Tuesday, 18 March 2014
The Blame Game and 40K
I am a little bit late to the party but I think its important for opinions like this to be voiced.
After numerous "talks" with gamers over the internet and reading The Dice Odyssey post here and Cadias Creed Post here on pricing (mainly) of GW products currently it pushed me that little bit further to write this.
I have been grinding my teeth reading complaint after complaint in regards to 40K. Its annoying. A lot of what they complain about does not translate well in the real world. So here is my thoughts on those who complain excessively. And there are many unfortunately.
"The rules suck, are clearly not balanced due to a lack of being tested and don't compare to other game systems!"
I hear this one a lot. A few things jump to mind when I hear stuff like this. First off the rules suck "in your opinion". The people who complain the most always miss out this vital sentence. They state their opinions as fact. The real fact is whats great for you is not great for someone else. In terms of balance I feel its important to look at what the rules are made for. They are made to give people THE CHOICE in how to play and with what to play with. A lot of the people who complain cant seem to understand that the rules are made for THE PLAYERS to decide together what kind of game it is.
A lot of the players who complain tend to take the best of the best possible exploiting the game (in my opinion) and then attempt to blame their lists and play style on GW. All GW did was provide the options to play it as you wish and yet they chose to "break the game" and yet still hold GW accountable. They seem to have this attitude that they should do these things because they can. Then they go to compare the game to other games (notably Privateer Press and X wing etc). This really annoys me AS THEY ARE DIFFERENT GAMES.
Its ok to look at another game and want to take ideas from it, but a lot of the people I spoke to wanted the game to be just like other game systems. Which defeats the purpose of having multiple game systems. I don't play many video games but I know that its like Battlefield players complaining that the game isn't like Call of Duty, it defeats the purpose of having multiple game systems.
Whenever I read comments like that I think to myself, why not play another game, clearly you are saying you don't like this one? Then I ask why they don't move on to another game system and I get one of a few responses normally:
"I am too invested in GW games to move on". - Well unfortunately you as a customer chose to invest. Like anything you buy research is needed. Surely you researched the product before paying so much for it. Something must have got you playing the hobby, so whats changed? many people point out that GW games have never been balanced.
Its like buying an aluminium boat without research or asking around and then using it for skiing. Only to find out its a fishing boat not a water sporting boat. Then complaining to others how terrible the fishing boat is for skiing and how it needs to be more like a fiberglass boat instead. Then when people say why not sell the boat and get the one you want and you reply "because im too invested in this boat". Its stupid and in reality solves nothing but makes your situation worse. This is a refusal to blame yourself for you investment and instead blaming a company for making the rules as advertised and designed. Its plain stupid.
Someone at my club says this but he admits its his own fault. He also has found ways of having fun. Which is great. Like all these comments all it takes is the acknowledgement that you yourself are at fault as the customer and you yourself can fix it.
"Nobody else seems to play other games (and usually something about how stupid people are for playing them and not others)." - Then why are you contributing to your problem? If everyone has your attitude then nobody will play a new game. You are gonna be stuck playing a perfectly fine game you dont like unless you move on. So why they dont take the lead in fixing their problem and do something about it is beyond me!
"The only reason people play it is because they dont know better and have low standards." - Well not only is that bull crap, its also very telling of their attitude. Maybe people play it because they have found a way to enjoy a very flexible and open game in a manner in which they enjoy? The game isn't made to cater to tournament style playing. Its designed for a bunch of people with an interest in the hobby to relax and enjoy the game as they see it fit. So I have low standards because you want to play a game that people enjoy but you cant enjoy it because its not designed for you? Well then move on and play another game. We live in a time where there have never been so many mainstream options for wargaming! So go out there and enjoy it! Dont sit in a dirty bath you don't like and whine because nobody has changed it for you. Its gross. Get out and find new clean water to enjoy.
"I dont play 40K anymore because the rules are gack!" - Yes this has been seriously said by many people. There are people who complain about 40k, despite no longer playing it. I mean its ok to not like a game and move on. I think its great! But to linger around on the internet spending a lot of your time complaining makes no sense. I don't even have a response to that, except to say well shut up then, your opinion means nothing if you don't play. Especially if your complaining does nothing to add to a community.
There are many responses that could be added, and anyone that's used a forum especially will know these and more. But the problem a lot of these people have is that their problems don't translate well in real life at all. I work in a place that sells luxury boats. They are an expensive item that requires high and frequent costs along with a lot of effort to maintain and use. They also require many add on costs. To add to it there are many choices to be made. What motor? Which boat? What am I gonna use this for? The list goes on.
Table top wargaming is so similar to the boating hobby (if you change the items and phrases). Yet if any of the people who whined about boats whined like they do with Games Workshop, we legally and logically can and will shoot them down.
Games workshop doesn't falsely advertise its product, it doesn't practice dodgy or illegal practices, it doesn't force anything on you and more importantly you have the capacity as the buyer to choose what and why you buy. So how is GW responsible for anything? They aren't. Just like everything else in the world if you don't like it try make your money back and move on, fix it to your liking or put up with it. Why GW products get treated differently is beyond me!
We are part of a hobby that requires a lot of passions and dedication. So naturally there will be disagreements and conflict. But it shouldn't be this bad. So if you find yourself slandering GW and complaining about it more than enjoying it think to yourself about what you are saying and how it affects the community. Imagine what people looking into the hobby think when they see comments that slander and criticize in huge amounts. It reflects badly on the whole hobby not just part of it. More importantly it kinda ruins it for the rest of us who actually love and enjoy it.
So to those who complain, hate the game or hate GW how about you go out there and fix the game to your liking. After all that's what it was made for. Or move on to a game you feel is better. Or shutup (or at least limit the hate).
Complain and it will only fall on deaf ears, put up with it and you are only wasting your time and money, do something to enhance the game and you may find it more enjoyable that way
or move on because after all its better to be happy than be unhappy.
Just remember rule number 1 is have fun. Even those who believe in strictly sticking to the rules at all cost. So if you cant follow rule one then you need to consider your options. Games Workshop is far from the blame. Like everything in this hobby it comes down to you.