As I write this, the results of last week’s poll are still in the air. Calling it now means that most of you said that you will see “more than meets the eye” on opening night, just narrowly edging out those who will wait for the following weekend. I’m very surprised to see so few people aren’t going to see it at all: based on fan outcry at the changes, and some reviewers’ take that it’s going to be Independence Day with an 80’s license, I would have expected more people to be deadset against seeing it.
Fan outcry is the subject of this week’s poll, in a way. The last day and a half for us have been devoted to Fallout 3. We were fortunate enough to be invited to our very first press event as an official news source, both by, let’s say, being in the right place at the wrong time and saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. The coverage has been a huge upsurge in traffic for us, and intrepid reporter Bartoneus has been getting all kinds of positive comments on how he covered it compared to the “big boys.”
What it’s also meant is that I can go back and look at all the places that have been linking to us, and what they’ve been saying (because they sure haven’t been leaving comments here.) Two things that I’ve found: Fallout is HUGE. There is no lack of love for the original game, and slightly less for the sequels, and mixed opinions for other uses of the franchise. Some people are all about the gameplay, some about the atmosphere, some about the options that you could do in the original game. What is disconcerting, however, is that there is a very vocal group that seems to have decided that they know what is and is not Fallout, and anyone who disagrees with them is “falling into the hype machine.”
As I look through page after page, I couldn’t believe how much hate is being brought against this game and against BethSoft. The term “franchise rape” is tossed around pretty freely. There seems to be a lot of people who judged this incarnation way before this recent info came out about the game. And there’s certainly ALL judging before they’ve played the game.
I know what it’s like to feel let down by a franchise and feel rage at its creators (cough Star Wars cough.) And I understand that feeling that a new game is not going to be like the game you loved. Hell, I was a big Fallout fan myself, and not because of the post-apocalyptic setting, but because it was originally based on GURPS. I’ll freely admit there’s aspects of the new game that appeal to me and those that don’t. However, I’m going to reserve judgment until the game is actually out, and either I can play it or have someone I trust review it. In the meantime, seriously, insulting BethSoft employees, or wishing them to die? There’s really no call for that.
On that note, I gathered up some lines (admittedly taken out of context) that I’ve seen on various Fallout boards complaining about the game, and they just made me laugh. So here I ask…
These are all real quotes, though I did blur out the f-bomb. I thought I’d share and let you decide if these are as crazy as I think they are, and which one is the craziest critique of a game that’s still over a year away (and one option if you think I’m out of line). Hey, maybe some of those people will come over here and leave some more gems. Or maybe, just maybe, a realistic, constructive dialogue will start up…