EDITORIAL: RISE OF THE GAME CRITIC



This golden age of technology has spoiled us. Websites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have made us all believe that our opinions are worth quite a considerable amount of money. People sit at home, reading the opinions of Dave, 24 from Essex, saying that he is the self-proclaimed master of 'Smash Bro's' and that he has the ultimate techniques to bring down any foe. Kirsty, 22 from California, saying that her opinion of the biggest release of the year is mediocre at best. They both appear to be deep and knowledgeable about the complexities of game development, and the 'Go to' person for all of your upcoming purchases.

In our modern society, having the internet at our fingertips is more accessible than ever. Ordering products online, gathering information, booking services and probably soon you'll be able to find blueprints for 3D printed pizza's online (trust me, it's only a matter of time).  I don't have to tell you this though, unless you have been hiding under a rock for the last 20 years. You're probably already fully aware of the technological innovation that has grown around us. Hell, you're reading this on a web-site, so I'm confident you already know the internet and its capabilities.

The point I'm getting at is the fact that information is more available to us than ever. It's beautiful to know that if you wanted to beat a boss on a certain game, you don't have to go trawling around in gaming shops to find the correct walkthrough. It's all available at a click of a mouse or the flick of your wrist. It's the ease of access that makes a dedicated gamer like me find themselves trawling on the internet for hours at a time, reading articles and researching the best tips and tricks for my next gaming endeavour. However, this glorious accessibility has a cost.


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BY KYNAN WATCHAM - 16/05/16

Dave thinks he knows a thing or two about Smash Bros. He doesn’t. Don’t listen to Dave.

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Due to the open nature of the internet and the ability to be connected with thousands (If not millions) of people online, lots more people believe that their opinions are the stone cold truth. More and more blogging sites are made daily to express their individual joy, peeves and outright anger. The thing that I don't understand though is that people are starting to believe them.

Now, I understand the hypocrisy. I'm currently sitting here, writing an article about amateur writers while I myself am an amateur writer (meta I know). I mean in terms of how society has developed. Many people look online at reviews before making any kind of purchase and it has taken over our lives. Even I myself check the latest reviews of games before deciding to purchase and play it myself.

Just because someone wrote an in-depth and knowledgeable article about one of the latest game releases doesn't mean that their views are right for you. I've bought and played many games purely down to consistently great reviews online. I then sat down, booted it up and had an awful gaming experience. Even if it's from a franchise or genre that I love, it still doesn't mean that you're going to love it because others do.

I guess this long winded rant of an article is to say something quite simple. Don't judge games by the ratings of a random blogger. Hell, don't even judge them by a gaming journalism mastermind. Take each game as they come and if they interest you, support the development team and buy it. The only person that's going to tell you if you're going to love a game is yourself. Stop treating games like a trend and enjoy them as the works of art they are.



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