Since the dawn of man we as humans have hated one another for successes. Imagine the jealousy of those who looked upon the first man to invent the wheel. I bet they HATED that guy and thought to themselves “So what? It’s a wheel. Whatever.”. It’s silly, but it’s true. We just hate people who make great strides or things that are great, not for the right reasons, but the wrong ones. Videogames are no different from this. When a big name game comes out, we as a gaming society either say one of three things, “It’s a great game!” or “I don’t really like it.” or we ignorantly downplay the game by nitpicking at every single part of it.
"Halo 4 blows. Halo: Wars...now there's a Halo game!" - Said No One Ever
Every year around this time the big videogames come out, it is the holiday season after all. Just to remind you guys what games I’m talking about, here are a few off the top of my head.
- Medal of Honor: Warfighter
- Halo 4
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
- Borderlands 2
- Assassin’s Creed III
- Resident Evil 6
I own all of these games, except for Medal of Honor: Warfighter and I honestly have no problem with any of them, but there is a reason why I haven’t played the new Medal of Honor. When I got Medal of Honor a couple years back I wouldn’t say I hated it, I’d say it didn’t click with me and I was disappointed that it wasn’t a game for me because I love the older Medal of Honor games. I’ve seen the new one and had a few plays with it, but just like the one before it, it just wasn’t for me.
We are so quick to say “I hated that game!” without really giving a reason why. So do we really hate successful videogames? The answer is sometimes. We just like to pick them apart flaw by flaw and decide that we hate them because of the little flaws we find. It’s kind of like finding Waldo in a Where’s Waldo book and then hate the book because we found him. If we did that with every single game that came out we would HATE EVERY SINGLE GAME THAT CAME OUT!!! You can’t say you hate a car because it has a few scratches on the hood and you can’t say you hate someone because they have high cholesterol. If you really hate something, be sure to have good reasons why and not blurt out “I HATED THAT GAME!” with nothing substantial to back it.
"Medal of Honor sucks! I hate Medal of Honor, Call of Duty RULES!!! Why? Because it's Call of Duty man...I don't even need a reason." The new moto for the Call Of Duty Is Better Than Every VideoGame Ever Club
The point I’m trying to make here is, we don’t actually hate successful videogames because they are bad, we hate them because we enjoy finding flaws in them or they’re “Not our cup of tea.”. 99 times out of 100, big name games are very well crafted and end up being successful around this time of year. So next time you buy a game with a lot of hype around it and you just don’t find it enjoyable, please don’t say you hate it, just say it wasn’t your type of game. If it is a terrible game that is just fucking awful, then by all means, say you hate it with every inch of your body.