Friday Night Funkin Overrated 2021-05-31 03:11:55
Let's be honest, rhythm games are dime-a-dozen. You can find hundreds of them on the Google Play or Apple App Store. Even Yandere Simulator, a game that took 6 years to produce a barely functional demo, has 2 rhythm games shoved into it. There is as much innovation in FNF as some Tetris clone with a hip-hop, chiptune soundtrack.
What's worse is the abuse of nostalgia to make a quick buck. Yes, other games have used nostalgia as a selling point. For example, Undertale utilized nostalgia for old JRPGs such as Mother and Final Fantasy. The difference between Undertale and FNF is that Undertale has a captivating story with well rounded, original characters and the nostalgia was in the background aesthetic of the game. People remember the story of Undertale even years after last playing the game. The characters are beloved for their personalities and quirks. The nostalgia takes second fiddle to the writing, gameplay, and visual designs. On the other hand, FNF's story is nothing more than, "boy beatboxes to get girl." The characters don't have any character, they are literal cardboard cutouts. The character's offical names like "Boyfriend" and "Daddy Dearest" are more like pre-alpha test placeholders than names of actual game characters. The nostalgia isn't even in the gameplay. The nostalgia is in blunt cameo appearance of figures from the Golden Age of Newgrounds (GAN). Look there's Pico! And there's Zone-tan! Tankman makes an appearance! FNF's demographic seems to be late gen Z and early gen alpha but how many of these kids grew up with or even know these GAN characters? As of this posting, the official FNF Kickstarter has made more than 2.2 million USD. Undertale was made on a budget of about 50000 USD (https://www.themarysue.com/interview-undertale-game-creator-toby-fox/). Does a game as simplistic and cookie-cutter as FNF really need 2.2 million USD when a game like Undertale was made at a fraction of the cost? Even Five Nights at Freddy's was made despite getting 0 USD in it's Kickstater. Where is all that Kickstater money for FNF going to go to? Licensing more GAN characters? A better soundtrack or visuals? It would appear FNF is the most expensive Flash-styled game ever to be produced. FNF must be careful in its spending and hype-management or else it will bomb harder that The Adventures of Pluto Nash did. Then again, it doesn't really matter if FNF is just a scheme to make the most amount of money while producing the lowest quality product. FNF may be more innovative that I originally thought, then again Yandere Simulator has been raking in thousands of dollars on Patreon each year for 6 years despite a productivity rate lower than that of the US Congress.
To put simply, FNF is a low quality game that is getting all the hype due to a handful of nostalgic GAN cameos and references. It is undeserving of the funds it has recivied. Just because a game isn't made by "suits" doesn't mean it will be free from greed and corner cutting. If you are considering spending money to fund FNF, please consider donating to a worthy cause instead. Some charities to consider are Amnesty International, the World Wide Fund for Nature, Habitat for Humanity International, the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund, and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.