I spent a lot of time today doing something I’ve not done for a long, long time: No, not doing work – don’t be ridiculous – I read and participated with people in a forum. Scary stuff.

In the build up to and shortly after Half-Life 2’s release I used to post fairly regularly at HalfLife2.net, posting a rather terrifying 1,239 times. I still check the site every now and then, but I very rarely check the forum for the same reason I avoid comment sections – the people who often use them fill me with a violent rage.

I ventured into the Project Zomboid forums today, initially to see if people had been experiencing the issues I was, and stuck around for quite a while to read some other people’s thoughts. Unfortunately, despite a promising start – people being helpful and nice ideas being discussed – an overwhelming wave of familiarity has since descended.

What worries me more, though, is the fact that I don’t seem to be able to stop reading. For some reason I want to help that nice new guy with his problem while simultaneously making that cocky argumentative prick look stupid. Gah. People, eh?

One Reply to “An upstanding member of the (online) community”

  1. Forums are such a timesink. Even moreso than Twitter. That said, I do miss the feeling of belonging to one. RIP, good old days of Punktastic.

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