Let me tell ya, as someone who likes and has been considering replaying all of Mighty No. 9 as recently as this morning, I really appreciate this topic! It’s something I think about whenever people talk about how much Game X from Series A or Game Y sucks when they’re some of my favorite games.
I think the short answer for me is that I will always play games that I am interested regardless of how negatively they’re reviewed or how negatively they’re regarded by the consensus of game players and enthusiasts at large.
My reasoning for this is pretty simple but it’s something that has taken me a while to actually realize myself: I don’t play video games because they’re good. I play them because they’re interesting to me and because I like playing them.
For a long time in my teens and into early adulthood, I used to primarily buy games solely based on how good they supposedly were. These were also games I was interested in (because I am, generally, interested in most games) but these were also the best-sellers, the AAA darlings and the most ubiquitous of video games.
I’d play them and, for the most part, enjoy them to some degree but it wasn’t until I started branching out into obscurer games, games of smaller scale and notoriety and indie games outside of the mainstream that I realized how hollow and forgettable I found most “good” games to be. I would often find that these allegedly bad or lackluster games held more immediate appeal to me and my experiences with them were so much more passionate, enjoyable and memorable than many of the “good” I previously played were.
Since learning all this, I’ve held the belief that a game being “good” is not enough to make me consider playing something and conversely, a game being “bad” is not enough to deter me from a game that seems interesting. I’m more interested in the specifics of the supposed goodness or badness. I don’t care about broad declarations of quality because they are literally meaningless!
I simply play what I want and I like what I like now and I wouldn’t have it any other way!