Why are gamers so emotional to criticism?

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#1 Posted by HipHopBeats (2855 posts) -

Express your dislike or disappointment for whatever game and fans label you a troll regardless if you give legitamate reasons. When you ask them 'what makes this a great game in your opinion?', they can never give you a straight answer or engage you a decent discussion but would rather have your posts deleted.

If a stranger online expresses dislike for any game I'm enjoying, I can respect their opinion and engage them in a friendly debate rather than feeling offended and feel the need to label them a troll.

The insane backlash over game reviews like Resident Evil 6, Uncharted 3, Skyward Sword were just individual opinions of the reviewer and have no effect on a fan's enjoyment of that game. Why so emotional?

#2 Posted by Tazzman1000 (1108 posts) -
Thats the beauty of internet forums
#3 Posted by Bigboi500 (28811 posts) -

Insecurity and immaturity.

#4 Posted by SirWander (5176 posts) -

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this behavior is not a sole proclivity of gamers.

honestly I have no idea why people care so much about the reviews, it's not as if they have any impact on sales.

#5 Posted by Archangel3371 (15183 posts) -
Well first of all there are plenty of people who can explain quite well why they enjoy any particular game so it's not like all fans of a game behave like you imply. Also this is something that goes both ways. Why do some gamers need to try and prove so hard that people should hate something because they hate it and label it's fans as blind fanboys?
#6 Posted by 187umKILLAH (1337 posts) -

Insecurity and immaturity.

Bigboi500


- This.
A lot of gamers have trouble accepting that individuals have a right to form their own opinion without following the crowd, just because a game is popular doesn't mean we all have to like it. I don't get this need some have of constantly replying to people who disagree with their opinion and comment on how wrong they are and how the game is awesome to them, it's only a fanboy who feels everyone should praise the game they love so much and no one on the planet could possibly dislike that certain game. If you can explain legitimate reasons why you dislike a game then by definition you are not a troll, if you can respect others right to express their dislike for a game you enjoy a lot you are not a fanboy. Simple as that.

#7 Posted by Allicrombie (25109 posts) -
IM NOT EMOTIONAL, YOU ARE !
#8 Posted by HipHopBeats (2855 posts) -

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this behavior is not a sole proclivity of gamers.

honestly I have no idea why people care so much about the reviews, it's not as if they have any impact on sales.

SirWander

True. Even with bad reviews there's no way the # of sales and personal enjoyment. It's like a form of mindless ioldatry damn near worshipping a product. Seems like a rarity to find people willing to engage in a friendly debate about likes / dislikes without resorting to unnecessary insults.

#9 Posted by HipHopBeats (2855 posts) -

IM NOT EMOTIONAL, YOU ARE ! Allicrombie

Lol, if you want emotions, visit the Bioware forums. :cool:

#10 Posted by meetroid8 (21139 posts) -
That's not specific to gamers. The world population at large reacts emotionally to criticism.
#11 Posted by CarnageHeart (18316 posts) -

*Shrugs* I agree reviews are nothing to get work up over, but in fairness, people who like a game tend to be no more or less eloquent than people who dislike it.

#12 Posted by DecadesOfGaming (3089 posts) -

depends if your engaging in conversations with adults or children.. Adults generally know how to engage in conversation respecting what others generally think concerning a much loved game, whether good or bad.. I generally find 'on here' that it's usually kids that can't except negative comments concerning their much loved games.

#13 Posted by Lord_Nas3k (1492 posts) -

[QUOTE="Allicrombie"]IM NOT EMOTIONAL, YOU ARE ! HipHopBeats

Lol, if you want emotions, visit the Bioware forums. :cool:

lol wtf u talkin abot?? miranda is so frekin dum!!!! i duno how u can evn think shes a gud romance!!tali master race rite here!!!

I can't even look at those forums seriously.

#14 Posted by bowserjr123 (1624 posts) -

That's pretty much System Wars for you, one negative comment about a game and people go haywire...

#15 Posted by capaho (1253 posts) -

Express your dislike or disappointment for whatever game and fans label you a troll regardless if you give legitamate reasons. When you ask them 'what makes this a great game in your opinion?', they can never give you a straight answer or engage you a decent discussion but would rather have your posts deleted.

If a stranger online expresses dislike for any game I'm enjoying, I can respect their opinion and engage them in a friendly debate rather than feeling offended and feel the need to label them a troll.

The insane backlash over game reviews like Resident Evil 6, Uncharted 3, Skyward Sword were just individual opinions of the reviewer and have no effect on a fan's enjoyment of that game. Why so emotional?

