If you haven't seen Flying Omelette's RAU Gallery you should do yourself a favor and check it out now. I personally enjoyed watching her take stupid emails and links and rip them a new one, but those seem to have peetered out. I wonder if she scared everyone off and now they're trying to find new people to make asses of themselves in front of, because the very day I posted the review quickie for Smash Bros. Brawl, I found this little gem in my inbox:
From: Bobby Jindra
Subject: About your Brawl review
I was completely shocked. Why would you refuse to play a game that sold, I don't know...BILLIONS across the globe? Isn't it fun to beat up on other people? If this is what you think of video games, I'm surprised you even have a life.
Was this guy's goal to combine as many emails from Yahtzee's Mailbag Showdown as he could into one concentrated letter of buffoonery and flawed arguments? Let's do a blow-by-blow on what's wrong here:
First and foremost, I did play the game, and I'm not sure what about that review told Mr. Jindra otherwise. How could Smash Bros. Brawl have had "the blandest, most repetitive single-player campaign I've gone through in recent memory" as I said in my review if I hadn't?
Second, there's plenty of good reasons to not want to play a game: it's too expensive, I don't own the system and I'm not running out to buy it just to play that one game, I heard it was ass, it desecrates something I hold near and dear to me. But I'm not sure what my interest in playing a game and the number of copies sold have to do with each other, or why anyone should care about how many copies were sold when selecting what game to play. This, folks, is what we call a non-sequitur, or in Mr. Jindra's case it could just be projection. By the way, Mr. Jindra seems to have overlooked there's "only" six billion people on earth, so if "billions" of copies of Brawl were sold that would mean at least two billion copies were sold and one-third of Earth's population bought the game, but Mr. Jindra probably meant more like ten billion. There's hyperbole, and then there's stupidity, folks.
Third, I don't know how much fun it is to beat people up, I've never tried because I'd get arrested for it. Dropping the strawman arguments, I really wish people could come up with less stupid and/or arbitrary reasons for thinking a game is good or bad than "Mario Kart DS is great because you can throw things!" or "Shadow of the Colossus is great because the colossi are the only bosses in the history of gaming that have required thinking!" or "Goldeneye sucks because it isn't controlled with a mouse and keyboard!" Yes, I have actually seen or heard somebody say all of those. "Smash Bros. Brawl is great because it's fun to beat people up, don't you think?" Yeah, it's not like there aren't a hundred other, better games I can do that in, and maybe see some thoughtful level design or solve some puzzles while I'm at it.
And finally, I'm not sure what "If this is what you think of video games, I'm surprised you even have a life" even means, but I'm not going to worry about it because it probably doesn't mean anything, though it seems Mr. Jindra is suggesting I have a life. Isn't the witty thing to do in Internet arguments to suggest the other party doesn't have a life?
So that concludes my little adventure in sport spoiling. I don't have any characters of my own that could join in on the fun, but maybe if this happens again I'll be enticed to come up with something.