Reviews Comments: Not my cup of tea
Not my cup of tea
JonTron seems to be a landmark when you talk about game reviewers in the internet. Not so much for me. The man has some pretty solid work under his sleeve (the Daikatana and Dino City videos come to mind), but he seems to be stuck somehow in between what he thinks makes an old game good, and what makes a new game bad. And he goes back and forth without making a real choice. I thought it wasn't that bad, then I saw the Top 10 most overrated games video. He took it out of his channel afterwards, though it's still around. That video explains itself, but if it was supposed to be a glimpse of Hypocritical Humor and it was meant to be funny, maybe a little more sarcasm was needed to get his point across. Jus' sayin'. That video shows what I think it's people's biggest flaw when they refer to him. His personal bias is painfully obvious. That's not bad (we all have it), but it wiggles right in the middle of giving well-crafted arguments, like a reviewer should, and giving asinine, hyperbolic nonsense when he tries to be funny, and apparently giving a "deal with it" or "lol jk" at the end of a statement should be enough. Add some visual gags and text captions (basically his own words written all around the screen). That's Jon Tron's style. Of course, YMMV on this. General consensus says it's good, but I don't know. The jokes got worse as time went on. I just can't compare his jokes in Dinocity versus his jokes in Space Ace. The latter one suffers for it. His top tens are boring to me, basically because it's the same over and over again: Mario, Mario, Donkey, Mario, Conker, Mario, Banjo, KI, Mario, Mario... hell, let's just throw all of Rare's games pre-Microsoft owned. That's it. Your basic, standard Jon Tron top 10. Also, his babbling antics. Jon is an obvious inspiration for a lot of VG reviewers. Why do people think talking like being high stoned or drunk while spewing random shit is being funny by default is beyond me. It just isn't. Now stop abusing it. You still should go check him out. His work will surely be good enough for you to follow him. For me, it's hard to take his opinion into account. Apparently he's more busy plastering his style all around his videos than giving real, down to earth arguments. Well, To each his own I guess.
I have to say I disagree. He's definitely improved from his Daikatana video which was more a case of Early-Installment Weirdness to me. His reviews aren't really completely objective all the time, no. But I still feel he always provides some good insights while being (in my opinion) hysterically funny at his best. Plus, it's not really his fault that his top 10's tend to feature his favourite games. If he took them out and lied saying that he liked something else better i'd be more annoyed. He's honest about what he loves and what he doesn't, and to me that's a selling point. (+he removed the most overated video because he considers it his Old Shame. He doesn't like it either)
comment #22091 ElectricNova 18th Nov 13
Very true. I feel that Jon tries to top the last game that he review each new video, but rely he should be working on his acting. He's making the same gags with the same deliveries every time, and it gets old fast. I feel like PBG has gotten into the same rut too.
comment #22092 Hitmanmonlee 18th Nov 13
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