The other day I posted a comment to a thread on the steam forums asking “what was the best gaming mouse.” Oh man, you should have seen the backlash when I commented that some mice have poor designs. People started calling my fingers too short,,,,,,. There have been other backlashes to my comments on games like doom 3 and quake 4 – specifically about their level design.
When half-life was released, I see that as the death to “find the key” game design like doom and quake. The straight through design was a lot easier to play then having to wonder around looking for some stupid pda’s or keys to open the next level. But I post that kind of stuff, I get a lot of rude comments.
Games should be like cars or trucks – I can tell you “why” I do not like ford or chevy and “why” I prefer toyota.
I like the way toyota puts the controls on the steering column.
I like the reliability of toyota products
I like the drivers arm rest of my T-100
I like the left foot rest on the floorboard.
But when people apply that same logic to games – I can tell you “exactly why” I do not like doom 3 and quake 4, and “exactly why” I like half-life and left 4 dead, people seem to backlash against my opinions.
I do not like the level design of Doom 3 and Quake 4
I do not like having to backtrack to find a key or pda in any game
I do not like having to find a key or pda to open a door like in Doom 3
I do not like weak weapons like in Doom 3
No duct tape in a military base to attach a light to a weapon? Like in Doom 3
Why is it not ok to state your own personal opinion about a product?
I think a lot of it goes back to herd mentality – follow the herd, or else. This puts people who can think for themselves between a rock and a hard place. Post your honest opinion and deal with the backlash. Or follow the herd and leave the statuesque where it is.