There isn’t much in life that I trust implicitly. I trust that I will always placate resilient dependency on my belt to clasp my trousers around my slowly expanding waist. That my love for Chocolate milkshakes and many subsidiary variants on the chocolate recipe will continue unabated. That my irritation emitted from superior players on-line will continue to be asserted with general discordance. And that the football team I’ve supported since I was a child will endeavour to suck more than a group of leeches at a gay party. I also trust bloggers. Not all of them of course, nor do I always agree with everyone’s assertions but at least they can be relied upon for honest candour. Such is the progression of social interactivity in gaming. The audience has shifted from being some cloistered group of teenagers indulging in recreational activities and, well less disreputable individual’s who are moderately respected. Conflict is readily expressed through social media as fans compare notes on what they love and hate. This commodious expression through the likes of Twitter and Facebook provides potential pervayers of products a forum expressed with succinct honesty. Bloggers tender their perspectives with more creative flourish though, specifically detailing their own experiences. In most cases bloggers have had to purchase or at least borrow products to construct their own thesis on a game that professional reviewers are privileged to retain in a more entrusted capacity. So I’m always a little wary of the honesty of such judgements or whether a more vicarious assimilation is recanted with monetized incentives by the supplier. Now this shouldn’t necessarily reflect my colloquial view of published reviewers and that you can’t trust the validity of there musings, but sometimes you do have to question whether convoluted analysis is professed with honest credulity?
All the information distributed is prudential and wonderfully cultivated, with most demonstrating a literary flare I could only dream of replicating. But some utterances are so formidably textured that you have to wonder whether it’s been purposely versed with loquacious precision to distract gamers from the actual salient points of interests. The fun, the graphics, the game-play or the problems are deemed salacious anomalies in reviews but are the most cogent barometers of a games credentials, only bolstered by the rather acrimonious treatment of its audience. You can’t accurately perceive whether a game has had moderate participation from its critic and published with procedural capitulation to the games publicist? I’m sure the majority are written with candidacy, but when a community of gamers begin communicating about a games shortcomings on social media and on blogs, then you can quickly establish who to trust. It’s that effusive reactionary deference of opinion that publishers can’t control, despite their efforts to mitigate its social awareness. If someone with no clear association demonstrates any residual alliance with a company or product, who indicates or has projected a games latent credentials or capabilities to deliver, it’s generally an opinion you can respect, right? But is it? If the judgement was submitted via an independent blog with no clear dispensation offered then I’m more inclined to believe them than I am an overexposed publication. A blog is often a passion project, with opinions rigorously asserted without monetized incentive because most have had to purchase the projects. When your own money has been extruded you have a much firmer understanding of what the repercussions are from such an extravagant purchase. It’s easy for someone like me to discriminate against these major publications such as Ign, but that’s mainly because they make it so easy.
Now I’m not simply sucking up to you gloriously sexy people (I am, click the follow the button) but your ideologies aren’t skewed by the reticent trepidation of offending companies. You’ve worked hard to indulge in what is a very expensive hobby, so to have a professional media contradict your opinion on a game that has disappointed you, as well as diminish your bank balance is kind of insulting. For instance MGS V has firmly established itself as the best in the series. I however haven’t yet been privileged to actually participate in this potentially “game of the year” product, and if I were solely influenced by the articulate encapsulation of sites such as Ign then I’d consider it the must own game of the year. But when you begin to scour vestigial recesses of repressed internet, that’s when you begin to realise that it’s assented scores of admiration are adamantly contested. I remember when previews of Alien: Colonial Marines *gag* was being previewed with admiration, regaled as one of the best Alien games that has ever pierced the chest of a developer, only for it to disappoint fans more than Prometheus. Now whether these publications were granted access with the clear directive that their previews would only flatter their stilted development (but I’d like to believe practices such as this don’t exist) or more likely they were “used”, by providing them with some of the most polished turds imaginable, sorry levels, to test and conduct genuinely positive feedback to their readers. Either scenario is irrelevant really, as it makes it hard to trust what is written. It’s tough for average gamers to substantiate whether a game is suitable reparation for a months worth of late nights and overtime if purely judged by the cultivated detachment of executive musings, whereas someone who has purchased the game is more likely convey a clearer indication on the specific advantages, or identify primary or supplementary issues that some reviewers may not have addressed as well as coordinate with you on how to solve issues.
With a blog you’re not generally looking for someone who corroborates your assumptions but rather contests it, repeating your own processes but resulting in a variable conclusion to your own. It’s certainly what’s aided me in my own opinions, crafting alternatives that otherwise would have escaped me. Creating a very amiable distinction between right and wrong, good or bad. Whereas more established publications feel like manufactured ideas churned out upon the basis of basic additional parameters and ratios. You get consummate professional data, numerical advantages that are annunciated with mathematical accuracy, but never really a sense of how a game feels. It’s all addressed with rousing speeches that objectify their startling privilege rather than providing substantial replication of how a game plays. Or even if their opinion is one entirely earnest. The statistical analysis can generate sensory acuity without it actually meaning anything, relying on the compliance of its readers to interpret it as literature as opposed to a discussion of quality products. Perhaps I’m wrong on that point, they are after all earning money for their expressions and possess a firmer understanding of how to address such reviews. But sometimes I’d rather read someone’s review that aren’t arbitrary attempts at sounding sophisticated and quite frankly overly elaborate, you know like mine! Someone who just bluntly admits that a game is crap because of this, this and this.
The unified parity and often blunt hostility suffused into independent forums such as blogs provides a less divisive means of communication, promoting a games quality with more pervasive consideration. It’s not always accurate and we may lack the necessary expertise to conduct informed relevancy, but it does negate the decorative ubiquity of more formal publications and introduce the singular peculiarities of gamers who just love playing and discussing game content. Reviews, features opinions submitted by blogs are ordinarily prompted by their experiences, motivated by them and taking time out of the busy lives to tell you about it. There’s no gratuitous, no financial incentives other than the passion they have for gaming. There’s no motif, no prohibition from some editorial echelon who needs to appease the wraith of some anointed publisher, just ideals presented by people, not some mechanised foundry. We are the abstract denizens of prophetic interactivity, generating eclectic mix of fact and fiction that if nothing else demonstrates the unwavering levity still retained by gamers. And you have to admire the purity of such creative individual’s not corrupted by greed.
You guys should be proud.