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