i like gimmy :C
Have you ever had the feeling that some people are never talking about videogames, but always about themselves? The videogame talk is incidental, the goal is to be seen as a certain type of guy.
I have this feeling with gimmy and that guy who argued with me at the good character designs thread.
(But since these people are people I strongly disagreed with here, maybe the problem is me.)
I think I know what you're getting at, and to a degree I agree with you, but I think we're all like that in one way or another about one thing or another. I don't think it is so much a goal of trying to be seen as a certain type of guy as it is the internet makes it easy to go from being a person with an opinion to a Google-forged expert.
In person if you reach a point where you can't think of something to back up your end of the argument with it kind of puts you in a position where you have to stop and consider why that is (at least it does if you are a rational individual). On the internet, when your point is running out of steam you can just quickly pop on to Google or Wikipedia or whatever and you're bound to find something that will keep it going. It keeps that train of thought moving forward so fast you forget where it is supposed to be going and why it is going there.
I know, at least in the case of Gimmy, he cares a lot about the craft and it occasionally leads to him sending out opinions like a battering ram or sends his train of thought off the rails but ultimately he has a lot of interesting viewpoints and if you can be patient enough to try and understand what he's getting at you'll find there is a lot of food for thought there. That doesn't mean you'll agree with him, of course, but it does give you something to think about.
I find the same is true of just about any member here that isn't responding with "ur a fagot lolz".
With Phubans I find that, at least on here, he reminds me of a friend of mine. My friend doesn't have a filter between thought and speaking, how ever something comes to his mind is exactly and immediately how it will leave his mouth. Some of the shit he says I am like "What the fuck!?" because it sounds so crass and belligerent but if you give what he's saying a little time to soak in there is a valid point there (or at least some kind of point there lol).
In this particular case I think I understand what Phubans is getting at, because even though I know better (there is plenty of variety in modern games and the games now are just as good as they've been in the past) I still feel it from time to time. I find myself hearing music on the radio and thinking "Back when I was a teenager music was way better...". All the music, games, art, etc. I grew up on shaped the sensibilities and tastes I developed and by which I compare newer experiences so of course it will all seem so much better. Most of us have at least a little bias towards the past.