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25th Mar '17 6:18:02 PM Xteme19
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* The original adaptation of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' is among the most popular and recognized anime series of all time, but if you asked some critics what they thought about it, they'd likely call it nothing more than formulaic MagicalGirl fare, likely because the series suffers a big case of SeinfeldIsUnfunny.

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* The original anime adaptation of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' is among the most popular and recognized anime series of all time, but if you asked some critics what they thought about it, they'd likely call it nothing more than formulaic MagicalGirl fare, likely because the series suffers a big case of SeinfeldIsUnfunny.
25th Mar '17 11:10:58 AM nombretomado
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* ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros'' for the NintendoDS received a 96% from The Official Creator/{{Nintendo}} Magazine, but its relatively easy gameplay has made it unpopular with many fans of the Mario games, with many people agreeing that ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'' is the superior game. This is likely due to the Wii version being the first 2D platforming Mario game to have simultaneous multiplayer, as well as being significantly more difficult, and hilarious to watch when four players are playing simultaneously.

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* ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBros'' for the NintendoDS UsefulNotes/NintendoDS received a 96% from The Official Creator/{{Nintendo}} Magazine, but its relatively easy gameplay has made it unpopular with many fans of the Mario games, with many people agreeing that ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'' is the superior game. This is likely due to the Wii version being the first 2D platforming Mario game to have simultaneous multiplayer, as well as being significantly more difficult, and hilarious to watch when four players are playing simultaneously.
23rd Mar '17 5:20:01 PM AgentS7
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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has been almost unanimously positively reviewed by professional anime/manga critics, yet it's a ''very'' divisive series within the world of anime fandom, with some finding the tone ''way'' too dark , [[DysfunctionJunction the cast having so many issues that they're under-developed or unlikable]], and [[GainaxEnding an ending that was hard for many to understand]], among others. In fact, saying you like it in certain places, you might as well call yourself a snob.

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has been almost unanimously positively reviewed by professional anime/manga critics, yet it's a ''very'' divisive series within the world of anime fandom, with some finding the tone ''way'' too dark , [[DysfunctionJunction the cast having so many issues that they're under-developed or unlikable]], and [[GainaxEnding an ending that was hard for many to understand]], among others. In fact, saying you like it in certain places, you might as well call yourself a snob.



* ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey'' sold remarkably well, but generally anyone who majored in literature or English, or who is involved in the ''actual'' world of BDSM, will despise it.
* The ''Literature/LeftBehind'' series of Christian apocalyptic fiction fits into this, as the critical response to the books tended to accuse them of starring dull, unlikable characters and having an IdiotPlot only made possible by an ostensibly LikeRealityUnlessNoted Earth populated with {{Flat Earth Atheist}}s.[[note]]Of course, as the series’ plot is based on a literal interpretation of [[Literature/TheBible the Book of Revelation]], such accusations are a case of ComicallyMissingThePoint, and AllThereInTheManual.[[/note]] However, it sold amazingly well, constantly enjoying ''New York Times'' bestseller status, and is regarded as one of the best pieces of explicitly “Christian” fiction.

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* ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey'' sold remarkably well, but generally anyone who majored in literature or English, or who is involved well. Quite a few literature/English majors, participants in the ''actual'' world of BDSM, will and critics as a whole despise it.
* The ''Literature/LeftBehind'' series of Christian apocalyptic fiction fits into this, as the critical response to the books tended to accuse them of starring dull, unlikable characters and having an IdiotPlot only made possible by an ostensibly LikeRealityUnlessNoted Earth populated with {{Flat Earth Atheist}}s.[[note]]Of course, as the series’ plot is based on a literal interpretation of [[Literature/TheBible the Book of Revelation]], such accusations are a case of ComicallyMissingThePoint, and AllThereInTheManual.[[/note]] However, it sold amazingly well, constantly enjoying ''New York Times'' bestseller status, and is regarded as one of the best most influential pieces of explicitly contemporary “Christian” fiction.



* The ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' Saga gets a mention here too. Extremely successful (in its target market, at least), but far more people will avoid it like the plague. What’s funny is that ''Twilight''’s original target demographic has by now outgrown the books themselves.
* ZigZaggedTrope with Creator/StephenKing who consistently gets good sales and good reviews, but with a significant number of literary elites considering him sub-literate {{Gorn}}. This attitude peaked when King won the National Book Award Medal for Distinguished Contribution with Harold Bloom declaring the award (and American literature itself) RuinedForever.

