I’ve read a great deal of game reviews. We all have. We’ve all watched a- non hyperbolic- hundred game review videos where the person, on screen, tells us to “Smash that like button” before they even get to they’re take on the game in question. We’ve all been tired of that type of content for a long time. That’s why I’ve been devouring Tim Rogers’ videos. Game reviews and otherwise.
Okay, at the top I’ve got to say the title for this piece is meant to be funny. I wouldn’t want to do a generic “Fluff Piece” for someone whom I respect. That’s because I don’t believe Tim Rogers, or any other reputable content creator, would want that kind of hollow praise. The only reason I bring him up is because I’ve really been enjoying his brand of game review.
The kind of review I’m talking about comes from a place of sincerity. A review that talks about the game as a thing to be enjoyed, not just a point-by-point reason to buy or pass. I’ve been enjoying reviews of games that aren’t even reviews.
I made the decision to purchase the game “The Friends Of Ringo Ishikawa” just by watching Tim Rogers play it for an hour and a half. I was a completely lapsed “Kingdom Hearts” fan before I watched his “Is Kingdom Hearts 3 Unreviewable?” video. That video bade us all to not partake in KH3 reviews. It gave well thought out justification as to why people have already made up our minds, whether they want the game or not. Apparently, deep down, I really wanted that game. I bought it and I’m happy with the entertainment I obtained.
I’m not trying to say there is only one game reviewer out there who has the integrity to give us the kind of reviews that we deserve. There are, in fact, plenty of others that are worth our time. I’m personally a fan of the whole GiantBomb / GiantBeastcast crew. The people over at Gamexplain are worth looking at. There are also several other reviewers that post on Kotaku, especially TAY reviewers, whose opinions I have found enlightening.
When it comes down to it, the entertainment that we consume means more in the time we spent on it, than the money we pay for it. If you are going to go to the trouble of researching the things you spend your time doing, you should seek out the right information, from the right sources.