First off, I know not all of us hate elves. This is more of a general question in regards to why we dislike seeing classic fantasy races in our games. I've seen comments about it before from the Ultima community in particular and I'm aware there was a debate over elves coming to UO back in the day. So why do we hate elves but tolerate things like gargoyles? Personally, if a game features elves I'm turned right off, but it's almost never just elves. If a game features elves they're going to feature other races like dwarves, orcs, trolls, gnomes... bobbits, etc. I think part of it is the lack of creativity. The writers are taking well established fantasy races and putting them into their game whole sale to fill out large swaths of story with the most generic well known fantasy elements they can find. Conversely, games like Ultima 6, Mass Effect. and Kingdom's of Amalur never turned me off with their use of different types of races. So it's not the racial tension or the overuse of race conflict and interaction. I also rather enjoy LotR and embrace its use of fantasy races, but only there and in that context. So what is it that make so many of us hate elves?