Recently The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild came out and there was much rejoicing.
It received a great deal of praise for reasons that I don’t quite know but am sure that I’ll come to know one day. Possibly. Who knows?
Anyway, there was one reviewer who had the sheer audacity to not tow the line and dared give the game a seven out of ten, which caused a whole lot of people to lose it because it brought the aggregated score on Metacritic down from an amazing ninety-eight out of one hundred to an abysmal ninety-seven out of one hundred.
Of course there were many fans of the game who took umbrage at this malicious action and took it upon themselves to begin attacking Jim Sterling (of The Jimquisition and the critic in question) for not blowing his load all over the game, instead thinking about what he was playing and pointing out what he saw as flaws whilst still stating that the game was good.
“How dare he dare?” the fans said and rightfully so, because in this reality, anything resembling a little more critical thinking about things than other people is completely unacceptable, even if it doesn’t mean that someone thinks a game is bad by any measure.
What the saddest thing about this whole issue is that it’s not anything new. Fans that think it’s okay to wish death upon someone for saying something that they don’t like is disappointing, for sure, but it’s so common that it’s no longer surprising.
What’s still surprising is that they think that it’s okay to do such a thing.
What happened to people? Why do they think that this is an okay way to conduct themselves? Do they realise just how stupidly fragile they make themselves appear because they don’t know what being a mature person is and would rather go on trying to unleash righteous indignation just because someone doesn’t think something is as amazing as they think it is?
WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?!
I don’t understand why people become so vicious about something as minor as a review score which is ultimately irrelevant. They behave as though this is going to prevent them from enjoying the game or having any semblance of life left after the fact. It reminds me of when people were saying that the Star Wars prequel trilogy (or George Lucas) ruined their childhood. It didn’t and a review score won’t ruin a game. There’s no need to seemingly take the issue so personally.
If you can’t deal with something that you don’t like so much that you need to become a vicious little asshole, then grow up. Jim Sterling (and other critics) don’t need to receive a boatload of crap just because you’re too immature to deal with something different to how you think everyone should react.
There’s better, more dignified ways of going about things.