I'll start with an apology - this entire post is going to come off as juvenile and stupid to most. And I'm completely aware of that! In fact, any "drama" manufactured by the Wii scene is usually inherently petty and stupid. I'm aware of that writing this post, and it took a long time to convince myself to even spend the time writing this after promising not to do this again.
The reason I did, in the end, is because there are people who are being genuinely affected by this. It is costing some people their dignity, their esteem and even their mental health - and as silly as that sounds, that's true. A lot of the stuff from the Wii scene is childish, but there are instances of genuine toxic behaviour that is having meaningful negative impacts on people. It's not bickering over Mario Kart scores - it is the denigration of people on racist, homophobic and transphobic grounds, particularly towards adolescents who are particularly vulnerable - and as a result are particularly badly affected. Badly enough for me to sit down, write up as much as I'm aware of, and try to publicise this behaviour in an attempt to stop it.
It's been almost two years since I wrote a "PSA" post publicising bad behaviour by RiiConnect24, which was frankly carried out almost entirely by lead developer Larsenv - you can read that here if you want a refresher or didn't read it the first time. I'll start with the positives - that post caused a few glaring security issues to be fixed. And "RiiConnect24" (ie Larsenv) have become more conscientious of their behaviour.
That's kind of it, to be brutally honest. Larsen has simply become more careful in how he showcases his egotistical, abrasive and narcissistic personality. The staff team have only further isolated themselves from the user base by cutting out the moderation role altogether, rendering the staff team nothing more than a breeding ground of nepotism, bias and mislaid authority.
In fairness, the problem now has more parties involved now, so RiiConnect finally has some worthy adversaries in their quest to be repulsive and conceited figures of authority.
The above paragraph is really scathing and borders on a straight up ad hominem attack, but unfortunately I have evidence backing up every corner of my claims.
The leader of RiiConnect24, Larsenv, is a narcissistic, nasty and insecure figure of authority. Let me be fair; he does have a vested interest in the Wii. He isn't in the scene purely to spite thousands of people - but you'd be forgiven for thinking that. Larsen owns the "official" Wii homebrew guide, wii.guide, and RiiConnect24 - and he uses this position for his own leverage to tie his projects together. That doesn't sound bad until he excludes everyone else. In the previous post, I talked about how he rejected requests to mention other services; the main issue being Disconnect24, a service started because Larsen was so difficult to work with that the developers involved would have preferred to work on their own and start from scratch - which they did. Despite proclaiming on their own page that they had no rivalry with RC24, Larsen was relentless in his work to shut it down. After my previous post, we made an agreement; Disconnect24 would be the "testing branch" of RiiConnect24 and RC24 would incorporate DC24 code once it was ready, and in return DC24 would get its own attention on the guide and in general.
Yet Larsen refused to honour his own agreement - he regularly and openly moaned about his distrust of the Disconnect24 service, and even dropped comments like this to flatly discourage anyone from supporting the project:
Before he shut it down, CornierKhan1 - one of the only remaining DC24 developers who still had the heart to continue under Larsen's megalomaniac ownership - gave Larsen his own server and resources as a gesture of goodwill from Disconnect24, so that common good could be achieved. His only condition was that Larsen did the work openly so that others could contribute.
Low and behold, Larsen breaks the only rule set out for him. In an almost unbelievable act of apathy and spite, he broke the only condition and used CornierKhan's DC24 server - which Cornier paid for out of his own pocket - for nobody's gain except his own. I couldn't make this up if I wanted to! In the DC24 discord, CornierKhan1 said last February that Larsen "seemed to be on a mission to use our VPS and have us pay to upkeep RC24". Later that day, he made the following statement:
Below is proof of WiiConnect24 on Wii U, working with news items.
In summary, Larsen is a selfish, self-motivated person who will marginalise thousands of Wii U owners in his userbase for no other reason than to confirm his own opinion, one that is rooted in a childish defence of an older system desperately trying to provide advantages in the face of a newer one. He provided the false security of an "agreement" with DC24 in the name of open development, only to take over DC24 from the inside, shut it down and abuse its resources for his own gain.
This man owns not just the biggest Wii service outside of Wiimmfi, but also owns the primary Wii homebrew guide - wii.guide - and to his credit, he has done an excellent job of "search engine optimisation". This ensures that his websites come before anyone else's whenever a potential new user googles "wii homebrew". As if he wasn't self centered enough, he continues to filter out any alternatives from his guide and has returned to openly admitting his dislike of Disconnect24. He never trusted anyone there to begin with, because they didn't serve his interests. DC24 was set up for the benefit of the Wii scene, to benefit from new code done in a different, better way. But this was too much of a threat for Larsen, and he embarked on a successful mission to shut it down and restore his monopoly on the scene.
So regarding the more general toxicity of the scene... where do I begin? Unfortunately, aside from anecdotal evidence, I cannot offer as much as I'd like for this - because Larsen banned me quite recently from RC24, even though I had not been in the server for a long time. He also has me blocked, so no appealing there. However, I do have one recent bit of toxicity that viciously attacked a teenage transgender person who had repeatedly attempted suicide. A Twitter account was set up to publicly shame this person, but it has been shut down. I still have some evidence of this; a collection of screenshots was posted in one tweet, captioned "Twitter, don't compress this! It's a worthy read!", collecting pictures - taken both in and out of context - of her both joking and seriously discussing the possibility of suicide, and people getting fed up of the repeated threats thinking it wasn't serious. I may have a copy of the full resolution original somewhere, but for now this is all I have (I will update the post if I find a better picture):
And yes, that is me in a few of those screenshots. I appear in multiple messages here as one of her possible suicide attempts, where she went offline and said goodbyes, caused a serious stir - and all I could do in the server itself was attempt to calm people down. In retrospect, even I will admit that my frustration at her repeated empty suicide threats looks really bad on my behalf - but it was certainly at a point where we thought she was looking for attention. What's really despicable is that this Twitter account was set up after it was confirmed she was going through serious problems, with the username "Anti Pastel" (Pastel being the girl who was the victim of all of this) and a flurry of posts calling her an attention seeker for her suicide threats at a time when she was undergoing episodes of gender dysphoria.
