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Opinion

Go deep as possible in analysis

Chiu on This
A short and regular opinion blast from Stephen Chiu

‘Chiu on This’ is a short and regular opinion blast

When I was writing or arguing what makes a player great, I often brought in X factors as potential mitigating factors as to why something is balanced one way or another. It could be the competition they were playing in, the amount of pro players at the time, balance, etc.

Some of the strangest comments I got were that because these things could be weighted subjectively, that I should just completely ignore these factors and stick to “objective” factors like results only. Others took it farther saying that I should ignore actual players beaten in a run since it is too “subjective” to say a run is good or bad and that where you placed is how good you are.

I think that’s intellectual cowardice. You could do it that way, and you likely won’t get flamed by the community. But at the same time, you will not have said anything of deep value by doing it that way. If you decide to write something analytically, you need to go as deep as you are able. To find what makes you think differentiates one player or another, to make judgement calls on the balance, the scene, the patch, or whatever it is.

It’s more polarizing, it’s more subjective, and it’s infinitely more interesting.

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