Before I get into this utterly shocking story, let me first talk about something. In the past, where I felt gamers had a point, I’ve always sided with them. I sided with them over the complaints of Dragon Age 2′s mediocre quality, and felt trashing the game was deserved. I sided with their criticisms when they trashed Mass Effect 3′s ending, although I never once said it was alright to file lawsuits and threaten BioWare. Just criticise what I considered to be poor writing and a very low quality, horrific ending to an otherwise amazing game, that left a seriously bitter taste. I also sided with gamers’ criticisms about Assassin’s Creed III, because I felt, even though I didn’t like Revelations and felt it was below average compared to what the series is capable of, I was really excited for the final chapter and bought it day one. But it was one of the most underwhelming games, and biggest disappointments I’ve had in years.
I’ve always been a person who gets his own opinion before opening his mouth. Admittedly I often don’t shut it after that, but at least I can always justify my opinion. I will never judge a game before I play it. And when users bash a game on Metacritic, I’ll acknowledge and take note of it, and aside from the loud idiots with nothing constructive to say by means of criticism, I won’t immediately dismiss them and say “what do they know?” I’ll take note of it, then go play the game for myself to see what I think. People are too quick to scream “entitled” the moment gamers are unhappy with something they’re passionate about and paid over R500 for, when they have every right to be unsatisfied with a product and voice that. As long as it’s without getting personal or stupid of course. But if you can scream praises for a game on every internet corner, it’s well within your rights to criticise if you have grounds. Hell, visit any official forum for a game, they’ll have a thread there asking for feedback both positive and negative.
Now with that out of the way, let me get into this story. Because now you know that I’m not someone who has criticised gamers harshly or resorted to calling them entitled or told them off for being unhappy with something they bought. In fact, I’ve never called a gamer entitled before. Today I will.
Try to believe this. A new petition has recently been submitted on the official White House website. Yes, I’m deadly serious. It’s titled “Get Ninja Theory’s DmC: Devil May Cry pulled off the shelves”, and it’s addressed to the president of the United States. It says the following:
Dear Mr. Obama: As a consumer to the Video Game Industry there is one Video Game that has caused a lot of controversy over the past few month’s.
The name of the game is DmC: Devil May Cry made by Ninja Theory and Capcom. A majority of gamer’s are aggravated that this game has changed so much from it’s past predecessors and the game actually insults the consumers in-game.
We, as consumers did not want nor need this reboot and we believe it violates our rights to have a choice between the original’s or the reboot. This game is violating our rights as a consumer and we believe it should be pulled off shelves from game stores due to it’s insulting nature and the fact that it violates our rights.
Please Mr. Obama, look into your heart and make the decision that will please us Gamers.
Before I criticise this, let me say that at the time of writing, it only has 31 signatures, so fortunately we don’t need to kill that many people. Kidding. But really, I was relieved there weren’t hundreds.
Let me make this clear. I haven’t played DmC: Devil May Cry yet. Our fellow Caveshen has and reviewed it, and I’ll play the game really soon. But even if I find the game to be the biggest atrocity of the decade, there is no justification on earth that makes this acceptable. I mean it.
This is shameful behaviour. It gives gamers a bad name. If you really hate the game or felt you wasted your money, talk about it among your friends, write about it on forums, comment constructively on reviews, justify why you hate it. All of that is absolutely fine by me. In the past I’ve written a number of vent articles, chatted or argued with other gamers, and spoken in our Podcasts when I was unhappy with something. But this, right here, is disgusting, trashy behaviour. It’s seriously unacceptable.
Unless the game is harmful in a serious way (and damn, this would have to be like it was purposefully designed to induce seizures or virus up your console), utterly broken yet no attempt is made to fix it, falsely advertised to the point that it blatantly lies to consumers, as is the case with The War Z for example, or something seriously bad like a legal issue or copying, there is no logical, rational, or hell even humane reason to do something like this. This is wrong on so many levels it’s ridiculous.
This is the first time in my life that I will say supporting this petition means you are self-entitled. It means you’re a spoiled brat. And it also means you need to grow up. There are people who like the game.
There are so many ways you can voice your displeasure about a game, that are completely acceptable. This is not one of them. I truly feel sorry for the developers of this game, that they have to see something like this. But if I have to say one thing positive about this whole situation, it’s that it badly makes me want to play the new Devil May Cry. I’m looking forward to that, and forgetting this.
Or, this petition was a massive troll and I got trolled hard. That would be awkward.