I don't know how to say these things without being labeled a hater, so I'll just say it outright. First, let me clarify that I have many friends who don't share my sexual orientation. This isn't a matter of disapproval of someone's lifestyle. I wish it to be known that I support any sexual orientation a person feels they are aligned with. That is the end of the coddling; if you read on from this point and still choose to believe this is a hate post, I don't care.
This is a games website, and it should always be about the games. The Gone Home review is a prime example why sexuality has no business on a games site (where, for the record, children of all ages gather). My experience of the game, as well as that of virtually every Gamespot member who has posted a review, is that the game is nothing more than entertaining. No disrespect to Caroline Petit intended, but I feel the sole reason Gone Home received the score Caroline gave it was because Caroline identified with the sexual aspect of the game. If I were the editor of a news site, I would be sensible about who I assign game reviews to. If a member of my staff repeatedly cited sexual situations as the impetus for review scoring, I would start assigning the games that raise sexual flags to another reviewer and give the offending reviewer simpler, less complex games to review.
I'm directing this straight to you, Caroline. I find you to be a thoughtful, intelligent person with a lot to offer regarding how you look at games. Often I listen to your reviews and marvel at how similar your view is to mine with regard to certain feelings such as nostalgia. I've been a member of gamespot for 12 years. I've come to depend in part on the service for determining which games to spend my money on.
I'm asking you as a reader and a fan of Gamespot to leave those personal aspects in private and stop judging video games (the most unsexual art form on the planet) on the merit of sexuality. I'll cite the GTA V review in closing. Caroline spoke at length about the misogynistic aspects of the game, referring to them as crude, hateful, and politically incorrect, but ignored the encouraged murder of innocent civilians, drug trafficking, bank heists, and many other, much more undesirable, sociopathic, and destructive behavior perpetrated by the characters of the game. This is obvious personal bias toward sexuality over other more merited focal points of the game that should have been discussed. Honestly, I don't want reviews based on morality of any kind, whether its the way characters treat one another or whether or not there are gay, lesbian, or straight people in it. Everyone knows that GTA is about gangsters and unsavory people, and everyone knows the game is in a constant state of self-parody. Giving it a negative review based on the behavior of its fictional characters is as useful as giving Home Alone negative reviews for being a Christmas movie.
Please restore the integrity of Gamespot and help Caroline and other reviewers get on board about what is important in games: fun, plot, and play control. Once more, I apologize to anyone who is offended by this blog. I just thought it was time for me to add my opinion to the ongoing situation we have here.