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The virtual poo has struck the proverbial fan, that is within the realm of gaming journalism. Over two million people have already viewed TotalBiscuit’s video in regards to his recent incident with Day One: Garry’s Incident, so few have become unaware of this event. I use the term “event” because this has nearly become a yearly occurrence. A developer or publisher deems themselves too big for such people as journalists and care not for the desire gamers have for high quality content. This time, though, the journalist involved not only expresses his wrath in a detailed and logical manner, but the developer in this discussion, Wild Games Studio, threatened TotalBiscuit’s job.
I have said, and will continue to do so, that journalists should be the grindstone meant to polish product providers. Movie critics inform what is good and bad about the latest film, game reviewers detail what games are worth your hard earned money, and so on. Now, it is alleged that a group larger than a handful of such journalists do not follow such a motto and instead write/say what they are “advised” to write/say. TotalBiscuit does not fall into such a group that corrupts the title, journalist. And, in his video, you will be told and shown proof that there exists more than just a few of us journalists that uphold such standards to keep the populace away from bad content while informing the content creators why it is bad and how to improve should they create again.
We grindstones want only the best for ourselves and our readers/viewers. When we come across a good item, we give it praise while still displaying what flaws it contains (perfection is a red herring in the entertainment world). When we discover a “less than good” product, we tear it apart for the sake of displaying how poorly it is designed, makes no sense, is not worth the cost, and other exact reasons why this item or collection of items should not have been made available to the general public as it is. TotalBiscuit addresses a situation in which a question is addressed. What if the only reviews allowed for any product were positive? How many people would end up buying bad products because everything was good even items that were poorly made or were just a waste of your money. Without people to detail the lackluster quality of items, what would have happened to games such as Superman 64 and Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing if their reviews were 100% positive?
Wild Game Studios seeks to remove such annoyances as individuals who wish to tell the truth. TotalBiscuit’s video, “WTF is… Day One: Garry’s Incident,” was banned on YouTube due to “copyright infringement.” The problem that hides within this declaration of that legal term is that it was done without evidence. As YouTube stands, any person with such copyrighted material can ban any video involving said material without cause. You have a new game out and you are getting bad reviews on YouTube, don’t strive to better yourself and learn from your mistakes, just ban the video(s). Here is the problem, a developer of such small stature as this should not go after a very well known journalist/critic as TotalBiscuit. Allow me to put this in as small and simple words as possible. This plan had no thought.
To what end Wild Game Studios wanted is far from what they could have expected with this action. By banning a person’s video on YouTube for copyright infringement, that person gets a strike on their channel. Three strikes and you’re gone. Not only is your entire account banned, but every video you have ever uploaded is removed for good. For people who rely on the revenue of YouTube monetization, this is crippling. This is also a great way to get people’s attention and for them to aim a bit too much of their wrath than what you wanted. With only a single game on Steam, Wild Game Studios has not shot themselves in the foot. They blew off both legs and any flat surface to support them. On Metacritic, as it stands, there are forty-two positive reviews for Day One: Garry’s Incident. Some of these “reviews” are laughable because, as TotalBiscuit displays, two start out verbatim. “After playing the game for an hour, i must say, Its a pretty good game!” That is statement is the first sentence in two “different” reviews. Not only does the grammar cause my skin to crawl, but if you are making up fake reviews, please use different opening lines at least. What is somewhat commendable is that there only exists two mixed reviews, but what is astounding and awe-inspiring are the 500 negative reviews. Now the overwhelming amount of 0/10 reviews are, most likely, the backlash of TotalBiscuit fans taking notice and being a part in teaching this indie developer a lesson.
You the readers/viewers of such journalists as TotalBiscuit, Adam Sessler, and more well known names are the people who will purchase or avoid products. Not only that, but most journalists are also “fans”/friends of their fellow critics. Discovering reply videos in regards to this situation is easier done than finding pics of Miley Cyrus twerking. So far, the people have to agree with TotalBiscuit. They are lacking the ability to disagree because siding with Wild Game Studios is groundless. TotalBiscuit addresses material as evidence would be in a court of law. And, this particular case is open and shut.
I highly recommend, if you have not done so already, to sit down for a little over fourteen minutes and watch the video. Learn why journalists, such as myself and TotalBiscuit, are passionate and we face certain pitfalls. These pitfalls are much more dangerous and prevalent for smaller critics who have no network to assist in removing these stains on YouTube channels which may be their sole source of income. What Wild Game Studios did throughout all this, was and will always be known as wrong and this is the kind of occurrence that can result in an indie developer shutting down because their only game will not sell well. Thankfully, the ban on the video has been lifted but Wild Game Studios may not recover from this event. Not only have they created a bad game, they have informed millions just how the negatively their reaction can be.