Why can't people have different tastes without being criticized?

As many of you know, I am a gamer. Today I met a fellow gamer, a friend of my friend. At first, I thought we had hit it off, and then he mentioned a few titles I disliked - Grand Theft Auto among them. He asked me if I had played any of them - to which I responded in the affirmative, and to avoid any confusion, I tossed in that I greatly disliked GTA.

At this, his eyes narrowed and he said I had no right to call myself a gamer because I don't like GTA. After that he walked off and I haven't heard from him anymore. This is discouraging because I really wanted us to get along as fellow gamers.

Why can't people just respect others' tastes in entertainment without criticizing them for it? It's so frustrating to voice an opposite opinion and get attacked for it.
Why can't people have different tastes without being criticized?
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