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There are some indie games I like, but most just don't interest me. Despite the high praise Gone Home got, it's not a good game in my eyes. Honestly, who slept with who to give that game such high praise? Fact is, game journalism has always been somewhat flawed and there have always been issues behind the scenes. On top of that, opinions are so subjective that it's possible that some of the people praising Depression Quest, genuinely liked it for whatever reason.
This is why one must do research and check multiple sites and reviews. Hell, I check out let's plays on youtube. At least I see actual gamer opinion with actual footage of someone playing it. With console releases, all you need to do is rent it. For PC, it's more complicated. Without a demo, you're sol.
You guys just took a dump on my soul - mastahjebus
Are indie developers as a group going to be put under the veil of suspicion after this story?
Are you going to trust reviews of indie games in the future, especially on sites like Kotaku, Destructoid, Polygon, etc.?
1. No. 2. No. 3. Haven't trusted review sites in years. This hasn't changed that fact.
Personally, the whole situation is bizarre to me. I can't for the life of me figure out why people actually care about this. It's like... yeah, gaming journalism is corrupt. Welcome to last decade? That's assuming this is even true, which from the little I've read... It's more suspicion than certainty. Though maybe that information's a bit out-of-date, but it doesn't really change my opinion if it is.
The sole purpose of this space is to make my post look longer.
Has the event itself affected my gaming habits? No, not really.
However, the fallout of the event has. I now have a handy list of developers who's products I will actively avoid purchasing, because they believe that it is acceptable to attack, demean, and harass people in the name of "social justice", while simultaneously demonizing "gamers" as a whole for attacking, demeaning, and harassing of people done by a very small, very vocal minority.