In a post on the Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 Steam page, Scott Cawthon asked his more hateful critics to focus on something more productive.
After previous unsuccessful games, Cawthon has found a cult hit in his series about terrifying animatronics in a kid’s themed restaurant. And when you get some success, there will always be critics.
They’ll tell you that there are problems with the games. They are too simple, or the designs are imperfect. That’s fine. Feedback about games means someone is going to hate what someone else loves, and maybe some of that feedback will give you an idea for how to improve things next time.
But some people get personal, accusing Cawthon of milking his success and they spew plenty of vitriol as they do so. Success unfortunately also comes with people ready to tear you down lest you get too proud or comfortable.
Cawthon patted them on the head and dismissed them while simultaneously imploring them to do something with their lives.
But something more important that I want to convey to all of you, is that you should never listen to people who criticize success simply because it’s success. Being good at something is something to strive for, not something to demonize.
“Haters gonna hate.” –as they say, but I want you to know that focusing on someone else’s failure or success is the wrong way to live. People who make videos bashing other people are like people who run into a public square and scream into a pillow. They’ll get attention, but they won’t change anything. If you strive to be like them, then you’ll spend your life screaming into a pillow as well, and your life won’t mean anything.
He asked people to go out and make their own games, to contribute, rather than to spend their time putting down others.
Now that’s a role model.