Zero Punctuation - Smash Bros. Ultimate

Yahtzee returns to check out Smash Bros. Ultimate and offer up his unique opinion. If you're not familiar with Yahtzee's style, you might want to hang back from this one!


Wed Jan 16 19 09:57pm
Rating: 1

He does this just to screw with people, though the "rage" over Obra Dinn, not getting attention and Smash somehow stealing it seemed genuine (and stupid.) Obra Dinn is a vintage Macintosh-styled walking simulator/adventure game. Smash is a multiplayer fighting game. I don't like calling even Yahtzee pretentious but man the whole "IT MUST BE ART OR IT'S BAD" thing was weird.

Same, plus if we're gonna do the "art" argument and say literally every form of entertainment is art then Smash Bros is like Marvel superhero films while Obra Dinn is some cult indie hit. Smash Bros and the Marvel superhero film will win praise from critics and movie goers alike while Obra Dinn and the indie film will really only appeal to a specific niche audience, but it's not like because the latter only appeals to a smaller audience means it's somehow "superior," and I feel anyone who genuinely feels that way is just coming off as some pretentious hipster who only hates mainstream media because they think it's cool to hate what the majority of people enjoy.

Plus crap like that also makes it sound like Yahtzee's trying to imply he thinks he's intellectually superior to other game critics who enjoy Smash Bros and oh screw off with that, crap like that is why the Rick and Morty fandom got a bad rep a while back (which is unfortunate in my case though as I actually like Rick and Morty, but in no way whatsoever would I try and claim that because I like the show I somehow think by sense of humor is "more sophisticated," especially when the show still loves to do low brow stuff).

I feel like Obra Dinn was just an example to show his point. Which was more about Smash getting disproportionate attention to it's "contribution to the art of game design".
So it's not Smash vs Obra Dinn but Smash vs. everything else. And really if you go on about that topic, there are many more games that would fall into the category of "getting a lot of attention but not contributing a huge amount to game design as an art form".

It's also not "it must be art or it's bad" rather "games with little artistic value are getting too much attention", and "games with more artistic value should get more attention".

Thu Jan 17 19 12:26am
Rating: 2

I didn't feel like the review was that negative, and his points weren't exactly wrong. He just doesn't like this sort of game.

I agree. Looking at the thumbs, there's always going to be a knee-jerk reaction for some people, but in my opinion (and just mine), what he says ultimately rings true.

One of his points I feel are right on the mark is the lack of description of stickers - it would have been fantastic to be able to get more info from them (even if just console platform or dates), but as far as I'm aware you only get sticker name & game series. Who is this character? Yer gonna have to google it, son.

An idealism to live by when it comes to media consumption is "You do you", not to seek validation from everyone whether what you like is good. Smash Bros just ain't his thing, and that's okay.


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