The public execution of good fighting games: a lesson in critical thinking

Are we sure we're judging games with due process?

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • April 15, 2018 at 7:54 p.m. PDT

This isn't going to be everyone's favorite video, but I'm choosing to share it here because of the way it encourages us to think critically, even if we don't ultimately wind up changing our stances.

Few would deny the effects of social media culture can often lead to unfair portrayals of and reactions to any item highlighted to the masses, and the fighting game community is not at all exempt from this.

The crew over at novriltataki has gone out on a limb and created a video that asks us to take an intrinsic look as we critique the games of our genre.

They do so with the bold choice to use Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, a very sensitive subject in the FGC these days, as their example.

While Infinite had its fair share of problems, we very often hear sentiments to the effect of "the gameplay is actually pretty good, it's just all that other stuff," and the most highlighted of said "other stuff" has been the game's visuals.

I'm not making a direct comment on whether or not MvCI's reception was wrong or right, but very strongly agree with the notion that we should put our judgements through the processes the video implies before we publicly proclaim them.

Sent in by JGBpro88 and Zephyrus.
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