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* The ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' Saga gets a mention here too. Extremely successful Successful as it was (in its target market, at least), but far more people will many readers still avoid it like the plague.plague years after the fad ended. What’s funny is that ''Twilight''’s original target demographic has by now outgrown the books themselves.
* ZigZaggedTrope with Creator/StephenKing who consistently gets good sales and good reviews, but with a significant number of literary elites considering him sub-literate {{Gorn}}. This attitude peaked when King won the National Book Award Medal for Distinguished Contribution Contribution, with Harold Bloom declaring the award (and American literature itself) RuinedForever. RuinedForever.



* ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'' has received critical acclaim. However, on Metacritic and Steam, the game hasn’t been received very well, citing the graphics [[NeverTrustATrailer which look nothing like what was shown on the trailers]], screwy physics, horrible driving mechanics, bland narrative, and the ‘innovative’ hacking mechanic being nothing more than ‘walk up to a terminal and press X to hack.’ The fact that the PC port requires [=UPlay=] regardless of where it’s purchased, and will not run on setups that don’t have NVidia hardware, also doesn’t help.

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* ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'' has received critical acclaim.a fair amount of acclaim upon release. However, on Metacritic and Steam, the game hasn’t been received very well, citing the graphics [[NeverTrustATrailer which look nothing like what was shown on the trailers]], screwy physics, horrible driving mechanics, bland narrative, and the ‘innovative’ hacking mechanic being nothing more than ‘walk up to a terminal and press X to hack.’ The fact that the PC port requires [=UPlay=] regardless of where it’s purchased, and will not run on setups that don’t have NVidia hardware, also doesn’t help.



* ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' is a hugely popular show amongst children and critics. The general consensus among most Sonic fans is that it's mediocre at best, insultingly dumb at worst.
* Creator/HannaBarbera has a library running on this trope. On critical pieces they are the leaders of UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfAnimation. Most classic animation critics only like the original ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' cartoons (1940–58) and feel that as soon as the studio made the move to TV animation their work became awful. These people must be flustered year after year when Creator/WarnerBros throws so many bones to home video releases and promoting them than the more critically hailed parts of the library. A direct example here is that No critics in existence have anything nice to say about ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' either, but there's a ''reason'' it's existed in some way, shape or form for over ''40 years.''

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* ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' is a hugely popular show amongst children and critics. The general consensus among most Sonic fans is that it's mediocre at best, insultingly dumb at worst.
* Creator/HannaBarbera has a library running on this trope. On critical pieces they are the leaders of UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfAnimation. Most classic animation critics only like the original ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' cartoons (1940–58) and feel that as soon as the studio made the move to TV animation their work became awful. These people must be flustered year after year when Creator/WarnerBros throws so many bones to home video releases and promoting them than the more critically hailed parts of the library. A direct example here is that No critics in existence have anything nice to say about ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' either, but there's a ''reason'' Then again, it's existed in some way, shape or form for over odd that after ''40 years.''years'' of popularity, there are still some critics who have nothing but disdain for ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo''.



* The first half of season 1 of ''WesternAnimation/BoJackHorseman'' had a critical response that could be summed up as SoOkayItsAverage. It’s currently rated by Metacritic users at an 8.3. It’s subverted as critics eventually came around once the show [[GrowingTheBeard grew the beard]], with Season 2 earning a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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* The first half of season 1 of ''WesternAnimation/BoJackHorseman'' had a critical response that could be summed up as SoOkayItsAverage. It’s currently rated by Metacritic users at an 8.3. It’s subverted as critics eventually came around once the show [[GrowingTheBeard grew the beard]], beard in the season's second half]], with Season 2 earning a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.



* Season 6 of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' received praise for its newfound [[GoingCosmic cosmic]], ContemplateOurNavels nature, citing it as an example of the show's growing maturation. However, Season 6 is considered to be LoveItOrHateIt by fans for the same reasons. Many were put off by the show's newfound philosophizing and considered the new direction pretentious, ridiculous and [[AntiClimax Anti-climactic]], complete with the stereotype that after Pen stepped down, the writing was taken over by [[{{Hipster}} Hipsters]] with too much ProtectionFromEditors.

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* Season 6 of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' received praise for its newfound [[GoingCosmic cosmic]], ContemplateOurNavels nature, citing it as an example of the show's growing maturation. However, Season 6 is considered to be LoveItOrHateIt by fans for the same reasons. Many were put off by the show's newfound philosophizing and considered the new direction pretentious, ridiculous and [[AntiClimax Anti-climactic]], complete with the stereotype that after Pen stepped down, the writing was taken over by [[{{Hipster}} Hipsters]] with too much ProtectionFromEditors. writers were getting [[ProtectionFromEditors more than a little self-indulgent.]]
23rd Mar '17 5:00:36 PM AgentS7
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* Every new installment of the ''Series/KingdomHearts'' series appeals to critics just a little bit less. The fanbase remains as rabid as ever, especially in the wake of the HD rerelease, but the series's tendency to focus more and more on original characters as opposed to Disney characters leaves a lot of critics feeling cold towards the whole thing.



