I think you’re right, and I think that’s fine myself, which is why I haven’t been terribly concerned with that (and it’s not even PC-related, as noted).
Yes, though it’s interesting this is obvious to you in this case, but was not obvious to people the many other times it has occurred. For example with Mass Effect Andromeda, the most toxic and aggressive people involved in criticising it (not here, but more generally on the internet) and Bioware were not Bioware fans, nor Mass Effect fans.
I do think one problem, though with the current case has been as Velour said:
So this is a bit of an issue.
You quote this
But it’s a mediocre, even bad example of that. The paucity of real nastiness has been striking, as compared to say the venom around MEA (which, Walker, ironically, was absolutely part of on the venomous side, writing possibly the nastiest review of it, and one that was frequently cited by terrible internet people as the “best” review of it), or around various far more minor events in PC gaming (like when those two poor GW2 writers got fired, largely due to corporate cowardice if you ask me).
Here we have something that is, actually, fairly shocking:
Blizzard, a company known for their PC games, book the slot in Blizzcon normally used for announcing new PC or multiplatform games for Diablo, and then instead of announcing a PC or multiplatform game, announce a mobile game that isn’t even being developed by Blizzard - the latter part alone is unheard-of.
So you would expect a reaction.
Further, as Velour said, again, and as is very easy to see, this is not a particularly extreme reaction. There are no death threats, no boycotts, all the petitions involved were dismal flops. There’s no continuing real continuing angry discussion. People were pissed off for a less than a week before it was largely forgotten, and reduced to being the punchline of jokes. Even all the “Blizz is dead to me” stuff has stopped.
Contrast with the ME3 ending debacle, which rolled like a flaming boulder downhill until EA/Bioware got so concerned they actually went and remade the ending of the game in some detail. Or the MEA stuff, where death threats and worse were sent aplenty, even before the game came out, where shouts against “SJWs” echoed from the walls, and where both before and after the game was out, internet ragemongers toiled to make the game as hated as possible (and intentionally or not, RPS had taken a side, and it was the side of hate). I could go on (I use ME because I’m very familiar with those example), and will if you want.
TLDR: By the standards of “petty and terrible”, this is a bad example. It’s already largely water under the bridge and despite being higher-profile than many other examples, never reached the same level of nastiness.
To be fair, I think people EXPECTED that it would get nasty and go on and on, and sadly, that was a reasonable expectation, given previous stuff. It just didn’t happen for whatever reason.
EDIT - PS thanks for the quote-fix!