Some of you are aware that I ended up in an argument with another user. Yes, arguments on the internet are trivial and nothing changes afterwards, but I feel that there's a point that needs to be made here. The user in question played a game for a total of about 10-15 minutes, and felt that s/he could make an opinion based around the entire game. They just said: "This game sucks, I only got to ____ and I'm already bored!" Here's the reason why this doesn't work. We are on a website focused on REVIEWING video games. To review a game, you not only have to have played the game extensively, but you also have to be able to see the pros and cons of a game. You have to be able to look at things from different angles and make a thorough analysis. This is the kind of crap that should show up on message boards, not on a site meant for gamers who enjoy video games not only as a form of entertainment, but also as a form of art. Let's examine some of the arguments that have been made against me.
#1. "I can play a game for a good 10-20 minutes to see if I like it or not."
I'll give them some credit. If a game can't grab your interest, it might not be worth your time. This is actually kind of how I feel about the Mass Effect series. I've played demos and played it at friends' houses and events. Honestly, it just doesn't interest me. I know some of you guys are hardcore fans of the series, but I'd played so many third person shooters at the time that I just grew tired of all of that. Maybe someday I'll be able to play the entire series through, but I haven't yet. That said, this is still about reviewing video games. I've never hated on Mass Effect or even stated that I disliked it. I don't know if I disliked it, I played it for about 10 minutes and didn't even get into it. You can't draw a solid conclusion on whether or not a game is good or bad from such a short time of gameplay. You can't go around saying "this sucks" or "this is lame" if you've hardly spent any time on it. A lot of people will probably agree on this. To this day, I've never reviewed or even rated a game that I hadn't finished or at the VERY LEAST played extensively. That's all I need to say on that one.
#2. "You're ignorant."
I'll let you guys determine that one. I try to look at things from different angles in just about every situation that I'm in. You guys can look at some of my previous posts and comments and see if I'm really just an ignorant dick.
#3. "It's my opinion, and I don't have to explain it to the likes of you."
Okay. I have respect for other people's opinions. There are people who like things that I don't, and vice versa. Here's the problem, though. This was a person who brazenly went and said to the entire internet "This game sucks!" and obliviously expected no backlash whatsoever. If you're going to just dance on people's nerves to get your opinion out, YES YOU DO! You DO have to explain it. If you're going to just rip on a game that many people love and have fond memories of, YOU HAVE TO HAVE A REASON! IT'S CALLED COMMON SENSE! That's kind of like stating you were responsible for a train derailment, and then not offering any details on how it happened! Case closed.
#4. "I play video games for fun. I'm not going to play a game I dislike to have fun."
I've said it before and I'll say it again, you cannot form a solid opinion on a game that you have hardly played at all. If you want to complain about a game you played for ten minutes, go do it on a message board, not on a website where people who have put hours into numerous games and then drawn their conclusions. No further comment.
#5. "I have a busy life outside of gaming."
This, I can understand. I can understand if you have a busy life out of video games. You might have a job, a family, or something else on your mind. And that would be fine... if you didn't make a post about how you had just beaten another game shortly after posting your "opinion". The game that this person had beaten was longer and more time-consuming than the game that they had simply blown off. ARE YOU EFFING SERIOUS? If you have time to complete an extremely long and time consuming game, you have time to give another game a chance. If you had put maybe an hour into the game and then said "i just didn't care for it" or "it's not for me", I could accept that. The fact that you put ten minutes into a much bigger game, just said "it sucks", and then went on to complete a game that can take 30 hours to complete is baffling to me. It defies all logic and reason. It's disgraceful. It's pathetic. WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH YOU? I just find it ungodly disturbing. It's not just stupid, it's insultingly stupid. I'm sorry, I can't sympathize with someone with this kind of mentality.
Well, that's the way I see it. Maybe you disagree. Maybe you think I'm full of crap. Maybe writing this whole thing was a big mistake. Well, I'm sorry. I'm stating my opinion, and that's just what I do. You can leave a comment, or just ignore this. Either way, I'm done with this. I've had enough. I'm sorry I felt that I had to dedicate a blog post to this. I know it's silly, but that's that. *sigh*