HipHopBeats

I can relate. It's difficult to know why some people are so obsessed with attacking others for criticizing a game they like or trying to badger others into seeing things their way. Whether or not you like a game comes down to your own personal prefences, and there is nothing to debate in that regard. They are games after all.

Most forums tend to have a handful of forum bullies, especially forums that have a more general appeal like this one. I don't suppose it should be all that surprising that there would be a wider variance in the maturity levels of the members in a forum about games than in a forum aimed at professionals.

It's been my experience thus far when posting something here that some others find objectionable that I always get attacked by the same four or five people regardless of the topic. You just have to take it with a grain of salt, steer clear of the flak and enjoy the forums in your own right.

#16 Posted by SouljerDGU (21 posts) -
I'm a bit guilty of this myself as when I like a game I feel as everyone should like it, I have to constantly remind myself that my opinion of a game is my own and not everyone has the same mentality, it's not like I go all fanboy on someone who expresses dislike but I will be a touch biased but still engage in a mature debate.
#17 Posted by wiouds (5003 posts) -

It is more about the large number reading your comment, and a tiny few give that type of answer.

#18 Posted by GeoffZak (3704 posts) -

What I hate most about it is how people practically label me as a dumbass or heretic when I say I hate games like Batman Arkham City or Assassin's Creed.

"You can't hate those games! EVERYONE MUST LOVE THEM! They're AAA games!!! You're an idiot for not liking them." -_-

According to most gamers today, the only games worth playing are those that average AAA scores. That's what I hate about video game criticism. People will blindly follow the professional critics.

I don't understand why people care so much about scores. I play whatever I like. I don't care if my favorite game got a 4/10. I'll still like it.

#19 Posted by thom_maytees (3669 posts) -

These gamers treat their favorite games as gods and need to defend their "honor" which explains why they become emotional. I personally find this type of gamer behavior quite idolatrous.

#20 Posted by mikeyMKII (754 posts) -

Insecurity and immaturity.

Bigboi500

This.

#21 Posted by capaho (1253 posts) -

What I hate most about it is how people practically label me as a dumbass or heretic when I say I hate games like Batman Arkham City or Assassin's Creed.

"You can't hate those games! EVERYONE MUST LOVE THEM! They're AAA games!!! You're an idiot for not liking them." -_-

According to most gamers today, the only games worth playing are those that average AAA scores. That's what I hate about video game criticism. People will blindly follow the professional critics.

I don't understand why people care so much about scores. I play whatever I like. I don't care if my favorite game got a 4/10. I'll still like it.

GeoffZak

Well said. I couldn't agree more. The only rating that really matters when you're playing a game is your own.

#22 Posted by capaho (1253 posts) -

It is more about the large number reading your comment, and a tiny few give that type of answer.

wiouds

Unfortunately, that tiny few can be extremely hostile and disruptive.

#23 Posted by wiouds (5003 posts) -

[QUOTE="wiouds"]

It is more about the large number reading your comment, and a tiny few give that type of answer.

capaho

Unfortunately, that tiny few can be extremely hostile and disruptive.

What is worse is that many seem to think that tiny few stand for the large group.

I have been attack because I state that I believe that the indies games are not innovative and are reducing the amount of true innovation that is going on. I seen comments that are in line with my thoughts, but it is easy for me to think that most believes the song and dance the indie game are doing.

#24 Posted by Lucky_Krystal (1730 posts) -

Immaturity I guess.

I used to be like that, back when I was 11 years old and just discovering the internet (those were dark days). I counterattacked anyone who attacked my favorite anime, game, etc. Then as I grew older I realized it was really no big deal for someone not to agree with me. I don't care if someone wants to criticize a game I adore. Their criticism might actually be valid, and I might even agree with them if I just calmed down and had a proper discussion instead of going "OMG NOOB, YOU HAVE NO TASTE, GO KILL YERSELF!!!111"

I'm assuming the people who actually get worked up over someone insulting their favorite game are either immature kids, or just someone who has yet to come to the realization that -GASP- Not everyone is gonna like what you like. (SHOCKER!)

#25 Posted by Namgis (3570 posts) -

Internet toughs, trying to get tougher.

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I don't pay them any mind as their opinions and trolling are usually so idiotic it's funny. Gaming for me is a hobby not a religion, I treat it as such and try to have some fun on the forums, but it's getting harder and harder with the shear amount of first class fools over on SW.

#26 Posted by OB-47 (10912 posts) -

The internet is pretty much an exaggeration of everything

#27 Posted by jsmoke03 (12516 posts) -

Express your dislike or disappointment for whatever game and fans label you a troll regardless if you give legitamate reasons. When you ask them 'what makes this a great game in your opinion?', they can never give you a straight answer or engage you a decent discussion but would rather have your posts deleted.

