The Man Who Hated Deus Ex

June 29, 2010 -

As part of a series of articles looking back at the Deus Ex series, Rock, Paper Shotgun decided to track down the one critic who hated the game: Tom Chick. Chick, who runs the Fidgit Blog over at SyFy.com, is no stranger to controversy and strong opinion; In May of this year he penned an article explaining why he wouldn't sign the ECA's violent videogame petition, and his reviews of Metal Gear Solid 4 and Killzone 2 for Crispy Gamer certainly raised the ire of fanboys worldwide.

Agree or disagree with his opinions, Chick is an articulate and interesting character. The RPS interview is a guilty pleasure for game journalists looking for a little nostalgia and an "inside the sausage factory moment" for gamers wondering how this American game journalist often comes to conclusions that are sometimes at odds with everyone else.

Here's a sample from the interview:

"I guess it wasn’t until after it was published that I realized how the cosmic dice had rolled on a larger scale. I remember several long and often acrimonious conversations on Usenet about the review. And, of course, the emails. For a while, I had a whole folder for Deus Ex email. Some emails were supportive, but most were just people who wanted to vent. One angry fellow – he was a kid really – sent me a picture of himself, pointing a gun at the camera. He wrote something like “go ahead, make my day” in the email. I suppose that could be considered a death threat, but I would have preferred something more dramatic like “I will totally kill you because you didn’t like Deus Ex!” I tried for a while to respond to everyone as graciously as I could, but I eventually petered out. So if you wrote me an angry email ten years ago, I apologize for not getting back to you."

You can check out that interview at Rock, Paper, Shotgun.

 

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Re: The Man Who Hated Deus Ex

I hated the aim mechanic in DX1...but got over it by use the mini cross bow for half the game...and god....it was awesome!


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Re: The Man Who Hated Deus Ex

I don't like this guy much, and often find myself disagreeing with his moral stance, BUT... his reviews are generally quite accurate. I thought Deus Ex was a game that was totally overrated, as well as MGS4. MGS4 was more like a convoluted, boring movie with a few shooting sequences. Deus Ex was a boring and poorly conveyed story with sloppy gameplay. The part I hated the most was that the game gives you the "illusion of choice", where your choices actually don't mean much at all, but they trumpet their "innovation" everywhere.

Thief was a much better game and didn't get anywhere near the attention Deus Ex got, which always puzzled me.

Re: The Man Who Hated Deus Ex

I would tend to agree here. I tried to like Deus Ex and couldn't. I didn't hate it, it just never did anything that grabbed my attention and came off as dull. Thief won for me.

Re: The Man Who Hated Deus Ex

I for once, loved every single game Warren Spector and the teams he was with, created.  Each for their own reasons.  I don't much like new games the man is making, and I don't think his upcoming "Epic Mickey" will be anything I'd recognise as "Yup. He had a hand in it, all right." I even totally disagree with him that Deus Ex was too long a game. Even if he's right and only a fraction of gamers ever made it to the end. Some games *gotta* be epic, and this was one of them. 

 

With that being said ... why is this news? Some guy says he doesn't like game X from 1999 or something, what's so special about this?

 

 

 

 

Re: The Man Who Hated Deus Ex

I don't get angry at people who give bad reviews of games I love...I get angry at my friends who smirkingly link me to a Yahtzee video regarding the game I just said I enjoyed. 

 

Re: The Man Who Hated Deus Ex

 I wouldn't actually disagree with his reviews, but I definitely can't agree he's either an "articulate" or "interesting" character. A fairly flat and boring writer, actually.

Re: The Man Who Hated Deus Ex

See, I don't get angry at reviewers that give good games bad reviews. I just regulate their opinions to the garbage from then on. See, everyone is entitled to their own opinion... and if their opinion is wrong, then there isn't any reason to listen to them ever again.

Let's face it, we are on the internet now. Opinions aren't hard to come by, I won't miss a few here and there.

Re: The Man Who Hated Deus Ex

If a person's opinion is wrong I don't see the merit in not ever litening to them again. If their opinion is continuously without substance then one could easily justify ignoring them. Until they demonstrate a continual low standard of judgement then each case should be considered on its own.

