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UNPOPULAR OPINION: The “Remember to lower your expectation” posts that always pop up around Directs are the saddest thing about this community, and Nintendo fans as a whole. Why are you afraid to be excited?

Gamingtodaynews1b - UNPOPULAR OPINION: The “Remember to lower your expectation” posts that always pop up around Directs are the saddest thing about this community, and Nintendo fans as a whole. Why are you afraid to be excited?
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TLDR: Let yourself get excited, and don’t let others mock you and tell you not to be. If something doesn’t turn out quite the way you wanted? Just shrug it off and handle disappointment properly.

Before I say anything else, I’m going to address the question I posed. Because I’m sure this post will be fairly long. “Why are you afraid to be excited?” Most certainly has a number of answers, but they boil down to the fact (and I’m gonna ruffle some feathers here) that some people just can’t handle disappointment.

I mean that. Those people who rant and scream and make posts saying how disappointed they are, are the most exhausting part of this, it seems, and the community as a whole(?) has decided that the way to get rid those sorts of posts and ideas is absolutely the worst possible way…cut them off before they are even allowed to get excited.

I’m going to generalize a bit here. But, Imagine that there are 3 outcomes to any given announcement: “Great” “Meh” and “Bad”. (For the sake of clarity this also includes no announcements and underwhelming.) Conversely, there are 3 different ways to approach getting excited about the announcement: “Excited”, “Indifferent”, “Refuse to get excited.”

Now, lets break this down, with the circumstances being listed from “least preferred” to “most preferred.”

  1. Refuse to Get Excited -> Bad Announcement
  2. Indifferent to Excitement -> Bad Announcement
  3. Excited -> Bad Announcement

  4. Refuse to Get Excited -> Meh Announcement

  5. Indifferent to Excitement -> Meh announcement

  6. Excited -> Meh

  7. Refuse to get Excited -> Great Announcement

  8. Indifferent -> Great Announcement

  9. Excited -> Great Announcement

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Why do I break this down like this? I want to illustrate the fact that this community’s current outlook on directs (and towards Nintendo as a whole it seems) seems to be leaning toward 1, 2, and 3. The problem with that is that these “Curb your expectations” posts absolutely refuse to let the best outcomes 7,8,9 even have a possibility of occurring. THEY CAN’T because there seems to be an opinion that its the best alternative.

Why is this even a thing? You are literally putting yourself in a situation where the only time that you can ever be happy and excited about video games is when something great is about to come out.

I’m so sick of Nintendo fan communities because they never let people get excited about anything. It’s always doom and gloom because people are “sick of disappointment” or something…what kind of backwards thinking is this?

It’s not Nintendo’s fault that people can’t handle their disappointment when their favorite character isn’t in Smash, or that Mother 3 still isn’t out. The point is, that’s on the fans, and the conversation has never seemed to shift to a point where people say “Hey, maybe we shouldn’t let ourselves get so worked up about all this.”

Thus, this is what I believe to be the best possible way to allow yourself to get excited:

GET EXCITED and don’t let anyone tell you not to. Believe (if you want) that Nintendo is going to announcement Mother 3’s release with every direct, that there will be a new direct every month that’s a half hour long, and that there will be 2 more fighters passes with the exact character you want. Get yourself hyped as you want to be! …but, do one other thing, that will probably be kind of difficult. If none of that happens, just shrug and move on. Maybe next time it will. But let yourself be happy, and let yourself feel the way it wants to. There’s nothing wrong with that.

BUT, if you are genuinely one of those people who can’t handle disappointment don’t brush it onto everyone else. That’s not cool.

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