As you'll see this is obviously my first post on EZA but please take into consideration that I was an active member of the GT community since 2006(ish) and although I have not been active since the jump to the EZA forums I have watched from the outside and I have one thing to say.
This community is poisoned.
The backlash that I've seen from a very vocal minority after Brandon agreed to join Colin Moriarty on a casual discussion of videogames, Patreon etc is a hindrance to the potential success and outreach of what EZA is trying to accomplish. I've seen people take Colin's tweets and jokes entirely out of context in an attempt to discredit him just because he's not a far-lefty.
it seems to be that "Love and Respect" is only a mantra when it applies to a certain political opinion. Identity Politics only apply to a very specific set of ideals and minorities, whether they be black, gay or trans, but will immediately get thrown under the bus if they step out of a politcal line.
I didn't see any of you frothing at the mouth when Ian Hinck made a poor attempt at humour by saying "He hits me because he loves me" joke a couple of months back on a podcast, or how about when Ashley Burch and her pathetic brother wrote an episode of "Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'" where domestic abuse was the butt of the joke. Why are you fine with this?
At this point I'm just aimlessly ranting and venting but if I'm to get back on point I think I've narrowed down the problem.
The biggest echochamber in the history of internet forums (as well as ResetEra) has attempted to merge with the EZA community and it clearly shows, luckily this is only a very vocal minority but the backlash of Man A talking with Man B over something as silly as videogames is deafening and it reflects poorly on what the 9 guys are trying to build.
Anyway, there are probably a few more points I wanted to add but I'm too tired. I apologise for dedicating an entire thread to this but as someone who was loved the GT team for over 10 years I couldn't help but speak my mind over what could potentially damage their reputation.