Braid Creator Jonathan Blow Tears Down Popular Games, Calls Them Infantile

Braid developer Jonathan Blow has never been a stranger to making controversial statements, especially about popular games that dominate the sales charts from week to week.

The developer took to Twitter a couple of days (via Gameranx) ago to say a number of things about the games he’s recently played, with criticism about everything that’s wrong with them.

For the most part, Blow laments the fact that society views games as an ‘infantile’ hobby, and blames popular games for the perception.

He wrote:

“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.”

Some of his readers weren’t too happy with what he’d been saying and attempted to call him out on his opinions, as it were. One commenter remarked that he was unfair for “insulting” people who have a “pretty simple hobby and simple tastes.” He responded thusly:

“I think there is something wrong with it. It’s not simple, it’s infantile. There’s a big difference.”

“I do think infantilism is bad because it makes people less capable of being in the real world.”

“And I don’t really like attempts at using relativism to justify infantilism. It feels like denial.”

Blow laments the fact that people often talk about games like Halo 4 and Black Ops 2 for the sheer fact that they’re blockbusters, while ignoring what he sees as more cerebral games like the recently released Antichamber.

Blow continues to tweet at his critics, and remains firm on his opinions.

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8 Comments on Braid Creator Jonathan Blow Tears Down Popular Games, Calls Them Infantile


On February 2, 2013 at 9:09 am

Keep to your camp and let other people keep to theirs.
“Honing your craft” and making a relatively fun, cerebral game does not crown you a god among developers, nor does it give you any right to insult people purely on the basis that they enjoy different genres to you.
That’s just infantile.


On February 2, 2013 at 9:26 am

Maybe he’s had a wager with David Cage as to who can come up with the most elitist, egotistical and out-of-touch comment in the industry. Still, at least Braid has intelligent gameplay. That’s more than can be said for any of the schlock Quantic Dream has released. Blow still sounds like a totally conceited bellend, though.


On February 2, 2013 at 11:53 am

Ladies and Gentlemen I present you; JONATHAN BLOW!!
The king-of-hipsters of the games industry.

If it has more than ten people on it’s development team he will consider it infantile garbage.

Can we just do what we do with hipsters of every other part of society and ignore him?


On February 3, 2013 at 2:10 am

While I can support having negative opinions about the big games/shows/movies out there, I think there is a pretty clear line between criticizing the product and criticizing the consumer. It’s far more constructive to point out what you find wrong with the product and let people judge for themselves whether your argument has merit rather than call them “infantile” or “stupid” for ever liking the product. If you want somebody to understand why they should change their opinion, you have to explain to them the reasons why they should share yours. Just telling them they are wrong serves no purpose.


On February 3, 2013 at 4:01 pm

“Live and let live”
Pretty hard.
Sometime we all are d..cks.


On February 3, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Good on him :D


On February 5, 2013 at 9:08 pm

Yes it this kind of behavior I feel is also ruining gaming. Hate everything that is popular because things that are popular are automatically overrated and terrible hipster mentality. Its one of the main that I cringe every time I go on Smudboy’s youtube video’s despite me agreeing with a lot of what he says but his channel seems to attracts a lot of the types I just mention above.


On March 16, 2014 at 11:43 am

Its sad when people want to make a living doing something but can’t stand how that something is perceived by the public. My advice to this Molyneaux-wannabe? Find another line of work or STFU. Braid was pretty popular, was it not? And it was hardly original – see also “Prince of Perisa: The Sands of Time” and even older games. I’m sick of these preening artistes and their precious egos.