5e is Selling so That Means It's "Good?"
Recently on the dystopic hellscape known as "Twitter", my criticisms of WotC and 5e were met with counter arguments that "D&D is more popular than ever before," so naturally this means that everything WotC is doing is good and that 5e is the best iteration of the game that has ever been created.
Let's dig into this claim. One of the responses was this tweet here:
Thanks for the advice. Gonna invest in taco bell next. The best Mexican food on earth (according to sales). https://t.co/BBZwsvCp1n— The Basic Expert (@TheBasicExpert1) January 11, 2022
Fair enough. But As I point out in my tweet, sales does not equal "good." If that was the case than Avengers Endgame, Avatar, all the Michael Bay Transformers movies, And The Last Jedi are the pinnacle of cinema. It just doesn't get any better than those kinds of movies. Sorry super creative indie films like Donnie Darko, any David Lynch film, Lost in Translation, Night of the Living Dead, Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, Memento, any early Tarantino movie, No Country for Old Men, The Usual Suspects, and any other classic indie film, but your sales show that you are just awful by comparison and just not worth anyone's time.
Do you see the logical fallacy the 5e obsessed are engaging in here?
Let's think of another example. Mexican food. Delicious.
"Mexican-inspired restaurant chain Taco Bell’s average sales per unit reached approximately 1.6 million U.S. dollars in 2020, up from 1.5 million the previous year." Source.