A normal man looks for wisdom in the distance. A wise man grows it under his feet.
18-March-2009: Article #3: Oddball reviews.
Every now and then you find yourself scrolling through the review pages of a great game. You know,
one of those games everyone loved at the time, perhaps still love at this time. Well.. not everyone.
Perhaps scrolling through those review pages is asking for it, but I can't help but notice a few oddball
review that give these amazing games a score of a 3. Mind you, we're talking about games here that have achieved critical acclaim
of the international press, as well as a series of about 50 reviews that give it a 9 or a 10. It might be just me,
but I always get the uncontrollable urge to click those reviews, just to see what they have to say about the game. I just
can't help it, I have to click them. It's like seeing water going upwards at a waterfall and you just can't
help but to inspect the phenomenon.
So I click one of those reviews, usually with a very cheesy and lame title. Funny thing is, these reviews have many
similarities. They usually bash the game's graphics for no particular reason, completely discarding the fact that
these games came out many years - some even decades - ago. They often focus on how the author didn't like (or even
worse, didn't understand) the story. Both cases puzzle me. If the author doesn't understand the story, yet everyone else
does, what is wrong with the author that they don't understand it? A little ....slow in the head? If an author doesn't
like a story in particular then I suppose that's perfectly possible. Some people apparantly don't like good stories. Beats me
why they want everyone else to *not like* it as well, though.
The most annoying aspect of these reviews is that they seem to be written just to bash a certain game. I think I'm going to
train myself into not clicking on them anymore. I haven't done it today (yet), so that's a start..