Blog a Day 306of365: Why review?

Amongst many other things, I’ve been writing about a few ‘games’ that I suspect that regular gamers would turn their nose up. I say regular instead of hardcore as I hate that term. Regular could do with some definition though – I mean you lot, people who have been gaming for a fair few years, know their way around FPS games etc. The thing is, the quite scary Stepford Wife-esque people on the Nintendo adverts are increasingly there. My cousins and adult relatives for example, have no interest in Halo or Call of Duty, but they’re mad about all those crappy Nickolodeon games and the likes of Dogz and iCarly. Their money is just as important as mine in the long run but they could certainly do with guidance.

And how about the many singing/karaoke games? Why are they ridiculed so much yet playing along to music with a plastic guitar is ‘cool’? That’s not anti plastic guitar by the way, I love them as much as the next Guitar Hero obsessed person. Karaoke is just as fun though providing you’re with the right people.

But anyway, these games deserve to be reviewed objectively if you ask me. Some of them aren’t even that bad in fact. Which is how I’ve found myself writing more about these casual games and I’ve tried to look at it from a fair perspective. Actually, for the most part, I’ve stuck them in front of an appropriate demographic and watched what happened. It’s not rocket science. Even kids who only play what we’d deem as crap, can still spot what is actually utter crap.

I’ve previously written about We Sing Encore, Hidden Object titles and Batman: The Brave and The Bold.

In the coming days, there’ll be words about Face Training too. Yes, Face Training. And Disney Sing It: Party Hits and Family Hits.

I guess it comes down to the debate of what we review games for. While some deserve detailed critiques, games/applications like these deserve consumer advice more than anything. Personally I reckon it’s all good and it all has its place.

1 thought on “Blog a Day 306of365: Why review?

  1. Daniel Lipscombe

    A subject I’m yet to be vocal on that revolves around these “casual” games you speak of is, why no one has actually included kids quotes in these reviews. Obviously it would be rather difficult to ask an 8 year old child to write a thousand words on Hannah Montana the videogame, but I don’t understand why no site (that I’ve seen) thinks to include their views.

    They’re wholly relevant and would speak to a parents mind more so than a reviewer who has little to no passion for what they play. I’ve always enjoyed your reviews and comments on said games as you are always unbias and, might I add, a bit of a child at heart. So, you can relate and deliver an honest view.

    However, I’d love to see a standard review that includes quotes from the reviewers children and/or nephews, nieces or whatever. Something an adult thinks would entertain a child is likely to be considered “uncool” or some such. It’s the same with movies, to an extent. It’s rather silly to send someone like Ebert to review a film like Planet 51 and expect him to share the same view as the target audience, which is that under the age of 13. The same should apply to videogames.

    Sorry. kind of went off on a tangent, then.

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