Let me just get this off my chest: the Cuphead “controversy” is stupid, it shouldn’t be a thing and the less you know about it the happier and more prosperous your life will be.
But I’ve had to listen to this drivel and I want to write about it, partly because I want to put in my two cents and partly because I sometimes like to inflict my frustrations with the gaming community on other people.
Video game journalist Dean Takahashi recently uploaded a video to YouTube of himself failing at playing a demo of the unreleased indie game Cuphead.
Apparently, Mr Takahashi’s colleague suggested he upload the worst bits of his playthrough edited together because they thought it would be funny.
But unfortunately, from there, things got very childish, with gamers saying it showed Mr Takahashi somehow wasn’t qualified to be a games journalist because he was bad at a game he had never played before.
The video has more than 16,000 dislikes on YouTube and several angry threads on Reddit have popped up with some gamers calling the video “pathetic” and even “grossly negligent”, as if Mr Takahashi was performing child heart surgery with his controller.
I’m willing to bet most of the people who are hating someone for not being good at a game probably haven’t read his 7000 word investigative piece on the defects of the Xbox 360 or either of his two books on the Xbox business.
If you’re marketing yourself as someone who loves hardcore games like Dark Souls for their challenge, then yes, you need to be able to walk the walk if you want to have credibility.
But I would say being able to clearly communicate and having a good news sense are vastly more important skills for a games journalist.
After all, we don’t expect sports journalists to be able to compete with the people they are writing about, just that they understand the mechanics and politics of sports.
This storm in a teacup is really just an excuse for gamers to complain and moan about mainstream gaming media.
But I fear as long as I call myself a gamer I’ll have to muster fresh frustration with the gaming community every couple of months – until I throw in the towel and run away to live in a cabin in the woods.
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