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Over the last week on YouTube several of the larger Kingdom Hearts creators have released videos that have either been addressing the current state of divide within the community, announcing a new or different focus, or a combination of both. (i.e. TheGamersJoint,SarahKey,Soraalam1) While they are just getting around to finally saying something about what they have been observing, I saw and was truthfully wary of the uncoming divide as soon as KH3 released. In my personal experience I loved the game, while it does have it's faults and shortcomings, I was very happy and satisfied when it was over and it will always hold a dear place in my heart, along with the rest of the franchise. While people arguing over things they are passionate about is nothing new, particularly on the internet,however, it becomes something less like passionate discussion when differences in opinion and experiences are not respected and/or considered. If people can't unite and overcome trivialities or differences in opinion over video games it tarnishes the experience for those who aren't as heavily invested. Fanbases can ruin great things because of this, and it ultimately breeds a toxicity in the community that alienates others. For a franchise with themes about the power of friends and those who are connected to you, it's a sad dark irony to experience such a divide. I stopped interacting as much with the KH community and while there are many good and friendly people within this community, it's been hard to go too far into any KH related material recently and not see a outpouring of negativity and division. I hope that this can work out itself and not become something that others look at and will eventually want nothing to do with, many people who have never played a Kingdom Hearts game already express the hesitation to jump in due to the long overarching story (some might say convoluted) and having a community that is struggling the way I've seen this one struggling won't help bring over any new heads. But frankly that's a small reason to want to strive for better unity. The biggest should be that we want to embrace the community and share our experiences and grow bigger together, let differences be where they are and don't attack another for things you don't agree to. TL;DR: I Left because I'm afraid this community has become strongly divided after the release of KH3, sometimes approaching very toxic levels, and I don't want that to be a part of what I think of when I remember Kingdom Hearts.
Are fans ruining it? I love Kingdom Hearts, believe me. But lately, I've hearing that Kingdom Hearts has a worse fanbase than the Sonic fanbase, COD fanbase, MLP fanbase, 4chan fanbase, Mother fanbase and Mario fanbase combined. At first I thought they trolling. But then, I look up about the fans and their forums and creations........They were right. Kingdom Hearts truly has the worse fanbase. But, are they ruining the franchise? Because every creation a fan makes, more people say and post that Kingdom Hearts has the worse fanbase and they start to sell all KH-related items.