Video Game journalism in 2016

Seems 2016 is the year of the constantly offended, so much so that any self-awareness that these people have left goes right out the window. Which is the case with our good friend over at PC Gamer James Davenport, who reviewed Shadow Warrior 2 and straight off the bat complained about the dick jokes in the game? Clearly, James has not touched a Shadow Warrior game his entire life. Or he would have noticed the main protagonists’ name is “Wang” which is basically slang for penis. The guy is literally a dickhead, and considering the low-brow slapstick racial humour Shadow Warrior is known for it boggles the mind that the first thing James would complain about is the humour. Then he manages to get his political correct pants in a twist about a gun that is called the “Genocider”:


Also, James genocide does not always mean the mass murder of an entire race or nation. The crime of genocide is defined in international law in the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide as follows. Genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

(a) Killing members of the group;

(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;

(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;

(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;

(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

64954599Seriously I am at a bit of a loss here, firstly the fact that he knows so little of the humour that basically surrounds the Shadow Warrior franchise is astounding. Even more astounding is the fact that he drones on about the bad humour found in the game for more than half the review, how about fucken reviewing the game? I mean seriously it is worth a mention in a single paragraph at best it does not warranty talking about it for half the review. I read video game reviews to be informed and learn the pro’s and con’s of said a video game, not to be lectured on Social Justice issues. Why on earth would you want to review a game when you know for a fact that you will not enjoy it as much as another title due to its content and jokes?

But not all the blame can be placed at the feet of James Davenport, some of it can also be placed at the doorstep of PC Gamers management. Who clearly do not know how to properly utilise the writers they have, and it seems to be a trend in the video game journalism industry. These online publications seem to make the same mistake over and over again. Instead of getting the right person for the job, the grab the nearest available person who might or might not be suitable to review the game and let him lose on the game. And the end product is a review like this, which is not only detrimental to the game itself but to anyone who might want to buy the game based off the reviewers score and opinion.

[Editorial Note:] Your political leaning and view point’s should in no way influence or be part of a review. You know we are fucked as a society when we treat our games like politics and our politics like games…

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