Earlier yesterday, I took a trip down to my local McDonald's for mainly two reasons with one being very standard if you are ever considering McDonald's and the second being a bit silly but if you've been on the internet? It's understandable. The first was just that I was hungry and didn't feel like doing too much so I went and got a quick lunch but as for the second? It was because today, the strangely illusive Szechuan Sauce was finally brought back and in way higher quantities than back in October and considering my taste in food had been expanding and I was really looking forward to this? I was wanting a taste. As soon as I got my nuggets, I went home, peeled back the packet, tried it and what did I think?
It was pretty good. Not the greatest thing ever and certainly not something worth all this hype but still it was good and I honestly think it should become a permanent menu option and I've seen others agree. However, there are a good bunch of people on who do have the opposite opinion and some that are more drastic, saying the sauce is just awful and not worth the hype. We'll get into what this has to do with the title with this next story. It should be no surprise I picked up Dragon Ball FighterZ and am loving it thanks to one of my status updates. I picked it up in January and have been loving it ever since. However one day I ended up receiving a comment by
about their opinions of the game which were incredibly negative.
Obviously, I disagreed with this and felt the post was incredibly inaccurate about the game so we had a discussion and at the end, that was when the subject of hype came up for I explained I just wanted a good Dragon Ball game and that looking at it, it was also fanbase seemed to want also and they then explained that the opposite happened for them and later on explained that happened with Xenoverse and how that game wasn't what they wanted it to be which led to the idea for this journal since afterwards I started thinking about things like the reaction to the new Star Wars films, Dragon Ball Super and more.
Now let's get this out of the way, it's perfectly okay to be hyped for something. After all, excitement and interest in a product is completely normal and in some ways it's going to be impossible to stop especially if you happen to have a special connection with that franchise. For example, if you're someone who has grown up with Dragon Ball then something like Super is probably going to be viewed differently than someone who is maybe just coming in with more tempered expectations. For you, it's the kind of event you dreamed about. It's a new Dragon Ball series and while yes it's not being set in the time period you want? It's still a production you ultimately would want to see and for some people? That's when their imagination sparks. They start thinking up what they think the show's going to be like, dreaming about the day it premieres, making fanart or they'll think that it will be the ultimate savior of programming. Then that day comes and you're sitting down ready to be blown away... and instead the episode you get is not what you're expecting. Instead of jumping right into the action, it instead decides to go for a small plot about Goten and Trunks wanting to get Gohan and Videl a wedding gift and the reaction turns from excitement to disappointment and for some people they may even be pissed off, declaring Super is the worst thing to have ever happened to the franchise even though it's just one episode and that continues through many of the episodes that follows and for some people? That has resulted in episodes like 5 becoming the ultimate sign that Dragon Ball has crumbled. Right then and there pictures of what can really be amounted to poor in-between frames are shared not just for humor but to say that this is how the series has been killed by the studio.
And to tie it back into my beginning spiel about the Szechuan Sauce? This is also what can happen when someone builds up something so much to another person in an attempt to get them to check out something. To give an example, imagine you're someone who's a fan of Star Wars and you're trying to get a friend whose tastes you have a good idea about into the franchise but instead of simply saying "You should check this out, I think you'll have a good time."? You instead say something like "Oh my god you absolutely have to watch this man! It's a classic! A 10/10! GRADE A CLASSIC! GIVE IT A WATCH COME ON IT'S GONNA BLOW YOUR FUCKING MIND!". Now granted that exact wording may turn them off from it if you keep pestering them but imagine if after that? They decide to look up the reviews on Star Wars and they see that it is considered a classic and one of the greatest films ever made. While this doesn't happen for everyone? For some the hype gets to them. For some reason they picture the idea of seeing this as being something transcendent, magical and powerful enough to change their very lives. At some point they finally get a hold of the film or they ask to borrow it from you, the moment of truth has finally arrived and then...
