Yes, Jaffe Can Say Whatever He Wants
So, here's the deal:
David Jaffe and Co. unveil their new game, Drawn to Death, at the PlayStation Experience. Some really love the unique concept and idea; others aren't so enthusiastic.
In response to a few of the more negative comments, Jaffe threw up on Twitter: #GoFuckYourself. This prompted some backlash, as you might expect, as well as this article. I'm going to make this plain- David Jaffe can say whatever he wants, and not because I believe he earned the right to do so. He's merely responding in the same style. Those comments were not constructive criticism; they weren't even remotely polite; they were just harsh and, for the most part, stupid. If you're going to act like an ass, why should the person you're bashing doff his cap and treat you like a gentleman?
One can argue that Jaffe should've been professional about it. Okay, that has some truth to it. But the counter argument is that colorful guys like Jaffe tend to thrive on a bit of dissension and controversy, and let's not forget that the entire gaming community thrives on the exact same thing these days. That's impossible to deny, given the types of headlines that always get traction. Gamers love to scream at each other and sadly, they often act like ego-maniacal 13-year-olds. They haven't the slightest clue what it means to put your heart and soul into a creation and really, they don't care. They're just hateful little beasts online.
I see no reason why these people should be treated well. If they had provided Jaffe with objective, constructive feedback on the game, and Jaffe had responded as he did, I wouldn't defend him. But I will never turn on a noted developer in favor of the people who lower the industry standard on a daily basis.
12/11/2014 9:59:51 PM Ben Dutka