Recently, I’ve talked with a friend of mine who’s a game developer about different topics and one of the things we talked about was how some people have a tendency to rate games badly because they aren’t free (or because they aren’t in their language).
This post’s main focus will be on why leaving constructive reviews is good for a video game or any product/service in general.
Even though it seems like a long period of time went by, it wasn’t that long ago that video games came into the picture (especially the visual novel genre). It was only around the 1950s that they were first born, when other types of entertainment, such as films and particularly books (which are extremely ancient), had already made an appearance.
As time went by, technologies continued to develop more and more and thus resulted in some of the things we see today; like the internet. The internet is really an amazing invention, because not only can you talk to anyone in the whole world instantly, but there is also a great GREAT amount of information available. Where am I going with this? As video games become more and more developed each year, so does the way of voicing our opinions. When someone puts their game out in the open, they are inevitably risking the fact that everyone who plays it can say whatever they want about it. It’s scary, really scary. I’m even thinking about making games myself knowing this fact fully well. This is something that’s necessary, though, as game creators can’t really improve if they don’t know just how well their game is being received. The problem is that, sadly, a wide amount of those opinions are usually unhelpful because they’re full of bitter comments saying stuff like “the game’s not free” or “it isn’t in the language I speak”.
Now, I’m no saint myself, and I know how awesome it is when you can get a game for free. Still, that is no reason to go throw these types of resentful comments to the games that need to be paid for. Some may think that it won’t hurt them in any way because they’re all “big companies” so they can make money easily. Even though there are cases where this actually happens and the companies are completely unfair to their customers for a variety of reasons, it doesn’t apply to every single company in existence. There are, for instance, some very small companies that can be hurt deeply because of this. Sadly, there is no real way to stop these people from spouting their demands for free games (or games in their language) every time they find a way to do so. But there is a way in which we can do something about this and the main reason I wrote this post: constructive reviews.
It’s quite shocking but, for who knows what reason, when given a product or service, people are more prone to sharing their negative views about it rather than the positive ones. Of course, there are certain negative reviews which help people know exactly what they’re buying/getting into. But how about positive reviews? Or even better, constructive reviews? I’m one of those people who thinks no game, no fiction, no nothing is ever perfect and that, in a way, makes it perfect itself. It may sound strange, but I’m a strong believer of this view. Why? Well, negative reviews full of hate never really help anyone. It’s just that: an opinion filled with hate; it’s better to take it with a grain of salt. Positive reviews are heartwarming to read and can tell you the main aspects about the game too but, overall, they don’t help much either since they don’t allow the creators to grow. Constructive reviews, however, are a good balance between the two: they talk about the good and the bad. “But Karin”, some may say,“that’s not really anything new, is it?” and you’re absolutely right, it isn’t. But the harsh reality is that a lot of reviews out there aren’t very constructive, and sometimes there are even no reviews at all.
So then, why are constructive reviews a good thing? One of the reasons is because they are helpful not only to the creators, but also to the players. There are times when you don’t know what to play and are making a gamble in the game you’re buying, but you’re not really sure if you’ll like it or not. Of course, ultimately, even if you read a thousand reviews, a game is still a gamble because maybe the reviewer didn’t happen to enjoy it, but you did (or vice versa). As regards creators, constructive reviews are a very good thing too since they give them honest opinions on what was liked about their game and what wasn’t, thus, making them take into account how to improve the next one they plan to make.
If you ever find a game that’s worth mentioning, writing a review is a great way to recommend it! For those who don’t really like writing reviews, that’s ok too. Not everyone enjoys writing. In that case, some nice ways to help are mentioning when a review is helpful to you and when it isn’t (the ones on steam have this option available, for instance), sharing reviews other people wrote which you found helpful , or even retweeting stuff about the game itself.
What about you? What do you think about this? Please, leave a comment, I’d love to know your opinion!
Hope you enjoyed the ride! See you next post! (≧∇≦*)/