No one likes getting banned from playing their favorite video games, but unless some strict anti-cheat software or moderation tools become a little triggering, unjust suspensions don’t happen for no reason. One editor, PlumContent, wasn’t happy with their double ban from Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, so they decided to go to Activision’s studio in Austin so they could “try talking to an employee.” Absolutely unbalanced behavior.
As reported by PC Gamer, PlumContent thinks their bans were “unwarranted,” and since they couldn’t talk to a real person on the phone, they decided to take matters into their own hands. Their ban appeal was automatically dismissed. They bought the game again with a new email address and a new Battle.net account, but got banned again, so it would be really weird if the ban was really unjustified.
It’s crazy enough, in a state like Texas where people are allowed to carry concealed firearms, that this person has no problem just showing up at people’s workplaces to file a personal complaint. Especially given the recent attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband by someone radicalized by Gamergate.
What adds to this whole bizarre occurrence is that this person decided to go into the office on Halloween, a time when security is probably a little on their toes anyway due to people wielding fake guns and the disguised staff.
Surprisingly, they weren’t shot on sight or just ordered to fuck off. A security guard in the parking lot told them they couldn’t speak to anyone, but came in anyway and relayed their message. Well that’s what they said they did, they might have just barged in and laughed at the crackpot in the parking lot for a while before driving off.
Apparently, the disgruntled fan was told that the studio was understaffed and it would take a few weeks for someone to get back to them about their bans. The security guard then gave them some excellent advice, “don’t get screwed over by a video game“.
I can’t believe I’m about to write this, but apparently some people need to be told: never show up at a video game studio to complain to the staff about a problem you’re having. Want to piss on Bobby Kotick’s lawn to protest the numerous allegations and lawsuits filed against Activision Blizzard? Go for it. He’s the only developer you can and should be toxic to.
Video game developers are inundated with verbal abuse, physical threats, and the incessant moaning of belligerent pissbabies that cause their toys to malfunction, so showing up at their office will likely have them fearing for their own safety. The Pokemon Go community manager recently received violent threats simply because Bluetooth connectivity went down over a weekend while a bug was being fixed.
Before you send that shitty DM or drive to a studio, just remember that it’s the people who create the things you love and pester you.
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