Let's Talk About Troy Baker's Weird Dismissal Of Games Criticism
The conversation around The Last of Us Part 2 is exhausting, and some of those involved with the game are making things worse.
Lately, voice actor Troy Baker joined the scrum, responding to a suggestion that videogames are too long by quoting Theodore Roosevelt in a pompous display of chest beating.
Oh, and the suggestion came from Jason Schrier, that guy who reports on abuse at companies like Naughty Dog.
Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann had only recently attempted to undermine Schrier with help from Sony's Cory Balrog. As Baker voices Joel in the game, it all looks a little bit alarming.
While I doubt there's a coordinated attack, the simultaneous piling on Jason - so soon after his Naughty Dog article - speaks to the contempt the mainstream game industry has for critics. At least, those critics who hold it to account.
Also, this article is a good overview and worth checking out: https://www.polygon.com/2020/6/30/21307200/the-last-of-us-2-controversy-critics-press-naughty-dog-vice-review-leak-sony-ps4-playstation