Community Kudos

It's Friday and I've just come back from the EB Expo which was totally an Expo. I am tired. My legs are a bit sore. I am also sleepy. Welcome to Community Kudos my brethren. May your weekend be just and true.

Okay. Let us begin.

Everyone knows how much Shane loves Dark Souls. I hate it when he talks about it all the time because it makes me want to play it again and AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR DAT! Remember when Freeze paid off a pre-order of Dark Souls II for Shane?

Well I do, because I write these things and I'm like Santa Claus and I never forget a nom (I'm just really bad at delivering presents).

Anyway, when the Dark Souls II special edition was announced, Freeze jumped into action...

Shane All the noms for FREEZESPRESTON.
Not only did the dude pre-order and fully pay for Dark Souls II back when it was announced, but no sooner had the collector’s edition been announced than he was on the phone to my local EB, upgrading my pre-order. He’s dropped almost $140 on this order in my name, and for no good reason that I can see. He totally deserves the kudo.


Transient Mind 1) @redartifice for his DMing of a new RP game (Numenera) for the TAYbies via an online tabletop. Just starting, but so far so good! From everyone who’s ever done it, I am under the impression that DMing’s a tough gig, so kudos to Red for taking the initiative and doing the hard yards of prep and performance with many complete (and relative) RP newbies (such as myself).
2) @dc for getting out of his comfort zone to tee up another Brisbane meat – this one the GraviTAY meet on the coming Saturday. From the discussions, two things are clear: first, that organizing these this isn’t his favourite thing in the world, and second – he does it anyway because he loves hanging with his BrisTAYbies. And that’s some pretty great stuff. @dc: You're doing good work, buddy. Hang in there. :)
3) You’d know better than me who should be in this spot, Mark. This week I had the misfortune of having friends send me links to various unpleasant comment threads on the Kotaku US site and I was struck very powerfully by just how civilized Kotaku AU behaves (by comparison – it’s still the Internet, yo). Maybe its yourself or whoever else makes up Kotaku AU’s comment moderators. Maybe it’s a national/cultural difference, or that we have such a small number of people that we don’t have as many haters to represent with such volume or vitriol. Maybe it’s a solid community of regular posters (including non-TAYbies) leading by example and guiding the discourse such that randoms usually find it less appealing or easy to troll or spew thoughtless bile. Either way, the difference between the sites is night and day, and whoever’s responsible for that needs some serious kudos.
'Back of the box' quote: “Kotaku AU is a gaming website with a comments section that DOESN’T make me want to gouge my eyes out or cleanse the Earth of all humans.”

You know, I think about the Kotaku Community a lot, and I try to understand what it is about our small corner of the internet that keeps it relatively free of horrible human beings. I think it's accountability and I think it's great people. It's gotten to the point where everyone is so good and nice to each other that niceness is just the norm and its a standard that everyone keeps to. Whenever someone steps outside those boundaries there is always someone there to steer it back. The good guys outnumber the bad guys here and it's a beautiful thing. Thanks to everyone for keeping this place so awesome.

Back to the noms!

It's not every day some glorious bard stings a tune in your honour. It seems that Red Artifice had quite the poem written about him.

RedArtifice I nominate the lyrical stylist Tigerion, for this.

Yes, verily. Tigerion is quite the wordsmith.

And the bard himself had a few noms to bestow.

Tigerion @redartifice For organising and running a numenera game and inducting a few new members into the roleplaying game nerd club
@popdart5 For running Fan-TAY-sia Friday totally ruining any productivity I had this morning
Final noms out to Han and Chewie, you guys look good together.

Han and Chewie? Is that code for something? Crazy kids.

Last nom of the day comes from my ol' chum Mawt.

Mawt Oh man, it's Friday already. I hope I'm not too late for Kudos noms; I'll try to be quick:
A nom for redartifice for the organising and running the first session of a table-top Role Playing Game through the magic that is the internet.
Pre-emptive nom for DC. I'm heading up to Queensland for the long weekend, and DC has been super cool about getting a meet going so I can get to hang out with some TAY folk.
Anti-noms to both Rockstar and Sony. I still haven't been able to connect to Grand Theft Auto Online, so screw those guys.

