I see so many threads about what should be changed about 40k. I see cries that the game is totally unbalanced. I see outrage that the game should be designed from a more streamlined perspective to make it more friendly to competitive play. I see people angry that some armies have abilities and others don't. My answer is...why?
This all came about when, in another thread about the hobby, someone likened playing 40k but hating the hobby/modeling/painting/rule of cool approach to someone taking up boating because they like tying knots. That comment really resonated with me. The game is full of this sort of person; people who play the game and consider it inherently flawed and in dire need of revision, particularly when it comes to "balance." Now, it is not a perfectly balanced game, but it's hardly unfair to anyone at the moment, even the old books aren't completely out of luck facing new books. The game is often depicted as unplayable and in dire need of rescue and that simply isn't true; it's the most playable and least awkward it's been in a long time, if you ask me. Maybe it's not fair, but it's not fair in the way that
I just don't understand why you would play this of all games, when you want tight competition-centric rules, don't care about modeling or painting, and invest nothing into the Warhammer 40k universe's mythos. There's a lot to this game and the amount of people who hate such a large percentage of it is just staggering.
Now, I am at a phase where I am becoming jaded with the game myself but not for any of these reasons. I just dislike the approach it's taking lately. All these goofy looking planes, and everyone riding in tanks. I miss the old days of 4th and early 5th where armies were clashing in a manner akin to the Dawn of War 1 intro. Now, the battlefields seem slightly more "zoomed out," as model counts go up and vehicles are everywhere. Couple this with a very thankless and difficult stint as a club leader with no support and you basically see why I could become jaded. But my approach was to begin crafting my own science fiction game. I guess I just don't understand why more people don't just not play this game, or try to craft something of their own in line with 40k's presumbed fallibility.
It's an entertaining game that supports a fun (IMO) hobby, and that's all it's ever purported to be. Why do so many people want to turn this game into something it is not and never has been?