Re: The Man Who Hated Deus Ex

I've been on the receiving end of some angry readers in my day as well.  Especially when I 8.5'd Zelda: Wind Waker and dared to describe Mario in Mario Galaxy as "sluggish."

Interestingly, the readers seemed to agree with my criticisms and conclusions, they just took exception with my score and choice of words.

"Yeah, everything you say is true but how dare you give Zelda such a low score!"

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"Okay, Mario's not as quick off the block as he was in Sunshine but you just don't call Mario "sluggish"!"

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: The Man Who Hated Deus Ex

My favourite are the comments that start with, "I'm not a fanboy, but..."

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james_fudgethere's some inside baseball stuff going on in this Andrew - likely some stuff we don't know10/20/2014 - 3:30pm
E. Zachary KnightGreat musical video about online trolling. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nS-QeM2ne810/20/2014 - 2:46pm
Andrew EisenBut again, this whole thing is just too damn vague to form an opinion on.10/20/2014 - 2:40pm
Andrew EisenWithout the original communication, it's impossible to say if it could honestly be misconstrued as a friendly suggestion rather than an employer directive. However, it appears that subsequent emails should have cleared up any doubt.10/20/2014 - 2:40pm
Andrew EisenThose aren't the owner's words, they're Chris Dahlen's. For what it's worth, we do see an email from Gonzalez stating "you've already broken the only rule we set for you!!!!!!!"10/20/2014 - 2:38pm
Michael ChandraSo really the guy's own words strike me as "wah! How dare you disagree with me!" behaviour, which is the sort of childish attitude I am unfortunately not surprised by.10/20/2014 - 2:17pm
Michael ChandraCorrect AE, but then again the owner's own words are about "wishes", not about an order. No "we told him not to", but going against his wishes.10/20/2014 - 2:16pm
Matthew Wilsonyup. sadly that has been true for awhile.10/20/2014 - 2:10pm
james_fudgewelcome to 2014 politics. Increasingly fought online10/20/2014 - 1:54pm
E. Zachary KnightIt is honestly a shame that anyone has to publicly state they are against such vile behavior, but that is the sad life we live.10/20/2014 - 1:46pm
E. Zachary KnightDecided to publicly reiterate my opposition to harassment campaigns. http://randomtower.com/2014/10/just-stop-with-the-harassment-and-bullying-campaigns-already/10/20/2014 - 1:45pm
Andrew EisenMichael Chandra - Unless I overlooked it, we haven't seen how the directive to not talk about whatever he wasn't supposed to talk about was phrased so it’s hard to say if it could have been misconstrued as a suggestion or not.10/20/2014 - 12:35pm
Andrew EisenHey, the second to last link is the relevant one! He actually did say "let them suffer." Although, he didn't say it to the other person he was bickering with.10/20/2014 - 12:29pm
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Andrew EisenNeo_DrKefka - "Attacking"? Interesting choice of words. Also interesting that you quoted something that wasn't actually said. Leaving out a relevant link, are you?10/20/2014 - 11:04am
quiknkoldugh. I want to know why the hell Mozerella Sticks are 4 dollars at my works cafeteria...are they cooked in Truffle Oil?10/20/2014 - 10:41am
Neo_DrKefkaAnti-Gamergate supporter Robert Caruso attacks female GamerGate supporter by also attacking another cause she support which is the situation happening in Syia “LET SYRIANS SUFFER” https://archive.today/F14zZ https://archive.today/Wpz8S10/20/2014 - 10:18am
Neo_DrKefkaThat is correct in an At-Will state you or the employer can part ways at any time. However Florida also has laws on the books about "Wrongful combinations against workers" http://www.flsenate.gov/Laws/Statutes/2012/448.04510/20/2014 - 10:07am
james_fudgehe'd die if he couldn't talk about Wii U :)10/20/2014 - 9:16am
Michael ChandraBy the way, I am not saying Andrew should stop talking about Wii-U. I find it quite nice. :)10/20/2014 - 8:53am
 

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