The Resident Evil 6 nonsense today really just reaffirms my feelings on that. I'm sure I speak for many when I say I play video games for fun, or as an escape from reality, etc. I try not to get caught up on internet hype, and review scores, and system wars, and all of that jazz. Yet there are so many people that take gaming so...seriously. It personally offends them when a reviewer writes that a game isn't that good, when said person disagrees. They go out of their way to hurl personal insults, racial slurs and all manner of horrific things, instead of just offering a well meaning rebuttal in a civilized fashion. What really hit me hard was reading some tweets from Gamespots own Kevin Van Ord:
Now regardless of your feelings on Mr. Van Ord, he wrote an opinion on a video game. He didn't like it very much as most of you know by now. It's OKAY to disagree with him. It's also OKAY to completely agree with him. It's NOT OKAY to email him or tweet at him all manner of terrible verbal garbage. I'm not sure why this upsets me so much. It's not the first time and it won't be the last sadly. It's just something I've long thought about. I know I sound like I'm coming off as an elitist or on some high horse. That's not my intention and I apologize if it comes off that way. I know that there's going to be bad apples in any type of community, but with the gaming community it just seems overrun by them. Anonymous people who hide their identity behind an online alias and keyboard, who feel compelled to shit on everything and everyone. I feel bad for my topic title because there are plenty of great folk in our community, especially at this site in my personal experience. I wish there were more people like that. I wish every time a big, high profile game came out it wasn't such a shit storm. I don't even know what I'm getting at anymore because I'm basically rambling at this point.
Let me just say please stop and think for a moment when you're about to say something incredibly hurtful and offensive towards someone because they think Super Mario Galaxy is better then Uncharted 2 or a reviewer doesn't think a game you're hyped for is all that and a bag of chips. Just take a deep breath and remember these are video games.