This just needs to be said.
When looking at the aftermath of The Order: 1886 's widespread controversy, we can extract one truism from the mess:
Gamers are hypocrites. Well, at least those who claim they "don't care about reviews" and then spend hours freaking out about those reviews online. Let's face it: The only reason this game got the attention it did is because of the critical reception, which was all over the place. This prompted the firestorm; not rumors or false information, not promotional hype, etc. No, this was created entirely by reviews and review scores.
And yet, just about everywhere you look are a bunch of egotistical gamers shrieking about how they never read reviews, never look at scores, and don't care what "one person thinks." If you didn't care then we'd have forgotten about The Order by now. If the game had just raked in a bunch of 7s from most sources, or even if the game had netted a bunch of 9s and great scores overall, it wouldn't have received half the scrutiny. It did so because of the widespread critical disagreement on the game.
And the only way that gets out into the online atmosphere is if readers keep talking about it and clicking on those reviews. I'm really tired of the hypocrisy of gamers, and it also extends to those complaining incessantly about things like "clickbait" and microtransactions. "Clickbait" wouldn't exist if you wouldn't keep clicking on them; even if you don't, lots of others do. They're saying they want it. Don't blame the simple concept of supply-and-demand. Same with microtransactions; they're around because people use them . If they didn't work, they wouldn't exist.
So please, man up and admit that you do read some reviews, that you obviously care what score a game gets, that you will click on the latest "top 10 cosplays" article, and that you have purchased a microtransaction in the past. And even if you've done of these things, at least admit that a whole lot of your peers are doing it all. Simple.
Related Game(s): The Order: 1886