* The ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' series became prey to this, with hard-core fans for the older games ripping on ''VideoGame/{{DmC|DevilMayCry}}'', and the other camp in favor of it. There will be blood.
* The fanbase for ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' was split into two camps following the release of ''Brawl'', the third entry in the series which did away with advanced techniques that helped ''Melee'' build up a competitive scene in its early years all because the creator of the series, Masahiro Sakurai for whatever asinine reason ''didn't'' like the fact a competitive community had even sprouted up from what was intended to be a free for all party game where anyone can win thus why he made ''Brawl'' the way he did to discourage advanced play. Notably, he added an ''extremely stupid mechanic'' that even most casuals didn't like known as '''TRIPPING''' in which your character would randomly fall flat on their ass when running. Because of this, many fans who loved the last game ''tried'' to like ''Brawl'', but quickly found themselves sticking to the game that actually had competitive value. However, ''some'' people liked ''Brawl''s slower more casual friendly pace (not to mention ''Brawl'' ironically had ''some'' competitive value in the end; it was just more defensive/campy based which irked many people who prefer the offensive options and overall speed and fluidity of ''Melee'') and that was all it took to cause hundreds upon hundreds of debates that quickly turned into ''raging'' '''INFERNOS''' of a flame war as people from both the ''Melee'' and ''Brawl'' fanbase bashed on each other's preferences and rather than try to respectfully debate the merits of both games quickly resorted to ad homeinems (calling each other stupid in other words)
** If ''that'' wasn't crazy enough, people strictly in the ''Brawl'' community got into flame wars over a [[BaseBreaker certain character known as MetaKnight]] from the ''Kirby'' franchise, who lots of people saw as extremely cheap and even broken when compared to most of the cast who suffer from being in a ''very'' unbalanced roster. Some argued that MetaKnight isn't that hard to beat in competitive play as some characters do stand a chance against him. Others feel that it's irrelevant as half the cast is complete crap anyway no thanks to how slow and laggy the game is. While the mysterious swordsman was in fact '''BANNED''' from competitive play for a while, it was eventually decided to leave it up to tournament organizers whether or not to ban him from a tournament. This caused people who liked the fact the most OP character in ''Brawl'' got justly banned for a while to flip out ''completely'' and go berserk on the forums leading to more flamewars concerning MetaKnight's legality.
*** As if it was even warranted to begin with, some unsavory fans have rudely bashed ''4'' for so much as '''LOOKING''' like ''Brawl'' in terms of gameplay footage. The flame wars reached a zenith when people got to try out the demo for Smash 4 on both Wii U and 3DS and again, some unsavory fans trashed ''4'' for feeling like Brawl despite the fact that '''A.''' its a ''demo'' and physics, lag, etc. are generally expected to be fine tuned to perfection by the time of the final product and '''B.''' many who didn't care for Brawl's anti-competitive slow gameplay like how ''4'' feels faster and even more fluid, yet not on ''Melee''s lightning fast speed. Even some professional players haved noted that ''4'' feels like its got more competitive viability than Brawl did.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** [[ViewerGenderConfusion Talking about what sex Sheik is]] will likely garner heavy flaming from the conflicting groups, despite WordOfGod on the matter.
** Take some ''Zelda'' fans of various ages and drop the words "''[[TheyChangedItNowItSucks The Wind Waker]]'' and ''[[ItsTheSameNowItSucks Twilight Princess]]''". Alternatively, you can also put into a duel the two {{Nintendo 64}} games (''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''), and get similar results.
** The timeline. Both before ''and'' after the Hyrule Historia confirmations.
** The gender of [[TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora]] has also caused various flamewars similar to Sheik, but it's even worse as there hasn't been any WordOfGod on it.
* [[PCVsConsole PC gaming vs. console gaming]]. If the two are even brought up in the same paragraph, it always has to be a competition.
** [[ConsoleWars Is the Wii, the Xbox 360, or the PlayStation 3 better?]]
** In a similar vein, DownloadableContent for video games. No one can agree if they benefit gamers or rip them off.
** You get the gaming equivalent to classic rock elitists that pine for the days of {{Nintendo Hard}}ness and vehemently declare that [[NostalgiaFilter everything made after X era]] is "[[StopHavingFunGuys stupid faggy casual bullshit that takes no skill]]".
** Another sensitive issue is whether or not a few people [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil pirating games]] really hurt game developers. Topics also somehow get morals involved.
** {{DRM}} is the new big one, unique in that there are very few people actually supporting it, yet the Angry Internet Men somehow manage to start a flame war anyway.
