There are times when a pin is announced or released that is divisive to the community such as the recent Beatles release as well as Batman '66, Ghostbusters and Hobbit (to name a few). Also, sometimes a manufacturer says something or makes a move in a direction that may stir some controversy, such as Homepin, Heighway, or Deeproot. Once one of these events happen, there is usually a forum topic generated about said game or manufacturer or both. Inevitably some folks will bring the argument, "don't like it, don't buy it, and don't criticize." A recent podcast (you know who) brought up that argument and that there is no need for folks to criticize or bash a game or manufacturer (although said podcaster then pretty much turns around and tears down a manufacturer). But, it brings up a point. Is it okay to voice your negative opinion about games and manufacturers? I say it is totally okay, with the following exceptions:
1) Don't come in and drop negative comments on a pin in an owner's thread. That thread is for people who paid their hard earned money for that game, or those who are looking for information on that game, or fellow owners discussing fixes, mods, rules, etc.
2) Don't make personal attacks. Yeah, it's in the Pinside moderation rules, but people do it anyway
3) Don't criticize a game in a For Sale thread. It's just not polite. It's like picketing in front of a store.
If you don't like a game, then saying so in the game's general thread or starting your own thread is fair game, in my opinion. Keep it clean and play nice. Now I leave it open to the rest of Pinside. What do you say about game and/or manufacturer criticism. When/where is okay and where is it bad. And when does it become toxic?