You’re all wrong and I hate you all. Except the ones who agree with me.
I JEST. OBVIOUSLY.
It’s good to have these debates and get the various opinions out in the open. Consensus is boring, and with it comes complacency. While some of you may not see what the big deal is, others of us feel like there is Something Bad going on, and that’s everyone’s prerogative. Debate is good. It makes people think — as much about their own position as that of others.
What I see a worrying trend of elsewhere on the Internet is people proclaiming that their view is The Correct One and shouting down anyone who disagrees without even being willing to engage in debate. I’ve even seen a number of professional games writers posting pieces to this effect recently, which is somewhat dangerous due to the amount of power they hold over their audience. If their favourite game journalist comes out in defence of something he previously found objectionable, what is Johnny McPublicpants to do?
That’s a gross oversimplification, of course, but particularly among the younger end of the audience, it’s quite easy to take advantage of people’s impressionable nature rather than letting them make their own minds up. At present the phrase “sense of entitlement” is fashionable and used as a lazy fallback phrase to criticise gamers for supposedly making their own bed and now complaining that they have to sleep in it. (I’m not sure I believe that myself, but that’s a discussion for a whole other day.)
I hope those of you who buy Mass Effect 3 enjoy it. I’ll be interested to hear about it, but I won’t be buying it. (Or pirating it. :D) I’ll be over here in the corner with my H-games and Wii JRPGs. It’s nice and safe over here, apart from the tentacle monsters.