Why It’s Okay If You Dislike Dishonored
Neither viewpoint is objectively incorrect, no matter how much someone might want to berate a critic in the comments of a negative Dishonored review. And it’s not a matter of “you just don’t like stealth games,” either — there are legitimate criticisms of Dishonored (and anything else) that can stack up rather quickly. Especially with Dishonored, if the elements on which the developers focused don’t speak to you, the flaws can stack up really fast.
An objective viewpoint on things like this is something from which we, as a gaming community, could really benefit. That’s not to say that reviews should be “objective” — there’s no such thing. But you can be objective in looking at multiple viewpoints and intelligently discussing all of them. We gamers have a tendency to tie a lot of ourselves into our hobby and into games with which we really connect. Of course, that’s to be expected, really — the power of video games is that they make you bring yourself into the equation, and they have a tendency to be affecting in ways that other media can’t approach because of that level of interactivity. And the greater personal investment means we tend to take criticism of our games personally.
But even still, we need to be able to have a conversation about games, their strengths and their flaws, without getting riled up about it. Or rather, we should get riled up about the right things, but that doesn’t mean we need to draw battle lines with each other. I can stand back and look at Dishonored and see the peaks I really enjoyed and the valleys I didn’t. And I can also understand that while when I was standing on those peaks, I could overlook the valleys, but for some people, falling into those valleys means never coming back out.
I can argue passionately with anyone about Dishonored, and many other games, but what’s the good in my arguing with someone who’s just as passionate if we can’t stop and have a look at the other side of the coin? It’s pointless and fruitless, and when these arguments turn into personal attacks, nobody gains anything.
It’s okay to dislike Dishonored. Let’s talk about it.