@MochaKoffee It's astonishing how many people on Era don't understand how professional media criticism works.

"I want my reviewer as neutral as possible."

You don't want a film critic, you want a checklist. You want movies graded like they're a build your own computer parts list.

@maolfunction I like Anilist because it lets you choose between a bunch of different rating systems, including the objectively best one, the three point :), :| and :( system.

@MochaKoffee I feel like they don't even read film reviews at all. Who are they reading that reviews films like this. I can't think of a single critic who bases their entire reviews off of solely the acting, cinematography and the like.

@maolfunction They don't even read video game reviews, they just look at the scores lol

@maolfunction I think game reviews just being glorified product reviews based entirely on checking off boxes has ruined generations lol

@MochaKoffee calling product overviews reviews in the first place is the big key mistake we made.

everyone forgot the difference between a book report and a book review from their English classes.

@maolfunction thinking about that one TTYD review from Gameinformer that wasn't based on the merits of the game at all, but just on the reviewer's assumptions about whether their edgy audience would enjoy it lol

@MochaKoffee letting Game Informer control such a large share of the game review sphere was a catastrophic decision

faceless editors giving bare minimum overviews mixed in with takes on if the game was good or bad based on how many times characters could say fuck.

@maolfunction I don't think that was a "Let", moreso that they had the backing of Gamestop at a time when that basically guaranteed them a ridiculous readerbase.

For as obviously biased as things like Nintendo Power were, at least they didn't jump on the same edgy train that the independent gaming magazines did.

if you haven't the chance to read some european magazines from back in the '90s, there is some wild and vile shit in those lol

@MochaKoffee I can imagine. Games not being treated seriously for so long probably meant that the early magazines devoted to them were most likely run by college frat boys with no academic training or experience with journalism

@maolfunction A lot of them were *Extremely* Chav-ish in the UK, especially around the turn of the century lol

@MochaKoffee @maolfunction It's a wonder Europe consistently has some of the worst taste in video games

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