Their reaction most likely ends up nowhere near as positive as one would expect/want. Sometimes it can result in them saying they thought the film was just okay, that they're indifferent to it or that it is good if not as good as the hype made it out to be. However, at other times people can end up having a far more negative reaction and say that they hate it or they just will say they don't like it. Sometimes it can be for another reason but in most cases? It's either the film just didn't work for them or the hype was so great that ultimately it crippled their enjoyment. The very thing they were trying to watch was so built up in their heads and by their friends that ultimately there was no way that the production was going to please them for the piece of media they built up in their heads will almost always be seen as better than what was presented. It's kind of why in this day and age I don't too much and often get sick of the "Here's how it should be/how I would've done it" posts because honestly while there is curiosity involved in wondering how people would've done it? For the most part it comes off as whining to me. I recently reread my Xenoverse 3 wishlist that I did after I had just barely stopped playing the game and that's all that came to my head. I sounded like a whiny little bitch who expected a gaming company to cater to me and every bit of my desires, not a disappointed gamer who was simply expressing how things could've been improved, not someone who was understanding but just a dick who had to crap on the parade. Now it should be obvious that I don't mean every single person who is disappointed and has had different expectations sounds like a bitch when they express how they would've done it or they simply open up about how they were disappointed and that if you were someone who did express how they would've done something? I don't think you're any less of a person for doing so. However, I can't help but admit it does annoy me in a way because it goes along with what I can't stand about modern day fandom.
It feels like people have become spoiled and thus they feel every company needs to cater to every one of their needs in the exact way they requested it. If not? That person is unworthy, they'll go apeshit and eventually it will get to the point where no matter how well the job is done? That person is just going to be doomed to hate everything. To give an example I once used in a discussion on TFW2005 in response to someone who was grumbling about the scale of a third party Omega Supreme, it's like getting a nice big cake for your birthday party and overall it looks good. The icing was applied well, it's the flavor you wanted and it's just the right amount of fluffiness. However, you then notice that it doesn't have sprinkles or that if it does, it's not the certain color you wanted. Then you end up ragging on how you wish it was filled with this certain cream, that it was just a bit smaller or that it's a certain type of that flavor that you don't care for. The complaints just keep coming and coming until eventually you find yourself staring at that cake with nothing but contempt and while you can say that Baskin-Robbins or your mom screwed you over in some ways? In some cases, you really only have no one but yourself to blame for deciding to nitpick every single detail to the point where you end up making yourself hate it. Of course you can blame the people who made it but really think about it, they're not the kind of team that is making something that is purely for you. Really no company is since as it has been shown many times, you risk crippling your sales a hell of a lot when you cater your work to only one person who you're not even sure is going to like what you put out and you wish that instead they'd just try to enjoy something for what it is instead of what their brain wanted it to be.
And really, that's the worst part about overhyping something. It ultimately can make it to where it's nearly impossible to just enjoy something for what it is because you're so focused on what it could've been and/or what you wanted it to be which in my opinion is not only ridiculous but completely unfair to the people who made the product. With that said, if you genuinely don't like something then please by all means do NOT try to force yourself to like it. At most for stuff you've overhyped and can look at from a more balanced perspective I'd recommend giving it another go with the hype goggles taken off but if you genuinely do not like it then, know that it's perfectly okay. This post is also not meant to shame people who are fans and feel disappointment with something since that will happen. Hell, as a fan of many franchises myself the same has happened to me with things like Batman v. Superman, the first two arcs of Dragon Ball Super and more. I mean opinions are subjective and we naturally are all gonna have different tastes and perspectives on a variety of topics, one person's trash could be another person's treasure and our tastes are ultimately going to influence what we find good. With that said however, if the main reason for someone not liking something is that it "didn't live up to the hype" or that it "didn't follow what they were wanting"? I can't help but admit that even as someone who likes to think they're not so judgmental that it's frustrating to see because I can't help but feel that's more their fault and not the fault of the media in question. To use some examples, it's not The Force Awakens' fault that it wasn't a transcendent experience that some overhyping fans didn't like it, it's their fault for deciding that for some reason a film has to basically be perfect in order to be considered good in a franchise that never was. It's not The Last Jedi's fault that some overhyped fans once again thought it destroyed the franchise, ultimately they're at fault for deciding it had to follow every fan theory and finally, it's not FighterZ's fault that it isn't as deep as a Street Fighter III or that it didn't live up to your inhuman expectations, it's the first game of a series that was made with a goal in mind that didn't line up with every bit of your desires and really claiming certain things about its design such as how it's apparently a button masher without really getting an extensive look at the game doesn't help. Judge something for what it is, not what it isn't. Take people to task on things that are genuinely wrong with the productions and encourage improvement and always go in with a moderated level of excitement because honestly I think at a certain point as we keep focusing on this overall nothing is going to be enjoyable for us anymore.
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