At one point in time, I really enjoyed their videos. The cynical humor and snappy editing IS appealing to me and it is fun to dunk on games that I don’t like. This is something I’m trying to move away from now because I felt that it was helping push me to be more negative than I want. The real trouble is that I wasn’t really being informed or getting an interesting perspective as I felt I was at the time.
‘Man, this guy is really sticking it to those bad bad game devs!’ -Me, then
The turning point for me was the video on Team Fortress 2. I played TF2 for years and I was quite familiar with a lot of the small changes that happened over time. As I remember it, the premise of the video seemed to just be that TF2 looked bad now.
It was a huge bummer for me because I expected it to be looking at art styles and how TF2 slowly evolved as it took on more and more art that didn’t really mesh with it’s original aesthetic. Instead it was just very specific things that were cherry-picked to give the impression that the TF2 of the time was just entirely worse. It seemed to go out of it’s way to not engage with any of the introductions to the game but rather only the changes or removals.
On the positive side, I feel like I’m more critical of videos now. I am better at recognizing when a video is possibly being misleading with it’s editing.