It is everywhere and to be honest it makes me sick. No matter how great a game, there will always be people who are unhappy. This I understand because one man's trash is another's treasure. I accept this and this itself does not bother me. What really pushes my buttons, gets under my skin, what doesn't float my boat, and what is my pet polterguiste of a peeve are the people who go out of their way in an attempt to infect others with their bitterness.
If GTA IV scores a 9.5 the world is up in flames because the score is too low. If GTA IV scores a 10 the world is up in flames because the score is too high. One can disagree with a score and perhaps debate it, but the incessant whining and hatred which ensue is astonishing.
My most recent example is the impetus behind this thread's creation. Personally, the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is my all time favorite game. If people disagree and state their reasoning behind this, so be it. But what I have seen of late is pitiful. A few days back I registered on Bethesda's forums. Yet on those very forums all I see are posts of why Oblivion is boring and in offchance of a positive thread, many cry why Fallout 3 will be a catastrophe and why its Oblivion-esque structure is a great injustice that everyone should hate. Why register for a game's forums if only to spread hate about the game? This immaturity is shocking.
What do people expect? Bethesda to cop out and simply make a barely 3D, top down dungeon scroller whose format has long since become obsolete? So they create a sequel to Fallout with Gamebryo and use a similar structure to the Elder Scrolls; aside from the 1st/3rd person view options and quest structure I hardly see any concrete examples of how Fallout 3 is Oblivion in the Fallout universe. It is a Fallout game. Not an Elder Scrolls game. It has the same setting, history, characters, themes, dialogue, and humor of the previous games. Unfortunatly, this is never enough.
I guess I am just exausting a moot point; i.e. my issues with some basic aspects of human instinct. I just wish people would either remain satisified or remain content in their discontent. The evangelistic hatred and the zeal with which these parasites spread it is becoming tiresome. They always find something to complain about.
*This was initially a forum post, but I decided this is better suited as a blog entry.