* Almost anything involving ''FinalFantasy'', such as which one sucked, which one was awesome, whether they're the best thing since sliced bread or the sign of everything wrong with the game industry today.
** The ''Final Fantasy'' main series is controversial enough, but if you [[DespairEventHorizon bring up any of the spin offs]] (such as ''X-2'' or any of the compilation of ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVII'') on a forum about one of the main games expect an all out flame war.
** Calling any ''Final Fantasy'' character {{emo}}, but especially protagonists like Cloud and Squall, is asking to be burnt to ashes, just to be put back together so you can be burnt down again and again.
** Kefka vs. Sephiroth.
** Aeris vs. Tifa. Or, if you're really looking for a fight, try asking any fan whether Cleris, Cloti or Zerith are the OTP.
*** This cannot be stated enough how MUCH of a flame war the Love Triangle Debate for [=FF7=] can get out of hand. Most Final Fantasy forums have a stickied thread dedicated to it, just to spare other members the drama. These threads often exceed the hundred-page-mark.
** Then there's the matter of whether a character's name is/should be romanized "Aeris" or "Aerith". The latter was the original intent, but a ''lot'' of people prefer the former and ''will'' go out of their way to defend it.
* Say ''anything'' about ''SonicTheHedgehog''.
** [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Anything about]] ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''.
* Go to a forum with lots of fans of ''VideoGame/MegaMan'', ''VideoGame/MegaManX'', ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'', and ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'', and talk about ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork''.
** Even worse, talk about ''VideoGame/MegaManStarforce''.
* ''Videogame/TeamFortress2'' is one of the most popular team-based online shooters ever. Beyond this, there is no aspect of the game that is not subject to actinic flamewars. There is no action Valve can take that will not spark flames on the forums. This war will end when the world ends and/or the last copy is deleted.
** Who would have thought [[NiceHat hats]] could spark that much controversy?
** The Mannconomy Update (trading, item set advantages and the ability to buy items (you can still get them free)) can be thought of as Valve pouring a tank full of gasoline out and waiting for the community to blunder in with a lit match.
** Try to do a comparison of the same game across multiple platforms without people tearing each other apart over which is the best version.
** Free To Play. 'nuff said.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}} [[VideoGame/{{Fallout1}} 1]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/{{Fallout2}} 2]]'' fans vs. ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' fans.
* Please don't ever mention Derek Smart. Especially in any relatively popular gaming-related forum. Especially ''especially'' on popular {{Usenet}} gaming forums.
** The Battlecruiser 3000 A.D. flame war is one of the longest flame wars of all time. It flared up on Usenet in 1996 and is still going on to this day.
* Common ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' flame war subjects:
** Bowser's Koopalings vs. Bowser Jr.
** Which Mario RPG Series is Better?
** Is ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' a good game? Is ''VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar'' a good game?
** Bowser's RPG Personality compared to his Serious Personality in games like ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' vs. ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''. Not as huge as the others, but it's there. Which has better characters? Which has a better plot? OMG, Persona 4 sucks because it has a happy ending! ...etc.
** You want to start a fight? Just ask [[ShipToShipCombat "What is the canon love interest for the MC?"]] Now wait for the InternetBackdraft. Be warned that this is a half dating simulator game. You can date any girl ([[GayOption and some guys]])you want, but that doesn't mean your OneTruePairing is canon. Fans tend to make [[GodNeverSaidThat crazy assumptions.]] It's SeriousBusiness.
** And it all comes crashing down when fans of {{Persona 2}} or, better yet, more traditional ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' games enter the fray. Like ''Fallout'', you are ''not'' allowed to like them all.
* One of the more famous subjects for a flame war is: "Which is better, ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' or ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty''?"
* While on the subject of ''Halo'', go to it's official website, which, with all the flames on its forums, could also be known as hell. You're guaranteed to see multiple threads decrying any newly revealed feature for the next game, declaring the "death of Halo", and demanding that the studio apologize for the failure that was the last critically and commercially successful game. Inside these threads, wars between the "I liked that game" and "This new feature sounds fun" guys and the "Nope, the whole series is ruined" and "Halo is VideoGame/CallOfDuty now, my life is over" guys will rage until the last Halo game is released. And probably after that.
* Suggest that ''{{Halo}}'' is responsible for [[FollowTheLeader the horde of generic first person shooters over the last decade]] when there are dedicated fanboys around, then run for your life.
* ''VideoGame/StarFox'': [[{{Fandom}} Love]] Krystal or {{Hate|dom}} Krystal? It's the HolyWar that never ends.
