Let's say there is a game. "Game X". A lot of people love Game X. It has won many awards. I play Game X, and do not enjoy myself. I consider it to be mediocre, boring, shallow, etc. So much so, that I can't bring myself to finish the game. "I feel as if Game X isn't as great as everybody is saying", I say. "Yes, but you also never finished it, so how much does your opinion really matter?" Game X fans ask. Is this appropriate? Or is it just defensive? Gaslighting? To name something specific, many people on the internet will agree that the game, "Castlevania II: Simon's Quest" is awful, mediocre, sluggish, bloated, or otherwise bad. But how many of those people have played Simon's Quest? How many of those people have finished Simon's Quest? How many of those people believe that Simon's Quest is bad after having been told so by an internet review? Is it possible to form a "legitimate", whatever that may entail, opinion on a game without having experienced it to its "completion", again, whatever that may entail? Are there some games where this is considered acceptable, and others where it is not? Why or why not? Spoiler: Context To clarify, "Game X" is a purely hypothetical game, and not a stand-in for any one specific game from personal experience. This post is also not a "I like Simon's Quest But Nobody Else Does So I'm Pissed" thread, I promise. Also yes, I have completed Simon's Quest.