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Danielm80
Danielm80
Wed, May 18, 2016 9:39pm

Hickey lost me when I read the final sentence of the article. It makes no sense at all:

…it’s time to ask whether user scores are truly as objective as they purport to be.

amanohyo
amanohyo
reply to  Danielm80
Wed, May 18, 2016 11:29pm

He lost me when he called the Angry Video Game Nerd a misogynist for refusing to review the Ghostbusters Reboot. Rolfe’s comedy is juvenile and as lowbrow as it gets, but he’s free to refuse to watch a movie if he wants to. The video in which he explains his decision is clearly not misogynistic. He’s voting with his wallet, and that’s our most powerful tool as filmlovers.

It is nice to have some solid numbers to back up what everyone already knows if they’ve ever looked at the 100 top ranked movies on IMDB: men like to rank things in a hierarchy more than women and are less empathetic when it comes to products that aren’t designed for them – this is due more to social pressures than biology, but both play a role.

Feminism would, in theory, allow men to rank products designed for women more honestly. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to say to what extent men are ranking these shows poorly out of some reactionary, knee-jerk, women’s stories suck impulse, and to what extent they are ranking them poorly because they are “genuinely” poor shows which is of course subjective by nature as you pointed out.

Danielm80
Danielm80
reply to  amanohyo
Thu, May 19, 2016 1:17pm

I didn’t think anything could makes less sense than that sentence from Hickey’s article. Then I watched the video by Angry Video Game Nerd.

*Buries head in hands. Weeps openly.*