The Sacrificial Lamb

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shrekfan246:

I can appreciate that.

It'd be far nicer than what we've been getting, anyway.

There are certainly people who bring up great points when they criticize aspects of a review they didn't like, and even if I personally disagree with their points I'd never begrudge them that, because it's always great to get another perspective on something you feel strongly about. It's just too bad they tend to get lost in the shuffle of everyone else overreacting.

In that case, it is now your and mine holy duty to convince the entirety of the interwebs that rational discourse is the answer. I'll start with all the websites who's URL starts with 1 and you can start with 2. We'll meet back here at sundown and check our progress.

Funny comic as always. Plus, people won't be able to complain about it being "Not about video games!", this time. ;D

Infernal Lawyer:
You're too late, Carter: Jim Sterling already covered this. "Whine out of Ten" has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? Silly, silly fanboys...

OT: It's stuff like this that makes my question my desire to enter the games industry. Do I really making products catered to people who are only too happy to fill the stereotype of whiny, entitled brats?

Captcha: Thumbs up? THUMBS UP?! FUCK YOU CAPTCHA, THIS COMIC DESERVES A BETTER SCORE THAN YOUR FILTHY THUMBS UP!

True. You will always get people who complain about your games/comments on games/reviews of games.

:D But some people will love you for it, and even send you things. Like other games, action figures, cupcakes, and dildos.

<_< Granted, I can't guarantee that ALL of the dildos sent will be as a "Thank you", or as a "Go [email protected]#K yourself".If you have no idea what I'm talking about, go watch the Jimquisition.

Latinidiot:
I like how mr Tito put out his doomed review of Dragon Age II, and then he worksd up the cojones to not like GTA V as much as the world expects him to.

Nice, that shows character!

Yep. That's Tito. The new leader of the Escapist.

All hail G-tit!

I don't understand where the 9/10 is coming from. Doesn't the Escapist use 5 stars to rate games?

I suppose these kinds of things are meant to be shorthand at-a-glance accounts of the games "worth"but I feel they are somewhat antiquated. Can't really convey much with just a fraction.

Now that's leadership right there: delegation of duty and responsibility.

bringer of illumination:
I think all this stuff is a bunch of silly bullshit.

But I absolutely love how the journos pretend to be ever so victimized when all this controversy and butthurt translates directly into money in their pockets from the deluge of hits it creates.

Hits alone doesn't necessarily mean they'll get any money, I assume we actually have to watch the ads for them to get any money from us (and not use any forms of blockers to stop the ads), so easy way to stop it is to either not give hits to the ones stirring up controversy or complaining about being victimised (by the people that pay their bills) all the time, or to just use blockers, its not like we're buying physical newspapers to read their articles or anything.

SacremPyrobolum:
I don't understand where the 9/10 is coming from. Doesn't the Escapist use 5 stars to rate games?

I suppose these kinds of things are meant to be shorthand at-a-glance accounts of the games "worth"but I feel they are somewhat antiquated. Can't really convey much with just a fraction.

That is the system they use and I wish they wouldn't. In fact, I wish everyone would drop numerical ratings for pretty much all criticism. I don't see how that system is particularly useful when what an individual values in a game may or may not have anything at all to do with why the game received the score it did. You can two games get a 3.5/5 and both have vastly different aspects of the game that informed that score. I think I recall Jim Sterling saying that he liked using numerical ratings for criticism, I just don't think it tells the audience much, if anything, about whetehr they will actually enjoy the game.

It's nice to see Erin's office mates again. BUT WHERE'S PENNY?!?!?!?

Finally! A critical miss I understand yay! \o/

Complete bollocks. Nobody is losing their shit over anything, until someone pistol whips a game journalist with a two 1/2 foot long double-sided dildo.

Then and only then, will I admit that shit has officially been lost.

Criticizing internet sensationalism, racial entitlement, & GTA V all in a row

I think they're trying to summon some kind of Cthulhu-equivalent shit storm... & I couldn't support it more

That's one thing about gamer culture or any media culture I'll never understand, actually... I think I do understand it, I just think its absurd.

Rage about subjects like EA, DLC, Phil Fish, I get that. But over a review? Just because something isn't perfect doesn't detract from it if you personally find things to enjoy about it. Also, the people critiquing or criticizing the game aren't critiquing YOU. It doesn't matter if Wonderful 101 got lackluster reviews, it says nothing about you as a person for liking such things. People take this shit way too personally, but if they're twelve, then that myopic view makes sense I suppose. It's rich because its the same as the people who take it personally that Sarkesian criticizes games. "She's calling me out! I take personal offense!"

/facedesk

Daystar Clarion:
Snooty message board fucks.

Man, I hate those guys.

Sell outs.

Let us form an angry mob and...What do angry mobs do on the internet?

