Comment of the Week: Thinking Caps On

 

They say you can’t please everyone, which is never more true than when you’re writing on the internet. Still, we couldn’t help but smile at this reader reaction to Phil Hornshaw’s look at Spec Ops: The Line and Far Cry 3, and the way both games seem to criticize the very audience that plays them:

“Gamefront is so dump and they think too much for nothing! A true waste of time and not a real news tss what a bunch of losers.”

The site has certainly been known to publish the occasional “think piece,” to use a journalistic euphemism, but hopefully that’s a feature, not a bug. If we do bang on a little bit about games like Far Cry 3, it’s because we’re interested in their complexities, subtexts, and implications, and we hope you are too. If you’re not, feel free to leave a misspelled comment to that effect, but be warned — it might be ignored.

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9 Comments on Comment of the Week: Thinking Caps On

Goner

On January 12, 2013 at 4:58 am

Seriously….What are you so afraid of, for trying so hard to turn sh….t in gold ,specially about Far cry 3.
Did you guys offense some mafiosi writer ,that remember France where you can’t do a thing without licking some boots, and if you dare!! make wave, you’re finish .Talk with the writer is ,as the jury talk head to head with the accused that can fool you.
I come here it is to brain storm myself, and read something different but these’ s last days i have a strange feeling.
Good days to you.

Mr Coin

On January 12, 2013 at 5:06 am

So you ‘might be ignored’ for misspelling a comment, but you’ve just gone out of your way to highlight one.

In my experience, the comments most likely to be ignored are those that challenge the writers’ ideologies.

Kevin

On January 12, 2013 at 9:22 am

I don’t see that at all Coin. As someone who comments here a bit, if I give a real challenge to someone’s thought process, they respond. Especially that tree hugger Ross.

folklore

On January 12, 2013 at 9:49 am

I happen to like the nice mix of news, and articles that explore other sides of gaming that are generally ignored.

@Kevin.
You have just highlighted one of the main reason i like this site

R.J.

On January 12, 2013 at 12:05 pm

I actually enjoy that Gamefront keeps discussing things that interest them for whatever reasons. Game publishers would like us all to forget when they goof up so we’ll turn around and buy the next thing from them. If devs are allowed to comment on and on about what they think worked with their game, why can’t a site like Gamefront do analysis pieces like they have done with Far Cry 3?

I also share Kevin’s sentiment. I’ve been a regular on this site since ME3 came out, and the writers here are much more likely to respond to a contrary comment than to anything else. Sure, those comments still need to be though out and not just incoherent babble, but they definitely do read the comments sections.

SevenCell

On January 12, 2013 at 1:09 pm

There are plenty of simple news sites out there. Not many offer the kind of “thinkpiece” articles that Gamefront does.
The main reason I come here so regularly is because I for one love the in-depth analysis, extrapolation and vivisection that Gamefront does.

Ben Richardson

On January 12, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Thanks for the kind words, guys! Maybe I was a little too flippant when I wrote this last night — we appreciate all the comments, even the rude, misspelled ones. More importantly, though, we love to vivisect, so look for more in-depth coverage in the future.

Freedonad

On January 13, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Well if one is against excessive thinking, one probably must not think too much himself. Descartes already said “I think, therefore I am”, so the inverse might suggests that he doesn’t exist, so ignoring him would be the appropriate course of action. Just putting my two cents here…

btw, that’s why I keep coming to gamefront, it keeps offering me much in the way of different, interesting new pespectives on games and the game industry.

Aedrelic

On January 14, 2013 at 5:17 am

Kevin – are you serious? Ross is the least likely out of everyone to respond to comments that challenge his neo-liberal belief system, and on the few occasions that he does, he usually relies on straw man arguments or appeals to emotion instead of actively engaging with the point in hand.