I Hate ______ of the Year Conversations

So 2018 is about to come to a close and you know what that means. That’s right, time for every website, journalist and Twitter user who thinks they’re important to come out of the woodwork and tell you what the best thing was this year. Could be video games, music albums, films, anime, sports moment, novelty convenience store food item, it’s all there and they want you to know what was the best thing from that category.

Me? I’m in a different boat. My idea has always been to talk about what was good, not what was the best. I mean really, what the fuck do I know about what video game for example was the best game all year? I have friends who certainly have the desire to make their own cases, but let’s really be honest here, how am I, a guy who only plays PS4 games know what the best game was this year? I don’t play PC games, I don’t own a Switch or Xbox One, I don’t play handheld games, mobile games, or anything of the sort. Not to mention, I barely played a good chunk of the “best” that the PlayStation 4 had to offer this year, including games like Spiderman and the Game Awards GOTY, God of War.

It’s always the same every year. So many websites try to tell me what the best thing is, my friends will get together at the bar and have arguments over what the best thing was and of course I “have to have an opinion” on these things, otherwise I’m just weird. But in the end, the idea to me of having an opinion on what I thought was the “Game of the Year” for example, it’s just silly. I don’t have the time, nor the funds to play the amount of games I’d need to play in order to have some sort of idea of what the “best game” could be.

Even then, it’s all still subjective. The Game Awards gave God of War the GOTY treatment this year, yet I haven’t played it, nor will I ever, as I didn’t like the series at all previous to this iteration. It’s why I don’t care about award shows in general, they’re not the “CSRadical Awards”, they’re instead award shows done by a collective group of people who tend to have far different tastes than myself. I don’t give a shit about The Shape of Water, but that won Best Picture in 2018. I don’t listen to Bruno Mars, but he cleaned house at the Grammys this year. At the end of the day, the major award shows are more or less just industry circle jerking and has nothing to do with my specific interests in whatever industry I’m talking about.

So in the end, I try to change the context of these conversations when they come at the bar, or at parties. I’m not interested in talking about what the best game was this year, I want to talk about the games I enjoyed the most this year. So look forward to a post of some sort either at the end of the year, or in early January, where I just talk about my favourite things from 2018, not “the best”.

Also, this conversation extends to “greatest of all time” conversations. Comparing things from different years, decades, or even eras? That’s just idiotic!

But Michael Jordan is better than Lebron James.

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