...and when Telltale releases a barely-functional game with half-assed branching storylines and "gameplay" that they can't even put on a single disc without even more game-breaking issues, everyone kisses their butt and gives it Game of the Year.
Is there a good reason why gaming journalism has dedicated itself to whitewashing and flat-out ignoring all of the problems with The Walking Dead? Even beyond the flaws in storytelling or "gameplay", the sheer quantity of bugs and glitches that can completely break the game is inexcusable. Gaming journalists were perfectly aware of this when reviewing the individual episodes...yet completely ignored all of these issues and more in order to give the even-more-broken complete set higher scores than any of the individual episodes.
So is there a good reason why gaming journalists (and many gamers, for that matter) have lowered their standards for simple functionality for Telltale games? Is it more important in their eyes for a game to be "art" with lackluster gameplay than to actually work properly?