In a time when games are constantly being “rebooted” and “re-imagined” few have sparked the rage of it’s fanbase the way the new Devil May Cry or “DMC” has. From the moment the first images of the re-imagined Dante hit the internet, fanboys and fangirls alike gathered under the banner of hatred toward the game that is being designed by Ninja Theory instead of Capcom Japan.
Hardcore fans (or at least the vocal minority) of the series seem to feel that Ninja Theory is destroying the character of Dante by changing his outward appearance. No matter how much Ninja Theory tries to rationalize why Dante has this new look, the fanbase will just not hear it. They want their old Dante back and they want him back NOW! I happen understand their sentiment on the matter, as until recently I completely sided with them. I saw what they did to a character I was invested in and was upset by it, even going so far as to say that I was not going to purchase the new DMC.
I was “that guy”.
You’ll note here that the only complaint at this point being hurled by e-ballista towards Ninja theory is that Dante, the series protagonist, looks different. No comments are being tossed around about how the game play is compared to the rest of the Devil May Cry series because everyone seems to be more concerned with how Dante’s hair looks and less about how the it compares to the legacy DMC has built up to this point.
Recently, I was having a discussion with a friend about movies and television shows that were also remakes or re-imaginings of various series that we had grown up with. Specifically, we were talking about the new Dark Shadows movie versus The Addams Family film of the 90s. The shortened version of our drunken ramblings came down to this: The Addams Family movie was true to the essence of the source material while Dark Shadows was not, making The Addams Family the superior film.
My taste in film aside, this got me thinking about the new Devil May Cry game. Every bit of commentary I have heard from people (game critics) that have had a chance to have a hands on with DMC or at least had some time to look over the game in video form have all said the same thing: This new game plays as well if not better than its predecessors. All the stylized action, platforming and special moves are there with even more demon-killing badassery. Not an exact quote, but it will have to do.
This is when my opinion of DMC changed. First and foremost I want a game, not a fashion show. I could care less what Dante looks like as long as the reason I started playing the series in the first place stays in tact, and that’s how fun the game is to play.
The vocal minority seems to come out of the woodwork every time something changes in a series that they are invested in. We as gamers are entitled to absolutely nothing when it comes to game development. In the past we’ve had developers willing to change entire portions of their creative vision so that they could please their fanbase. Some would say this is a positive, but it presents a bigger problem when gamers feel like they can get developers to do whatever they want just by blasting them all over the internet. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t have an opinion on what game developers produce, I just feel that there are more productive ways of going about it. Instead of flaming a developer, why not try asking them why they made the design decisions the way they did. Be pro-active in the communities that you love and try and interact with the people making the games you play. I promise you that people are much more inclined to respect your opinion when you’re not calling them a “fucking retard” for the work they have created.
Judge a game by what it is: A GAME. Read reviews, play it yourself and make your own decision based on the content it provides you. Not by the haircut the main character has.
Until next time: Good night and good game.