I noticed this most in Metal Gear Scanlon, and it’s popped up again during the Brad and Dan Hitman play through, but really it exists on seemingly every Giant Bomb video as well as most Youtube LPs I’VE ever seen. Why do people on the internet get so unbelievably angry when people play games the wrong way?
I completely understand giving tips for the game, but this goes further than that. People are offended that those on camera dare do things such as miss items or not pick up on every plot point immediately.
The thing is, isn’t that kind of the point of a blind play through? If you’re looking for incredible finesse and skill at a game, go watch a speed run of a game. But if you’re interested in seeing a personality you like discover a game for the first time, why is it so important that he play a certain way?
The most baffling part of all this is that I don’t even think the players are ever that bad. First, I understand how hard it is to talk and play at the same time. Second, I can’t count the number of time the top comment is something like, “How did you morons miss the red gem by the save marker?!?” A. I didn’t see the gem either. B. Why does it matter if he got the gem or not? How does that affect you, the video, or his experience with the game at all?
I guess I’m just confused and frustrated as a fan of this site. I read these posts over and over and they’re mean-spirited and never ending. Poor Drew suffered through five straight games of people telling him how much he sucked at Metal Gear, a series in which his lack of knowledge was the very point of the content.
So if you are someone who posts these comments (and I know there are plenty of you out there) please explain your answers to the following questions:
1) What is your intended goal by telling whoever is in the video that they made a mistake? Are you just venting frustration, or do you actually think you can make a positive change?
2) Why do said mistakes make you so upset in the first place?
3) Why don’t you go a watch speed runs or other profession videos of games if high-level play is so important to you?
4) Are you not prone to the types of mistakes that are so commonly pointed out (missing items, forgetting dialogue, repeating steps) in your first play through of games?
I encourage everyone to post their thoughts and opinions about all this. I am frustrated by all this, but more than that I’m just baffled by how often I see things like this. It all happens much too often for me to blow it off as “the internet is just like that”. Thanks for reading.