If a stranger online expresses dislike for any game I'm enjoying, I can respect their opinion and engage them in a friendly debate rather than feeling offended and feel the need to label them a troll.

The insane backlash over game reviews like Resident Evil 6, Uncharted 3, Skyward Sword were just individual opinions of the reviewer and have no effect on a fan's enjoyment of that game. Why so emotional?

HipHopBeats
uncharted 3 scored a AAA....did the fans clamour because it was scored high? lol and think about it...most of these gs users are either young, nerdy, or people that have deep attachments....sports fans are the same way...
#28 Posted by ShadowMoses900 (17081 posts) -

Some people cannot handle different opinions, especially on the interenet which acts as a soap box for the smallest minority of people. This is why you find more racists on the internet than in real life, it allows them to hide behind a computer screen and be vocal wihtout any consequences.

#29 Posted by GalvatronType_R (1878 posts) -

PMS or menopause.

#30 Posted by i-rock-socks (3046 posts) -

Express your dislike or disappointment for whatever game and fans label you a troll regardless if you give legitamate reasons.HipHopBeats

i dont know what fantasy world ur living in, but most people dont give "legitimate" reasons, and thats why i stopped forum posting; except to troll... you bastard.

#31 Posted by capaho (1253 posts) -

What is worse is that many seem to think that tiny few stand for the large group.

I have been attack because I state that I believe that the indies games are not innovative and are reducing the amount of true innovation that is going on. I seen comments that are in line with my thoughts, but it is easy for me to think that most believes the song and dance the indie game are doing.

wiouds

I think the actual problem is that the tiny few think they stand for the large group. I think the majority of people simply prefer to stay out of it when the tiny few start wrecking a discussion.

#32 Posted by SaintJimmmy (2815 posts) -
Trust i wonder the same thing all the time... i read some many posts that i'm just sitting there like is this guy serious? if you care about the opinions of strangers on the internet you need to get out more. alot more.
#33 Posted by homegirl2180 (7161 posts) -

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this behavior is not a sole proclivity of gamers.

honestly I have no idea why people care so much about the reviews, it's not as if they have any impact on sales.

SirWander
That's hardly true. There's word of mouth for a reason, especially as games are still not cheap, many people either look online or ask around to find out how good a game may be. While it's true that reviews don't heavily move games, there's no denying that there is some weight, if not, EA wouldn't have contract deals where some studios get bonuses if their games score well enough at MetaCritic. And don't say "That's just EA being greedy, etc."
#34 Posted by HipHopBeats (2855 posts) -

depends if your engaging in conversations with adults or children.. Adults generally know how to engage in conversation respecting what others generally think concerning a much loved game, whether good or bad.. I generally find 'on here' that it's usually kids that can't except negative comments concerning their much loved games.

DecadesOfGaming

That's the thing, I'm not sure if all of the wall of texts, nerd rage posts is coming from teenagers and not adults in their late 20's and early 30's. Many times, I've attempted to have friendly discussions asking someone what makes them like a certain game I may have overlooked and they respond with 'troll' or 'hater'.

lol wtf u talkin abot?? miranda is so frekin dum!!!! i duno how u can evn think shes a gud romance!!tali master race rite here!!!

I can't even look at those forums seriously.

Lord_Nas3k

Same here. Plus the way Bioware forums are designed, my eyes get sore trying to read endless walls of text crying about the same disappointment that has been addressed months ago. Sad thing is while I can appreciate Mass effect franchise for what it is, most of the Mass Effect community appear very anal and unfriendly if you haven't memorized every detail of the lore.

I can relate. It's difficult to know why some people are so obsessed with attacking others for criticizing a game they like or trying to badger others into seeing things their way. Whether or not you like a game comes down to your own personal prefences, and there is nothing to debate in that regard. They are games after all.

Most forums tend to have a handful of forum bullies, especially forums that have a more general appeal like this one. I don't suppose it should be all that surprising that there would be a wider variance in the maturity levels of the members in a forum about games than in a forum aimed at professionals.

It's been my experience thus far when posting something here that some others find objectionable that I always get attacked by the same four or five people regardless of the topic. You just have to take it with a grain of salt, steer clear of the flak and enjoy the forums in your own right.

capaho

I've seen a couple of crazy youtube rant vids from weirdos who rage as if their whole life revolves around gaming but funny thing is people don't seem to act bizzare like that in person at a game store discussing likes / dislikes over whatever game. Or maybe I just never ran into them, lol. Makes me wonder is it the anonymity of the internet that encourages outrageous behavior.