Gamespot’s response to the backlash that they, and the game’s reviewer Carolyn Petit, got for their review of GTAV
This is just perfect.
Gamespot just earned a shit ton of respect from me.
I don’t think I’ve seen a site as large as Gamespot actually say “Fuck you” to one of its users before. It was kind of appropriate here.
It’s disturbing the amount of video game critics I’ve recently seen retire or publicly distance themselves from the artform purely because of the awful elements amongst the fanbase.
Of course, this isn’t completely exclusive to the video game world. Take, for example, the movie reviewer who got death threats because he “ruined” Toy Story 3's Rotten Tomatoes score.
Once again, this all goes back to our On Demand culture. With news media programmed not to inform but rather to tell people what they want to hear and niche online communities designed to insulate people from ever hearing opinions different than their own, is it any wonder why folks no longer understand the actual definition of what a “critic” does?
Audiences ruin entertainment.
Holy shit. This is damn near masterful.
On top of the problem detailed above, about people getting used to being told what they already think (and responding to those holding different views with intense vitriol), is the one of many Media Makers coddling, ignoring or currying favor with the portion of their audience that does this. They might have a sense it’s their largest demographic, or because of their loud voice think they’re the bulk of their audience, or just feel unequipped to deal. The reasons are many, complex.
But the problem with supporting–possibly through inaction–that portion of an audience is that it makes the space you’re creating around your media unsafe for others with less severe opinions, less violent reactions, or those who are simply interested in looking at media/the world critically.
It’s great to see an arm of an entity as large as GameSpot directly confront what’s widely considered the standard attitude of “gamer culture” (which, yeah, reductive): angry, entitled, reactive. And it’s great to see them trying to clear a path so the community–and by their hopeful prediction, the industry–can grow. It’s a clear statement of critical intent, of what this part of GameSpot, at least, thinks games are for, and takes a good first step towards creating a safe space for people who want to engage with games as a medium of massive cultural impact (which is a group I’d like to think, though maybe I’m totally off on this, is larger than the group of loudmouth bloatbags).
Moral: it’s ok to not want shit heads in your audience.
Don’t even play video games, but this is an amazing call-out to the industry that actively dissuades me from even bothering with video games.
Completely warranted response.
I have to say that 9 out of 10 is really generous though, but it IS my pleasantly modulated opinion, and not vitriol.
Beautifully crafted response to what is a rampant problem in the community. I’m 100% on board with Rockstar having lost their grip on writing female characters. They can do it. I know they can. It is actually pretty damn lazy of them not to.
Also, the game is hardly 9/10.
It’s a 7 or an 8. Very well done, but with glaring issues that are swept under the rug because it is a well known game. I love V, but I also have come to expect quality from Rockstar. Were this a piece a student handed in to me for class I would have written at the top, “Talent does not equal results. Sweat a little next time.”
I’m glad to see someone calling out the douchebros of the internet. About time someone threw it right back. Bravo Game Spot!
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You guys, this is really close to where I live and for some reason, this area never gets boosted when it comes to lost babies.
These babies are believed to be in serious danger.
The Flathead Tribal Police Department is helping the Nez Perce Tribe in Idaho in searching for three children who are missing and believed to be with their father, who does not have legal custody of them.
The Montana Department of Justice issued a missing endangered person advisory Thursday for the children, who were last known to be in Polson on Nov. 15.
Their father is 30-year-old Kortny Gene Duback, a Native American who is 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds. He may be driving a black 2000 Toyota Camry with Montana license plate 15-0351C.
The children are 7-year-old Kallie, 5-year-old Justin and 3-year-old Nevaeh.
Flathead Tribal Police Chief Craig Couture says the children were in their mother’s custody in Lapwai, Idaho, until she was incarcerated. Another family member took them in until that person also was jailed. Duback then picked up the children.
As it is, this only has FIVE shares on Facebook. Montana is so big and so rural and I would really like to see tumblr boost this. Please help find these kids.