If you’ve gone anywhere near the comment section of gaming sites that recently reviewed GTAV and gave it a less than stellar score you might have seen a certain amount of vitriol focused towards it and the reviewer that dare not give it a 10. It comes as no surprise of course but I still can’t help think when seeing this that enough is enough.
I don’t understand it but some people believe that their opinions are always right, that there is no other opinion and that everyone else who disagrees with that is personally attacking them. When I see a review I often compare it to my own opinions but the difference is that I understand they are reviewing an experience, you may look at technical components like music, graphics, functioning and the mechanics but it always comes back to how the game made you feel. And you know what, that is often the most valuable part of a review. The structural pieces will pretty much give the same experience between people but it is how the game interacts with your interests, skills and ideals that makes it vary.
It is valuable to see how this experience changes between people and often this is how I infer my own feelings from the review, I see how they felt under those circumstances and transpose over it with my own thoughts. Reading up on those GTAV reviews many people would be and are discounting the misogynistic parts, it doesn’t apply to them so they could rate the game higher and that’s ok… That would be their experience. When I see those reviews I think do I really want to be stuck with more of this same shit that kills my immersion and makes me feel like a lesser person.. my thoughts mirror the reviewers and I can align my own score to match.
The point is that I don’t think there will be a game site or reviewer that matches what would be your own experience 100% of the time and it’s up to you to utilise your own interests and ideals to align the review appropriately.
Rights to Rant
There is a lot of talk right now focused on the harm that video games may be causing our society; mass shootings, child initiated muggings, and a lot lot more have had tenuous links made towards the games they played. While I think it has more to do with the economic, societal and family factors, video games may have a certain amount of causality.. Acting like these people do screaming like monkeys and making rape threats because they disagree with someone doesn’t make the situation look better… It makes us look exactly like the unhinged killers the media is making us out to be.
It’s stupid to have to iterate the same points most people with critical thought have been saying/writing for years. I’ve had a couple posts like this I believe but the one that still stands out is about toxic community and a few tenants for better communication. Unfortunately it seems we must keep nagging like parents do at their unruly children but like I’ve noticed with being in childcare, there needs to be certain consequences.
These gamers always claim that it is there right, that freedom of speech covers anything and everything they could say but should that/ or is that the case? I know many of these gaming sites have terms and conditions about what people are allowed to post, and I even see them using this power occasionally but I don’t see them ever going far enough. As far as I am concerned you are given the privilege to post, it is not a right and as such people should be held accountable with what they are posting.
It’s time to really clean up our forums, enough of creating a place for trolls to propagate.. It would be nice to have a few places that are a bastion of thought and courteous conversations. There will still be places for these people to congregate, they have the innate ability of finding pedestals perfect for their passionate cries but not every place should be welcoming to them. I see many posts get deleted from time to time but not enough, I see forum moderators and even writers of liberal places like RPS who abhor the inherent discrimination of the industry and urge to change it yet leave their comments a haven for it. Comments while going challenged are still given the same equal treatment as others… should this be? if we want to change these ingrained beliefs do we not need to change the way discourse occurs. Throughout history this has always been the way to change cultural beliefs.
sigh…..I just want, one time, to be able to go through a comment thread and only find constructive commenting and none of the vile, hurtful things that usually frequent them.