I know, let's whine at them!

canadamus_prime:
Literally throwing him to the wolves would be a lot kinder than throwing him to the angry internet mobs.

Especially given the new definition of the world literally. ;)

bringer of illumination:

erttheking:

bringer of illumination:
I think all this stuff is a bunch of silly bullshit.

But I absolutely love how the journos pretend to be ever so victimized when all this controversy and butthurt translates directly into money in their pockets from the deluge of hits it creates.

...I'm sorry, how can someone pretend to be victimized when they get thousands upon thousands of comments saying how they should get raped, should get fired, should kill themselves and all the other horrible stuff I read in the time I could bear to stand on the youtube comment section of the Gamespot's review of GTA V. That and all the crap going on in the comment section of GTA V on this site? That's not pretending to be victimized, that IS being victimized.

"Abloo bloo bloo! Someone in the youtube comment section said something meeeaaan!"

You'll excuse me, but having seen real abuse and real actual death threats, in some cases delivered by means of notes tied to rocks, you'll have to excuse me if the plight of someone who gets some idiots posting "lol ur a cunt and u should kill urself" doesn't stir the greatest feelings of sympathy.

These people aren't victims, they don't even have to look at these comments, bitching about this is like going out to a dump and then complaining that you are being "victimized" because you have to smell garbage.

They are under no threat, and they are under no compulsion to engage with or acknowledge the negativity.

Meanwhile they can rake in the dough that all this bullshit makes them.

And quite frankly I just went to the Gamespot review's youtube comments, and it's overwhelmingly filled with people defending the review so I can't even figure out what the problem is supposed to be. Some people on the internet are stupid? Well woopty shit! Better clear the front page for that startling revelation!

One problem being more serious than another problem does not make the smaller problem irrelevant. Christ, TotalBiscuit actually got stress related illness from reading his Youtube comments. Because you could just ignore the comments, but that's kind of like shutting off a major portion of your audience, not everyone can afford to do that.

Um...under no threat? Uh...you might want to read this.

http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/12/4693710/the-end-of-kindness-weev-and-the-cult-of-the-angry-young-man

Pardon me but I don't think that the ad revenue on a single review is going to rake in a huge amount of cash. Not to mention the way you word it kinda makes it sound like they intentionally tried to get angry comments.

It's pretty 50/50. You should've seen it the way it was when it first came out. Whoo boy. Also yeah it is a pretty well known problem. That doesn't make it any less of a problem.

It's important to note that different gamers have different taste, and what may be a 10/10 for one would only be a 4/10 for the other, based purely on enjoyment. Any reviewer who does not write three different reviews (10/10, 8.5/10, and 7/10 to cover the whole gamut) for every single game they review and then automatically show the appropriate one to each individual based on a brainscan is not doing their job correctly. As we know, a review should reflect the reader's opinion on the game, only address technical flaws if they want the game to be bad, and have no relation to the reviewer's opinion.

P.S. Thanks

bringer of illumination:

Meanwhile they can rake in the dough that all this bullshit makes them.

You seem to have a vastly inflated impression of how much money internet advertising tends to make, and also if you're going to make the kind of implications you are here, it's best to back them up.

Ukomba:

Especially given the new definition of the world literally.

Ugh, I hate you for reminding me about that. Its been weeks and I'm not over it.

Rockstar releasing a crappy port a year later is a bunch of BS, but at least it means we smug PC master race won't get to it until then, when everyone else is focused on... Harvest Moon or something I dunno.

Why doesn't she tuck in her shirt.

It's actually starting to bug me a little.

Gorrath:

Note: I have no opinion on the GTA V review Tito wrote as I have not played the game, my comments are meant to be a general condemnation of overreaction.

And I am Overreacting to your condemnation of others overreacting!!!!

And will continue to do so in the manner of an angry snooty 12-year-old message board fuck!!!!!

Thus ticking all the boxes for overreaction!!!!!

How dare you act in a mature manner!!!!!

There are not enough exclamation points in the multiverse to sufficiently describe my overreaction or rage I will now have to finish off my diatribe in italics!!!!!!!!

On a more serious note I will never 'get' people's strong reactions to reviews. It's one person's opinion of a game.

If anything the more different opinions we all hear about something the easier we can find a more educated and nuanced opinion of our own.

SacremPyrobolum:
I don't understand where the 9/10 is coming from. Doesn't the Escapist use 5 stars to rate games?

Erin doesn't write for The Escapist. And one of the first things people did with the review here was convert it into an X/10 score. The other thing was complain, many people without reading the review itself.

Paradoxrifts:
Complete bollocks. Nobody is losing their shit over anything, until someone pistol whips a game journalist with a two 1/2 foot long double-sided dildo.

Then and only then, will I admit that shit has officially been lost.

Volition's saving that for DLC.

