Every gamer has opinions on the games they play. This is fine as a concept, but nowadays it seems every opinion has to be extreme in one way or another.
We see it everywhere: in reviews, forum posts, videos, and the like. However, some gamers handle it better than others, choosing a more subtle, reasonable tone, in an attempt to balance out the hate. Whether or not it works, well, that’s just another matter of opinion.
Often, the haters will bash games for seemingly minor reasons. In this category, we tend to see games like Dragon Age II, Watch_Dogs, and Final Fantasy XIII—where fans tend to call games in this category “underrated,” while detractors usually prefer something along the lines of “terrible,” or “garbage,” or, in an attempt to class things up a bit, “really poopy”.
With a large percentage of gamers, there doesn’t appear to be a middle ground when it comes to one’s opinion of any given game.
This is understandable to a degree. With new systems costing nearly $400, and games at $60 a piece, you can’t blame gamers for wanting—at the very least—their money’s worth. Every human, consciously or otherwise, craves rationalization. So in this case, it turns “I can’t afford that game” into “that game sucks, so I don’t want it anyway”.
It’s like the fable of the Fox and the Grapes except just with a touch more internet ranting.