Sessler's Soapbox: I Hate Numbers

Posted: October 25, 2011
Sessler's Soapbox: I Hate Numbers
Adam uses the response to his Uncharted 3 review to talk about his distaste for applying numerical values to the quality of creative works.

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  • Revanhavoc

    Listening to Adam just makes me smarter. Ended up learning about Greek Tragedies today...

    Posted: November 3, 2011 11:43 AM
  • Revanhavoc

    Best. Rant. Ever.

    Posted: November 3, 2011 11:36 AM
  • JimMD102

    The easier a concept can be explained, the harder it is to understand.

    Posted: November 2, 2011 11:11 PM
  • rando_calrissian

    I cried when I watched this, because he thinks he I s ranting at well informed "smart people" but he is not.

    Posted: November 2, 2011 8:14 PM
  • rando_calrissian

    I cried when I watched this, because he thinks he I s ranting at well informed "smart people" but he is not.

    Posted: November 2, 2011 8:11 PM

    Excellent video. I completely agree with you in every regard, and I'm happy that a "figure" such as yourself can come out and voice their extremely passionate opinion to the masses like this. I hope with this video you've at least began to sway a few minds towards valuing those numerics just a little less.

    Posted: November 2, 2011 2:04 PM
  • jizm247

    this is the single best video ive ever spent at least six minutes watching on the internet.

    Posted: November 1, 2011 11:16 PM
  • gamerjes

    Numbers mean nothing, but it is the first thing the average person sees. Sadly, the average person is built to react to the first thing they see and not dig further. It's a headline reflex of sorts.

    We are a product of experiences and sadly are doomed to repeat this history.

    Posted: November 1, 2011 8:32 PM
  • Kymlaar

    I understand and agree with much of the sentiment concerning the reduction of a piece of art to a simple numerical value. That being said certain types of art are going to appeal to the masses and some to a (relatively) small portion of the population. A piece of art hanging in a museum simply doesn't have the same mass market appeal that a video game, album, or movie does, and that is going to effect the focus of the discussion which goes on.

    The broader spectrum of people with an interest in expressing their voice concerning the item means that the topics will begin to boil down to those that are most common. A game like Planescape: Torment (an amazing game in my opinion) was stuck at release with discussions of it's graphics, it's controls, and it's combat. The game has a series of philosophical ideas available to discuss in it, but the forum for opening those discussions in detail isn't a review that is meant for everyone.

    After the main reviews there were other areas where people came together to discuss such things. Forums can be a great place for that, so can blogs or video blogs. Videos like this one are fantastic, the purpose is no longer to present the masses with a quick review to help them figure out if a game is fun, but to present an idea, a grievance, and open a discussion concerning it.

    Alright, I feel like this has gone on for long enough and I'm no fantastic writer. Thanks to anyone who takes the time to read my ramblings. :)

    Posted: November 1, 2011 7:22 PM

    I've never touched any of these games and I love them. The Uncharted Series has alot going for it. That aside, I still never played one. After seeing this Soapbox, and checking out the review, I jumped straight to Youtube to see videos of gameplay. I have to say, after watching some people fight with some of mechanics, I see why it has a degenerated score. But it doesn't stop me from watching onward! It's a good game! I still play Sonic the Hedgehog 2006, and X-Play, let alone half the world deems that game horrid. If you like a game, play it yourself. You don't always have to have 100% backing in the media. And heck, I'll digress, if you really want a good review of something there, aren't there gamer reviews up on IGN? Where you can write your own review? It might be fun to really let people here have a hack at giving games reviews, then many others will sit back, and hate them, not only for their opinion on a game...but maybe bad spelling and lack of depth and reach towards the people reading it and possibly searching for something worth wild.

    You play what you will, but game reviews, heck reviews in general will do one of two things...always. Make you want to play the game, or make you not want to play the game. Or make you eat ham sandwiches...I dunno.

    Posted: November 1, 2011 11:38 AM
  • Alien_Number_Six

    I totally agree with Adam. Furthermore I have never factored in reviews on ANYTHING I have ever bought.

    Posted: November 1, 2011 3:26 AM
  • cmickey.1

    Couldn't have said it better. For those interested, pause the video at any moment for an amazing snapshot of Mr.Sessler. Again, truely inspiring man. Soapbox for life...

    Posted: November 1, 2011 1:21 AM
  • wulfere

    Keep ranting I'll keep watching man! You are absolutely right. You have never disappointed me with any review. Because I read that review, base my choices on that review along with others and my own feelings on the game. You provide a good sounding board and though I may not agree with everything you say, I do appreciate your passion and intelligence. Keep up the good work. Don't let the narrow minded get you down. Rant on Brother!

    Posted: October 31, 2011 8:22 PM
  • FUPA11

    PS: If G4 is not working out, I think you'd be a FANTASTIC fit over at Giantbomb. :) That would complete the ultimate dream team of video game journalists.

    Posted: October 31, 2011 5:35 PM
  • FUPA11

    I love you Adam and I really appreciate your work and the manner in which you go about it. It is very admirable and people should look up to it and learn from it. You are one of my favorite people to digest video game news from and I look forward to watching your segments and reading your reviews/articles every week. It sounds like this job can dish out a mental beat down without reservation and it sounds like it has taken a toll on you with the recent ignorance displayed in the feedback to the Uncharted review. Don't let this get you down buddy, hang in there and realize that this is the internet and that the majority of these outlandish responses to the numerical score are probably coming from uninformed pre-teens that like to hide behind there computer all day and causes meaningless internet drama. Please don't let it get to you Adam, try and ignore these people and just know that you have a strong legion of fans out there that depend on your honest and objective opinion. There are not many of you out there, so we need all we can. Stay strong.

    Posted: October 31, 2011 5:33 PM
  • PigxDestroyerx

    People need to realize this. Great video Adam. I watched x-play's reviews years and years ago and saw you guys review Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne. I remember it being given a 4/5 due to incredibly high random encounter rate. I didn't think "oh this game isn't a 5/5 so it's not as good as _____ game".. I listened to the review itself and decided that this game is right up my alley and you guys really seemed to like it. Bought it and found a new favorite series and even new favorite game publisher. People should never let number scores deter you from seeing a movie or playing a game.

    Posted: October 31, 2011 2:27 PM
  • Mihalick

    I love how there is a numerical star rating system right under this rant. Irony at its finest.

    Posted: October 31, 2011 2:14 PM
  • CPeck93

    Testify, Brother

    Posted: October 31, 2011 1:03 PM
  • cafeb4bed

    Adam I give your Rant a 4 out of 5.

    ;-) I Kid I Kid. I completely agree as well. As an artist/creative person it hurts to score your passion.

    Posted: October 31, 2011 8:13 AM
  • vexec15

    God damn, you are such a smart guy Adam. I wish I new you personally just so I could hold a conversation with you. Well done.

    Posted: October 30, 2011 12:09 PM