Longtime marble blast fan here. Got into MBG as a kid and continued playing MBP and PQ, so thanks to all of you for all the hard work you've put in keeping this genre afloat. I was watching a lot of the custom levels and WR rampages (congrats btw) on youtube last night, and I noticed almost all videos about Marble Blast get disliked-bombed. This ranges from casual gamers revisiting the game, to speedruns of specific custom levels. Do any of you know what's up with this? Is there some great schism in the MB community, or is it a bunch of 9 year olds disliking stuff? could it be the disgruntled staff of GarageGames?
It's weird, because all of the videos are so skillful, and MB doesn't exactly seem like a controversial topic. Does anyone know why this could be?
Fortunately, there's no "great schism" in the community. Nearly all the dislikes come from people outside the community.
Looking at the comments from a few videos, some people criticized the fact that the players almost always looked 45 degrees away from their path. This understandably can be annoying if the people leaving those comments have not learned about diagonal movement yet.
Finally, YouTube trolls partially contribute to the perceived dislike bombing. This isn't exclusive to Marble Blast or speedrunning; this happens to everyone. Some people will just dislike nearly every video they come across. I've seen hour-long videos immediately get several dislikes only minutes after the videos went live. In addition, some people have alternate accounts or bot accounts for the sake of mass-disliking videos.
I wouldn't worry about it. Besides, the YouTube algorithm treats likes and dislikes the same, so more ratings means more video traffic. The idea is that if a video gets a lot of likes, it's a "good" video and will be more likely to appear in people's recommended videos. Also, if a video gets a lot of dislikes, the idea is that it's "controversial", so it's more likely to be recommended to other people. Therefore, the algorithm treats likes and dislikes the same. It's nothing to worry about, and the proportion of negative ratings will most likely diminish over time, as with most videos.