* ''VideoGame/SilentHill4: The Room'' holds an average score of 76 on Metacritic. Most fans of the series are far less kind, citing multiple frustrating gameplay elements and having to go through each area of the game twice.

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* ''VideoGame/SilentHill4: The Room'' holds an average score of 76 on Metacritic. Most Many fans of the series are far less kind, citing multiple frustrating gameplay elements and having to go through each area of the game twice.



* ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine''. Critics, by and large, were impressed with the game's story and themes (if generally finding the gameplay decidedly lacklustre - neither noticeably good nor bad), but it sold very poorly. Players who did pick up the game [[BrokenBase were divided]] - one camp thinks it's brilliant for opening questions that many other games conspicuously fail to acknowledge about simulated violence, power fantasies, morality, and other assumptions that come part and parcel with the genre, in the frame of an affecting and stark character study - [[https://gumroad.com/l/fsdz enough that a critical examination supportive of the game was written]]. A second finds it pretentious, hypocritical, self-righteous about imaginary violence, and too flawed in itself to be making any criticisms (especially in relation to criticism leveled at violence of the player, while being violent itself like the White Phosphorus incident). It was enough to spawn two games mocking Spec Ops' morality play: [[http://tinysubversions.com/videogamemoralityplay/ Video Game Morality Play]] and [[http://tinysubversions.com/game/ywhtwt/ You Were Hallucinating The Whole Time]]. A third camp didn't care about the story and dismissed it as yet another shooter set in the tired modern military genre, with mediocre cover-based gameplay.

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* ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine''. Critics, by and large, were impressed with the game's story and themes (if generally finding the gameplay decidedly lacklustre - neither noticeably good nor bad), but it sold very poorly. Players who did pick up the game [[BrokenBase were divided]] - one camp thinks it's brilliant for opening questions that many other games conspicuously fail to acknowledge about simulated violence, power fantasies, morality, and other assumptions that come part and parcel with the genre, in the frame of an affecting and stark character study - [[https://gumroad.com/l/fsdz enough that a critical examination supportive of the game was written]]. A second finds it pretentious, hypocritical, self-righteous about imaginary violence, and too flawed in itself to be making any criticisms (especially in relation to criticism leveled at the way the game itself pushes violence of on the player, while being violent itself like with the [[spoiler: White Phosphorus incident).incident]] being the most extreme example). It was enough to spawn two games mocking Spec Ops' morality play: [[http://tinysubversions.com/videogamemoralityplay/ Video Game Morality Play]] and [[http://tinysubversions.com/game/ywhtwt/ You Were Hallucinating The Whole Time]]. A third camp didn't care about the story and dismissed it as yet another shooter set in the tired modern military genre, with mediocre cover-based gameplay.



** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'': 82% critical acclaim, while the average player review is 42%. Most critics liked it very much for its good graphics, interesting characters, and GreyAndGreyMorality, while a lot of fans hated it for [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks diverging from the gameplay of the original]] and the [[NoSidepathsNoExplorationNoFreedom far less open environments]] ([[CutAndPasteEnvironments particularly as they were often re-used]]), as well as the significantly reduced effect your choices have on the world. It had a [[DarkerAndEdgier gritty feel]] similar to that of the first game, only instead of being able to [[EarnYourHappyEnding improve the country of Ferelden]] in one or two very meaningful ways (that the player chooses), [[PlayerPunch the player’s attempts to do anything]] in [[WretchedHive Kirkwall]] are often thwarted by baffling NPC behaviour. This was typified by the [[ShaggyDogStory ending]], which many players hated.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' manages to avert this, with many people critical of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' and the ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' ending seeing the game as a return to form for Bioware; but only in the eighth-generation consoles. This is played straight in [[PortingDisaster the PC and last gen Ports due to flaky graphics and framerate and unintuitive controls]]. Compare the user reviews for the game on the [=PS4=] with the PC on Metacritic: there’s a marked difference.

