We’re tired of all the complaints
With just about every site these days employing some sort of comments section, it’s not uncommon for people to voice their opinions.
While everyone should be given a fair say and while it’s great to have this outlet, it is quite annoying to read or even watch/listen to (see: YouTube) complaints, whining and negative comments running rampant on every site we visit.
Let’s not forget the ever-popular message boards and how much of a role they play in this aspect of gaming. Now, I know this is true with a lot of things on the Internet, but it seems gamers have the worst case of the “I hate everything” syndrome that plagues the world.
Gamers of the past were fun-loving people who enjoyed games because they were fun. Now it’s all about accuracy, realism and whether or not the umpteenth game in a series is exactly the same as the coveted number seven.
Gamers are just never satisfied. From complaints about the new Dante not being enough like the old Dante (hello, it’s a reboot, he’s a new version of the character so of course he’s different), to complaints about Cole McGrath looking too different in inFamous 2, to people calling foul about a slightly (see: not really) sexist trophy in the new God of War: Ascension game – it just never stops.
Let us not forget about how gamers cried when the ending of Mass Effect 3 wasn’t so great, so much so that BioWare actually patched the game with a new ending. Then there are the countless petitions that go unnoticed.
The thing is, a majority of the people who are lighting up message boards and comment sections don’t ever actually complain to the right people. Have we learned nothing from movements such as the Civil Rights Movement? Not to compare a complaint about a game to the equality of a people, but those civil rights folks knew how to get stuff done.
The same is true for many other historical movements. I applaud the men and women who take the time to appeal to the right authorities but for most, it’s just a matter of typing out a rant on the Internet. And that goes for any topic, not just video games.
Of course things like Twitter and Facebook make it easier to get into contact with developers and publishers of our favorite games than ever before, but it’s pretty common to see the complaints go unnoticed anyway.
And before you say I’m simply ranting about those who rant – there is a purpose for this article. I’m not usually one to complain unless something really bothers me or that I really want changed (for example those pesky locked saves on the PS3), but the point is that there is a time, place and proper way to do everything in this crazy life.
So this is my mission for those who like to immaturely chant about what’s wrong with the games industry or whine about random things that bother them in the newest “it’s currently cool to bash on this game, so I’ll jump on the band wagon too” video game – either get something done about it or keep your comments to yourself.
At least the Dante haters, Cole McGrath whiners, Mass Effect ending boycotters and the God of War: Ascension trophy denouncers got something done about their issues. The rest of you just sound like cry babies.