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With this thread I want to specifically address the amount of unfounded hate and negativity against GW2 and its fans, and how it derails any attempt at serious discussion about GW2. Especially after the BW, but even long before that, multiple people on these forums are constantly hating and whining on GW2 and its fans. Now this will be seen as a silly attempt of a GW2 fanboy to deny any form on negativity on GW2, but it is not.
By no means do I want to deny or debunk any negativity towards this game for the sake of it being negative about something I like, and I belief this goes for the majority of GW2's fans. The haters on the other hand do make out to be that this is the case, without giving any proper argumentation or reasoning, basing this accusation on nothing more than the fact that we like GW2.
Any attempt to discuss anything in a serious way will be kicked down and burned by the haters, because according to them, the fanbois of gw2 will rationalize anything about GW2 in a way that satisfies their positive view on the game. The funny thing is that the haters keep screaming and crying that this is the case, while very little actual occurrences of this will be seen on the forums. Often people with knowledge of the game will debunk negative attitudes toward it with valid reasoning and arguments, but regardless the haters will just pull the old strawman saying that gw2 fans will not hear anything negative about their game. This is a load of bull, as many GW2 fans, including me, do have multiple concerns and quirks with the game.
The thing is that a lot of the haters base their negativity on false premises and reasoning. It is ok for anybody to like or dislike something. If it is because of the thing at hand itself, it stands as opinion. However, if this opinion is based on some sort of premises or reasoning, then this could be the subject of discussion. Specifically, a lot of negativity comes from not understanding technical details about GW2, and therefore are unfounded. But no matter how hard the GW2 fans will try to explain, all there attempts to do so will be automatically be put down by the haters as fanboy attempts to defend their game.
A nice example is the GW2 combat system that saw quite a bit of discussion since BW ended. A lot of people claim the combat is just a zergfest pressing skills as fast as possible when they are of cooldown and claim that dodging etc is not that important at all. Many people who have played the BW a bit longer than 2 hours disagree with these statements. I've seen posts twice as long as this one explaining in detail why the above sentiments are invalid. Yet, every time someone will take the time to explain the issue extensively, it is shot down as a fanboy attempt at defending the game against any form of negativity. Any underlying argumentation and reasoning behind the sentiments at hand are completely ignored by the haters.
tl;dr: Not every GW2 fan will defend GW2 blindly, and not every post GW2 fans make is an attempt to defend it against negativity. What matters is the reasoning and the argumentation of the post that validates the point it is making, nothing else. This is often disregarded by the haters, who will just blindly assume that any positivity is the result of blind fanboism, regardless of argumentation or reasoning. Even in cases where opinions, that rely completely on technical premises, get debunked by GW2 fans because those premises are simply not true, the haters will pull the strawman and claim that all of it is just the result of blind fanboism.