Who banned you: No idea
Reason for ban: No reason given, but it was obviously because I criticized the game in the discussions. I made my first post ever saying TB should get rid of the low-rank servers, and I was immediately, summarily banned with no explanation, no warning, nothing. I’ve been playing since 2012 without incident, so you will not convince me or anyone else that it’s something else. Anything you bring up as an alternate theory is a pretext at best. You have banned me for critiquing the game and suggesting improvements. Actually having to work for a living instead of sitting on an abandoned game, woo, biggest shake-up of your life. You crumble at the prospect of actually putting work into the game.
There’s a huge risk that comes with giving administrative responsibility to random, unqualified people from the internet. For one thing, positions of pseudo-authority attract the very kind of people who are rejected from any real authority in real life. Give these people even the slightest illusion of power and they will immediately abuse it. They do not have the wisdom or the knowledge to judge anyone, especially when they themselves have a branch in their eye while they point out twigs in players’ eyes.
Habeas corpus: In law, it means you can’t be held without cause. There must be proof that a crime was committed, let alone that you did it. “Show me the body.” Principles like these are beyond the reach of basement-dwelling neckbeards who get off on ruining someone else’s good time. Show me one person who was even slightly victimized by anything I said or did, and no, being offended doesn’t count. If you want to count it, I guarantee you have offended me far more than I’ve offended anyone, and if you discount that, you expose your hypocrisy. For not harming anyone, you have harmed me.
Eye for an eye: The punishment should fit the crime. The answer to words you don’t like is more words. I call you a retard? You call me an autist. That’s even. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to listen. You can’t quantify any damage I’ve done, but I can quantify the damage you’ve done: a dollar figure, a number of years and a number of hours. If I demanded you compensate me minimum wage for every hour I’ve played this game, it’d bankrupt TB. I have a game in my library that you have bricked. I can’t even log onto private servers. I get the same message.
Schadenfreude: I’m far from the most toxic player in this game. I’m not even as toxic as the mods who are supposed to be above the toxicity. There’s no real justification to take any action against me whatsoever, and if you held everyone to the same standards, everyone would be banned, including your own mods. Schadenfreude is the sensation of deriving malicious pleasure from the pain of others. Every tattletale, including whichever one decided to report me, loves schadenfreude. Everyone who abuses power does it for schadenfreude. You have nothing on me; only schadenfreude. I, unlike the tattletales, unlike the mods, derive no pleasure from watching others fall, which is why I’ve never reported players for their transgressions even though I could. I’m there to play the game as are most players, even the ones you with your privileged sensibilities consider distasteful, even the players you consider yourselves above. If you think it’s in the job description of a game developer to legislate what opinions are acceptable to express, you’re in the wrong business. You hate gamers, your own consumer base, and wonder why your company is failing.
Cake: You can’t have your cake and eat it too. You can’t take my money and brick my game. Legally speaking you have two choices: you can either unban me or refund me. We can do it the easy way or some other way that ends with the bankrupting of your company and many of you in prison. You have stolen from me. You are every bit as bad as a thug that jumps from an alleyway. There is nothing you can say to justify it. I’d like it to be the beginning of a wave of refunds. I don’t know what country you’re from, but in mine, we don’t pay when we’re not served. You’re shilling abandonware on Steam and somehow you’ve pulled the wool over Valve’s eyes. So, do the right thing or don’t. Makes no difference to me at this point since you’ve so disgusted me. Right now, the idea of exposing you people for what you are and teaching you some humility sounds more fun than playing your game. If you’re gonna do the right thing, do it fast. You have made this personal and anything that happens to your company or any individual associated with it, you’ve brought on yourself.