I just don’t know what to think about this site. Stumbled upon it by accident while researching the rise of internet game reviewers. To state the obvious, INDB is a parody of IMDB in Wiki form, only focusing on internet gamer celebrates and the like. From the tone of the articles I’ve read, it seems that it’s satirical in nature, yet a lot of them weave actual internet events into the picture, including screen captions for proof. Most of the write-ups are blunt, sarcastic, and/or hate-filled, albeit to a shocking degree. After reading stuff about the internet geeks I like to watch such as The Spoony Experiment, Lisa Foiles, The Angry Video Game Nerd, etc…I’m sort of scared to even try this sort of thing, yet in the same time these write-ups keep my ego in check for some warped reason. I really like watching these guys. But as we all know, the internet does not let anything go. One slip-up and the world knows.
The write-up about Noah a.k.a. SpoonyOne was particularly disturbing since it’s the longest and most detailed one in the site. It delves into his personal life so much…it must be affecting him in a way. I know one has to learn to shut out the negativity and focus on what he/she does best, but too much negativity and prying can reach an unhealthy boiling point. I think we can best compare this phenomena to the Paparazzi and focus on celebrity gossip more than the movies themselves. I truly believe that these are the reasons why big-names such as Britney Spears and Charile Sheen just crack. It’s the environment they’re in which makes these normal human beings do abnormal crap. The internet counterparts are of course the trolls, haters, and nitpicking nerds. It gets to a point when constructive criticism is merged with hate messages it becomes hard for our internet gamer celebrities to differentiate between them. Even when one offers blunt constructive criticism, it can be easily interpreted as hate or trolling because there’s too much focus. An unfortunate side-effect indeed.
In short, mad props go to these nerdy entertainers simply because they’re doing what they love while trying not to let the insane amount of hate affect their work. It’s obvious nobody’s perfect. It’s just very hard to ignore the hate in the internet, which causes certain repercussions on show quality and focus. Too much of a good thing may also turn sour, hence the longer certain gamer shows go, the more focus there will be in criticizing and comparing the older episodes with the new. The Angry Video Game Nerd is so far the only long-running show which has recognized this natural fault of burn-out and recently went for a hiatus, focusing on the film adaptation [finale] of AVGN with non-gaming side projects thrown in between.
It’s also interesting to note the most of these shows start on YouTube with little to no financial support. Even if they get popular on the tubes, fans consider them indie and underground. As soon as over-exposure or money comes into play, hardcore fans and onlookers start throwing the word “sell-out” and thus the hate begins. At least, that’s what INDB seems to imply. Reminds me of the case of indie music, most recently when I read up on Owl City. They were actually a long-running indie band with a unique sound. Finally gaining recognition through their album and hit single Fireflies (which I absolutely love), I notice many commenters who claim that old-school Owl City rocks but mainstream version sucks, demoting Fireflies in the process because it’s too over-exposed. Constructive criticism aside, this sadly has an unfortunate side-effect of turning the old-school hardcore fans into elitists. My point of view is that if you truly did love a certain show or popular person, wouldn’t you stick with your passion to the end, ignoring all the politics and overexposure bull-crap? You should be happy that the indie nobody that you liked is finally recognized by the general public. Sure, stick to your constructive criticism, but don’t take down the human behind the camera just because he or she isn’t good as before.