A storm of controversy has erupted in the gaming community surrounding the release of Starfield, Bethesda's highly anticipated space RPG. Despite the game receiving mixed reviews, it has been plagued by review-bombing, with users leaving negative reviews on platforms like Metacritic without even playing the game.
The reasons behind the review-bombing are varied. Some players express hate simply because the game allows players to choose pronouns, while others are engaging in what has been dubbed the “console wars” between Xbox and PlayStation. This toxic behavior has led to a user score of 5.4 on PC and 6.0 on Xbox Series X.
In a bizarre incident, a PlayStation fan went so far as to call for the firing of Alanah Pearce, a writer for God of War Ragnarok, for streaming herself playing Starfield on Twitch. Pearce responded with a video addressing the absurdity of the fan's demand and highlighting the interconnectedness of the gaming industry. She emphasized that developers frequently move between different studios and that the notion of console wars is nonsensical.
Amidst the controversy, there have also been lighter moments in the game. Players have reported amusing interactions with Vasco, the in-game robot NPC, who playfully insults them with jokes. Additionally, some unusual loot has been discovered in Starfield, including med packs hidden in toilets. Bethesda has managed to surprise players with these unexpected twists, adding to the overall intrigue of the game.
It is important for the gaming community to approach new releases with open-mindedness and respect for different perspectives. Review-bombing and petty console wars only serve to hinder the enjoyment of games and create a negative atmosphere. Ultimately, it is the quality of the game and the experiences it offers that should be the focus of discussion.
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