After reading the Halo 3 article the guy doesn’t seem bias at all to me. I mean, he says that it’s a cliche to claim gamers are antisocial. Then when he goes on to mention gaming to be, “an unhealthy amusement for children”, the full quote is; “The Bungie bring a grinding, jeweler’s meticulousness to what most people consider an unhealthy amusement for children.” I couldn’t deny any part of this sentence unless I was under the delusion that gaming is a full-fledged, mainstream form of entertainment or if I believed that Bungie doesn’t care about their product.
When he describes the game I think he goes a little overboard giving the section a little flair of the grandiose, but it only sets me up to think that the author has a subtle sense of humor and a love of the game. Over and over again he comes off as a Halo fan who’s trying to tell an audience, who he believes don’t know what Halo consists of, what the wonder of it is.
Take this quote, “Halo takes itself seriously as, if not art, certainly a spectacle. But art seems more apt.” combine it with the second-to-last paragraph where Grossman is bringing up as many points as he can about how Halo, and by extension gaming, is becoming more mainstream and “acceptable”. These both seem very contradictory to the whining that’s going on about the article he wrote.
Feel free to ignore his emotion on the matter, quote things out of context and call me an idiot; but, to me, I think this was an excellent article and great journalism. On the other hand, I find both the articles on the BBPS and Aeropause to be ill conceived and poorly reported and edging on despicable.
The same author of this article may have his hand in the “Harry Potter is a travesty to God” stuff, but that’s not what this article is about. Quite frankly I don’t think one bad opinion negates all of a persons opinions, especially when you can keep them well separated. Oh, but it does make for good dirt for slinging.