I feel like that post about “bashing on newcomers” was directed at my post complaining about people coming up with ideas that already exist in older Fire Emblem games.
Okay, I will give that getting your hands on all the Fire Emblem games legally is costly and difficult (if not impossible due to the JP exclusives, and BS Akaneia Saga), but just holding an interest in previous games is not that hard, hell even a brisk look through wiki descriptions or TV Tropes is enough to fill someone in on previous installments. You’re correct in saying that there’s no obligation to do so, but holding interest in only ONE game in a series is a bit much. Like, how far can you take that interest before you want to try something new? Doesn’t it get boring playing a game with the same cast over and over? How about this different cast with a different story?
Take for example, The Legend of Zelda. A Link Between Worlds (and Hyrule Warriors) came out and by all accounts it’s a fantastic game… And yet, you’ll find that not as many people talk and worship it as much as older Zelda games. Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mark, Wind Waker, Link to the Past, Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword, all these previous installments and still they get recognition from fans, old and new. You can argue that it’s because Zelda has always been localised (save a few titles), but Fire Emblem’s been out in the west since 2003, over 10 years ago.
What if I said: “The next Zelda game needs a new cool weapon, like a whip! Aww yeah that’d be awesome! Imagine Link with a whip!” How much of an idiot would I look like? Same applies with Fire Emblem when you suggest something like “a dark magic user who can use staves”, because surprise surprise, it’s been a thing since the beginning (technically). Or people complaining how “male Manaketes don’t exist”… Again, since the beginning.
It was only this year (hell, these past few months) that I decided to give FE4 and 5 a shot. Guess what. I love them (despite 4’s depressing plot and 5’s unimaginable difficulty). Never would’ve become attached to these new characters if I didn’t put in the effort.
But that’s just me, and to be honest I have been likened to a grumpy old man by my friends before. It’s nothing new, I just like to shake my cane at people.
Oh, and don’t get me started on the people who won’t play other FE games because “they don’t have Casual Mode”.