This is spooky.
(or Kyle/Jaffe have had negative interactions before idk)
Hello! Welcome to the first round of the Movie Bracket, a semi-competitive thread about movies, meant to provoke discussion and friendly competition.
How it works:
-Directors were drafted by different forum members, and films were chosen to represent them.
-The films go head-to head in an elimination bracket, the winners being decided by our votes each round.
-The director with the winning film moves onto the next round.
-One true winner prevails
Everyone can vote, but you must follow these three simple rules:
Stanley Kubrick, as represented by alexwhiteplays.
The Players and Their Pawns:
-The Coen Brothers
-Stanley Kubrick (WINNER)
-Paul Thomas Anderson
Tokyo Slim's directors:
(only drafted to round out the bracket to a clean 32)
-Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Voting for this batch will likely go on for a little more than a week; we'll see how it goes!
I'd be happy to answer any questions!
I don't think that price should effect review scores, personally. What a game costs changes over time and has no effect on the quality of the game as a work of art. I think by factoring a score into a review, you're essentially conceding that it's a consumable product instead of a work of art.
In-house lists like this aren't really the way to go unless the reader is really familiar with writers. Like if EZA made one of these lists it'd be interesting and indicative of what they're about and value in games. I think you either have to go with a broad, international poll of authoritative opinions, or make a really concerted effort in weighing the values of already existing lists (see They Shoot Pictures for this application in film) if you want to do a 'best ever' deal.
I don't know these writers, or their authority in the medium. It appears only one of the contributors writes primarily about video games. The other six (observing only their handful of articles prior to this one), seem to write more on tech---which games fall into to be sure, but I'd consider them more of a visual art.
All that said, I don't like the article. If you want to make a list, make a list. If you want to include writing about why it's on the list, make sure the writing is good. Some of the blurbs are shockingly poor. Stop telling me what the player does in the game and tell me why it's great.
Also the list in general is so bereft of personality, of actual passion, I just don't care what comes next. There are great games on there, sure. There are also ones that simply aren't very good (though I'd likely feel that way about any 'best of' list---and I and everyone should, frankly). Why even do this?
I'd like to start by thanking Exist 2 Inspire for doing this, it was a fun ride. I'd also like to see this become a yearly tradition; it would be cool to see it change as the community grows and matures.
The list as a whole is pretty good I suppose. Definitely some underrepresented eras/genres, but I guess that's to be expected.
I've played 69 (mheh) games on the list, and I like 40 of them which is pretty good.
"Best Fan Game" is a weird award anyways. I get that there's a big grassroots community of fan game designers, but it seems to be asking for legal trouble, or more instances like this.
I think a best freeware/microbudget/gamejam title might be better? A couple of my favorite games this year are freeware.
Bowser's only a great character in the Mario RPG's, where he's a super endearing comic foil.
I feel a little dirty for picking Kurosawa. If I had realized that Japan was already represented by Miyazaki, I probably wouldn't have. He's a very easy director to choose and pick for.
But then you might not have watched Yojimbo for some time, so I feel it was worth it!
@TokyoSlim just trying to share some of my over-thought feelings about running this thing while also participating (which I initially didn't want to do) :):):):);(
I'm curious which director or culture you may have picked instead? I considered Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Luc Besson but neither had 5 films I wanted to choose
Eastern Europe, South America, or Africa. It's a little tougher to pick a director with 5 standouts from those regions given the amount of political turmoil or outright silencing of artists, though. I was thinking about Tarkovsky, but I tried to make all my first round picks pretty accessible, and I don't know if there's a good entry point for him. You just gotta jump in.