Fact: Nothing will kill your enthusiasm for something faster than reading about it on RPGnet. God, what a bunch of cockbags.
Edit: A valid point was made to me earlier today that not every single poster on RPGnet is, in fact, a cockbag.
To you non-cockbags, I hearby apologize.
I will contend that there are a significant number of cockbags on the site, however.
I will also contend that it is a pretty dickish thing to respond to a new gamer's enthusiasm with cynicism, sarcasm, and mockery.
To the type of 'netter who does this sort of thing, I do not apologize.
If I were that erstwhile youngster (presuming he/she is a youngster based on diction and word choice and whatnot), my first impression of gaming would be that gamers are insular assholes.
(Although I often think this anyway, and I've been in it for 20 years.)
There are some who say that our hobby is dying. I have a few theories as to why.