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Street Fighter II - Stephen Totilo's nemesis

Two articles touch on the subject of experience behind a game critic. The most recent example is MTV's Stephen Totilo not being adept at basic moves for Street Fighter II, a heralded and historically important game series.

As video games mature, so does its criticism. Totilo and N'Gai Croal bring a certain air of legitimacy in the mainstream media that many other writers in the industry lack.

However to maintain a level of balance and fairness, a critic needs to be very well rounded.

Doing a hurricane kick in Street Fighter is as basic for a gamer as what a film lover would do in citing a movie like Annie Hall or Citizen Kane.

Sure a gamer need not necessarily need to grow up in that era, or be heavily involved in the culture.

But imagine if a movie critic knew nothing of Annie Hall? Or Raging Bull? Imagine a videogame critic not even knowing how to do the most basic move in fighting games?
As long as the critic is forthcoming about it, I don't think any credibility would be lost.

However, and more importantly, I would know who to trust less.

Prince of Persia Art Gallery

Prince of Persia Review

Beauty plunged into darkness

Prince of Persia

HIGH The beautiful art style and incredible palate of color.

LOW Simplistic gameplay that fails to provide a challenge.

WTF Why is Elika encumbering this game?

BioShock Third Opinion

"There is no terror in a bang, only in the anticipation of it." -Alfred Hitchcock

BioShock

HIGH Wonderful art style & environment.

LOW Game feels too easy at points.

WTF I didn't realize so many people in the 50s kept audio diaries and left them laying around in random boxes, air vents, and dead bodies.

Rise of the Argonauts Review

Faithfully retelling a myth that never was

Rise of the Argonauts

HIGH Choosing "no more talk" after being insulted by an Ionian on Mycenae.

LOW The lack of a minimap during navigation.

WTF Getting through the entire game without realizing I could throw my spear.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Review

Lightsabers can cut through 20cm thick metal, but a stick? That's too much.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

HIGH Force-throwing and crushing things is a blast.

LOW
Camera severely hampers you in several areas, especially in small spaces.

WTF How does a stormtrooper with a stick block a lightsaber?

Mirror's Edge Review

Falling off Buildings in a Single Bound

Mirror's Edge Art

HIGH The exhilaration of fluidly navigating across multiple rooftops.

LOW Harsh gameplay that frequently brings the action to a screeching halt.

WTF Being attacked by a former wrestler named Ropeburn.

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