Abyssal Pixels: Keeping The Controversy Separate
The gaming industry is one of many controversies and more drama than a season finale of Desperate Housewives. I’ve been an internet commentator for a while now and that requires me to take a look at all of the shit that is going on within my most beloved hobby. From publishers doing their usual Idiots song and dance routine to the social discrepancies that plague modern games, I’ve pretty much seen it all at this point. The thing is, being consumed by these controversies can potentially make you depressed beyond measure because the thing that you love the most in the world is always tainted by some manner of evil.
I’m all for criticizing games and the practice of making those games, mind you. I firmly believe that gaming is an artform that should be taken seriously in the modern world and in order to achieve that, we have to be critical about everything that goes on within gaming. This must happen in order for growth to occur. The industry wouldn’t have given a flying hoot if we didn’t kick up such a storm with the whole female protagonist controversy of recent times and would have happily just continued using cisgender straight white men in all of their games in order to “appeal to the widest market”. Now developers are required to at least think about what they are doing with regards to their protagonist’s gender. That’s what’s called making progress and I’m satisfied that it happens.
But then you get to a point where controversy and your genuine enjoyment of games collide. Watch Dogs had this issue way too severely. With the graphical downgrade, people had a sour taste in their mouth for this game even if they never actually played it. Some people were outright boycotting the game because of this issue. That would be all fine and good if you just want to get your point across, but Watch Dogs was a pretty enjoyable game and definitely one of the better ones that have released this year. Now those people won’t get to experience it because of a few controversies surrounding the game’s visuals, that still look gorgeous by the way.
This issue has also hit me on a personal level. When the early Xbox One controversies were going on, I swear that I was way more depressed than I had any right to be. I was so disappointed and aggravated that I didn’t even bother switching my Xbox 360 on for weeks. The 360 didn’t do any harm to me and the game inside the thing certainly never hurt me. I was just so caught up in all of this drama that I didn’t want to do anything gaming related for a while. And that makes no sense at all. Gaming is my passion and a bunch of suits making dumb decisions made me not want to partake in this passion anymore for some reason.
What I’ve made myself do recently, however, is keep the drama and the shit apart from my willingness to play games. I will give my opinion and rant and rave about the female protagonist issue in AC Unity, but I will still play the shit out of AC Unity when it comes out. There’s no point in depressing myself even further by missing out on quality experiences because of some bullshit that managed to show its face. I love gaming, not the gaming industry.