There is one little small sub group of gamers that I can't stand anymore. They are the ones who can't take anything as somebodies opinion and see it all as demands. The raving back at the person stating their opinion begins rather quickly and it all escalates to stupid levels. Afterwords they get smug and tell the person they should have stated clearly that it was just opinion and doesn't apply to everybody. Even if they did that they are told their tone was wrong or the way they worded it came across badly. Etc... etc... until you get sick of it when really the problem isn't with the person stating their opinion but with the jackasses taking everything so freaking personally.
Recently this has came up quite a bit over somebodies article on how to be a better roleplayer. Here is the link below for it:11 Ways to be a better roleplayer.
This article got pretty popular among gaming circles pretty damn fast and ended up getting mentioned all over the place. It's a pretty decent article and it's about some of the same things that I've said before in my 'Be A Better Player' series. Although our tone of writing differs somewhat we make some of the same points. Of course there was discussion and disagreement over the points presented in this article and how they were presented. All of which is good as disagreement can lead to a lot of healthy conversation.
However at some places the disagreement turned into some pretty outright hate. As if the author is going to show up the next game they run and start holding a gun to their head to make them follow these 'rules'. No matter what anybody says (or how it's absolutely not going to affect them) they kept going on and on, over and over, bitching about the same points.
These people need to grow the hell up a bit. Nothing the author said in the article was wrong, nor was anything in there an absolutely right. It was an opinion/advice piece and nothing more. Not a rally cry to some imaginary war (we have enough of those in the hobby already) or a demand for all others to fall into lock step with the ideas presented. I agree with most of it, other parts I don't, I take what is helpful and discard the rest. So before people go on these weird tirades of anger over anothers opinion they should set back and think things over a bit. Will it the 'offending' opinion affect them in any way? Is it really worth arguing over in an aggressive tone? Will I be flying my dipshit flag high for all others to see if I get all bent out of shape over it?