So me and my clan-mates (101stdivision.net*) have gotten back into ARMA after a brief stint hopping other games (Devil worship I know!) and I was saying to the others over TS about why I loved ARMA and its community.
It's quite simple, It's quite truly friendly!
I have never experienced any bitchiness or nastiness directly, and when I've witnessed it, other community members always rush to defend the person in question, or just laugh the attacker out of the game, for instance last night, my clan was on a warfare server, and there was another clan on the OPFOR side, it generated a friendly bit of banter and there was even a few messages of, "Ahahahah Nice Find" and "Good Game, Play Again?". It's a level of maturity and friendliness which i feel is yet to be matched elsewhere.
And then there is the community innovation and sharing, All these missions and gamemodes, the moderators on here and various other forums, people like Sickboy, who spare their own time to create incredible mods, missions and addons to continually change the game. I could literally sit on the game for hours just playing community made missions.
And then the media that surrounds the game, the reason I bought this game was because I subbed to Richiespeed's channel and watched a load of his videos (Pretty sure he's now on a new Youtube account) and through his videos i found Briggsil, who posted all the videos related to 6th Sense, which was a serious tactical gaming community hosting a mission night every sunday, I joined them, and from there I was hooked.
I'm not sure if 6thSense are still around, but its those guys who I have to thank, they opened me to whole new world of gaming, a world where I was actually half decent (I suck at games like MW2 and BF3 ) and now I go on with my own community, eagerly awaiting the release of ARMA 3 playing Combined Operations and dabbling in a bit of mission creation (I want to get competent enough to provide the community with a Warfare-esqe gamemode).
Anyway, I just thought a community like this, coupled with a game like this required a bit of recognition, because its amazing.
*Bit of shameless promotion , we're recruiting by the way, and operate an open TS for anybody to hop on and join us on.