If there’s one thing gamers love doing, it’s insult games they don’t play. Any news item, editorial, hands-on, review, or general pile of text dedicated to a few key games — normally those with high profiles — receives an instant and visceral response from a collection of commenters who seem to exist only to insult a particular game and berate its fans. Much of the time, these commenters have no actual experience with the game in question.
Here on Massively, EVE Online and World of Warcraft seem to be the biggest magnets for such tomfoolery. Guild Wars 2 and Star Wars: The Old Republic attract these behaviors as well, and WildStar is well on its way to becoming the next troll-favorite comment pi?ata.
There’s nothing wrong with not liking a game, of course. And a little conflict is good; why allow comments if everyone’s going to have the same opinion? There’s just one problem: If your opinion of a game is based on preconceived notions and not actual experience, that opinion is adding nothing to the dialogue. In short, you are trolling.