The End of Gamertotoy
With all that said, like Anno, GamerTotoy.com caused the absolute thing that they never wanted to happen in the first place, making cosplay more popular in the weebsphere.
In a way, it changed the game for the better. It made people aware of what to do and what not to do during cosplay conventions. Cosplayers are now aware of perverts lingering at conventions and they are taking precautions so that they don’t fall victim to said perverts at cons and “tuhographers”. It also made it sure that they keep “receipts” aka evidence of what actually happened to them so that false accusations like this never happen again and can be dispelled immediately.
On the other hand, it also painted the cosplay scene in a negative light, thus, giving credence to the age old saying of “never meet your heroes” as they, like all famous people, aren’t the same person behind the scenes as they are in front of the crowd at SMX Convention Center. It also made cosplay drama public, which makes petty fights even worse than they seem in the eyes of weeaboos (Leonard Aguilar vs Brian Durano, for instance, in which petty autism combined with social media made things turn for the worse) and sometimes, stuff that should be private were made public (like our friends Arwin W. and Aria F. whose real life relationship drama were made memes out of).
I’m no hypocrite. I loved watching the madness that is the PH cosplay community and we can all thank the peeps at GamerTotoy for that but at the same time, GT is a cautionary tale of how stuff you say on the Internet will, one, stay on the internet, two, will have an effect to a large number of people and, three, might come back and bite you in the ass in the end.
Alas, in 2015, the site was abandoned and relegated to the dustbin of history as people utilized more of social media to air their dirty laundry for all of the cosplay and the weeb community to see. This is the end of GamerTotoy.com. It ended not with a bang, but with a whimper.