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!"

and

"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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