Sunday, August 18, 2013

Not My Kind Of Game.


Definition of Objective and Subjective
Objective is a statement that is completely unbiased. It is not touched by the speaker’s previous experiences or tastes. It is verifiable by looking up facts or performing mathematical calculations.
Subjective is a statement that has been colored by the character of the speaker or writer. It often has a basis in reality, but reflects the perspective through with the speaker views reality. It cannot be verified using concrete facts and figures.

Definition of Game: activity engaged in for diversion or amusement.

I bring these two things up because of the Gone Home phenomenon. By the very definition of what a game is I can objectively say that Gone Home is a game. I personally prefer more from my games so I can say subjectively that it's not a game.

Gone Home is described as an interactive exploration simulator. I have not played this game, but it seems that the goal of the game is for you to walk around your house looking at stuff. There could be a little more than that but for maybe a two hour experience at twenty bucks, I find the whole premise to be kind of boring.

I will never tell anyone that they're wrong if they do enjoy Gone Home nor will I say that Gone Home is not worth the money because that's all personal.

I don't plan on reading every review for Gone Home, but I have no idea why it's receiving such high scores. My first thought is that the subject matter is why it's getting such praise. My next thought is that game critics are just cynical, pretentious people who constantly pine for innovation from the games industry. Of course that's a cynical way for me to look at it.

I don't hate Gone Home as I have not played it and it would be nice if I appreciated what Gone Home is trying to do, but I really don't. The reason I am not into Gone Home is the same reason I don't care for Journey - not because I dislike good games, they're just not games to me. I cannot argue what is or is not a game as clearly those are both games, I just prefer more.


Scott T said...

I think you hit on something here. I've noticed more than a few review sites (one in particular) pushing questionable indie titles for reasons that are never clear to me after trying the game myself. I think there might be two reasons why:

First, we are very much in a gaming decline with few big budget titles being released outside of the pre-Holiday crush. As a result, I think a lot of game sites have no choice but to extensively cover titles that otherwise wouldn't merit so much ink.

Second, I think a number of reviewers think it makes them/the industry seem more sophisticated if they champion "artsy" games.

Personally, I think it is more the former than the latter, but whatever the proportion, something is amiss in the world of game reviewing. :)

Jayedub said...

I would agree with you. There's too much of a hipster attitude with game critics. I know I won't like Gone Home, does that make me a bad person? I have a feeling that if anyone talks negatively about this game that they will made to look so.