Too Human screenshot
Too Human screenshot

Speaking on the 1UP Yours podcast Silicon Knights president Denis Dyack has explained his recent comments on the popular NeoGaf forums in which he called out members of the forum who he felt had been unfairly criticising his new game, Too Human.

"I was basically calling out people who had no way of assessing the game," Dyack said. "All I wanted to point out to people is that this is so ridiculous."

Dyack later explained in more detail why he did what he did.

"I went through all of this for two reasons.... If you're going to look at the NeoGAF forum as a non-profit organization, if it does not reform itself, it's eventually going to crumble," said Dyack. "There's going to be a point where they step over the line where someone's going to shut them down. That would be a loss for everyone.... The question I have to ask the moderators of GAF: Are you going to follow your own rules? With people making GIFs of myself that are, I would say, attacking me.... Why haven't 180 people been banned now? If I wanted to move in and shut that place down, do I have grounds under their own forum policy?"

It's a situation Dyack feels will in the long term have damaging effects on the video game industry.

"NeoGAF and other forums like this that don't have good management are not only hurting society and hurting the videogame industry, they're in decline, and they need to reform quickly before people stop listening to them.... If the moderators and people who run the site think they aren't doing any damage, they are sorely mistaken, and it's only a matter of time before something bad happens," he concluded.

For more from Dyack check out the 1UP Yours podcast.

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Woffls's Avatar


Remember he's specifically calling out neoGAF, and gaf is a complete mess of a forum full of hypocrites and asshats. That said, Dyack should ignore them, like everyone else does.

Though, on the episode of the 1up Yours podcast that this article refers to, he makes valid, and actually very important points. All message boards have the inherant problem that there's no accountability for your comments, so you can say whatever you want and get no response to it. This might sound like the freedom everyone craves, but in reality it just nullifys those opinions.

You might be thinking "So what, it's only a message board?". Well, message boards aren't just small websites where a couple dozen people hang out to chat about X-Files anymore. Go on neoGaf and there will often be 3,000 people online at the same time. The kind of scale we're talking does affect the rest of the internet in some respects, and largely negative opinion generated on forums can easily spread.

I'm probably going to buy Too Human, just as a thank you to Dyack for bringing this up.
Posted 01:31 on 05 July 2008
Bloodstorm's Avatar


Oh wow......"what a tosser he is" comes to mind.
Posted 15:33 on 04 July 2008

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