On Criticism

August 15, 2010

Archived from this thread on SG:

…there’s a difference between criticism and complaining. If you’re complaining because you paid good money for a game that’s kinda mediocre or not really finished, eh, I’m not that interested. It happens, y’know? Better to take it up with the designer. But if you’re writing criticism that, say, reflects on the current state of indie design / publishing / marketing / writing / play / etc. through the lens of the product in question, I’m fascinated. In my mind, that’s the kind of criticism that we need more of, criticism that acknowledges that there is a teeming world of games out there that any given product fits into somehow, even if it’s a mediocre product.

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