Rant #2 - Opinions

Foxi4 By Foxi4, Oct 20, 2012 14 0

  • Welcome to the second installment of Foxi's Rants. My first rant about usernames was popular beyond my wildest expectations, but since then, I couldn't find a good subject for a sequel. The one I'll write about now has been on my mind for quite some time, but I never had the time to sit by the keyboard and write something about it... That time is now, and I hope that it'll be an enjoyable read.

    Today we're going to tackle something especially relevant on GBATemp, which happens to be a community practically based on debating video game related issues, namely opinions. I've noticed that many members use this word in an inappropriate fashion, and I'm not the first one to notice it. What I mean specifically are so-called "Personal Opinions".

    A "Personal Opinion" is an opinion that a given person has on a given subject, but it is bound by the same logical constraints as any other opinion. Why am I saying this? Because some people think that having a "Personal Opinion" validates their statement, regardless of whether or not it is false. You are entitled to believe that 2+2=5 - that is indeed your "Personal Opinion". but that doesn't change the fact that you're an idiot and you're wrong.

    We've all read threads along the lines of "PS3 has no gaems" or "Wii is a better console because it sold more units" - we all know what those threads entail.

    Let me give you my "Personal Opinion" about sales and about game libraries - your tastes as far as games are concerned or sales of a given console have f*ck all to do with whether a given piece of hardware is good or not because they're not a part of said hardware, nor are they qualities of said hardware. What does that entail? Let me elaborate.

    I, for example, enjoy eating apples. I like their flavour and texture - qualities of the actual fruit. I think that there's a lot of recipies I can use apples in, meaning that apples are very versatile fruits - they have a lot of features, per se. I can safetly say that I like apples without any repercussions.

    If you're one of those people who like pears better because pears sell better, you're being a pear fanboy. If after I said that, you're going to say that this is your "Personal Opinion" - punch yourself in the mouth. Your personal opinion is wrong - you're liking pears not because they have qualities you personally enjoy - you like pears for a superficial reason.

    If your "Personal Opinion" is based on superficial reasons, if it's based on false arugments or if it can be easily proven wrong, you're still entitled to have it, but you have to understand that it's a s*it opinion and it makes you look like a moron.

    Please, be careful about this term and be true to yourself. Start looking at objects for what said objects are, not through the prism of their manufacturer, the prism of their sales which do not concern you in the slightest or through any other fanboy prisms, and if you refuse to do so, at the very least don't inform the community about your "Personal Opinions", as you are risking being called an idiot and a fanboy.

    Thank you, and please discuss.

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