|"Why are there so many seemingly pointless articles?|
said Kirby and "Why does this grass feel like pants?"
If I have noticed one thing in my experience on the Internet, it is how much writers of articles love to grab your attention. Even among a topic like video games, which is already known for being kind of flashy, you see it being done. As a discerning reader you probably noticed that this post is guilty of it. If you thought that you are correct.
I have a couple thoughts on the matter and I'd like to share them with you. Even if it means being guilty of dumbing down the Internet. First off lets go over the 3 most frequent kinds of attention grabbing names and subjects.
- Top Insert Noun Here: Yes all bloggers have written them be it gaming related or not. Hell I'm very guilty of this one. Out of all the categories of attention grabbing this one is the most innocent. It's an easy way to express likes or dislikes and can be easily glanced over by a reader to get the gist of the writer's opinions. Example: "Top 5 Penguins in Video Games"
- Sex-Related Video Game Topic: Yes you know this one. I think most of us are guilty of clicking on them at one time or another. They usually involve biggest something or hottest something. Example: "Hottest Title Screens"
- Trolling: Oh yeah now I'm talking attention grabbing. These ones are meant to get you really pissed off. So pissed off that you link to the article to tell people how stupid it is and leave a comment to let your voice be heard. Example: "Why Call of Duty is the Worst Series Ever"
Now what I'm going to say may shock you. I think these are vital to the gaming community. Without lists how would we debate what is the best console to play? If there wasn't sex stuff online who would we accuse of being perverts? Now imagine a world without trolls:
One Day Zack decided to go on the Internet. He had heard good things about it and was interested in the idea of limitless information. After 10 minutes of browsing around on some different gaming sites he closed the web browser and left. Why did Zack do this? He did this because there is no conflict and therefore no excitement. From then on Zack decided he would only get opinions from the newspaper.
You may be thinking what I just wrote was ridiculous. You're thinking "Who in their right mind would read a newspaper?" and "What do you mean lack of conflict?" In every story, every movie, book, TV show,and back of cereal box description there is conflict. Why is this? It is because it makes things interesting. If everyone was happy there would be nothing to complain about. If there was nothing to complain about there would be no opinions.
So when I ask you are these articles bad? Are these articles wrong? I say no! For every level-headed person we nee a Jim Sterling or a Michael Pachter. They are what keep us afloat in the waters of gaming discussions.