I said this before and I’ll say it again, the Blogger game fan blogs often time look out for themselves instead of reasonable, literate people. They don’t really care to give us meaningful critical analysis, instead the “beefy boy” behind the scenes saves up his $60 and settles into the preconceived notion that whatever PS3 title has the biggest critical holiday push deserves a 10 out of 10 from all review outlets. I’m not talking about just any game, some titles look crappy or boring so I don’t really care about them, but Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is the sequel to a game that the press touted as a killer app (pre-release), and now it seems fanboyism and a poor education have once again gotten in the way of original thought and purposeful discussion.
Two days ago October 13 games enthusiasm was dealt a huge blow by one of the most overwrought and poorly designed websites in the blogosphere, and every gamer should be irate, because there’s no way Uncharted 2: Among Thieves should get a higher score than Auto Modellista or Yanya Caballista: City Skater, it’s a shame indeed.
The reviewer begins his analysis with careful hyperbole and misuse of vocabulary, pointing out that Uncharted: Drake’s fortune was great because he was willing to sit through it five times and how listening to the canned dialogue between lead characters is a greater experience than watching any Hollywood movie; an observation that apparently belongs in a section called “Interaction”. Later he went on voicing that there are absolutely no negative qualities to be found in the game whatsoever, and the ending made him cry. Best game ever made!
Now, can someone tell me why anyone in their right mind would consider this an illuminating review? “Nutter” comments that it’s one of the best reviews he’s read so far. “Irshland” says he gets goosebumps just by reading Uncharted 2 reviews. Anonymous added “You’re kind of a terrible writer.” Were these comments really necessary? Not to mention the attention GamesThirst received for claiming there was bias in GameTrailers’ 9.3 review of Uncharted 2?
There’s a lot more worthless grandstanding from GamesThirst homeboy Ernice Gilbert, and you can read it for yourself, but the bigger point I’m trying to make is how people like Ernice can make fans of games and games culture look petty and dumb. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves may look fine and play well and boast a number of vaguely interesting features, but it’s just like any other piece of artistic media in that it’s entirely subject to personal opinion, which may or may not include a number between 1 and 10 that you think is riddled with evil, disgusting “bias”. I’ll be blunt: I sometimes feel people start blogs and write about video games because they’re sort of bored or lonely and happen to be really into their hobby of choice.
But we have the power to think for ourselves and let others do the same. If gamers blindly continue to cry “bias” whenever an upcoming so-called triple-A game receives anything less than a 10 from any website that happens to show up on Metacritic, then the rest of the entertainment-savvy world will continue to perpetuate the stereotype that gamers are all socially inept man-babies that deserve all the violence and boobs they can get.
P.S. Won’t someone please add Out of the Game to the Bitmob podcast feed?