Long before I played video games, I played other types of games: board games, table top games, card games, outdoor games (like horseshoes), juke boxes, and so on. And I can't ever remember once when I or my friends griped about the game rules or design.
Imagine playing chess and hearing someone say "But why can the bishops only travel diagonally, and why can't they hop over pieces in their way?"
I don't recall ever coming across that until DAY ONE of my first mmorpg. I logged into EQ and heard people in chat saying derisively "Thanks Verant!" I have been hearing game criticism ever since.
This feels odd to me. Why do video games, seemingly more so than other games, seem to lend themselves to player critique?
EQ1, EQ2, SWG, SWTOR, GW, GW2 CoH, CoV, FFXI, WoW, CO, War,TSW and a slew of free trials and beta tests