The Popular Opinion
We gamers can be so bipolar at times. By bipolar I mean our opinions shift so drastically on a whim that it’s actually ridiculous. I’m here to talk to you today about the popular opinion. The opinion of the masses. The consensus of the horde. Okay I’ll stop now. There have been quite a few instances of gamers lambasting games so much that their reputation is shot. The games would then struggle to find an audience simply because of some mob mentality and a few vocal participants. I believe this is wrong, in more ways than one.
This all came to me when I bought Diablo 3 on console. Now, throughout the game’s life cycle on the PC, I’ve only ever heard negative comments. “It’s so disappointing”, “worst game ever”, “I wish they never made this”, “to hell with Blizzard”. Because of this, I was somewhat hesitant in my decision, but I was jonesing for a good isometric RPG so I decided to risk it. To my surprise, the game was not nearly as bad as I originally perceived it would be. On the contrary, in fact. The game is so much fun to me and it broke my gaming dryspell where I didn’t really feel like playing any games.
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It was a great game and I can attest to that honestly. Now I know there has been a plethora of controversies surrounding the game on PC. Error 37 is the obvious example for this. But it’s still a good game. Sure, there were shitty business decisions made by higher up corporate assmagnets, but that should not lament the game’s credibility to such an extreme degree. If I still paid full attention to the visceral beating the game received, I would probably have never experienced it. There would have been an empty space in my gaming life simply because of a few angry armchair prophets.
I’ve experienced this before with Assassin’s Creed 3. I got the game on release and had a brilliant time with it, enjoying every second I spent on it. To my surprise, there was a whole horde of angry people that gave the game a beating. I just could not understand it, but I didn’t really care because I knew I had a great time with the game. But then I started noticing people on my social networks actively staying away from the game simply because of these angry opinions. The popular opinion at that.
This got me thinking, what if that person who avoided the game because of these opinions would have enjoyed the game as much as I did? I believe in the phrase “to each his own”, but when it starts affecting other people’s judgement it can have some dire repercussions. If I believed in the popular opinion too much I would have never got the chance to play Diablo 3 and find myself enjoying it.
So keep away from the popular opinion. It will only bring you pain and you will be worse off because of it. Get the games for yourself and construct your own opinion rather than simply falling into the common denominator and missing out on some truly great experiences.