In the games industry the only difference between an authority and just another asshole with an opinion is a track record. Here’s some asshole algebra:

Opinion + Track Record = Authority

Opinion – Track Record = just another asshole

I’m honest enough to let you know that at the time of writing this post – I’m an asshole. But I don’t want to be an asshole so I’m going to work hard and rectify this by actually making something. If you don’t want people to think you are just another asshole with an opinion, go and make something too.