>.>

Zombie_Moogle:
Criticizing internet sensationalism, racial entitlement, & GTA V all in a row

I think they're trying to summon some kind of Cthulhu-equivalent shit storm... & I couldn't support it more

Well, at the very least people can't complain it's not on-topic.

Well, they can, but it's pointless.

Andy of Comix Inc:
Why doesn't she tuck in her shirt.

It's actually starting to bug me a little.

If she did, she couldn't get at her handgun when spiders need shooting.

grey_space:

And I am Overreacting to your condemnation of others overreacting!!!!

And I am telling you to calm down while overreacting!

grey_space:

Gorrath:

Note: I have no opinion on the GTA V review Tito wrote as I have not played the game, my comments are meant to be a general condemnation of overreaction.

And I am Overreacting to your condemnation of others overreacting!!!!

And will continue to do so in the manner of an angry snooty 12-year-old message board fuck!!!!!

Thus ticking all the boxes for overreaction!!!!!

How dare you act in a mature manner!!!!!

There are not enough exclamation points in the multiverse to sufficiently describe my overreaction or rage I will now have to finish off my diatribe in italics!!!!!!!!

On a more serious note I will never 'get' people's strong reactions to reviews. It's one person's opinion of a game.

If anything the more different opinions we all hear about something the easier we can find a more educated and nuanced opinion of our own.

Your use of italics is more than my Zen-like nature can bear! Feel the wrath of my impotent internet rage!

Educated and nuanced opinions?! Blasphemy, there are only two sides to any issue and if you aren't with me, you are against me!

(I'm actually starting to see why people do this, it's kind of fun!)

(Deleted due to the internet hamsters doubling up my posts)

LOL. I laughed so hard at the part where it was implied they were "professional journalists". 10/10, best laugh I've had all month. Subscribed.

Daystar Clarion:

Teoes:

Daystar Clarion:
Snooty message board fucks.

Man, I hate those guys.

Sell outs.

That's what angry 12 year-olds sound like! It's as if you want a repeat of last time's I Hate Daystar show.

OT edit: Not quite as baiting and therefore not quite as funny as the last couple, still good.

Ffffffffuck Daystar, I hate that guy.

What with his handsome features and witty sense of humour.

Screw that guy.

And his bizarre sudden lack of avatar...

I totally agree that the control scheme is stupid (mash A to sprint? srs bro?)

I agree that the game isn't perfect, but I don't see how the control scheme is archaic. The control scheme is very functional and is the only way that I can conceive the games various elements working together at all.

Lilani:

You mean this character? I hope you do, because otherwise it sounds like you might be referring to the author, who is male lol.

Yes, I mean the CHARACTER.

An 8?

Grey why you hate GUTTAV? DDD:

Nah but really I don't care, never cared about the series, good comic though.

I feel like there's an important life-lesson to be gleaned from this comic that the author has so thoughtfully presented to us!

When you're in an argument, it doesn't matter if you're "right" or "wrong". Those are such old-fashioned modes of thinking. Obsolete! These days, all you need to do is pick a position and then act extremely, exceptionally pretentious about it! Then it'll be like you won by default! It's so easy! And you can really drive your point home when you have a soapbox upon which to stand, say... an entertainment medium. That way you can paint your opposition in an incredibly harsh negative light where they can't possibly fight back or respond as you attack both their argument and their personal character, while still maintaining plausible deniability by simply saying you were trying to be "entertaining". It's brilliant!

Think of all the problems that could be solved by this method!

"My theory on particle physics is correct and my colleague's is wrong because he's a smelly fat jerk."
Thanks, Nobel Prize!

"Your Honor, I didn't TRY to stab the victim. He fell onto my knife! Here, I drew a picture of him falling onto my blade as I removed his wallet. Please note his razor teeth and stupid looking face."
Case dismissed!

"Iran doesn't need nuclear weapons. Only insecure perma-virgins have nuclear weapons."
Ahh, world peace achieved!

Thank you so much for this comic!

YES! Critical Miss is back to form, and right on time for the GTA V reviewing clusterfudge. I haven't read the comments about Greg Tito's review, and now I'm afraid to look.

One nitpick, though: I thought, as a sociopath, Erin doesn't give a rat's ass what people think of her or what she says.

Worst thing is, six months from now, those same whiny cunts will say that GTA V was complete shit, just like they did with IV.

I miss the days when reviewers could just DO THEIR FRIGGIN' JOB and give the game the score they believe it deserves.

All videogames nowadays get always 9/10, because of what this webcomic shows and other reasons. And, you know... "when every videogame gets a near-perfect score, no videogame does".

I want a website that, say, gives an average vote to a long-waited game only because it really is average. or a high score to a barely known game, because it happens to be quite good.
That website would lose many viewers..... at first. But if it keeps going at it, over time it would become known as the only website whose game reviews you could trust.

As for me? I don't trust reviews. In fact, it came to the point that I don't even read them anymore.

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