Identity Gaming – Git Gud or Go Home

Identity Gaming - Git Gut or Go Home 1

So the new Doom got released and despite the less than satisfied reaction with the multiplayer demo, things seems to be going well for it.  I’ve not played it yet but there’s a chance that despite a previous post I made about how its probably going to be shit, it’s looking like I was somewhat wrong and that’s not a bad thing. In particular, after watching the first impressions video from TotalBuscuit I’m actually quite excited to get my hands on a copy. Sure it’s a bit modern and streamlined but it seems like the core elements of what made Doom Doom are there so thank god for that.

Anyway, I’m not here to talk about the quality of Doom, I’m here to bitch about games media some more when it comes to the reviews of the game.  Specifically a video review from video game shitrag Polygon. Apparently they released a review video where the person playing the game absolutely sucked at the game which of course prompted many people in comment sections to laugh heartily and tell the sorry sack of shit that filmed it to “git gud”. Of course, Polygon being staffed almost exclusively by brain-dead crybabies they took issue with this and started moaning about the response. This prompted other shitrags like Paste Magazine and Rock Paper Shotgun to write articles saying things like “git gud” is why people don’t take gaming seriously or that “you don’t need to be good at games to enjoy them”

Well you know what, partly they are right in that sense that you DON’T need to be good at games in order to enjoy them… if you’re just a consumer having buying a title for the express purpose of having a good time. But no, these aren’t consumers these are professionals in the industry trying to critique a game and quite frankly you can’t do that properly unless you have at least SOME skill at gaming in general. These are people who GET PAID to give you information on games and you can’t give consumers a good amount of information if you suck massive horse cocks at playing games. It’s probably the reason why Polygon likes to harp on about sexism and other non-issues in games because they aren’t good enough to make enough progress in a given title to write a proper review.

Let’s say you are looking to buy a new car and you go to a car dealer in order to get information on what the best car for you might be.  You arrive at the dealership and start asking the guy questions and he responds with things like “it has pedals and goes forward if you put petrol in it”. You’d probably leave without buying anything and be a little pissed off that he wasted your time. We’re not asking the salesman to be a pro racer but we’re asking him to have a degree of knowledge that allows us to make an informed purchase.  Now I know these “journalists” aren’t salesmen per se but a review of a game is what a lot of people will base their decision to purchase on so if these people aren’t doing their job properly then they aren’t helping the consumer make an informed purchase which is what they are PAID TO FUCKING DO.

I’m not asking these people to be pro gamers in the running to win tournaments or top tier speed running gods, just good enough to not be worse than my mum after I cut off her hands and stapled her eyes shut, that’s all. The whole “git gud” mentality that some gamers have is a GOOD thing because as long as it persists then some developers will continue to make challenging games. Games are easy enough as it is and what we don’t need is shit bag games “journalists” complaining on their big websites and making developers think that the market needs even easier shit.

I’d suggest that these idiots take up an easier, more relaxing hobby like Origami, but then again they’d probably start publishing articles about how folding in straight lines is homophobic and paper cranes are racist.


 Identity Gaming is an individual series attempting to raise money for Alzheimer’s! If you’re feeling generous, or you just want to make yourself feel better for buying that super expensive thing, follow the link below to the donate page… oh and Identity Gaming’s main site is also there… but you know, whatever.

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