So I'm at work today, and I hadn't checked games.slashdot.org in a while and I go there. I see some fairly positive press on the game that I play; Age of Conan. Then I see there are 50-some-odd comments. After what I've been through in defending AoC across this internet, I asked myself, "Dare I? Dare I read this thread?"
Well, dare I did, and once again I just shook my head. I was completely unsurprised to see that the entire thread was largely negative towards the game, just like every other comment-driven site on the Net. I have come to the realization that it is now chic to dislike this game, and that is the most unfortunate thing of all. It's not just the negativity that irks me. I mean, I get it that some people don't like the fundamental aspects of the game. It's 90% of the other writers out there that post in this hyperbolic fasion and absolutely 100% subjective. Saying things like 'worst game ever' and 'UI is totally sucky' is just an opinion. Others I read are straight up lies. I mean, absolute fabrications about certain aspects of the game. I just don't get it. I don't get the animosity. I don't understand why people care to hate this game so much, if that makes any sense. It boggles my mind.
Anyway, I want to tell people who are interested in this game to please give it a shot. Try to not be blinded by the almost constant stream of negativity that you read around the internet by players with a chip on their shoulder. This game has a graphical depth that is unparalleled. The music at times is haunting, and the combat system is visceral and dynamic. The fundamentals of this game are sound and unique, and over time, I am confident it will continue to be rewarding as fixes and content get added to the game. It is a good game. It is a unique game. Nothing out there compares to it's combat system, and class system. I look forward to seeing it flourish once again when the time comes and people meander back to see what's new. I will let the game speak for itself, but it's up to you to come in with an open mind, and not clouded by someone else's loud, obnoxious opinion.