Science tells us that gaming is only the second or third favourite past-time of people who proclaim themselves gamers. The first hobby is hating on particular games or franchises. Sure we come across some disappointing games; the worst lately being Dragon Age 2, but even DA2 wasn’t “completely bad” by any rational standard of terrible gaming.
To truly appreciate what we have, it is important to know what we’ve lost or avoided. When we say a game is good or bad, it helps to say what it is better or worse than to help shape our opinions.