@Slag: There was no personal involvement, I meant collectively. A lot of people basically just got on a podium and said " if you have option A... your a fucking idiot". And these weren't internet trolls, these were ppl with a public profile.
It was probs a perceived slight anyway, that was half the point of my post, to see if anyway felt the same and it seems not many ppl did.
Ok gotcha then yeah my original sentiment remains my position. It's their loss then. If they don't respect their audience, they won't have one for long. In your shoes I'd just be disappointed and probably conclude that these people are no longer worth my time.
Which I guess in a way sounds similar their own line of thinking I guess, but the key difference is that they need our pageviews/readership, we don't need their opinion. We have the leverage here, they aren't being smart by talking down people whose goodwill they depend on. The difference between being a service provider and a customer.
Have a read of this article by Arthur Gies that was ostensibly supposed to be a 'round table' discussion about the (original) ending of Mass Effect 3.
Really up to Brad openly recoiling at the paucity of the original ending and the BS nature of the choices in the podcast there's been little if anyone in the gaming press actually taking a contrary stance to the attitude of Gies and his cohorts in truth, which frankly has been rather frustrating... What is it that film critics are doing that game critics aren't?
Heh that's yet another reason I don't waste my time with Polygon.
Look I get it, there are some big names in video game media acting like total asshats about this in a lot of ways. Being condescending to fans, ignoring legitimate criticism misrepresenting the truth, etc.
But what I was trying to get at is that is their problem, not ours. We've got other options for opinions and given how vast the internet is there is undoubtedly somebody out there willing to be intellectually honest about how ME3's ending was deservedly a letdown.
to answer your rhetorical question
.. What is it that film critics are doing that game critics aren't?
Well being critical for one.
They also tend to be compensated differently, often with considerably less dependence on movie companies. VideoGame Journalists are heavily dependent on game companies even for access to titles.