But don't take my word for how RiiConnect has devolved into a cesspool of narcissistic admins and immature children. Take it from the "Riivolution" group, who tried to stage a coup in the RiiConnect24 discord. I am not kidding!
Here's a simplification of the whole affair.
An admin, sks316, said that she won't be online one day because she will be sheltering from a tornado. Another admin, Artuto, made jokes about this, thinking this was funny. This moderator had also made questionable remarks at the fact that sks is transgender, and this was the last straw for her. The situation had to be defused by Larsen writing an "agreement" both of them would sign.
Each wanted the other to sign first, and while this was happening, sks also objected to the fact that Artuto was given a "Developer" role for making the bot and she got nothing for developing the site, which Artuto objected to because... well, why not? When we're dealing with kids like this, who cares? He probably felt special and empowered by the role.
As the situation heated up, a moderator called WiiMaster - siding with sks - created a plan to take over the server, ban Artuto and probably also to blackmail the administration team.
Yes, that's right. A moderator and an admin (later joined by another mod and another admin) tried to hijack their own server to ban fellow staff members!
A moderator called Dismissed works on a way to trick the server owner, KcrPL, into submitting his login token - allowing the "Riivolution" team to hijack the server. A group of "non toxic" (in WiiMaster's eyes) staff members were added to a group chat about this coup, and some left very quickly. Some others - such as dht (who has been very helpful in telling me about the situation, and has never been one of the "bad" staff members) and another admin called Ciel - said they would not participate, but did not leave the group.
The coup failed. Artuto was later banned for his behaviour, and two polls were ran about his fate as this decision was made by either Ciel or WiiMaster without consultation. The community one supports Artuto, the staff one does not; in the end, an executive call was made to choose the staff poll.
Fast forward to the end of the day, and Artuto was unbanned and given back admin. sks, the victim of Artuto's abuse, was banned from the server permanently.
TLDR: one admin regularly harassed another admin (including on questionably transphobic grounds) - not to mention other users - and the end result was a failed coup in which the victim of the abuse was banned and the harasser retained his role at the top of the server.
UPDATE: Thanks to sks316 herself, I have an image proving they're still at it and they're still talking shit about her very openly, where she can't defend herself.
This also ties in nicely to another occasion where Larsen talks shit about people where they can't defend himself because he's too much of a coward to face them. Another user, Diema, was banned from RC24 for calling out Larsen on a number of topics and, when Larsen refused to fix a security hole, he exploited it to overload the votes in one Everybody Votes poll. Here are some of the things Larsen has said about him behind his back:
The best part is, Diema's original statement quoted at the end of Larsen's post is completely factually correct (if even more blunt than this post) - and Larsen cowardly avoided talking about it in front of Diema himself. Have a read:
Diema saw this through screenshots, and passed on a response that obliterated Larsen's spineless defences - this screenshot makes this post worth reading alone:
Needless to say, Larsen did not respond to this rebuttal, and Diema was banned instead.
For more of this evidence, Mikemodder's chat log of the Disconnect24 server as of late February 2019 is an excellent resource, from which I obtained most of my quotes. Search up Larsen's name and you might even find more than I was bothered to! I only checked the general chat and skimmed it at that. The RC24 discord is probably a living treasure trove of this sort of behaviour, but I'm still banned, so I can't confirm. And because I'm banned, I really have nothing to lose by making this post and naming everyone who's at fault here in an attempt to shine light on the downfalls of this scene in an attempt to improve life for the victims of toxic behaviour, and for the passive Wii users who want none of this juvenile drama. My previous post clarified that I really didn't want this to become a hate letter, and I stand by that - but I'm finished with sugarcoating the issues at play here. They are causing problems for hundreds of people, directly and indirectly, and enough is enough at this point.
I don't want this to look like an essay just to plug my own server, so I want to say as a footnote that today I created an alternative community for anyone who is interested in the Wii, but wants to avoid the RiiConnect stuff. Certainly as someone who was banned for no obvious reason and blocked by the owner, this appears to have been my only option, so may as well open it up: https://discord.gg/hKYZpYq
Anyone can join - even the most vitriolic and nasty members of the Wii scene - on a clean slate, but if they continue to be abrasive they will be removed so that at least one centralised place for Wii discussion exists.
- The owner of RiiConnect24, Larsenv, is a self-motivated narcissist who has a firm monopoly on the Wii scene, has a history of bad behaviour and single-handedly used his authority to dismantle a passive alternative homebrew service - but not before using their resources for his own gain. He refuses to advertise any alternatives to his work on the guide he bought out. He has also withheld finished work that would help many people because it would threaten his opinion.
- The RC24 staff team is rampant with nepotism, toxicity on many levels and self-indulgent administrators who abuse their power and harass not just their own members, but their fellow staff too.
- Two years after my original post, nobody has learned and if anything the scene has just gotten worse. It's about time I wrote a post that pulls no punches and exposes absolutely everything.
Thanks for reading.
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