Gamers are a passionate bunch, they always have been, and it leads to some of the most intense, well thought-out and informative debates across any medium. Most of the time if you consider yourself anything of a gamer, you're well versed in the pixellated works of things like Fez or Shovel Knight, just as much as bigger multi-million behemoths like Assassin's Creed or Call of Duty can provide the occasional thrill.
However, with passion comes the want (and somewhat need) to champion things from a very early stage, weaponising that underdog mentality and applying it to anything that seems worthy of your time.
Come the point said game makes it to retail, that's either going to be cause for fanboy's plastering over the now gaping holes in the execution, or you see rarities like The Witcher 3 where everything actually comes together nicely.
Over the last few years in particular we've seen a massive step-up in production values and overall graphical wallop applied to gaming and all the products within, the social media/PR cycle hype going supernova at the drop of a tasty new screenshot or trailer.
However, once all's set and done and the effect of all this stuff have worn off, you're left with a bevy of popular-sounding titles that under the hood, just don't hold up in the long run.