Don’t think in absolutes

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

When people talk about how good/great something is or how bad something is, they go to extreme absolutes. It’s endemic in American culture (where every fan base is the best in the world, every place is the best they’ve ever been to, the food is the most delicious they’ve ever had) and endemic in internet culture. In the case of internet culture, it might be because people can’t display emotion as much in text and must take the extreme route to show their support.

In the case of esports, this means that when someone criticizes a player they must be the worst there ever was and assume that whoever said that must have some deep emotional hatred for the player. When someone praises a player, they assume they mean he is the greatest player there ever was and assume that whoever said that is biased and slobbering over them.

There are certainly cases where a player may be the best in his field or worst in his field, but when talking about players that aren’t at the extremes, this is hardly the case. When I wrote the Greatest SC2 players of all time, everyone assumed I hated Parting and sOs as they were 17th and 16th on my list (at the time). That I had a bias against them and thought they were shit players. Actually, both are two of my favorite Protoss players of all time. In the grand scheme of things, that’s pretty high praise considering there have been hundreds of professional SC2 players.

A player doesn’t have to be the literal best to receive praise, a player doesn’t have to be the literal worst to receive criticism. Not everything has to be black and white.

Slingshot senior columnist. StarCraft and CS:GO expert who pushes narratives over numbers.

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