** Also, are the original two, or the post-''64'' games better? Once you choose between those (especially the former), you get into smaller wars over which of those games is better.
*** And by saying "the original two", are you including the cancelled-but-leaked Star Fox 2?
* Within the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fandom, there's fans of the first few generations VS fans of the later generations.
* ''{{Runescape}}'':
-->"Poster 1:" *Insert recent update here* sucks!
-->"Poster 2:" No, *Same update* rocks!
-->"Poster 1:" Get the fuck out of here! *Starts flaming*
** New update? Rinse, lather, repeat. And [[UnpleasableFanbase "Fix this! Nerf that! Magic is unbalanced! Stupid Jagex!"]] is present all the time.
** Just ''mentioning'' ''{{Runescape}}'' can start a bonfire.
** Speaking of ''{{Runescape}}'', what about their sister site, {{Funorb}}?! Funorb is practically dead, and it's festering with people who refuse to let go of the site and flame on the forums that they want something done.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' starts one whenever anyone dares to compare the first game to ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2''. Bring the marshmallows if you attempt to bring up the boycotters of the sequel and bring a flame retardant suit if you ever mention the balance of VS mode.
* Please... consider the consequences before asking, "Does HeavyRain qualify as a video game?"
** In recent months, this has expanded into a general debate. Is X a video game? For a given value of X, every title from ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' to ''VideoGame/{{Journey}}'' to ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs''(!) has been put on the slab to serve as the sacrifice du jour to the gods of this particular flame war.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. Is it a passable sequel to the acclaimed ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', a dumbed down hack-and-slash that borrowed too much from the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' franchise or an EvenBetterSequel that fixed many of ''Origins''' problems? The world may never know.
* Mentioning the name ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' in any way, shape, or form, will more often than not cause someone to [[SarcasmMode kindly]] explain to you that everything after ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' is [[UnpleasableFanbase nothing short of repugnant]], which causes even more people to describe every thing ''Oblivion'' does that ''Morrowind'' doesn't as nothing short of [[FanDumb absolute justified perfection]].
* ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' is particularly infamous for garnering a large hatedom attributed to some design decisions of ''Modern Warfare 2'' and the Infinity Ward CEO sacking fiasco afterwards, to a degree that it fostered Metacritic bombings and a very vocal flame war on both sides, particularly since the ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' franchise is now one of the biggest-selling out there. Those arguments also extend to modern shooters in general.
* A war within the Creator/{{Nintendo}} fandom has brewed since 2010 due to the influence of SeanMalstrom. On one side stand the "Orthodox" Nintendo fans, who just enjoy the games for what they are and tend to like whatever Nintendo gives them, on the other are the Malstromites, who tend to like only the Nintendo games that adhere to the Blue Ocean strategy. Things get heated in that the Malstromites tend to view those Nintendo games that do not adhere to the strategy as being actively destructive for Nintendo, and thus begin to flame games like SuperMarioGalaxy2, VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks, or MetroidOtherM, or even call for the firing of Satoru Iwata, Yoshio Sakamoto, and Shigeru Miyamoto, much to the dismay of Orthodox fans.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has become this ever since a series of reviews were made popular, both of which torn into the main plot, highlighting what they perceived as faults. BioWare's forum has been lit up with crusader-esque assaults from both sides while constructive criticism is lost in a slew of ranting.
* ''Battlefield'' vs. ''Call of Duty''. 'Nough said.
* Many a flame war has been started by [[Franchise/AssassinsCreed Altair vs Ezio.]]
* Many ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' fans debate as too whether Phoenix being disbarred was a good move or not. There are also many flame wars over Phoenix vs. Apollo debates...
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'''s endings. 'Nuff said.
* Try to discuss what playing to win means in a game and you'll see forums tear themselves apart trying to decide who is right.
* VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} versus every other RTS games, especially if you are a [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquer Command & Conquer]] fan.
* Do [=NOT=] mention [[TheGreatPlayerVersusPlayerDebate Player Versus]] [[DarthWiki/RuinedFOREVER Player]] on the CityOfHeroes forum, nor should you take a side in the "The writing is good/the writing sucks" debate without first donning a helmet.
* The very bitter contentious arguments over the hardware specs of the WiiU, and whether or not it is "next-gen". Hoo boy!!, the arguments are so intense you would have thought someone denied/justified the Holocaust. Both sides are vocal, but dissenters are the most vitriolic. Probably doesn't help that game developers give conflicting opinions about the system and it's capabilities. Either way the passion is dumbfounding.
