When I was a kid it kinda went without saying that video game reviews were all paid off. I mean there were magazines who never ever gave a bad review, and magazines who only reviewed stuff positively from one company and badly from another. Gaming “journalism” was just for fun, like the games themselves.
And fucking EVERYONE in any fandom is always all “oh, I don’t base my tastes on mere reviews!” but now all a sudden it’s really important?
Toys are art.
Just because something is art doesn’t mean it isn’t also just for fun.
Just because something is art doesn’t mean it should be treated as life or death. That is why I call games toys.
Video games, film, comics, novels, and even traditional art forms like paint and sculpture are ALL taken too fucking seriously for entirely the wrong reasons. The industries are polluted by talentless hacks who rake in billions by ripping each other off, the “journalism” connected to them is a bunch of self-important nobodies who think their opinion has merit because they got money for it, and the fandom subcultures connected to them are rampant with territorial, aggressive bullies.
Video games are especially glaring to me personally because I started out on them when the most advanced home console was the Atari 2600. I watched this subculture grow from a sapling. Back then it was pure, innocent, childhood fun. There were no “console wars,” there were no manufactured “scandals,” just an earnest love of exploring these magical electronic worlds people crafted.
Now we have people hurling insults like monkey-turds when somebody suggests even lightly and respectably that they’d like to see better variety in video game characters.
We have people raging and trolling because someone didn’t give enough stars to Grand of Duty XVIIIIII and bitterness over which kind of plastic box you put the toys in to make them work.
There’s people who look down on “casual” gamers.
Worse yet, there are people who actually divide gamers by level of “casualness” to begin with. Where the fuck did we go wrong? How do you even begin to worship electronics that hard?
You know what would be nice? If for maybe just one week, no game in the whole world worked except Pac-man. Back to the basics. Everyone re-learns to appreciate what they have.