What’s the best painting? What’s the best tv show? What’s the best game? Let’s rate them all in a listicle. Let’s put them in numerical order. Let’s get the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo and put them side by side and go HMM, which one is the ACTUAL best? GAMERS NEED TO KNOW. GAMERS MUST KNOW WHICH ONE IS NUMBER ONE. OBJECTIVELY.
I could have a cold one day and it would affect how I viewed a fucking reload system on an FPS. But it’s my job to explain how I relate to these things. People do not come to me for my omniscience. They come to me for my foibles, feelings and biases. I am a critic not a metre stick and I don’t care if you don’t share my opinions. I can explain why I have them well and you can take it or fucking leave it.
Why do gamers demand this thing that actually does not exist? Because capitalism demands it. As capitalism’s shitty little puppets, everything must be rated ‘objectively’ so they can manipulate you into saying it’s the best so they can market it back to you, even though no opinion in the world is objective. We live in a great wide world where everything is infinite and appeals to different people. Ever notice when you find someone else whose favourite film is the same as your favourite film? It’s rare right? Do they like it for the EXACT same reasons as you? Probably not. Yeah. Maybe you don’t even have a ‘top’ film because that’s stupid fucking question. That’s how fucking opinions work. Art is not a number, commercial bullshit just wants you to think that it is so that you can be manipulated into buying more of its shit.
All the Games Media Awards, the Games Journalism Awards, Metacritic, Greenlight, the App Store, ratings systems, metrics, pageviews: all of this stuff is just a way of figuring out what is The Best so a list can be made, even though the reality is nothing is the best to everyone at any time. It’s trying to lead you to think there is anything but a huge variety of beautiful, weird and interesting things out there that are appreciated by different people at different times.
You cannot make a work of art that will destroy other art things. You can only stop that person from making art which in my opinion is a MASSIVE FUCKING VIOLENT ACT. Do you know what is a selfless, beautiful thing? Someone who gave you art for free. Because it’s there if you want it. And it’s not taken anything away from you if you don’t.
Capitalism’s insidious ploy to get you to buy only the stuff they have ploughed insidious fucking stacks of cash into en masse is the one thing killing the games industry. Surprise, you think it’s ‘the best’ because they spent a huge PR budget on it and made fancy commercials. Well done. Keep literally buying into that ploy and attempting to suffocate anything that deviates from it. You will have the same boring things to play over and over whilst huge companies make you into their slimy little zombie slave. You don’t want to play what I like? I don’t care. There’s room for us to exist on this earth, and you trying to exterminate everything that isn’t what you want is something entirely sinister and fascist.
If you succeed, there will just be you in your shitty underpants in a wasteland trying to jerk off to some free-to-play shit that hates you. Because you wanted The Best. Well The Best survived. It is only one kind of thing for one kind of person. Enjoy.