Hi Lifehacker, I often wonder why gamers who enjoy a particular kind of game (say RPGs or MMOs) are so dismissive of any other genre? And why do so many gamers demand changes and "progress", but then complain when newer releases come out. Any thoughts? Thanks, Gamer Shame
I think it comes down to the human/hobbyist condition. People like to think that the dog they own is the best one in the "fight" -- even if the fight is only in their imagination. While personal preference plays a part, a lot of it has to do with a rigid sense of brand or genre loyalty. You can see similar lines being drawn in the sand across all areas of consumerism; sports, car manufacturers, music, you name it.
Kotaku editor Mark Serrels has to deal with this sort of thing on a daily basis via endless reader comments. I asked him to provide his own two cents on the topic. Here's what he had to say:
People get invested in things. I think it's as simple as that. And when people get invested in things they often define that passion in opposition to something else. This is a common thing in gaming: console vs PC, FIFA vs Pro Evo, Xbox vs PlayStation. It's tribal. Also: this is the internet. People are off the leash in terms of cultural norms. Therefore people say silly things. As for the complaint for and against progress, I think that's just the result of different people saying different things. Fans of games have opinions and some scream louder than others. In general I think people tend towards the negative in all aspects. So in the lead up to the game the complaints are about what hasn't changed. Once the game is released the complaints trend towards what has changed. That's how I see it.
At the end of the day, you can only moderate your own behavior. If a particular online community seems too close-minded for your tastes, it might be time for pastures new. Just be resigned to the fact that you're going to encounter at least some gamer ignorance and stubbornness everywhere you go.
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