Ah, The Internet - arguably the pinnacle of human communications, a medium for free speech and open debate. Comments sections across games media reflect this, often sparking intellectually stimulating argu- whoa, wait, what did that guy just say about my mum?
Needless to say, the web isn't always as well-intentioned as you might hope. In a (perhaps misguided) attempt to prove that point, I've trawled the YouTube comments sections squatting beneath videos of a game that's had more than its fair share of not-so-reasoned debate - Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
Retro's sequel to their brilliant Wii reinvention has managed to attract its fair share of ire as it approaches release. So, let's see what YouTube's famously cheery community have to say for themselves - these are all real comments, typos and all - and what I have to say for them.
"Don't Care want Metroid"
This one's been doing the virtual rounds ever since the game was announced at last year's E3. It's a fair enough opinion, but its perpetuity is what irritates most. We know you wanted Metroid, so did a lot of people, but you're getting Donkey Kong, and it'll most probably be awesome. Dismissing a game because it's from the developer of a series you love is mad. This is the game Retro wanted to make, and a developer's enthusiasm is sure to pervade into the game itself. Plus, they're a big studio - with Tropical Freeze just around the corner, who knows? They might just have a second project on the go...
"I won't buy any other Donkey Kong game that doesn't have Kremlings in it, period.Ň"
Really? You want the same villains to be regurgitated in every iteration? Moreover, a series of mediocre reptilian villains from the '90s is more important to you than gameplay? In that case, get yourself to Google Images and stare at K. Rool and co. for a few hours. It won't play well, but there are Kremlings, so fill your boots. The new Snomad enemies are hardly characterless, and they facilitate the new story (having booted clan DK from their home and glaciated it into an island popsicle). They're infinitely better than the Tiki masks from the Wii version, and show a design variety the Kremlings can't match. Don't get *ahem* Sno-mad about change.