At times love becomes though love, and on the internet it’s even easier for it to become negativity, contempt or even hatred, often expressed lightly and without the understanding that it can actually hurt real people on the other side of the monitor.
Lately there have been many such cases, with developers targeted in ways that are better not described, by those that profess themselves fans or “gamers.”
To counter this wave of exploding negativity, The Guardian’s Keith Stuart appealed to his fellow twitter users to show their love with the #welovegamedevs hashtag, probably without imagining that he was about to open the floodgates, but this time in a good way.
Maybe everyone should think of a game they really love then tweet the developer and tell them. Tag it #welovegamedevs (I know I’m a hippy)
— Keith Stuart (@keefstuart) August 22, 2014
Since then the hashtag has been used hundreds of times to show appreciation for game developers, by gamers around the world, in an outpouring of love that seemed quite needed, for once.
If you want to offer your support to the developers that make the games you enjoy, and help showing that gamers aren’t a hive mind of rotting negativity and hate, you can take to twitter, pick some developers you love, and just let them know how you feel.
I’m sure they’ll appreciate it.