John “Totalbiscuit” Bain puts Kotaku in Its Place
On September 7th, a very deluded or very cynical Kotaku contributor named Joel Johnson wrote an article called “Faux Futurists Want to Keep PC Gaming in the Past.” In it, he argued that the era of PC’s as highly customizable gaming platforms is quickly coming to a close, and that in the future, people will prefer pre-configured PC’s more along the lines of today’s consoles. Johnson goes on to describe the experience of listening to PC customization enthusiasts as being like “hearing a bunch of polo players quibble about saddle design next to the freeway.”
It wasn’t the first time that someone wrote something dumb on Kotaku, and it certainly won’t be the last. There are myriad things wrong with Johnson’s article — sweeping generalizations, unsupported arguments, and plenty of knee-jerk defensiveness — and his dogged pursuit of his misbegotten thesis leaves all sorts of things by the wayside, most notably the fact that PC gaming is doing better than ever, thank you very much.
The most eloquent evisceration of the article we heard took place on Cynical Brit, a YouTube channel run by gaming pundit John “Totalbiscuit” Bain. In a free-wheeling 15-minute harangue, Bain explains how Kotaku likely ran Johnson’s article in order to “nerd-bait” angry readers into reading and commenting, raking in a tidy sum in advertising revenue in the process. He then proceeds to dismantle the argument with sarcastic, British-accented aplomb. You can hear it all in the video embedded below (segment starts at 4:50).