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The Polygon / DOOM Conundrum: Should Critics Be Good At Games?

This is by no means unique to game criticism; critics across all media are often accused of being out of touch with the general public by denouncing works that are vastly popular, but there is a particular dynamic that crops up only in game journalism: How accomplished should critics be at actually playing games?

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IGiveHugs2NakedWomen1358d ago

They should at least play video games. Watching YouTube videos is not the same thing.

nowitzki20041357d ago

Yeah I agree. I also find it hilarious that some people can say "I dont need to play this game, Ill just watch it on youtube"

When has watching ever been the same as experiencing the thrills and everything else that goes with playing games?

cleft51357d ago (Edited 1357d ago )

Should they be good at games? Well maybe they dont need to be the best at them. However, they should be competent. The person in that Polygon review looked like they never played a game before, let alone a FPS. They dont need to be pro or even good, but they should be competent. A concept that seems to be lacking in the Game Journalist department on more than one level.

Shubhendu_Singh1357d ago

Exactly.

As their reviewers skill goes. There is a large difference between "being good at games" and "touching controllers for the first time" skills.

ninsigma1358d ago

They should at the very least be capable of playing games if they're going to talk about/review games.

Sciurus_vulgaris1358d ago

If a player (or reviewer) is bad at game, a person my criticize the game for being poorly designed or unfairly hard. When it is actually the players lack of skill that is causing them to be more critical of the game they're playing.

Kleptic1357d ago

agreed. There is no way to hold any objective view point about a game's mechanics/features if you're incapable of using them.

pompombrum1357d ago

That person in the polygon video has absolutely no right reviewing Doom... if you can't play the games properly, how are you supposed to give a "professional" opinion?

nowitzki20041357d ago (Edited 1357d ago )

They shouldn't be good but they should be gamers to some extent. I just hate when someone reviews a game based on their opinions or someone review a type of genre they never liked. We need some rules for who can review games and whos reviews actually matter and should be counted.

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