Alrighty, I have to go. I've been home alone for the whole week and I have to clean my house up before my wife comes home and realises I'm a giant horrible slob of a human being. Thanks again for another great week. Congrats to Red Artifice who is the winner of this week's Community Kudos.

Community Kudos is your chance to reward Kotaku readers/posters who have done incredible things throughout the past week: sporadic acts of kindness, deft commenting skills — if someone deserves to be called out for being an incredible human being, Community Kudos is the place to do it. Send nominations directly to me at this address! The winner gets a cool prize from my massive box of stuff.*

Disclaimer — I'm am really bad at sending stuff out, I have a list, I haven't forgotten, I'm totally getting round to it. Sorry everyone!

Chris Hastings is the creator of the image used for Community Kudos –- you can check out his site, Dr McNinja, here.


    very kudos red
    such tags

    *group hug* :D

      I nominate Tarno for having an excellent last name!

        Hehe thanks man. What's up for the weekend?

          Gravity and meats! Meats and Gravity! And you?

            No meats. I will most likely be a social recluse with GTA. Well besides the online interaction. :)

    Also, late kudos nominations to @shane for reminding me to pre-order Dark Souls II CE! That's one CE I don't want to miss out on.

    Also how did you score it for $140 Shane? Cheapest I found locally was $170 from JB. OZGameShop have it for $125 delivered.

      I still owe a few $$ on it, but Freeze has paid the first $140!

    I'm a long time listener, first time caller. Hopefully my 2 cents will change the world.... .. .. nah. Just joined to find some Gta online peeps to play with

      There are people! Drop in to the 'Talk Amongst Yourselves' thread (colloquially known as 'TAY') and ask around for IDs to hang with. They're groovy people, I swear. ^.^

    Whoa, thanks for the noms, mawt and transientmind. You guys so damn kind.

    Congrats to @redartifice, a well deserving winner if ever there was one. (And now I feel guilty about punching you in the face and stealing your car in GTA Online!)

    Also Transientmind? You're awesome! TAY's a better place with you in it!

    Have a good weekend folks. GRAVITAY MEAT!

    Han and Chewie?

    Maybe @cakesmith knows who @popdart5 is talking about.

      Han and Chewie?
      Yeah you know the really hairy guy no one can understand and the guy who always shoots first to his missus huge disappointment?

      I am bemused and not quite certain who that refers too. I think it might be a reference to two individuals at Blaghs Can'd Meat recently but I'm not sure who specifically.

    Yo! @transientmind! The community rocks because people don't take shit from trolls. Trolls are insecure dicks, venting their low self esteem anonymously via the internet, making themselves feel better because they can dish out abuse with zero repercussions. A wide generalization, to be sure, but all wide generalizations are true. Everyone knows that.
    However! We here at Kotaku don't stand for that! Like bored zoo chimpanzees flinging shit over the fence at the punters, they scatter when someone picks it up and throws it back. There's nothing worse for someone with low self-esteem than being told they're not wanted, liked, or appreciated.
    Also! People who raise the bar for contributions! Kotaku's a better place with peeps like you in it, too - reasoned, intelligent, well written comments are what makes this place awesome. I always look out for that gleeful little yellow face in the comments section - I like to think he's laughing at a troll covered in shit.

      Thanks. It reinforces a few comments about self-curation.

      Like bored zoo chimpanzees flinging shit over the fence at the punters, they scatter when someone picks it up and throws it back.
      I... don't want to know how you know this. :)

        All in the name of science, Transient. Research, and whatnot.

    Congrats red! How is it exactly, that I knew about the meat this weekend, but knew nothing of Mawt attending?! I'm getting terrible at this TAY thing :( FOR SHAME!

    I was just thinking the other day when I was scrolling through comments on an article on Eurogamer (which isn't as bad as some other sites like KotakuUS, but still has a few bad eggs) ,that in comparison KotakuAU does have real sense of community to it. When people disagree around here they usually end up having long (usually) thoughtful debates, as opposed to abusing each other.
    I think it's great. Keep it up peeps! :)

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