I was a huge fan of Thimbleweed Park – I played as much as I possibly could after it came out and really loved the universe and puzzles, but my one serious complaint was the amount of in jokes.
I think this is a very personal thing, but some of the jokes just took me out of the world I’d otherwise been absorbed into. It’s obvious from this topic that many people didn’t feel the same way, and honestly a major point of this kickstarter was to get another game for the fans right?
We can argue about what the default should be until the end of time, but the fact that the option exists is the best of both worlds. Fans or the curious can enable the in jokes, and people who just want to focus on the world and story and leave them off.