3) But I Want It Now!!!!!
Instant gratification is as much a part of our society as obesity, but when you demand it, you smell an awful lot like an Entitled Gamer. These three NOWS!! are the most used by entitled gamers: FIX BUGS NAO! NEW DLC NAO! NERF NAO! and all of these are equally whiny. When it comes to bugs, some gamers don’t understand that in coding nothing is simple. There isn’t a magic button you can push to stop armor clipping, quests failing, or to end the extreme game crashes. Instead, hours must be spent analyzing code and painstakingly fixing it so that it doesn’t interfere with anything else in the game. This takes time, and you really aren’t a master coder that can fix it faster than the programming team, no matter how many times you scream it on the forums. New DLC or Content Now is among the most paradoxical. Not must content be perfect according to you, it also has to be immediate.
Wanting new content in itself isn’t the problem, it is wanting it days after release, hours after you have beat the game and the dlc that was already released with it. Not everyone plays games at the same pace, not everyone needs a 4 hour expansion every time they beat the last one; entitled gamers do, though. Calls for nerfs used to be solely for MMOs, but now the entitled gamer has taken these requests to apply to single player games. If a play style is better than another well then *gasp* everyone must hear it and it must be rectified immediately. Well…no actually, while gaming balance comes into play for some things, it has very little importance in single player games. With such a large variety of mechanics/classes comes a variety of difficulty, as long as each one can beat the AI why should you care if your friend’s Vanguard is better than your Engineer?
4) $5 for Extra Content = Evil Capitalist Pigs
Of all the complaints from the Entitled Gamer this is the one I find the most irksome. Nostalgia glasses make us think back to beating a game to unlock skins or maybe a bonus weapon for free, some people however take this to a delusional extreme and believe that any priced content released for a game is greed at work. First let’s tackle a biggie, “OMGEERD the content is on the disk!” gamers become rabid at these words. The problem is that the money you spend for a game is just buying access to the game, not everything on the disk. This seems to go against common sense but bear with me for a moment. The disk contains the game and the bonus content; you are buying access to the game, not everything on the disk. Does it sound like I am repeating myself here, well I am, the point being it is an easy concept to grasp. The “I am buying everything you have made ever when I buy the game” mentality extends to when DLC is released on the same day as the game.
Complaining about this just shows that the entitled gamer is out of the loop when it comes to developing the game. See in order to appease the people who are content hungry all the time, developers start working on new content immediately. Some of this content is completed as the game goes through process of rating and production, meaning that while it arrives to you the same time the game does it was made afterwards. To expect this for free when it was clearly a separate effort, puts the greed ball back in your court. This brings us back to the most absurd notion: all DLC should be free. This is the definition of entitled, demanding you deserve everything made for a game at the low price of the original. The idea is so insane it makes countering it easy: More work for Developer = More money paid to Developer. Got it? Good.
5) This Game Sucks!
While I am sure companies would love otherwise, not liking a game is fine, hating it is fine; but if you think you deserve a better game, then you’re definitely an Entitled Gamer. Running to the forums after 5 minutes of playing it does not bode well, but alas many gamers start the dark road of entitlement with this puzzling act. See, disliking a game is natural; having everyone who will hear you know that you HATE it, however, not only makes you entitled but neurotic. All a gamer deserves is for a game developer to try their hardest to produce a quality product. If it fails to meet your exalted standards, that’s fine but that doesn’t mean it sucks to everyone. The entitled gamer believes that everyone agrees with them, and is subsequently shocked when people don’t.
They feel that the developer has to listen to them, that they are so important that they personally get to determine the way the game progresses in the future. The hilarious part is that they can never agree. Some people think game X is way too much of a departure from its predecessor, others may think the same game hasn’t changed enough, that it is copying other games too much, that it is being too innovative for its own good, the list goes on. This chorus of entitled gamers leads to a massive ADD community that makes it impossible for developers to win. If they listen then they are criticized for the features that where demanded, if not then they are out of touch with their fanbase. This is a vicious cycle that only causes more of the same problems that Entitled Gamers want fixed.
If any of the above sounds familiar to you, I would suggest going to the nearest mirror, screaming at yourself and maybe giving yourself a slap or two. You are what is wrong with this gaming generation. You need to grow up, mature a bit, learn that you can buy a game and not own it’s IP, report bugs without being consumed by them, be patient, pay people fairly for their hard work and offer feedback without demands or show disapproval without grandstanding. If these don’t describe you then thanks, you are one of the good ones.
– With much love,
Check out this other piece from another writer to see the other side of the argument. Let us know what you think!