Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 recently released and fans of the simple horror game series seem to like it. Jump scares! Spooky stuffed animals! Boo! Like the previous games, the fourth installment has also attracted its share of critics. It’s not scary. It’s a technical mess. The story is convoluted. All debatably fair criticisms, but creator Scott Cawthon has also become the target of personal attacks. It’s not enough, after all, to pick apart a game on Youtube. You have to make fun of it and the creator. Cawthon previously demonstrated his good guy status by donating to children’s charities, so it may come as no surprise that he has something to say to the haters.
Being good at something is something to strive for, not something to demonize. Criticisms of my games are fine, and a lot of times the criticism is valid. But there are a lot of people out there who will hate anything that becomes popular, just because it’s popular, and hate anyone who becomes successful, just because they are successful. “Haters gonna hate.” – as they say, but I want you to know that focusing on someone else’s failure or success is the wrong way to live. People who make videos bashing other people are like people who run into a public square and scream into a pillow. They’ll get attention, but they won’t change anything. If you strive to be like them, then you’ll spend your life screaming into a pillow as well, and your life won’t mean anything.
Imagine that! An indie dev comes under fire and he does not explode with insults, accusations, and threats.