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** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'': 82% critical acclaim, while the average player review is 42%. Most critics liked it very much for its good graphics, interesting characters, and GreyAndGreyMorality, while a lot of GreyAndGreyMorality. On the other hand, many fans of the first game hated it for [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks diverging from the gameplay of the original]] and the [[NoSidepathsNoExplorationNoFreedom far less open environments]] ([[CutAndPasteEnvironments particularly as they were often re-used]]), as well as the significantly reduced effect your choices have on the world. It had a The [[DarkerAndEdgier gritty feel]] similar to that grit]] of the first game, game was even more prevalent, only instead of being able to [[EarnYourHappyEnding improve the country of Ferelden]] in one or two very meaningful ways (that the player chooses), [[PlayerPunch the player’s attempts to do anything]] in [[WretchedHive Kirkwall]] are often thwarted by baffling NPC behaviour. thwarted. This was typified by the [[ShaggyDogStory ending]], which many some players hated.
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** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' manages managed to avert this, with many people critical pleasing both fans of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' and the ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' ending seeing the game as a return to form for Bioware; and detractors...but only in the eighth-generation consoles. This is played straight in [[PortingDisaster the PC and last gen Ports due to flaky graphics and framerate and unintuitive controls]]. Compare the user reviews for the game on the [=PS4=] with the PC on Metacritic: there’s a marked difference.
10th Mar '17 5:58:30 AM MyFinalEdits
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* On a similar instance, ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' scored so highly among critics that it's nearly rated as high as ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. Fans aggressively disagree, citing the game is [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks too different]] and the game suffering from frame rate drops randomly is not something that can be looked over. Some fans are even claiming that the reviewers were paid off by Nintendo to give high scores.
8th Mar '17 11:34:02 PM Bionicman
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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': At release, it was critically acclaimed, but widely despised by the fandom. It did, however, become VindicatedByHistory over time.
8th Mar '17 3:46:47 PM Steven
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* On a similar instance, ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' scored so highly among critics that it's nearly rated as high as ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. Fans aggressively disagree, citing the game is [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks too different]] and the game suffering from frame rate drops randomly is not something that can be looked over. Some fans are even claiming that the reviewers were paid off by Nintendo to give high scores.
8th Mar '17 10:11:05 AM thecarolinabull01
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** Wrestling/MariaKanellis (at least during her WWE tenure). ''Diva Dirt'' writers didn't like her at all, and expressed shock at the great reactions she got from fans in the arenas.
7th Mar '17 9:14:50 PM Xteme19
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* ''Anime/SailorMoon'' is among the most popular and recognized anime series of all time, but if you asked some critics what they thought about it, they'd likely call it nothing more than formulaic MagicalGirl fare, likely because the series suffers a big case of SeinfeldIsUnfunny.

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* The original adaptation of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' is among the most popular and recognized anime series of all time, but if you asked some critics what they thought about it, they'd likely call it nothing more than formulaic MagicalGirl fare, likely because the series suffers a big case of SeinfeldIsUnfunny.
4th Mar '17 9:44:41 AM rjd1922
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* ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork 4'' was one of the very few titles in the whole franchise to reach more than a million sales, possibly because it was the first [[OneGameForThePriceOfTwo dual version release]]. However, it is generally acknowledged by the fandom as the worst game in the BN series (though some consider it at least better than the first game because it’s not an ObviousBeta like the latter).



* ''VideoGame/{{Shenmue}}'' got excellent reviews but suffered from poor sales.



* While Sony’s [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 PlayStation Move]] has been more critically acclaimed, it hasn’t captured the public imagination as much as the UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}mote and the {{Kinect}} has. [[http://tompreston.deviantart.com/art/Hypocrisy-157038537?q=1&qo=1 Some have even argued that]] the real problem is marketing. Sony barely marketed the Move while Microsoft poured millions into marketing the Kinect. Even today, Sony still treats the Move as an afterthought (which makes the fact that it’s sold nine million units ''very'' surprising) while Microsoft has even developed alternate uses for the Kinect (such as use in science classes and medical colleges).

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* While Sony’s [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 PlayStation Move]] has been more critically acclaimed, it hasn’t captured the public imagination as much as the UsefulNotes/{{Wii}}mote and the {{Kinect}} UsefulNotes/{{Kinect}} has. [[http://tompreston.deviantart.com/art/Hypocrisy-157038537?q=1&qo=1 Some have even argued that]] the real problem is marketing. Sony barely marketed the Move while Microsoft poured millions into marketing the Kinect. Even today, Sony still treats the Move as an afterthought (which makes the fact that it’s sold nine million units ''very'' surprising) while Microsoft has even developed alternate uses for the Kinect (such as use in science classes and medical colleges).



** ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'' got very mixed reviews and suffered from poor sales, but the very few gamers that played it quite enjoyed it, and agreed that it was one of the best action games on the [=GameCube=] and [=PS2=].
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