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Objectivity vs Subjectivity

Post by Envy on Wed Oct 16, 2013 6:08 pm

Dictionary Definition (Source: Google):

Ob·jec·tive

Adjective

1. Not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts.

Sub·jec·tive

Adjective

1. Based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions.

Discussion:

When it comes to discussing and reviewing content, there seems to be a great gap in terms of what people consider appropriate to use. Subjectivity is more often than not considered applicable by the majority of the population in terms of serious criticism (from what I've seen anyways). Objectivity is more often than not shoved aside because it's easier to just say "Well, I like this so that's why it's good."

But can something be both objectively bad and subjectively good? My opinion is yes. A while back, I wrote a review on a website for Pokemon Red / Blue. I scored it at a three out of five. People were wondering why I gave it a lower score than what is usually given to it. I tried to explain that even though my subjective enjoyment of the game was a five, my objective review of the game and its construction was a three. People seemed to think that I was required to input my subjective viewpoint into a review.

There's one major problem I had with this, and that's that reviews (looking to rate something based on its quality) should not be subjective. If they were subjective, they would be based on how you enjoyed the game.

For example:

Subjective Statement: I really like Pokemon Red because of the MissingNO glitch!

Objective Statement: While the numerous glitches in the game don't harm any component except for the hall of fame display, it still goes to show that careful Q and A testing wasn't applied pre-release.

So my questions are; why do people think that it's OK to put subjective viewpoints in an objective review, why do people think that their subjective viewpoint on something is worth insulting an objective review of the game that focuses on how it's constructed.

Is it a matter of people just not being happy with seeing other viewpoints on their favorite material? Or is it because people just don't want to see reviews with just the objective technicalities of something.

Personally I think it's just that people can't handle other opinions, but that's just me. What do you guys think?

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