Play The Damn Game
That title is a little harsh I will admit, but it pretty much sums up my point in one short sentence. You want more? I will give you more. Over the course of still newly fresh 2013 we have already experienced some of the most violent arguments and debates that has ever graced the shores of the gaming industry. Some of these arguments can be perceived as totally reckless and pure fiction when it comes to the subject matter. Before I delve into the details of this topic let me give you a statement: Ignorant people always have the biggest opinions. Sometimes the more ignorant they are the bigger the opinions get. I read it on some picture recently and it touched me because of its truth. Especially with regard to this subject in particular.
We all know the hate that DmC Devil May Cry has been getting since its launch and it’s no secret that the community and “hardcore fans” are upset with the direction of the reboot. This has all been well documented and I personally covered it on more than one occasion, but I have recently noticed something that just pissed me off. I was just lurking around Twitter as I do and I came across a certain user that caught my eye. The guy made an account and all he has since making that account is harass Ninja Theory staff members and saying that DmC was a load of shit. How disgraceful and pathetic do you need to be to take time out of your day just to express your utter distaste towards something that doesn’t satisfy you?
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That wasn’t the worst part believe it or not. The worst part is when I was scrolling through his timeline and saw that he never played the game because it’s “too shit to even touch”. Let me get this straight for a second. You created a Twitter account for the sole purpose of expressing your hatred for a specific game and you never even played it? Just how? To put it into another perspective, it would be like telling all your friends that a burger from a restaurant is the worst thing you have ever eaten and you even went so far as spray painting “your food is shit” on the chef’s car door, but you never actually ate the thing in the first place.
That’s a bit to the extreme of the spectrum and I know that this guy is an outlier when it comes to the hatred for the game, but I’ve seen it on more than one occasion already. Just taking a look at the user Metacritic scores can make you realise that these people that actively hate the game have no experience with the game whatsoever. Some put up scores weeks before the game even released. My question is this: are their opinions valid? Do they get a say in something that they never in played? It’s certainly a tricky question to answer.
Gamers need to realise that they first have to play the damn game first before they can go to such extremes. If you played it all the way to the end and still feel the same way then it’s your right to voice your grievances as long as you give rational and substantial evidence to back up your claims. Don’t just fire into the dark and expect people to take you seriously. It’s been a thorn in my side for a long time because this is certainly not the first instance of this happening. I still remember when Mass Effect 3’s controversies hit that there were people that never even played the series said that the game was horrible and should burn in Hell all because there were other people saying that the ending was bad.
Play the game, talk about it rationally and we might even get some civilized debates going over real issues. Not something completely made up because you just need to have an opinion. I would much rather respect someone’s opinion when they give me valid evidence and proof that they played the game and know what they are talking about.
What do you think? Do you think that gamers need to play the games they are hating or are their opinions still valid to a degree?