Controversy and Reviews: What can Complaining Lead To?

4 Jan

While it’s very easy to make fun of Naughty Dogg president Neil Druckman, his vision behind Last of Us Part II was a welcome addition to the series, for me (I even got the platinum trophy for completing the base game and even completing Grounded mode, which it isn’t but I’m a masochist). One can always dislike an artist but can still make beautiful art. Not according to the Internet. Yes, the place where differing opinions are tolerated. WRONG! While games like Last of Us 2 shared more with Black Ops 2 and Spec Ops: the line, there’s money to be made in complaining about products reviewers dislike.

            Why is it so prevalent? Why the need to add a bold headline that says “Trump is racist” when it will receive so many retweets disliking it on Twitter, and other sites, but the media has operated on this for a long time. Youtubers do the same, as I have done as well. Opinions can’t be silenced or censored in a free society.

            To review games means a lot to people. But if the reasoning is clear enough, 1 star reviews never help and sometimes they are judging products based off older models. Such as how much youtubers responded to Last of Us Part II. 

            If anyone makes money off controversy, it’s unknown to me. There are thousands of views on Last of Us II reviews that hate the game, while many who like it go unnoticed and often shamed or silenced by angry mobs. There is money in complaining. Just look at the lamestream media for the last five years and the headlines they produced to make President Donald J. Trump look bad. For example, when the Japanese Prime minister Abe fed the fish in Trumps visit early in his presidency, as Trump fed the fish, cutting out Prime Minister Abe’s portion as he fed the fish first, the media took it out of context. (https://www.kpbs.org/news/2017/nov/06/dont-be-koi-theres-something-fishy-about-that/) While CNN, upon research, as of Jan. 4th 2021, have changed the story, the report got it wrong, but it lead to outright criticism and anger from leftists and twitter mobs.

            Complaining helps get views. Even I know that. Unless you are doing it in an artful way, it doesn’t matter. Not even Vice liked the Last of Us Part II. Neil Druckman even called Vice, to “talk” about the review. This doesn’t happen in most mediums. Most artists, and companies leave the reviewers alone. Although Chuck Palahniuk attacked a Variety journalist for making fun of his readers, and that was okay. In defense of the reader or players is when we should stand up for the customers paying our bills. All paid artists, small and large, would be hobbyist without some form of income and feedback.

            If we only knew that an argument proceeded out of the phone call, anti-LOU II fans would say VICE is right. Vice can have there opinion, but no one, not even Neil Druckman, has to take it seriously. 

            So, why complain? Honesty is needed in reviews, even if they are offending the creator itself, but do the creators need to respond to every review? 

            As a writer myself, when I downed a negative review of my work, The Data Chase, only bolstered the opinion of the reader, and it was a good lesson to learn. Never go against the customer, or the person reviewing a game, movie, or book. Sometimes criticism is helpful. One time a reviewer pointed out I had placed a repeated of a chapter in the Michael Project, only for me to redo it. But can complaining only go so far until it sounds like a pretty girl raging out over a guy they want to like but can’t admit they like in return, in favor of their friends opinions. But trying to make a name for themselves in return?

            Does a negative review mean it’s negative when there reviews are helpful and they provide a lot of feedback for the company to make changes? Yes. Cyberpunk 2077 has benefitted from a lot of negative reviews that point out many flaws in the game, as it received terrible backlash for game bugs that weren’t fixed upon its 8 year development cycle and final release. But not for the story.

            But does screaming and shouting count on Youtube? I was sad about Joel’s death, but when the voice and mo-cap actress for Abby was sent death threats, that’s not helpful, that’s unfair. If Salman Rushdie can be protected for freedom of speech after defaming Islamic leader Muhammed in his seminal work The Satanic Verses, so can the voice and mo-cap actress who played Abby in LOU 2, Laura Bailey. Actors have nothing to do with the writing of the story. They are living hand to mouth. That comparison is unequal, but it is relevant.

            But this doesn’t solve the year in how most of the games in question received some form of controversy. Doom Eternal, Last of Us 2, and Cyberpunk 2077, major releases in 2020, were all derided in some form, as some of the controversy came from in house problems that leaked over into the press, while some criticisms were aimed at the games mechanics or story elements. But will anger always win attention and clicks in journalism forever? 

            The left did it for years, and sometimes, repeating what our enemy does might not be good for mental health. If writing fiction, it can be useful. But to provide commentary pulls out anyone during a review. In my past two years of essay writing, I now know why sensational writing works in fiction, but in reviews, it seems like larping taken to a written or oral form. It destroyed leftist media, and it might destroy Youtube review commentators/grifters. But no one who is daring or controversial is on Youtube anymore, and so it shall be the myspace of content creators. All I ask is that in 2021, let’s all stop shouting and screaming, in general. We sound too much like SJW journos and celebrities with TDS syndrome.  In summary, people should be able to say what they want without being silenced by media corporations or bought off by said corporations to silence the truth of a products failures. Nor should they be imprisoned or jailed for it. That’s the American way. 

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