Games Journo turns whistle-blower on reviews in twitter Q&A

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  • Machetazo 11 Oct 2012 08:18:06 6,372 posts
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    Doesn't rate CVG/Future culture...Rockstar PR.
    Bent as strawberry float. That’s Future for you
  • MrTomFTW Moderator 11 Oct 2012 08:24:27 42,603 posts
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    I like the way he flings accusations but keeps very brief and vague about it. It's one of the main signs that someone is talking out their arse.
  • Benno 11 Oct 2012 08:24:38 11,041 posts
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    Another reason to trust the overall feeling the text gives you as opposed to some subjective, almost arbitrary index score at the end.

    Edited by Benno at 08:24:57 11-10-2012
  • the_dudefather 11 Oct 2012 08:29:45 9,662 posts
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    'COD earns their scores'

    By taking reviewers to a fancy hotel for a few days and only them play the game in a tightly controlled setting?
  • Deleted user 11 October 2012 08:34:18
    Cod gets good scores because it is fucking brilliant series. In the rush to look as indie as possible everyone seems to forget that.
  • SClaw 11 Oct 2012 08:39:27 826 posts
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    This is interesting. I think some of it is bitter exaggeration, but I know from working in the press myself that ad sales drive absolutely everything. It may not be the case that they physically (metaphorically speaking) lean on you… but you’ll be thinking hard if your article/review is sitting next to the hugely expensive full page ad for the game you just panned.

    But surely that’s obvious to everyone?
  • Benno 11 Oct 2012 08:41:43 11,041 posts
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    I'm not a big fan of COD, but I do agree with Mowgli - what it aims to do, it does very well.

    And what was with all the EG plugging?

    I wonder where rauper was the night that whistle was blown! ey
  • roz123 11 Oct 2012 08:42:31 7,112 posts
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    I was surprised this news took so long to get here considering its from a guy who does plenty of work for Eurogamer
  • CosmicFuzz 11 Oct 2012 08:46:33 29,096 posts
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    Wait, strawberry floats are bent? That means the men I was up dancing with at the parade where...
  • ED209 11 Oct 2012 08:55:29 505 posts
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    @mowgli I agree with this sentiment. I see single player COD like the best modern war action movie we never got. (instead of that Battle LA crap). And online multi-player for me lasted about 10 million times longer than any other game (excl. BF games). If you cuss COD you are an elitist nob.
    Instead moan about other high score reviews for games with zero dev effort and fun. ...like. ... not aware of any (but i just read EG).
  • Deleted user 11 October 2012 09:06:47
    I like this guy's reviews here, but he loses points for saying CoD deserves 8s and 9s, when the series couldn't get any more derivative if it tried.
  • Deleted user 11 October 2012 09:09:36
    ED209 wrote:
    @mowgli I agree with this sentiment. I see single player COD like the best modern war action movie we never got.
    You must like movies about fighting robots, too.
  • Deleted user 11 October 2012 09:12:22
    LeoliansBro wrote:
    Derivative from what, out of interest?
    Itself. Call of Duty isn't football, it isn't FIFA; but it may as well be.
  • PearOfAnguish 11 Oct 2012 09:16:48 7,550 posts
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    MrTomFTW wrote:
    I like the way he flings accusations but keeps very brief and vague about it. It's one of the main signs that someone is talking out their arse.
    I know for sure he's not wrong about Future or Rockstar. Future is run by idiots (and has been circling the drain for years) and Rockstar PR is notorious for throwing a shit fit when they don't get their own way.

    Ah...and he mentioned Damien Butt. Have some tidbits about him but I don't wanna get sued.

    Edited by PearOfAnguish at 09:18:12 11-10-2012
  • Tonka 11 Oct 2012 09:20:26 23,168 posts
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    Refreshing to see someone say it out loud but hardly any surprises in there.
  • Deleted user 11 October 2012 09:20:31
    LeoliansBro wrote:
    Can you be derivative of yourself? Sequels are supposed to be evolutions, after all.
    Yes. Yes you can.
  • ED209 11 Oct 2012 09:20:33 505 posts
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    @CaptainQuint Some of the best movies I've ever seen, like Small Soldiers, and. ..Short Circuit?
  • CosmicFuzz 11 Oct 2012 09:24:00 29,096 posts
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    Real Steel says hello.

    Then punches you in the face!
  • Deleted user 11 October 2012 09:24:34
    Curious as to what quint rates as I. Getting an overwhelming sense of fag from his posts.
  • Deleted user 11 October 2012 09:32:39
    Lowering the tone by spewing YouTube lingo and undermining yourself in the process doesn't win your all important internet arguments, Mowgli. Must try harder.
  • roz123 11 Oct 2012 09:32:40 7,112 posts
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    I never played the multiplayer which I know is what its really about but CODs single player bored the shit out of me.
    Walk to this star on the map, watch this, shoot this bloke, walk to this bit, watch, shoot, walk, scripted fight taptaptaptap, walk, shoot, watch, put a bomb there, run away, watch, shoot, walk.... its all very cinematic but its so scripted that it doesn't involve thinking.
  • Deleted user 11 October 2012 09:38:22
    Heh, finally an actual bit of real legitimacy to the corruption in reviews debate, and the thread becomes a CoD troll.
  • ED209 11 Oct 2012 09:39:47 505 posts
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    @roz123 Exactly, just like a good action movie. Anyway we should leave this here or the OP will smack our bums for turning the thread into an argument about why COD is better than anything else ever. Answer = Yes.
  • bad09 11 Oct 2012 09:46:17 6,716 posts
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    Nothing new though is it? He's only saying what we all already know. I've worked in press (not gaming to be fair but newspapers) and the simple fact is no matter what a publication tells you ad revenue does run your ship a hell of a lot, big spenders basically tell you what they want you to do and unless you feel comfortable losing a big client therefore big revenue (very few are comfortable with that) you bend over backwards to do what they want. It's why I never take reviews seriously.

    Even with EG who I know are adamant nothing dodgy ever goes on (and I like to believe that's the case) I just can't ever truly trust them because I know the power of a pulled ad campaign or lost client.

    Edited by bad09 at 09:46:50 11-10-2012
  • ResidentKnievel 11 Oct 2012 09:55:06 6,446 posts
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    I love it when a game gets plastered all over EG for weeks then ends up getting a rubbish review score
  • HandsomeCrab 11 Oct 2012 09:56:32 279 posts
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    What the fuck is a a "strawberry float?"
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