No Such Thing as a Bad Game
That’s right. I said it.
I don’t believe in bad games. I don’t think there’s any such thing. A pretty bold statement I know, but not really surprising coming from me. Let me explain my thought process.
There are lots of things I don’t enjoy in video games. I’ve played a huge selection of MMOs over the last few years, and I know what I like and what I don’t like. In all of that time, I’ve NEVER felt that a game was ‘bad’ – I’ve thought that it’s bad for me. It’s really important to add that ‘for me’ at the end of the sentence. Just because a game is a bad choice for me, does NOT mean it’s a bad game!
It could be bad for a whole slew of people, a whole country – the whole world – and yet that still doesn’t make it a bad game. The person who designed and worked on that game may even think it’s a bad game, but I can guarantee you that SOMEONE out there likes it. It doesn’t matter who.
Games may be unrefined, they may lack polish, they may be grindy, filled with bugs, and you may personally hate every little aspect of it but that’s still a personal opinion and guess what, it’s not the same as what every other person out there thinks.
Why am I even bothering to post this?
Every so often (ok, more frequently then not) I hear on various channels that “game X was a HORRIBLE game!” and then one or two other people speak up voicing why they thought that particular game was actually quite good, and then it turns into some huge debate about how one person must suck because they actually enjoyed that ‘bad’ game.
Guess what! It’s OK to have a difference in opinion! It’s ok to like a game that everyone else hates, or to hate a game that everyone else likes. That is actually one of the main reasons I love my job. I get to interact with people who have such vivid differences but one thing they all have is passion. Passion about the games they like, passion about the games they don’t like. I’ve come across games that I don’t personally enjoy and still managed to speak positively about them because I can see what aspects others may enjoy. We’re so very different from one person to the next, there’s no way to judge what someone may or may not like.
Give a game a chance, and if you don’t like it, fine, move on. That still doesn’t make it a bad game. It’s just a bad game for you.