I have loved mech and Gundam games for a long time, however from my experience people thought these were lame and would rather play something like COD. Anyway with Hawken coming out soon it seems like the same people who thought mech games were lame can barely keep their pants on. What gives?
They're not. People always have and always will hate mechs. It belongs to a niche now and forever. Mechwarrior? Niche. Armored Core? Niche. Gundam? Niche. Even Pacific Rim, despite the praise of so many film critics didn't do as well as it was expected and it's because the mech genre belongs to a niche.
Hell, just look at what the Titan Fall devs said. The Titans "aren't mechs"? They want to distance themselves from the mech genre because mechs are lame? They're two faced **** stains. Never mind the fact that the Titans are about as generic as "Western" mechs get.