Yesterday there was a leak from an Italian GameStop of a poster for Destiny 2. Many people think it looks legitimate (I have some doubts), and it set off a frenzy of speculation.
It also set off the seemingly rampant community of folks out there who love to hate on Destiny.
Allow me to tangent here for a moment.
I understand the original release of Destiny wasn’t what many people wanted. It wasn’t perfect. What game is perfect? But I adored it.
Was I glad when they made things less grindy? Of course. Was I excited when The Taken King released and elevated the game to a better overall place? Absolutely.
I think what showed Bungie really cared about their community, was that they listened to avid players of Destiny and adapted the game accordingly.
But some people will never admit improvements were made or, worse yet, never bothered to see the improvements for themselves and still feel more than free to complain about the game and all its initial shortcomings.
I rarely type “sigh” but I’m going to do it now.
I should know better than to engage with people who are now years into their commitment of disliking something, but I couldn’t take it and wanted to try to set the record straight as much as possible.
And this got me thinking.
I’m sure this type of behavior has always existed, but I just don’t understand. There are enough problems in the world; why go out of your way to be negative for the sake of being negative?
If these people who were upset actually complained in a productive way (say, perhaps a letter to a developer stating their issues with the game and why they felt they should be changed), I would have less of a problem with that. But to deliberately click on an article about a game they already know they have crappy feelings about, why bother? Why not click on any one of the dozens of new articles a day about a game they are actually interested in, instead?
On top of that, some of these people not only want to crap all over the article, but all over anyone who comments that is excited for it. That’s just bizarre! To me, I like to use the benchmark of “would I behave this way to someone’s face?” If the answer is no, then no it stays across any platform. If the answer is yes, I continue on.
I love when someone is excited for a new game. Heck, I love when someone is excited for something, period. I feel like all too often, people end up stifling their passions. How frustrating. I think, particularly with games, if someone wants to be excited, they should get to be excited without someone raining all over that experience.
I do think there is a time and a place for constructive criticism of a game, but to try to actively ruin someone’s enthusiasm, that’s when I have to say something.
I will always do my best to intervene when I see these things happen; yesterday just got to me a bit.
What do you think when you see rampant negativity for a game? How does it affect you? I’m curious how others feel about this.
And with that I bid each of you a good weekend. What will you be playing? Please let me live vicariously through your weekend gaming plans.