The “Overrated” Argument
Games have tough lifetimes if you really think about it. First, they have to be meticulously crafted by people using bits of code and some colours. Then they have to be printed or loaded in order for the consumers to consume them. Then, finally, they are put through strenuous tests to gauge how well they are doing in the form of reviews and people commenting on them. Sometimes they are received with praise from the majority and sometimes they flop so horrendously that they might be considered a sin to play. I’m here to talk about the former. If a game does extremely well and is unanimously considered a masterpiece you will always find people that deem it “overrated”.
I find the concept of calling a game overrated illogical and sometimes irrational. Games that are often called overrated by gamers get that title because the gamers in question think that the games are not worthy of the praise they are getting and aren’t really that special. A counter argument that I can provide is that so many people have come to the consensus that a particular game is good that there has to be at least some truth to it. If a majority of people agree on something then it has to have some merit behind it.
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This phenomenon of “overrated games” can easily be attributed to over-hype and prolong exposure to various discussions. There is an example that I can provide: If a game releases to universal praise and is considered a masterpiece then there will of course be people talking about it. If a gamer has Twitter and follows a good amount of gamers, they will constantly see people praising the game and discussing various aspects of it. If this person doesn’t have the game yet, they will be bombarded with these praise-filled comments for a long period of time before they actually play the game for themselve. What then happens is that when they finally get the game, most of the magic and surprise will be lost already because of the aforementioned comments and thus making them believe that a game is “overrated”.
Of course, sometimes this all just boils down to personal taste and opinion. A fair amount of people might like the story, but you may not like it yourself even if it has been praised, purely because of personal taste. This is a perfectly viable excuse to not like a specific game, but remember that it does go both ways. Just because you didn’t personally enjoy the story does not mean you have the right to scrutinize the game for being “overrated”. For example, I make it no secret that I hate Dark Souls, but I still see why the game is enjoyed by a majority of gamers and won’t call it overrated because I personally didn’t enjoy it.
Then there’s something that I like to call the Gangnam Style Effect. Gangnam style was so popular at one point that absolutely everyone loved it, but as time went on, it became old and extremely overused in daily life that people started turning on it. Given enough time and enough exposure, this can also happen to games where people just get sick and tired of it and resort to calling it overrated rather than have any good reasons why they think so.
You also get your obvious attention seekers who adamantly confess at every possible situation that a certain game is overrated. I have occasionally done a little research when I see a person continuously call a specific game overrated where I find their gamertag, PSN ID or what have you and see exactly how much they actually played the game. More often than not, they only played the game for barely enough time to finish the tutorial. This is obvious attention seeking behavior when you look at the evidence.
Sure, some games can be seen as overrated when you give a good enough evidence as to why exactly it is, but the occurrences of things such as that are few. And that’s mainly due to the fact that there is no argument to begin with. So in conclusion, I think calling games overrated is a misguided thing that people do just to gain attention or stir up controversy. I may be wrong and I urge you to give me a game that you think is overrated and give solid reasons why you think so. I look forward to what you can come up with.