When a film comes out by a writer or director I like, I find myself visiting Box Office Mojo a few weeks later to see how much money it made. I do this often for films I never get round to seeing; I feel invested in the success of the creators I like even if I'm not supporting them myself or invested enough to watch their work.
Yet I think the conflation of what's popular with what's good has a negative impact on all creative industries, and our fascination with business success is part of that.
Read the rest of this article by joining the Rock Paper Shotgun supporter program
Sign up today and get access to more articles like these, an ad-free reading experience, free gifts, and help us create more great writing about PC games.See more information