Jonathan Blow Reaffirms His Disdain For Everyone's Favorite Games
If you can't stand video game critics, then there's a good chance that you and Mr. Blow will get along swimmingly.
The always outspoken indie developer who is best known for creating the time bending platformer Braid, as well as his role as dear leader in Indie Game: The Movie, has again said things that have gotten people upset.
As before, his target are the games that everyone loves. And to a certain extent, the people who play them, which is most of us, though he does seem a tad bit more annoyed with game journalists and critics.
The following are from his Twitter, posted just the other day:
This week I've played several recent games that are critically acclaimed, but are obviously terrible, even at the acclaim-garnering things.
If I let it, it makes me sad about being involved in games / dedicating my life to this pursuit.
It's like honing your craft as a chef while cans of dog food, rebranded as people food, are getting Food of the Year acclaim.. and
people who think they are experts on games are all nodding along, yep, that makes sense, this dog food is Oscar-quality delicious and etc.
Do people try to call him out? Yes, and Blow is always stick true to his guns. When someone asked…
Sounds like you're insulting people who have a pretty simple hobby and simple tastes. There's nothing wrong with it.
Blow was quick to respond with…
I think there is something wrong with it. It's not simple, it's infantile. There's a big difference.
Blow has made it clear that he is not a fan of game critics. Perhaps the best example is from the aforementioned documentary that he appears in, where he voices his displeasure for people liking Braid, because they are for the wrong reasons in his mind.
And he's definitely not the only person out there who has concept for game journalists (and he's certainly not the only person in his profession). At the end of the day, Blow is entitled to his opinions.
It's the fact that he has to begrudgingly extent that same courtesy to others is why many are upset with him. As for what games Blow wishes everyone was talking about more, they include Aban Hawkins and the 1000 Spikes, Jelly no Puzzle, plus the just released Antichamber.