* [[WesternRpg WRPGS]] vs.[[EasternRpg JRPGS]] , dear God you can't even mention WRPGS and JRPGS in the same sentence withourt starting a huge flame war on most gaming forums.
* The ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' community forums, over just about anything from changes made to the game to what country should be allowed to even play on it.
* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' VS. ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}''. They're both science fiction strategy games with similar concepts for units, factions and gameplay. Add to the fact that there is an UrbanLegendOfZelda that ''Starcraft'' was originally intended as a ''Warhammer 40000'' game that BlizzardEntertainment couldn't get the creative license for, and it is ensured that any comparison or mention of the two games will devolve into slug-fests, mostly from 40K's very vocal FanDumb deriding ''Starcraft'' as a cheap knock-off. Nevermind that Creator/GamesWorkshop openly admit that many of the designs for their races have some basis of inspiration, but [[MoralMyopia most of these fans either don't know or care about this]].
* [[SchmuckBait Go on]]. Go to a gaming forum and ask which RPG is better between ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' and ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', [[PassThePopcorn and see how things turn out]]. To ''Dark Souls'' fans, ''Skyrim'' fans are drooling morons who play a game that is [[ObviousBeta horribly glitchy]], [[HypeBacklash overrated to Hell and back]], and [[ItsEasySoItSucks can be beaten by a 5-year-old]]. To ''Skyrim'' fans, ''Dark Souls'' fans are {{Munchkin}}s, StopHavingFunGuys and elitist snobs who believe that because they play [[NintendoHard a difficult game]], they're simply better than everyone else. It's made worse by how the rivalry is a platform for other classic gaming debates like "Western [=RPGs=] vs. Japanese [=RPGs=]" and "Old School Challenge vs. Open World Fun".
* There's an ongoing argument between ''VideoGame/SilentHill'' fans over whether or not the games produced by Team Silent are better than those produced by Climax, whether the games from 4 onwards are more action orineted than their survival horror predecessors, and whether or not the second game is a ToughActToFollow or extremely overrated.
* In-universe example: the ''VideoGame/EveOnline'' in-character forum features ''in-character flame wars''. The most prominent are those between the Amarr and Minmatar roleplayers, with an effect similar to what would happen if US Marines and Taliban fighters were to be sharing an internet forum.
* Related to the above Nintendo example ''ANYTHING'' Nintendo related as a company, starting with the {{Wii}} up to the WiiU. The flame wars are just super toxic, filled with nothing but {{Hatedom}}, {{Fandom}}, HateDumb, FanDumb, and BrokenBase over whether or not the Wii U is next gen or not, the lack of new IP's and what qualify as a new IP (Nintendo has made new IP's, but whether or not they're aesthetically appealing is a different can of worms), the lack of third party support as far back as N64 and whose to blame for this Nintendo or game developers for being lazy, the kiddie/family stigma, should Iwata be fired or is he being scapegoated? wash rinse and repeat with Reggie, and Myamoto, the lack of a robust online infrastructure vs that's not what Nintendo is about, etc etc etc.. Doesn't help that people accuse the gaming media as part of the problem. Flame wars are common in the gaming community yes, however Nintendo is completely different monster all together with a gazillion different shades of conflicts and issues by extension. For example casual gaming vs "core" gaming and the definition of those terms, motion controls vs standard controls, photo realistic graphics vs that's not what Nintendo is about. In fact arguably most major debates revolving around console gaming have Nintendo as the root of the argument...or it [[FlameBait eventually leads to Nintendo]]. Sony, and Microsoft wars are nowhere near as bad as the Nintendo debates.
* On some forums focusing on older games, praising the ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' remakes may lead to this.
* While most of the fandom loves [[MetalGearSolid Big Boss]], there is a section of fandom that feel like that he's [[SpotlightStealingSquad getting too much attention lately]], not to mention the choice of not asking David Hayter to resume the role of the character.
** Kojima's writing can be highly divisive - many people love the philosophical chatter and silliness, others think that he's pretentious and need an editor to rip into his script with a chainsaw.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' fans are HIGHLY divisive. There are basically three camps: Pre-IGA fans, IGA-era fans, and Lord of Shadows Fans.
** Then there's ''[[DreamMatchGame Castlevania Judgement]]'': You've got the people who dislike ''Castlevania Judgement'' completely, the people who dislike the character redesigns but like the rest of the game, the people who dislike the redesigns but wouldn't have minded as much if the characters got their classic appearances as alternate costumes, and the people who simply view it as a fun crossover.