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Thought of the Day: Gaming, 17 Jul 13

This is both hysterical and thought provoking:

Something Awful: If Films Were Reviewed Like Video Games

As you may or may not be aware, I am a bit of a film snob. I'm not so much of a snob that I only watch art films; I dont particularly care for David Lynch. On the other hand, I think Hollywood puts out a lot of excrement that only drooling idiots could enjoy; I despise Adam Sandler.

Point is, I like talking about movies, reading movie reviews, and writing my own, just like with games. It never occurred to me until I read that Something Awful article just how different typical movie reviews are from game reviews. When analyzing a film, I barely mention the technical aspects. I concern myself with the story, characters, and the emotional influence of the work. When reviewing a game, I mostly talk about the gameplay, but I spend a great deal of time discussing technical aspects, and I think most reviewers do so more than myself.

Why is that? Why are stupid characters, plot holes, and generally shitty writing glossed over? I shall keep this in mind when penning my next review.