[Opinion] Don’t hate the player, hate the game.

You hear it all the time, “He’s using Thorn? What a scrub”, “Boltshot? Way to be a noob.”, “They got up there?” People are always quick to criticize others for using a particular weapon or ability in a game.


Everyone plays to win. You pick your weapon, you pick your strategy and you pick your team. You utilize the tools given to you by the game to ensure a victory. It’s just how you play games.
Why then, do people get criticized for doing just that? Don’t get me wrong, bad game mechanics are annoying and can even break a game. Those issues, however, are the fault of the game, not the players using them.

That’s not to say that all things are fair game. Obvious exploits and unintentional game functions or locations are still generally outside the bounds of ‘fair’ play. Getting out of the map and glitching are things that shouldn’t be utilized and should be reported. It’s important to not confuse a legitimate game mechanic that you don’t like and a real problem. If the part of the game is working as the developer intended, do not blame other players for utilizing it.


Anyone can get a Thorn. Anyone can use the Boltshot.  You don’t have to. You don’t have to want to. You should, however, accept that those things can and will happen if the game allows it. So rather than criticizing a player for fully utilizing the sandbox, just like you do, maybe you should drop a suggestion to the game developer that there is an issue that needs fixing. Until then, quit blaming players for playing the game.