A very good question. But I think the connection is that Swat4 is an Irrational game, and many still blame them for the Tribes: Vengeance no patch debacle. I guess they feel Swat4 should be boycotted as punishment, or something.
[...] with the director telling them that he stuck true to the original ethos.
That's a very nice way of saying Tribes players are a bunch of whiny little bitches that honestly believe everyone else cares what they think.
Tribes players have very high standards and both Irrational and VUG knew this. They dropped the ball.