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Hey Video Gamers, Stop Complaining

Tynan Muddle at Aussie-Gamer writes: "For all the wonders the Internet has provided us video gamers, the entire industry has been marred by the sudden onset of large scale complaints by the very people claiming to be the foundation of the past time.

Video gamers are complaining far too much these days and it needs to stop."

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n4rc1570d ago

Man.. So true.. Good article..

Tetsujin1569d ago

"Before you form an opinion on the game, you need to ensure you’ve played enough of it to see all it has to offer." (From the article).

I agree 200% with this statement; so many judge based on YouTube videos, and second-hand information instead of actually playing/testing the game first. It gets old when someone "copycats" their dislikes from what was written online/magazine then later argue it was "before updates/patches."

"But profits don’t actually mean anything to video gamers. Oh, sure, the more money a company like Nintendo or Sony make, the more potential they have to release new hardware and better games, but in general it’s not our problem. Truth is that most video game companies out there have plenty of serious investors who aren’t bothered by thin margins to keep the industry ticking for a long time, despite how many sales one single product achieve." (Also in the article)

I agree with this also; the same, tired arguments get so old; and some on here you'd swear had stock in these companies with the way they argue.

"Video games are supposed to be fun. Raging and complaining about every little issue is anything but enjoyable. If we, as a community, want to attract more people to take up gaming as a serious hobby, we need to be less immature and vent our frustrations in a more subtle way."

Couldn't have said it better myself. We need more articles like this honestly, to remind people video gaming is a hobby we enjoy; not run online to "troll" or argue about statistics we know nothing about outside rumored information.

malokevi1570d ago (Edited 1570d ago )

And we have nothing to complain about. Whether its EA, Microsoft, or a perceived "lack of quality", everyone seems to have a problem.

As for me, I just stick my nose up, say things like "MS and EA are great" and enjoy the amazing experiences that they make possible. Every disagree is confirmation that I'm on the right track. That's how low my opinion of the gaming community is at the moment.

Buncha whiney little boys don't know a good thing when they see it. I didn't even realize until I took to the boards because of my excitement for the next gen... only to be met with nothing short of hostility.

Real nice. Can't wait until these consoles drop and I can stop living intrinsically through the news, and leave all these pathetic keyboard warriors behind.

N7Lukas1569d ago

"MS and EA are great"

Haha, good one.

Kurt Russell1569d ago (Edited 1569d ago )

Enjoy what you want malokevi, if you're satisfied that's fine. Personally I felt things became watered down and samey the 2nd half of this gen, and have concerns that the same trend will occur next gen (not to say I am not excited, as I am and pre-ordered up to the nines).

Dr Pepper1570d ago

Defintion of "complain", courtesy of Merriam Webster:

"to express grief, pain, or discontent"

I fail to see why expressing discontent about certain things is bad. This is in every industry and virtually every aspect of life, well beyond entertainment mediums. People voice displeasure. Why should the games industry be any different?

Quote:
"Before you form an opinion on the game, you need to ensure you’ve played enough of it to see all it has to offer."

Interesting, so I'm not allowed to even have an opinion unless I've played it. Yet further down...

Quote:
"If you haven’t tried a game or console, you have no right to complain about it. You’re allowed to be uninterested, but being part of an international outrage campaign based on someone else’s opinion is just shameful."

So being uninterested in something without playing it is allowed, even though that comes after you formulate an opinion, which is not allowed unless you've played it. Ok.

Overall, with the examples the author uses, he appears to purposefully oversimplifying issues in an effort to further his various arguments (since there are more present than just the "stop complaining" aspect).

He doesn't adhere to the title of his own write-up, so I'm not sure why I should.

GoldenElf1570d ago

You shouldn't complain about a game that you haven't played.

To think of it another way, when you're at the cinema and a trailer comes on for a movie you wouldn't want to see, do you:

a) Ignore it and get on with your life, or
b) Start an internet sh*t storm?

With movies, it's a). With games, it's b). Why?

Okay, you're not interested in the game. No need to threaten to kill a developer. No need to go on every website on Earth and throw a tantrum. Just move on.

Dr Pepper1570d ago (Edited 1570d ago )

Complaining does not equate to threatening a developer. I understand not taking something too far or becoming so invested you threaten people, and I think most would agree with that, but that doesn't mean people shouldn't express discontent with something.

I also would disagree that movies and games are so separate in how people react to them. There are film forums where people argue back and forth. Have you seen the IMDB message boards? It is not free of all the vile remarks that are thrown around on game sites. This is an internet thing, not a gaming thing. Hell, look at sporting events. People have killed, rioted, etc. over such things, even though it has no real impact on their life. Again, the article attempts to separate gamers as this particularly immature and nasty crowd, when I have seen much worse acts in other industries/activities.

That isn't an excuse for some idiotic behavior in the game industry on the part of fans OR developers, but when the article summarizes with:

"...want to attract more people to take up gaming as a serious hobby, we need to be less immature and vent our frustrations in a more subtle way"

it is seeming to imply/distinguish gaming as some sort of pinnacle of immaturity, or unique in that way. I think the author is choosing to ignore a lot of other acts in other entertainment mediums that are very similar, if not more outrageous.

As for this:
"You shouldn't complain about a game that you haven't played."

Complaining, or expressing discontent, is one of the aspects of having an opinion. Another side would be positive remarks. If you see something in a preview and think "wow! that looks so cool!" are you then wrong because you haven't played it? If you aren't, then why would you turn around and say you can't be critical of the ideas, gameplay mechanics, visuals, etc. that these game designers are putting forward? Forums/threads would be an odd place if people were told to stop being critical of such things, even if it was pre-release.

Was it wrong of people looking forward to the Mad Max game to complain about the non-australian voice work for the main character? Would you say they should've just accepted it and/or had to play it first? Because the developers apparently don't agree with the "no complaining" sentiment, and have now said they are going to change it.

JBSleek1569d ago

"Interesting, so I'm not allowed to even have an opinion unless I've played it."

Well how do you have an opinion on something you never tried? I guess you could look at gameplay of it and form an opinion but it likely wouldn't be a very educated one.

"So being uninterested in something without playing it is allowed, even though that comes after you formulate an opinion, which is not allowed unless you've played it. Ok."

Well those aren't the same thing. I could look at a car and say I am uninterested but I can't "complain" about said car.

At the end of the day everyone is entitled to their opinion even the opinion that other people shouldn't complain.

ApolloTheBoss1569d ago

Well written article. This is exactly why society can't take us seriously. We are viewed as the whiny little 12 year old brats on XBL and we do nothing but live up to the stereotype.

Wni01569d ago

This is some major bullshit. I returned Skyrim after 1 hour. I returned Infinite after 3 hours. I returned Deadly Premonition after about 30 minutes... You dont need to see ALL the game offers to judge whether you are going to have fun playing it.

GoldenElf1569d ago

"all the game has to offer" is very different from "finishing the game".