Why Gamers Are Absolutely in the Right to Show Dissent to Certain Games Journalists

Phil Stortzum of SuperPhillip Central writes, "Two topics that continue to fester in my mind in regards to the games industry are gaming culture and games journalism. You might have noticed in the past that we at SuperPhillip Central have written scathing articles in the past talking about how gaming culture and journalism are very poor. However, we try to always preface our rantings and ramblings about gamers and journalists by saying certain gamers and certain journalists and not generalize the whole community. When we don't, we try to apologize, and we then admit we were wrong in doing what we did.

This is where a lot of "professional" gaming journalists have failed in the past year. We saw sites and writers actively insult their own audience beginning with the Mass Effect 3 ending scandal. Some sites called dissenters "entitled", while one writer called the complainers something along the lines of souls living in their parents' basement with Cheeto-covered fingers. Did they apologize? No. They simpl...

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johndoe112111625d ago

Brilliant read. This really shows the sad state of gaming journalism.

bessy671625d ago

I honestly think it more shows the sad state of the gamer. People are more concerned about squabbling over resolution than they are about the actual games.

SilentNegotiator1625d ago

Yeah, it's so sad that people are concerned that a new system plays a lot of its game in a last gen resolution and that it might indicate a weak longevity.


bessy671625d ago

Cool. Keep fighting the good fight SilentNegotiator! I'll be enjoying games while you do.

SilentNegotiator1625d ago (Edited 1625d ago )

Yep, because people concerned with console longevity couldn't possibly be enjoying games.

Keep your head in the comforting sand bessy! The rest of us will continue on with our grownup conversations that involve SCAAAAARY criticisms!

dredgewalker1625d ago

People squabble over resolution because it shouldn't be an issue with next gen consoles. People won't feel like they have upgraded if the new consoles can't even put out decent 1080p and 60fps. We upgrade to newer consoles because we want to see better graphics. Of course gameplay is important but if graphics don't really matter then what's the point of next gen?

bessy671625d ago

I just find it insane that people like you have suddenly made resolution into the premier metric for determining what games are fun. It's laughable, especially after the last 8 years when it was all about exclusive games since PS3 multiplats were under-performing.

SilentNegotiator1625d ago (Edited 1625d ago )

"I just find it insane that people like you have suddenly made resolution into the premier metric for determining what games are fun"

Except I haven't. Only you think that discussion and criticism somehow means a lack of enjoyment. That was YOUR insane connection, not mine.

bessy671625d ago

"Except I haven't. Only you think that discussion and criticism somehow means a lack of enjoyment."

Then why do you want gaming journalists to focus on an aspect that doesn't really matter to the overall enjoyment of the product?

SilentNegotiator1625d ago (Edited 1625d ago )

"Then why do you want gaming journalists to focus"

Again, you're simply making idiotic assumptions based on absolutely nothing.

I never said I wanted anything. I never said resolution was more important than the games themselves, I never said I wanted journalists to focus on resolutions. That was all you.

***I ONLY SAID that performance is important to gamers and then you started making up things about me to try to preserve your weak downplay. It could end up representing longevity for the system and could lead to some games being gimped or not releasing on a system. And believe it or not, some people are going to want to see an improved resolution when they're spending $500 on a new system.

Army_of_Darkness1625d ago (Edited 1625d ago )

leave bessy alone.... let him enjoy that 720p resolution for another 8 years just as long as the gameplay is top-notch right?! ;-)
Hell, he might as well stay with current gen considering some new games are still available for those platforms.

On another note, I bet bessy is getting an xbone LOL!

starchild1625d ago

You know, I would take the whole resolution talk more seriously if it weren't for the fact that the people making a fuss over it on all the game sites I frequent all just happen to be the same fanboys that hated the Xbox last generation, as well as the same console fannies that always downplayed the importance of resolution when it came to the advantages PC has held in that area.

So, no, I don't take it seriously. You guys only "care" about it because it gives you another angle to hate on the rival console. If you really cared about it you would be gaming on the PC.

I guarantee you won't get 1080p and 60fps consistently even on the PS4. Hell, already the truly 60fps/1080p games are the minority on PS4. Battlefield 4, KZSF, AC4, Drive Club, Infamous Second Son and many others all fail to meet that target either in resolution or framerate.

And despite the naivete of some people, framerates and resolutions in console games generally tend to go down as the generation progresses, not up.

I guarantee that when games on PS4 fail to reach 1080p or 60fps and PC gamers point out that we get a higher fidelity experience on PC these same console fanboys making a ruckus about resolution now are going to be the same fanboys telling those PC gamers to shut up and claiming that it's really not that important.

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2cents1625d ago

"I'm a gamer. These fanboys (as much as I find that word to be idiotic and juvenile), trolls, and haters are gamers, too, so we must be one in the same" -Wrong!

"I know that if I bought a $500 system and was believing the words and stories told by various journalists, only to find out that a $400 system was actually the more capable system all along" - Wrong!

1. A 'Gamer' does not speak ill of a good game, regardless of its platform origin. A Fanboy does.

2. The PS4 is NOT more capable than the Xbox One, it is more powerful in specifications only.

This is not an unbiased article.

BabyTownFrolics1625d ago

Cant wait till after the consoles launch so we get back talking about the games.

Bathyj1625d ago

Yeah, it will be a nice change.

You can tell everyones getting really antsy. Where I live we have a build up of hot, humid weather before the rainy season and people tend to go a little crazy and schitz out. They call it "Going Troppo" and every year someone loses it. This reminds me of that.

FunAndGun1625d ago

where the hell do you live?!?!

For some reason I pictured the village from Predator. lol

Bathyj1625d ago

Thats pretty much it. Remember that job we did in Cambodia?

ginsunuva1625d ago

Who wrote this article? This is completely false! What a moron! I hate him!


Buff10441625d ago

The director of Bayonetta 2 deserved death threats?


bessy671625d ago

Yeah, another "article" by someone whining that resolution isn't the only thing all gaming publications are talking about.

SilentNegotiator1625d ago (Edited 1625d ago )

While his comment was poorly sequenced, I think a little bit of common sense makes it clear that the author was condemning the death threats, not condoning.

"While some of it is very much deserved (just look at reactions to review scores for much hyped games, the death threats the director of Bayonetta 2 received for making the game for Wii U, etc.), a lot of it isn't"

I really doubt that he meant to pair the parenthetical with that portion of the sentence, going by the wording.

Phil321625d ago

Yes, it was poorly sequenced. I've fixed it. Thank you for pointing that out, all.

MrCastle1625d ago

...I want my 5 minutes back.

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