This is just a thought for everyone as a whole. You can just read the last two words if you like:
Zach and I talked about Wonka at MGC. We’ve talked about other games in the past. If anything, he probably held back in the SDTM podcast. Calling someone an “ass-kisser” with back-handed compliments is totally disrespectful. Especially to someone who busted his ass for free for a couple years for the love of the hobby. He is a good dude.
I get the human behavior reactions on Pinside. We see it everywhere when a phone manufacturer makes a change or Ford does anything to the Mustang. I understand it. You get wrapped up in your hobby and tend to lose a little sense of reality (to put it kindly). It turns into a mob mentality where the more negative the comment is, the more love it gets online. (“No Zavadoza, I’m just sharing my real opinion.” Ok dude. You wouldn’t say this to the persons face though.)
The people on chat telling Lawlor to shut up and show the game? Dude talked for less than 2 minutes after working on the game for over a year. You should a step back and consider who you are and how you spend your time and energy.
I pull for all pinball mfrs. I applaud people that work hard to try to make great games for us to enjoy. I don’t knock people or companies that want to be successful because I sure as hell don’t work for free. You can dislike a game or be disappointed, but most of the comments I’ve seen stray far beyond that point.
These personal attacks show how small-minded and neurotic some people are. You aren’t exacting justice for somebody sharing their feelings that you disagree with. You’re just being disrespectful. If you think spewing vitriol isn’t a big deal, it just shows how detached you are. You can target me for wasting my breath telling the mob to not be a bunch of a jerks. If you know me, you’ll know I don’t GAF. This is more than anything a cathartic post from all the trite negativity in an online community that most people visit to share what we actually enjoy about pinball.
Edit: if this sounds self-righteous, trust me I’m not perfect. I just try not to be a Dick and pinside is nearing a 4 year high in toxicity.