Ah I dropped off my post and didn't come back, so I missed your message. Thanks Marlew and I really agree. It's very interesting how much of themselves people bring to not just creating but also criticising, but the former seems more widely acknowledged/ interrogated.Marlew wrote: ↑March 12th, 2021, 7:36 am Great post, Jon.
So much of the discourse around this game is a treatise on whether 'it worked for me' or whether or not 'ND made me feel like they intended'. I find that approach a critical dead end because the criteria against which it's judged are often unclear, and tend to say more about the critic.
"The movie 'Home Alone' didn't work for me as an exploration of man's existential isolation, and the festive colour palette undermined that further. They should have gone with a starker black-and-white presentation and maybe had an older, more weathered Japanese man instead of a grinning blond boy. To go further, it completely failed live up to Kobayashi's nine-hour anti-war meditation, 'The Human Condition' which I'd been expecting."
A failure to engage beyond one's own parameters should be a moment for reflection, not a self-validation. 'I didn't like it because of x, y and z' is perfectly valid, and can be interesting. I don't like Ornette Coleman because I can't hum or sing along and that's how I tend to enjoy music. It's bullshit to say that Ornette Coleman has failed to move me, though, to wholly place the burden on the work itself for a self-gratifying dunk. Engagement is a two-way process.
I think I mentioned in another TLOU2 thread that some time before the game launched I muted the right words on Twitter to completely avoid all discourse, rage, reduction, snark and backlash (and backlash to the backlash) so I could play through in peace. It's one of the best presents I could have given myself. I feel like the discourse can be just as bad a spoiler as hearing the plot sometimes, having a bunch of other people's condemnations or smartarse comments in my head instead of experiencing it for myself.
Anyway, all reasons these after the fact analyses by the likes of Cane and Rinse are a genuine treat.