I was going to write a blog post but then I watched a video by a certain Brit about WoH and lost the last bit of incentive I managed to muster previously. I’m sure most of you are familiar with TotalBiscuit, either through his videos about various games or from seeing him shoutcast competitive matches.
I wasn’t going to go into detail on why I dislike him, but suffice it to say that his marginal success in shoutcasting Starcraft 2 (which is different from casting) stems from the fact that he has a british accent, a radio voice and can talk really fast, and not because he would be a charismatic figure, a good host or entertaining to listen to, as is the common misconception. But that’s an opinion and as such it is subjective by nature.
However I will go into detail on why I think the “WTF is Wrath of Heroes?” video is an embarrassment to the creator.
a) Objectivity is thrown out the window into a nearby dumpster.
I understand that most (all) of TB’s videos are intended purely as entertainment and not as reviews or informational videos, simply because they seem to focus more on the creators love of hearing himself talk and cracking jokes than anything relevant to viewers interested in the game itself.
Even knowing that hearing nothing bile and venom being spewed out by the narrator is a bit unsettling. I had my fair share of bashing WoH, but at least I attempted to be somewhat objective in my criticism and presented both sides of the story, the good and the bad. You’ll only hear unconstructive criticism, sarcasm and snarky comments on TotalBiscuit’s part though.
I hear you say “but, but, Yahtzee always shits on everything and you’re not pointing at him yelling ‘corporate whore’”. That’s because Yahtzee shits on everything equally, in contrast to TB who seems to only shit on games that aren’t the wider audience’s favourites (LoL) or don’t have big powerful developers backing them up and throwing in a bonus for a favourable video. Not to mention the fact that Yahtzee provides unbiased criticism (albeit concealed by his signature cynicism) and is actually funny.
b) The main complaint in the video is that there is no skill required in WoH.
Which I might agree with. But the problem here is that TotalBiscuit is notoriously bad at playing video games, I believe he even admitted it himself somewhere (which I can’t find right now). But it’s a claim I can make from seeing him play Starcraft 2 and from seeing a few of his WTF series. You could claim it’s because he’s playing many games at once or because he is always relatively new to the ones he’s presenting, but I don’t really care.
This might seem like a personal attack but it really isn’t. I simply find hearing a person like TB complain about a skill level of any game paradoxical (and funny). Had he not been infamous in this regard I wouldn’t have a problem with it.
c) The game is in beta.
Yes, it’s open beta but it’s a beta still. Things might change, but I doubt TB would ever make another video if WoH changed for the better. Because being wrong is not something you do when you’re popular.
The game might be bad, but if you’re going to purposely bash it without at least trying to provide an unbiased opinion or constructive criticism you probably shouldn’t even bother. Or you might be called an embarrassment to the community.
One last thought: please don’t confuse cynicism with being a dick.