I remember my young ass participating in that poll. I actually clicked on "A mature-themed story featuring Sonic characters," and "A game starring Shadow the Hedgehog."
But of course, the end result is up to the developers. "Dark and gritty" does not necessitate "bad." It sky-rocketed Batman's popularity and revived his comics from the brink of extinction. It's still an attractive quality concerning that character.
A lot of people have problems putting "dark and gritty" in franchises that don't contain that quality already. But it can be good if done right, as seen above with Batman. It's just a matter of how tasteful you can make it, and how, if you can make the franchise "own" it as if it had never been in question in the first place. I think the main problem, rather than "dark," is the "gritty" part. Making something grungier and balls-to-wall kind of seems more forced than simply taking on dark themes, and "gritty" automatically entails a change in aesthetics. --- i3 2130 @ 3.4 GHz | Taneem Xtreme 8gb @ 1600 MHz | GTX 460 (768mb) @ 855 MHz / 2000 MHz http://steamcommunity.com/id/dxluv
Yeah. If Raccoon City or Shadow had been any good, this wouldn't ever be a hot-button topic. The franchises were and are in decline, so it's just another thing for the fans to blame - the other fans. Not the developers! --- i3 2130 @ 3.4 GHz | Taneem Xtreme 8gb @ 1600 MHz | GTX 460 (768mb) @ 855 MHz / 2000 MHz http://steamcommunity.com/id/dxluv