Welcome to boingboing - always nice to see someone post on their first day.
“I’ll give her detractors the time of day when they start dropping games developed on their own” != “people must be game developers to know if a game is bad”
I’m challenging her detractors to make games, mostly because it’s harder than writing criticism of games and I don’t think they’ll bother but hey! Maybe I’ll be surprised! And then it’d be a hoot to see how the criticism ( or success, far be it from me to prognosticate ) would go over when the roles are reversed.
As for your comment about being a professional chef, well, sure, everyone can decide if they like food or not. If I’m looking for an opinion on blue cheese, though, I’m going to go with a chef over a five year old. It’s not that a kid is wrong to dislike it, but I couldn’t reasonably expect 'em to like a good Gorgonzola.