This. This is what’s wrong with it, you goddamn morons:
Look, a review is supposed to be a critical, objective blurb written about a product or service in order to better inform the consumer as to whether or not that product or service warrants a purchase. That’s all a review is, and all it should be. It shouldn’t have political bias, and it shouldn’t contain conflicts of interest. Shouldn’t. Contain. Conflicts. Of Interest.
Gone Home is an adventure/story driven “game” in the same vein as Dear Esther. I put game in quotes as it is really only an interactive book, which uses a first person game world as it’s vehicle. It has very few traditional gameplay elements other than wandering around, viewing objects and places and learning about the emergent story. It isn’t awful, but it isn’t a game and even as a piece of interactive media it isn’t anything to write home about. If I had to stick a grading number on there to share my opinion on the product (which I hate doing but for the sake or argument I will) I’d give it a 5/10. That’s my opinion and I’ll stick to it. I don’t stand to make a profit for stating my opinion, I have nothing invested in the product of the developer, it’s a relatively unbiased opinion from a dude who plays a lot of games.
Enter Polygon staff. You not only display a massive conflict of interest when looking at the product, and then try to downplay it in the comments, but you give a mediocre product that really isn’t a video game, a perfect fucking ten score. Think about that for a moment. It’s bad enough that they are allowing that staff member to do the review, but they then go on to tell you that it’s a PERFECT game.
When I was two years old or maybe three I’m not exactly sure, my Dad bought a Commodore 64. This was to be my first experience with computer and video games that would turn me in to a nerd for the rest of my life.
I distinctly remember my first gaming experiences. Ghostbusters was the game I played the most, although my parents had bought some educational games such as First Steps with the Mr. Men which I also enjoyed and was too young to realise that they were tricking me into learning.
I loved that machine, and as far as I can remember i played it pretty much non stop until I got my first console (a NES) when I was around ten years old. Once I started on the console route I never looked back, and I’ve been an avid gamer my whole life.
Recently I’ve felt myself falling out of touch with my main passion, mostly due to the depression killing my motivation to play them. But once I do pluck up the energy to start a game I rarely stop for several hours. My long suffering wife can attest to that,
Anyway, this is just a preamble to my first review that I’m in the process of doing now and shall post later on tonight. I’m figure by devoting some energy into talking about the games I like it might help me reconnect with the hobby I’ve spent most of my life involved with. I’m going to try and stay away from reviewing big budget AAA titles and stick to indie reviews as IMO the best innovations in the industry at the moment are coming from indie developers, plus there are tons of game review sites that will circle jerk the latest blockbuster titles ad infinitum and I do not want to be a part of that. Also, I’m not going to only target new games, I’ll review what I play(ed) and what I feel like discussing.