I get it. A lot of people don’t like battle royale games. I don’t play them, don’t really care for them much, but that’s where it ends. I don’t go out of my way professing about how the genre is video game Satan. If you wanna talk about how the genre is littered with microtransactions and has spawned a series of uninspired cash grabs because it’s the current trend? Sure, we can have that conversation.
Except about Apex Legends. I actually had fun playing it.
But through the comments of PUBG designer Brendan Greene saying “I’m done with battle royale.“, naturally the fanboys have to come alive and point to that quote and say “SEE?! I WAS RIGHT!!!”, because that’s oh so important on the internet.
In the comments section on N4G‘s posting of that article from GamesIndustry.biz, the top and oldest comment (That’s usually how it works on N4G, which I admittedly don’t like. It rewards being first to the conversation, rather than taking the time to think.) reads in response to Greene’s comments: “as everyone should“.
That alone, I take massive umbrage with. The enjoyment of gaming is not limited to a single genre, a single series, a single console, a single developer. I think we all (should) understand that gaming as a whole is not something you can fit into a small box. People enjoy various things and various levels, we’re not all going to be on the same page for every single game, or even genre. It’s clear that a lot of people enjoy their time playing battle royale games like Fortnite, Apex Legends, PUBG, Call of Duty’s Blackout mode, and more. It’s not my thing, but I don’t think it means no one should like it.
The closest you’ll get with me is that I don’t really get how people can play Fortnite for more than a couple hours before wanting to do something else. It’s a single mode, the same map, the same weapons, the same mechanics. The only difference is the actual timing and placement of the fights, which is absolutely a major differentiation between each match, but there’s a reason that whenever I play Call of Duty, I don’t just play Team Deathmatch, there’s a reason why I don’t just play the Crucible on Destiny, there’s a reason I don’t just play Conquest matches on MLB The Show 19. I personally need to mix things up, so I can’t imagine how gamers and especially streamers can play hours and hours in one day of just Fortnite quickplay.
But it doesn’t mean I think they’re wrong. I just don’t understand the reasons why.
A follow-up comment came next to the “as everyone should” comment that started it all. It read “The n4g community hates Battle Royale, call of duty and mobas. Those are the most played games in the world and they make hundreds of millions of dollars every year. Bunch of snobs if you ask me“.
Take away the first and last sentence and you have a solid comment. Those three things are indeed some of the most popular and profit generating things in the game industry, whether you like it or not. They don’t get to that place without doing something right in the first place. You can argue Call of Duty for example is nothing like what it used to be and doesn’t deserve to make the money it still does, but you cannot deny the quality it used to have and that’s exactly why they’re still able to make the money they do. And to be truly fair, Call of Duty games are not bad games, the closest to that is Call of Duty: Ghosts, because the story mode was really bad and they tried to hide it by selling you that it had a dog partner. But the games to this day are still good FPS games, especially in competitive online play. If you want to say they aren’t great anymore, I’m with you, but don’t say they’re shit. Because that’s not true, biases on or off the table.
The original commentor naturally had to respond. “… and millions of people listen to Nickelback, but that doesn’t mean they’re good. there’s nothing snobby about seeing right through a game that’s really only 20 minutes worth of gameplay that you repeat ad nauseam.“
WRONG! Nickelback regardless of how anyone feels about their music has to be good. They may have been shoved down our throats by radio stations, record labels, endless marketing machines and all that jazz, but there had to be some good in the music in order for a record label to sign them, continue to work with them and then eventually push them down our throats like they have. I don’t mind Nickelback. They’re absolutely overplayed and a lot of their hit songs are not hit songs, they’re the songs the label chose off that record to put on the radio. They have better songs that don’t get air play. I absolutely despise My Chemical Romance, but do I think they’re not good? No, I just don’t personally like them. I don’t get them. But record sales and number of fans show me that they must be doing something right.
In the end, the problem lies in the assumption that so many people have, not just gamers, that there’s no reason someone else can like something that they don’t like. If they think it’s shit, so should everyone. It’s an extremely unhealthy opinion to hold and we all are guilty of doing this at one point or another. I try my best to not ultimately trash something as if it’s the only opinion one should have about it, so rather than saying “No one should be playing this!”, I try to instead say “Eh, it’s not for me. I don’t like it.”.
Just remember folks, I like things you think are shit. You like things I think are shit. But I understand that what I think is pure garbage, other people are well within their right to like that same thing.
Except for Lil Yachty. What the fuck, man?!