Reviewer Rodeo: Don’t be a Hater

Reviewer Rodeo: Don’t be a Hater

Welcome to the ZTGD Reviewer Rodeo. Each week, we’ll grab on to the hottest issue, hold on for dear life, and wrassle it to the ground.

Are gamers spoiled? Are there games that people refuse to play for stupid reasons? Are there any aspects of gaming that people just love to hate? The ZTGameDomain crew takes a look at our least favorite instances of game snobbery.

Drew “Frustrated Fury” Leachman
I. Can’t. Stand. Console. Fanboys. They have been around since the SNES vs. Genesis days. Now that the internet is readily available to most of the public, they have all come out of the woodwork, and you get to hear them on any and every site, forum, and blog out there. If you believe that your console should be the only console to get a certain game, you need to stop playing video games. All fanboys try to do is justify a purchase by wanting exclusives. If it were up to me, there would be no exclusives. Halo could be enjoyed on the PS3, Uncharted could be played on the 360. It’s not just console fanboys either. There’s Japanese elitists as well. I know many gamers that only play JRPG’s because it came from Japan. Completely disregard great Western RPG’s like Dragon Age, Mass Effect, and Diablo, or even downright bash on them, even though they have never played them before. Fanboys, your village called. They’re missing their idiots.

Of course, there is a large group that loves to hate on the popular thing. Call of Duty, Halo, and many other hype machines get a bad rap all because they’re popular. It seems like long term gamers have this notion that their hobby is supposed to be exclusive to them, and it angers them to know that the “Bro’s” are enjoying their Call of Dutys, which, in turn make the game very popular. Just because you don’t like it, doesn’t mean it’s not good.

John “Dubya” Whitehouse
I think that it isn’t being spoilt that causes gamers to hate a game for no reason, I think it is mainly down to fanboyism.

The main reason people hate on a game or refuse to play it is because they only have the one console and they are trying to defend their purchase. Most people who legitimately have reasons for not playing a popular game normally have those reasons because of an earlier experience. Even then, they tend to just steer clear of the game, rather than publicly bash it (unless it’s Ken and Fallout 3/New Vegas!).

Take me for example, I won’t be going anywhere near one of this years most anticipated releases, Skyrim. Not because I hate it, but because I really didn’t like Oblivion. It just wasn’t a game that I could get on with. You won’t see me hate on Skyrim, or call it out as a rubbish game. I will just not play it.

Hating on a game comes from people who just want to look clever and opinionated. Whether that’s because they are fanboys, or because they want to stand out from the crowd. Either way it is daft, because you cannot show real hate for a game unless you have played it and in most cases, they haven’t.

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