Having just witnessed the most extraordinary outcry over a video game I have ever seen since the ME3 debacle, I certainly felt disengaged on the matter entirely but after seeing the outpouring of death threats and threats to boycott future Platinum Games over such a crass issue, I have to confess something here and be done with it. I have never played Bayonetta. It's just one of those games that I've personally wanted to get but haven't had the money or the time to really give it a chance. I can already hear the furious typing and utter disdain with the usual non-sequiturs and banal reasoning, but it's of no consequence. It's merely white noise that is clouding the real issue at hand and I'd just like to point out a couple of things that I found rather alarming about this excessive reaction.
It's not nice to receive death threats. Threatening someone because they've done something that you find disagreeable isn't a sign of a healthy mind and perhaps some of the people who tweeted their angry responses towards the developers because Bayonetta 2 is gonna be an exclusive Wii U title should perhaps seek professional help. However, it's somewhat rather interesting to see this all come out on the open and I must ask what the real motives are behind this backlash against Platinum Games and Nintendo. I started to question myself a little because while I didn't have an emotional stake in this whatsoever, I found their actions utterly baffling. Do these guys really like Bayonetta? Aren't they glad that it's not cancelled? What exactly is the problem with it going on another machine? Then someone sent me a link to this Bayonetta Boycott page and I read through it. Here's the link to it for all those who are interested in boycotting a game that hasn't been released and can only exist because Nintendo stepped in. (Not a rumour)
Upon rolling my eyes so hard that my retinas detached, I reattached them and I realised something rather peculiar. This really isn't about Bayonetta 2 at all, but because people hate Nintendo to such a ludicrous degree that they cannot bear the very idea that it's going to appear on the Wii U as an exclusive. It's actually rather laughable when you think about it. In the case of the ME3 debacle, the movement was at least somewhat more civil to Bioware compared to the overblown reaction that some Bayonetta fans have unleashed. Instead of death threats at Bioware HQ except from a few of the more reactionary "fans", they received cupcakes of blue, green and red to show their dismay at Bioware's original botched ending. Despite being accused of being "entitled"; the ME3 movement sent a message to Bioware that the ending was unsatisfactory, showing various plot holes, inconsistencies and how the endings lacked any narrative cohesion along the way. Bioware did try to at least try to appease their fans and who wouldn't want to when they send you cupcakes to clarify their point? Do people who send death threats to developers count as "fans" or just entitled manchildren?
Entitlement is thrown about a lot when it comes to gamers and in this instance; it proves that there is a certain group of gamers, though I would be hesitant to even call them gamers (fanboys? sociopaths?) at this point who cannot and will not abide the fact that it's going to appear on a Nintendo console, despite the game being cancelled and Nintendo resurrecting it. It's almost like these "fans" would rather have no sequel at all than to go out and buy a Wii U. If you truly cared about a franchise and you really believe in it, you wouldn't give a damn about the console or you would at least give it a fair shake. Frankly, it makes us all like like idiots when these hollow-headed fools come out with these unjustifiable actions.
Yet so many people want to appear to be so mature and grown up but when something doesn't go their way and the mask slips; you see the angry, spiteful children that they are. Honestly, I find this whole situation absolutely hilarious and sad at the same time. It's not my place to say that you should like or dislike a company, but it's fairly obvious to me that there is a hidden undercurrent to this whole "controversy".
Nintendo may be hated by a lot of people for going after the "casual" market and hitting it big with the Wii but let's be real here. The casuals/kids are the future in gaming and Nintendo knows this. They've made a console that appeals to both core gamers and casual, they have games for their console, both core and casual, they have the Propad for those who don't want to mess about with the Gamepad and they are still hated despite everything they do. I guess they are the John Cena of the video game industry in terms of being hated, but being tremendously successful at the same time.
Oh, and one last thing. Did anyone notice how we're no longer talking about Wii U specs anymore? Tragedy ain't it?