I don’t know if I’m going to be able to handle being in the tumblr Suikoden fandom too well. I just felt rage igniting within me at the mere implication someone made that they hated Suikoden III.
Also, although I would love another main-series Suikoden game as much as anyone, and I was…
Well it is good that you admit you have those irrational responses, otherwise you wouldn’t be able to work on them. In any case, everyone have a right to politely voice their thoughts. I mean, some people are just rude and stuff but other than that, YOU are the one with a problem to handle if ANY little polite comment or opinion from other fans makes you ”rage” because you think they MAY BE implicating something you disagree strongly with… for instance, most Suikoden fans love SIII to the point of saying it’s the best in the series, so shouldn’t you be happy about that instead of actually raging because ONE PERSON, ONCE, MAYBE hated it? We people do that too frequently and it’s just so ilogical and bad for our health and relationships.
A friendly reminder too: we are talking about GAMES, people are not going to lose their health insurace over fans having different opinions. Also, constructive criticism is not the same as “hating”… you know, you will probably learn more from those who disagree with you because they have their reasons -sometimes very obviousy stupid reasons, but sometimes very interesting, rational ones- and trying to understand how they got to feel and think about something in such a different way from you will help you grow up. You don’t even need to agree to understand other’s people points of view… this is something all Suikoden games preach, by the way.
In any case, many fans aren’t just consumers, but also artists, writers, musicians, etc. themselves, and they have the right AND knowledge to discuss what games they like or dislike and for what reasons. There are many games in the series, of course everyone will have their most loved and less loved one, whether their reasons seem acceptable to you or not. In any case, a fan who isn’t “blinded by love” probably have many complains about all of the games of the saga, which have nothing to do with loving them for all the other good things we see in them.
The Suikoden fandom around Tumblr is quite polite and quiet about all of this… the ones to get a bit more crap are usually Suikoden IV fans -and Snowe fans (XD poor dears)- but many people also pointed out the many great things about that game that many consider the black sheep of the main saga. And Tierkreis and the other are called by what they are, spin-offs. Konami itself makes it very clear that we should think about the last two games as SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT AND JUST INSPIRED IN THE MAIN SAGA, so why would the fans actually get mad at others fans for feelings that way? Most people liked Tierkreis A LOT and even said it was a great RPG, the music is EXCELLENT, the scenery is beautiful, the anime scenes are well animated and very nice to see… but it feels nothing like the main saga AND IT’S NOT SUPPOSED TO. On another note: Tierkreis and the last game were well received among new-comers to Suikoden and youngsters, but the people who grew up playing the main saga -and it’s other many spin-offs that are actually related to the main saga as well, like Suikogaiden and Rhapsody- will obviously crave a Suikoden 6 and there is nothing wrong with it.
Truth be told, I’m more sensitive about Tierkreis than SIII because it was my first Suikoden game and I feel…I dunno, regretful about the fact that I wasn’t with the fandom from when it first began. I don’t feel like I really have the right to be in love with the main series if I like Tierkreis, or if I’m just a newbie.
I know this is ridiculous—I don’t hold any grudge against, and even welcome newcomers to the Pokemon and Sailor Moon fandoms—but I’m always harsher on myself than on others.
My “My opinion is the only valid one!” knee-jerk reaction is simply in response to the same attitude coming from other people.
And I miss all the conversations and excitement that I would have experienced being part of Suikoden back when it was more popular. I kind of wish I could go back in time and follow the series as it developed. But I’m lucky enough to have done that with Pokemon, I guess. We can’t be that fortunate with every fandom.
I’m sorry for being rash. I wrote up two different replies before finally submitting the third one, and then I realized I had more to say.
I tend to form attachments to fictional characters and worlds, almost as though they were real people. I know it’s weird, but it provides me an escape from the real world when it becomes too overwhelming (which is almost always).