Have you ever heard the term opinions are like assholes, everyone has them, and they all stink? Never has that felt more relevant than in today’s game market. One word for or against a game and you are automatically a target for rage filled hate. Shield yourselves quick if you talk bad about a fanboys game or praise a game the mainstream hates. Within seconds of posting it you become a goat on which all the burdens of your opinions and words will be saddled. No longer can discussions just be that; somehow arguments form up and the level-headed banter goes to a full on brawl.
It is quite sad to think back a few years when you could actually voice an opinion without being attacked. Now the vile corners of the internet lurk in the shadows waiting to rip you apart limb from limb. Your words and your opinions can no longer be yours. If you happen to (god forbid) post to social media be ready for arrows. Comments in forums are a great breeding ground for the virus known as hate-o-raid where you can’t speak in anyway good or bad. Always seems that right around the corner is someone looking to call you out on on trivial thing.
Let us take a look at the upcoming release of Destiny as our jumping off point. When the game first came out there was some disdain because well, Halo. Up in arms right away were the people that were Halo fan boys. No way could Bungie do something like this, they were basically spitting on their fan base. Turn around to the other side of this, others were throwing out praise and love. Sure it was similar to Halo but it was taking on a new gaming generation. Along the line a need was seen to give gamers that feel again like when the first picked up an Xbox controller. Now both sides could have a valid point but neither wants to see what the other does. Do you think they could actually sit and muster out a compromise? Oh hell no, it becomes a blood bath of cursing the normal jokes on gender or sexual preference hate.
In today’s gaming market it is a dual sided sword with both sides equally sharp. No one wins yet no loses each side just finds themselves left damaged. Now playing a game if you hate it right off are you wrong? No because you have the right to hate something because that is a given right. Same thing with liking a game you have that right to enjoy a game the rest of the players may hate. Should we give one side or another flack for what they feel? Sure a little ribbing is fine here or there or a debate on your views but that is where it should end. You shouldn’t push it to the point it becomes a hate fueled attack type rant.
In the same hand do not forget that views and opinions can and often will change through the life of a game. Once news hits thoughts could be mixed, whether the game is the next big hit or will flop out of the gate. As videos pictures and more info is released minds can change in an instant. Does this make the person that changed their mind a bad person or unintelligent about said game? Opinions change in the light of new information our minds are fickle about what we like. Oh but look the beta is out yet again the hate and love flow neither side right or wrong. Then as the final game releases you see a bevy of new people with their say and take on it. Truthfully it is all about perception and how well the game is perceived from start to finish. Day one news release to a final product can drastically change a games outlook.
So yet again I reiterate what I said at the start Opinions are like assholes! If you have one be proud of what it is and do not back down because some bully thinks you have to. Prepare to defend your stance on whether a game is good or bad. Just also keep in mind the words on the other end are also a human. Keep your cool debate with pride but never lower yourself to attacks. The internet can be a great place to show your viewpoints but once you become an attacker you are no longer part of the solution you are part of the problem.