It’s easy to go on the Internet to talk about a subject and get into a debate of what’s good and bad. I’ve learned that in video games, there are two types of people in this situation.
There are critics who feel the need to nitpick every detail about a game that’s wrong with it, from graphics to story and characters. The worst are those who like to openly admit that they disliked a particular game with a rather close-minded statement like that game was crap/trash/shit, etc. To clarify, these people are not actual professional critics, but players who act like critics and only shit on the games they don’t like.
Then there are the casuals who don’t let little details in video games bother them and even if a game wasn’t well-received by critics and players or it wasn’t successful financially, these particular players will still find something within the game to enjoy it.
I belong to the latter.
For me, video games have always been an enjoyable interactive storytelling experience, or just a fun way to disconnect for an hour or two, no matter the game. No matter how many games I play in my lifetime, I’m not going to let some small thing ruin my experience. You could say that that was why I enjoyed Mass Effect: Andromeda. There were graphic bugs, sure, but I found a way to enjoy it regardless.
But the reason why I am writing this is not because of the part I belong to, but I feel like I cannot express my love for any game that is unpopular without getting pelted with responses from those “critics” who like to give their strong opinion that that game was crap and give no reason behind their opinion, and diss people who love that game.
For instance, on the Game Rant Facebook page, they posted a meme about how it feels to beat a boss you’ve been struggling with. I commented that I felt that way when I finally defeated Ionos in Darksiders III‘s Keepers of the Void DLC. Some prick had the audacity to say to me:
You actually enjoyed Darksiders III? That game was crap.
Yes I did you cockroach how dismissive of you. Of course, my response would be to tell someone like that that I don’t need to hear that and he just needed just let other people enjoy stuff. Lucky for me, two other people butted in and said that Darksiders III was actually a good game and it was better to just let people enjoy things like I said.
This is just one example and it’s not really that bad compared to some of the morons I put up with whenever I praised BioWare for their work on Andromeda, like the time someone said to me something about how I must be an idiotic bitch or a robot if I enjoyed the game or that BioWare barely put any work into the game (since I told the devs to keep up the good work). I’m not going to go into the details, but I don’t appreciate being treated this way just for simply having a positive opinion.
If I don’t like a game, I don’t give that opinion without reason behind it. For example, one game that I did not enjoy was Master of Orion. While the alien races were cool (there was even a feline race!), the gameplay just wasn’t for me, no matter how hard I tried, I kept losing some of the planets I colonized to pirates, couldn’t defeat space monsters, or keep my ships organized, yeah there was a lot of things I just wasn’t good at, so I concluded that I was not a fan and moved on. But, would I say the game was garbage or shit? No, it’s just not my cup of tea. I wish more people could be like this and that’s my Vulcan brain talking again, part of having ASD.
I’m just ranting about my disappointment of over our interactions as a species. Sometimes I dread talking about video games with people that I just know like to talk like that. Stop reminding me that Andromeda sucks. That’s an opinion not a fact. Want a fact? The game wasn’t successful in the market, but that doesn’t mean I should stop playing it.
I don’t hate any video games, there are just games that are simply not for me whether I tried them or not and I’m not going bash them or the players that liked them and you should too.