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Friday, March 17, 2017

Fanboys Losing it Over Breath of the Wild 7/10 Score is Just Sad

Have you seen review scores for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild? Everywhere you look, it is 10s and 9s. I wouldn't call BOTW the greatest game ever made, but it is an incredible title. The game has one of the highest ratings on Metacritic, sitting at 98. And then Jim Sterling reviewed the game and gave it a 7, bringing the game down a number. Hoo boy.

I don't think I need to elaborate on who Jim Sterling is, but for the three of you that are unaware, this is the abridged version. Mr. Sterling is a YouTube personality who makes a living ragging on the stupidity that frequents the video game industry. But it isn't all negativity as he does offer praise where it is due and while he has bashed Nintendo numerous times, he's also had good things to say about them such as the quality titles they make and how Nintendo handled DLC in Hyrule Warriors. Having said that, one would not be completely in the wrong for calling Jim a shock jock. Jim is a pretty funny guy but I definitely don't agree with him on everything and not every aspect of his humor is for me. Still, the by no means does the man deserve death threats for giving BOTW a 7 out of 10.

The man currently on raging Zelda
fanboy's hate list.
It really is pathetic that a portion of the gaming community, regardless of the size are so invested in a game or the score it receives to the point of it getting anything less than what they feel it deserves can cause them to riot. I mean, honestly, that is one 7 versus the throngs of 10s. People actually want blood for Jim bringing down BOTW's Metacritic score by a single freaking number in spite of the fact that it is still one of the top five highest rated games on Metacritic. The fact that there are people out there willing to kill over a 7 is straight up lunacy.

What really gets me is that a 7 isn't even a bad score! Reviews are placed on such high pedestals that anything that isn't an 8 or a 9 is deemed awful and in the case of a game that so many others have given high marks to, makes it seem as if Jim were saying BOTW is a bad game.

I love BOTW. The game is amazing and it can be tough to play so many of the other great games I was playing prior to starting it. But by no means do I think it is perfect. It has frame rate issues and the weapons breaking can get tiresome, but the good far outweighs the bad and I'm enjoying the game far too much to get upset that Jim does not 100% agree with his peers. Perhaps Jim just doesn't go ga-ga over the game like so much of the gaming community has. I mean, opinions do differ, hard as that might be to comprehend.

Jim Sterling has his fans as well as people that hate his guts. He's no stranger to controversy and his score of a 7/10 for BOTW is getting him just that. No such thing as bad publicity and all that so those that loath him, he's having a good laugh at this whole ordeal, which probably isn't even a big thing to him. I highly doubt it is the first time Mr. Sterling has received death threats and I doubt it will be the last, which makes me sigh with disappointment, when all these haters could, you know, just go off and enjoy the game.

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