Good Ole Davey Jaffe, Talkin’ S**t Like He Don’t Care

jaffeYeah, the man bringing you the new Twisted Metal has been getting into the shiz, as it were, on Twitter in the past two days after this tweet: “:) SO F**KING SICK of artsy fartsy in this industry. Get f**king over yourselves bitches:)”

I like the horrible abuse of smileys. Also, you’re Davide f**king Jaffe; smileys don’t really match your demeanor.

Anywho, people responded poorly to that, understandably, and that irritated him. And so he tweeted this explanation of “artsy fartsy”: “ARTY-FARTY= pretentious, dull, surface bullshit without really understanding the craft of game design or emotion/storytelling.” Ah, so he’s talking about Final Fantasy XIII.

Anyway, Dave (Can I call you Dave?), I’m gonna explain where the confusion started. Here’s the deal: People who think Grown Ups looks funny would say that The White Ribbon is “artsy fartsy,” whereas someone who knows something about art would not watch Starting Out in the Evening and call it “artsy fartsy” even though that film pretty much fits your definition of the term.

Let’s go to Urban Dictionary for a sec: “artsy fartsy is generally bad artwork that is made so weird and hard to understand that people just assume it’s genius.” This was undoubtedly written by someone who’s really pumped to see Grown Ups. Now try this definition: “An extremely stupid and dorky way to say that someone is artistic.”

See what I’m getting at here? When a person who considers him or herself a layered consumer of games hears you complain about “artsy fartsy” games, they think of your comment in the context of that second definition. And so when the guy behind Twisted Metal and God of War, which are like the video game versions of Michael Bay movies (not at all an insult), says he’s sick of artsy fartsy games, well, you come off like an anti-intellectual who already has tickets for a midnight show of Grown Ups. As a humble wordsmith, I’m just suggesting you not ever use that term again. Please.

Look, man, I’m not hatin’ here. Us Alabama people gotta be cool out here in the big and scary world. I’m just tryin’ to help here. Just tryin’ to help.

Thanks for the heads up, CVG:)

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15 Comments on Good Ole Davey Jaffe, Talkin’ S**t Like He Don’t Care


On June 24, 2010 at 10:12 am

BOOM! This piece = righteous headshot.

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On June 24, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Completely agree, and lol @ the remark about Grown Ups. That movie looks soooo dumb.

Haha, regardless, it’s not a good idea to nerd rage on Twitter when you’re in the public eye.

Rick C

On June 24, 2010 at 4:14 pm

I think Phil is a bit obsessed with Grown Up’s for some strange reason.


On June 24, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Personally I don’t think Grown Ups looks like that great of a film (though I admit to chuckling a couple of times during the trailer), but I also thought it was a bit odd for Phil to have referenced it at three different points in the post.

He’s possibly upset after being forced to go see it with his significant other on opening night.


On June 24, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Can’t disagree more. Its like Universal telling the world that Focus Media or Sony Pictures Classics can’t exist. It’s what makes the movie industry a certifiable art form, just like how Braid or I Wish I Was The Moon make gaming the biggest blooming art form

Phil Owen

On June 24, 2010 at 5:11 pm

I’m mostly just bitter that every time I see the trailer at the movies, too many people laugh.


On June 24, 2010 at 5:22 pm

I had the same experience when I saw the trailer in theaters, so I definitely sympathize with you.


On June 24, 2010 at 5:24 pm

I enjoyed FFXIII, not as much, as 12, or 10, but more than 9.


On June 24, 2010 at 5:43 pm

who cares? why is some barely know game developer’s tweets now the subject of boring articles online. No one cares. Waste of file space.


On June 24, 2010 at 5:48 pm

This whole article was missing the point. Im sure 90% of the people who read this wanted to know about the video games and industry and what is going on not the definition of artsy fartsy you fatsy patsy. Was the point of this really to stick up for the artistic folk’s that read this guys twitter and put their tail between their legs? Seriously, I’m a straight up artist i can draw literally anything and do just about everything else besides game design, and I wanted to know more about what makes the twisted metal creator tick and talk. Everything in this world is a form of art, especially twisted metal and god of war, that’s not what he ment. He ment everyone is creating hollow works of art without the basis and demeanor he went through to create his work. And for the record, once you create a game saga that drove people wild since playstation one, you can talk some about the industry. Peace

Phil Owen

On June 24, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Thanks for reading!


On June 24, 2010 at 7:53 pm

i haven’t been to a theater in a while… and i see new releases all the time, but I can say they are never spoiled by trailers, because i haven’t seen one of those in a while either…
i can tell you are much “nerdier” than I am too… is there some sort of nerd code-of-honor which makes nerds pay for crappy spoiled-by-trailer movies after they have heard everyone laugh at all the funny jokes already and ruined their experience?


On June 24, 2010 at 9:39 pm

I gave up any potential respect I had for your viewpoint when you tried using Urban Dictionary as a legitimate reference.

Movies, games, and articles like this that assume illogical must mean right-brain ignore the possibility that “artsy fartsy” work could be the result of poor conceptualization or a lack of executive brain function.

Phil Owen

On June 25, 2010 at 12:06 am

Urban Dictionary is absolutely a good reference when discussing what people think a terms means, which is what I was doing.

And as for your second point, well, you’re not arguing against anything I said.

Free hunting games

On September 6, 2010 at 4:47 am

It’s strange that I read a post about this. Is this news so big?