…and hungry like the wolf?
Before I start, can I just say that this is in no way a generalisation of everybody who plays video games – I am referring to certain places on the internet which I will not be naming.
Ok, so now that the disclaimer is out-of-the-way, let’s get right into it! Does it seem to anyone else, that when a game does not meet expectations of the people who were hyped for it, our fellow gamers are the first ones to get the first dig in? Take Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 recent debacle. Sure, the game isn’t a GOTY contender, it probably won’t even be a GOTM contender! But in my honest opinion, there is a lot of fun to be had in that game – which I have been!
Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying it’s amazing or without its flaws, because it has flaws by the bucket load! I just don’t think the consumer comments are all what they seem. You only have to go onto a few large gaming message boards around the internet to see how many people are shitting on this game from a great height – without even playing it!
Now, sure everyone is entitled to an opinion, but can an opinion on an interactive experience really be formed through the medium of screenshots and gameplay? I would lean towards no. Sure, you can make a judgement of whether the game is for you or not, but to outright say “this mechanic is broken” without even playing it is downright impossible! The reason? You don’t know if it’s the player you are watching or the game.
And it downright pisses me off! A lot of these same people are super dooper hyped for ‘Fallout 4’ which undoubtedly will be a GOTY contender, heck maybe even a GOTG contender! But will they be posting negative, downright derogative reviews when that inevitably gets released in a broken state (come on, it’s Bethesda, hardly an amazing track record!) I sincerely doubt it!
But I digress!
Do Some Publishers/Developers get away with more than others?
Are we just stupid?
Am I just sensitive?
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