I see a lot of so called “critics of critics” throw the debate of bias in reviews. It’s stupid. In a review, it’s your opinion. There’s absolutely no way to be objective. You might give a brief description of the game, history, and story to give context behind your points, but all in all it’s based on opinion.
There’s a reason why people get so upset, people simply don’t like others to think differently. Since of the beginning of time idiots have gotten mad over trivial things. In this gigantic, anonymous, computer age this problem is even more prevalent especially with Autists having access to the Internet. I’ve had countless times where I got blocked for simply stating my opinion. I didn’t do it rudely. I just said what I though and left it open for debate.
People like echo champers, people like yes men, and people like their safe spaces. Far too many can’t handle being disagreed with. It’s either a matter of egotism or lack of empathy. I can understand getting mad in argument we all do, but we should still respect each other. No matter what age, no matter what color, and no matter what they think. Sociopaths who are unable to empathize have a problem where they just can’t understand why people think differently. While the Egotist in extreme cases simply has an inferiority complex. They can’t handle being wrong or the thought of it.
It’s open to debate, and if their argument is completely illogical then simply don’t talk to them. You don’t have to get offended or cry. Just leave them alone. I’ve had so many comments I either didn’t respond to or just deleted. Some people are just dumb. You can’t change everyone. In fact, you can’t change most of anyone especially of the seasoned variety. No amount of experience nor wisdom will change the fatuousness of some people. I’m not gonna yell or insult if they’re being illogical. I’m just gonna go our separate ways. Or in this case not watch the video. We only have so much time in our lives. I don’t like wasting it.
stupefying, I went a few paragraphs in and I already went on a tangent. Anyway reviewers! If you make your review objective it’s gonna boring. If I’ve played the game or what have you, pertinent facts mean nothing. I played it, and I understand it. Even if I didn’t, it’s still incredibly boring. Don’t call a review call it an overview. A review implies there will be a score, thoughts, etc. Objective reviews without Bias are boring and aren’t even reviews to begin with.
I come to reviews for entertainment and knowledge. I want to know how a piece of media made someone feel. I want to extend my reach on opinions. Sure, I may not agree but it’s culture. I’m learning more and strengthening my own arguments when hearing theirs. It let’s us have an intellectual dialogue, and it’s fun. It’s not about what’s being reviewed.
Bias occurs when oneself is completely influenced by their own thoughts. Something like the News shouldn’t be biased (yet it is anyway). It’s supposed to be a way to inform the people. The most informative way would be to give the facts and let people figure it out on their own. Everything in the News is through a lens, but it really shouldn’t be. Big money should have no influence, and the speakers themselves should have no influence. The facts are what people look for, and since the News has always been so well regarded as a factual medium people don’t question. I can understand having a News channel where it was clear it was opinion, but people regard these things as fact. They go for current events and to be informed not told what to think.
Reviews however, are completely biased. They are a telling of one’s inner self. And they directly reflect the thoughts of the reviewer. That’s part of what people don’t understand. Bias is to be embraced in reviews. We learn from those other perspectives and are entertained by them. Bias is a word a lot of people associate with evil itself. So, when I say it should be embraced in reviews I will be ostracized. These people simply don’t understand the fundamentals of what a review is, and others simply want to be in a safe space.