Forward Slash Backlash

As gamers faithful to certain game franchises, we (including myself) can be pretty stubborn about change or new additions that don't make any sense to us. With the rage of Diablo Immortal and tons of people hating Fallout 76, it's been a hard time for publishers looking to try something new since we keep asking for it yet shun anything that might deviate from our beloved formula.

We as gamers should always keep developers and publishers on their toes regardless of what's currently hot but when is it too much? When people are sending death threats or hateful messages to the publishers or booing people off a stage? Territorial as us gamers can be, people need to know when they cross that line and engage with devs and publishers in a threatening way, there's absolutely no need for it. This might sound crazy but hear me out on this next one. Perhaps that game might not be for you?

I know, you've invested tons of hours and money on their games in the past and have personal attachments but what if they are trying to reach a new audience with their established brand or just giving you another way to play? In Blizzards case I can't personally hate on them for making Diablo go mobile, there is an insane amount of gamers that solely play on phones and tablets. Now the shared look and feel of Crusaders of Light, that's a viable and welcomed discussion but we should also listen first before getting our pitchforks out. Fallout 76 is getting an incredible amount of pushbacks on it's look, feel and mechanics from the recent B.E.T.A. gameplay. I personally didn't think it was bad and played it myself. I'm not a diehard Fallout fan so certain players gripes might not resonate with me but I understand some of the frustration.

At the end of the day we don't own the developers, franchise and publishers, treat them with respect if you really love videogames and the industry. You really got a problem with a game and they don't listen to civil feedback? Let them know how they'll fully understand on a different and more effective level... their pockets. Just don't complain next time when a publisher is looking to change things up to give you something new, when your actions show that all you want is more of the same.

Originally posted on MINDS.