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It seems like there is always an mmo that it is currently cool to bash and hate on - and right now it's Elder Scrolls Onlnie. Wow seemed to be the first big name game to be cool to hate, then it became SWTOR (which I think was warranted considering how horrible it was) and now it's ESO. It seems, kind of like big political and religious figures, that a community just loves to tear down, bash and hate on a big name. I'll admit, there are quite a few design decisions that made me question the game as well and feel some anger towards it, and I still do to a degree, but kind of going into it with more of an open mind and not already deciding to hate it before trying I can say I was very pleasantly surprised with the game.
Now I'm wondering just how much of this hate is really from people who have played it and honestly dislike it, or just from people jumping on the "ESO is going to fail so hard and is crap!" bandwagon. It's very curious how the community seems to pick everything apart about the game like that it's way too themepark, but at the same time applauds games like Wildstar (ranked most anticipated of 2014 on this site for example) which is 100% themepark. Or picks apart the payment model with articles from Forbes about the sure doom of the game because of the subscription (when Wildstar also has announced the same model, FFXIV seems to be doing fine with a subscription and so has wow). Or that the NDA hasn't been dropped yet so it MUST mean it's a horrible game (even though almost all mmo's have kept their NDA's up through the closed beta process). The examples go on and on, it's like the community as a whole is looking for whatever reasons they can find to detest it and are holding the game to a standard that they are not holding other mmo's up to.
Many of the hateful posts I have seen are filled with misinformation, exaggeration, ignorance, or doom and gloom and nothing else - which really comes across as people having no real experience with the game. Now certainly some of the negativity is legitimate and from people who have tried it and decided they didn't like it - kudos to those people. But overall it really just seems ESO is just the cool mmo to hate on right now.