On the Problems of Outrage and Entitlement

So, I'll start this with a (probably mangled) quote from Louis CK, "Everything is awesome and nobody is happy."

When I look at people on Reddit getting up in arms over DLC, DRM, and certain Bioware writers, it seems like every week there's a different cause to get behind and grab our pitchforks to be mad about.

Do I think that sometimes companies take advantage of consumers? Sure, they do and that's not cool. But I'm also well aware that running a business is hard and expensive and making games is really complicated. Sure, they cost a decent amount of money, but that's because dozens if not hundreds of developers, artists and support staff are needed to put together a game.

I guess what bothers me though is that there's a feeling that you're entitled that games be exactly what you want and this pervasive attitude that gaming is always in some sort of decline and it was always better "back in the day."

I mean, we live in a world where thousands of awesome games are available for download at pretty affordable prices, where practically every month a AAA game or two comes out that is at least good if not great while a really cool indie scene has taken root and is allowing for some amazing expressions of creativity.

To pull an example from another medium, I think Two and a Half Men is a terrible TV show and it really sucks that Jon Cryer keeps getting awards and CBS is throwing their money behind it. But that doesn't mean I don't think we're living in a golden age of TV with Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Game of Thrones, etc.

Sure, it would be nice if every game included everything we wanted at all times, but you know what, I'm willing to bet that if you played Mass Effect 3 and didn't know about the DLC controversy or the uproar about the gaming preferences of one of the writers, you'd probably at the very least say "Hey, that was kind of fun and worth my time."

This might be a bit of a rambling rant, but I just want people to keep it all in perspective - we're living in a really fun and interesting time for games, and yeah, games are a big business and sometimes businesses have to make decisions that piss off people, but that doesn't mean that it's all going to shit.

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