer thing or even a youth thing.

I'm confident in saying that normally, game discussion on places made for discussing games is usually erring on the side of worthwhile and constructive. Trolls are short lived among gamers.

(For what it's worth, I've been online since 1997. I used to have an ICQ# that was about 7 or 8 digits long.)
Post edited April 18, 2016 by Sufyan
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Sufyan: (For what it's worth, I've been online since 1997. I used to have an ICQ# that was about 7 or 8 digits long.)
I've been online longer than that.

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Been video gaming since the late Seventies.