Welcome to the Gamer's Lounge. In part because we felt the somewhat argumentative nature of the GD was sucking the fun out of discussions about games, ffs, we've split off games discussion into what we hope will be a much more relaxed environment. Be aware that this is but the first step in our nefarious plan which is secretly known as The Hydra Initiative. More on that later!*
-Discussion of all types of games is allowed. PC, Mac, console, flash, PDA, board, card, LARP, ARG, etc. One exception is still “Kings of Chaos” type web games where you get points for getting other people to sign up via referral links.
-Discussion about games goes into The Gamer's Lounge. Discussion about the gaming industry goes into GD.
-Embedded images should be no greater than 800 pixels in width, or thumbnailed and linked. (Spoiler tags do not absolve you of this limit! The image still has to be fully loaded by the browser, increasing load times for slow connections.)
-No warez (specifically, no abandonware), no otherwise inappropriate content.
What we're looking for in The Gamer's Lounge is a relaxed, fun atmosphere for people who play games to enjoy them rather than work at them. A little trash talk with your friends is fine but we still expect you to be respectful and polite. This forum does not exist to establish the absolute values of certain games, but rather just to talk about games you like with people you like.
-A little bit of complaining is ok.
Complaining should not become the focus of the thread. Constructive criticism is the exception. How to fix, how to change gameplay to cope, etc. Excessive complaining about an issue without any discussion of how the issue might be resolved will get the thread locked.
-Nobody cares that you don't care.
Saying "I don't care about this game" "Not going to buy" "This sucks" "Looks boring" "Rips off [whatever]" and so forth doesn't add anything to the discussion, and will be warned/deleted. It's just annoying.
-Versus threads, whether by design or accident, are not allowed.
An exception to this is how a game may differ between platforms, but this would be to identify specific issues with or the game and / or differences in content between versions, not just make blanket statements about the platform or franchise.
-Vitriolic ranting is not okay.
-Leave your pet peeves at home.
-Threads should have the game name or label included in the title. (Ex. [L4D2] Turtle strategies?) It is alright to have multiple threads on one game if each is discussing something different.
-Threads about mods are great. Threads asking how to make mods are not.
-Map threads are allowed, for sharing, creating, and distributing. (Ex. [WC2] Maps )
-A meet-ups subforum “Looking for Group” is for organizing people to play games, whether by trading network IDs, in-game names, Ham Radio Callsigns, etc. or simply asking who wants to play a particular game and then meeting on IRC at a particular time to organize it. (You may not post your addresses, although you are free to trade this information privately should you wish to meet up in the woods for paintball or something.)
And that's it.