Quoted from solarvalue:
Pinside is like society in general, there are people from all over the world on here with all kinds of different opinions who participate in many different ways. The negative opinions get the most attention but there are opposing views in every thread and this one is no exception. I'd like to see less generalization about the members on this site. Not picking on Steve here, as many people do this, and it must be frustrating to have your work critiqued so harshly, but if people are unhappy with the negative/unconstructive/impolite criticism on here, maybe they could say "the negative opinions on Pinside are like a disease" instead of trashing the whole site. After all, this is a wonderful site which some people have worked very hard on and we all benefit from it.
Here's the difference, to me.
You can have an opinion without being a dick. You can be disappointed in an art package without saying "looks like someone took a shit on the playfield".
You can be negative and still respectful. World of difference between "I don't really care for this, it's not what I was hoping for" and "Greg Freres is a hack, did he do this in one day on crack?"
Like with Alien, I get that for some people the art wasn't what they wanted. I feel them, if I had other avenues to explore I would have taken them. If it's not for you or you're disappointed I get it. But some people made it really personal, and attacked me and said shitty things about me. I've got thick skin, but man, it wears on you.
I said similar things in the Total Nuclear Annihilation thread. If Scott's vision isn't for you, fine, but man, he's a member of the community, have a little respect.
Ritchie is a pinball god. I think he deserves some ribbing for bitching about all of Pinside, full of people who buy his games, that's a little rich, but it doesn't change his resume and game catalog, and he's earned plenty of slack too. So he was cranky, whatever.