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Critics Suffering From "Look At Me" Syndrome

This pic is a visual example of what too many video game critics have been doing as of late: using a gimmick to get more people to read their article.

In this particular case, I'm talking about issuing a review that clearly contrasts sharply with the norm, thereby causing a big ruckus and generating plenty of traffic for the author's website. We are in a unique position in this industry, in that the vast majority of journalism happens in the virtual realm and further, most all sites depend on traffic for revenue. In other words, the more people that read our stuff, the better chance we have at getting more money in our wallets. That's just how the game - pun intended - is played. But with so many new and smaller gaming sites out there desperate for attention; desperate to draw a few of the millions away from GameSpot and IGN, I've noticed that some so-called "critics" are using review scores as THE gimmick.

Thing is, in the virtual world, gamers talk a lot about the industry in thousands of forums around the Internet and if you think this doesn't have an impact on traffic, you're out of your mind. Therefore, the winning formula appears to be simple: take a game that everyone seems to love and either give it a much lower-than-normal overall score or simply write an article denouncing it entirely. This serves two purposes: 1. it brings in the aforementioned traffic simply due to the controversy it creates, and 2. the elitist principle that too many critics already suffer from comes to light. We gaming vets are quite familiar with this principle. It's the rule that says "I know more than you, so I'm going to tell you why everyone else is wrong about this." Unfortunately, they're forgetting they're not serving the gaming public correctly by doing this.

I hate to do this, but for the time being, I almost have to recommend that gamers toss out the statistical outliers when it comes to review scores if they come from a lesser known source. The gigantic sites almost have no need for such gimmicks anymore, but those are really the only ones who are immune. When we gave Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 a 8.9, the Comments section exploded. And while the score was hardly given for that purpose, we knew it was going to happen and I'm positive reviewers from sites you've never heard of are writing their reviews for the express purpose of getting attention. Now, maybe you clicked through to this article because of the hot chick and if so, well...you get where I'm going. Just be careful about the scores and make sure you read the actual text.

You may find that while most all critics gave the game a 9 or above, this one gave it a 7, but the complaints as to why it got a 7 are either amazingly thin or just plain fabricated. Scores have a huge impact in this industry, and traffic has a huge impact on websites. If you put two and two together, you get a problem that I think you should be aware of. Just thought I'd throw this out there.

11/20/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (79 posts)

Sir Shak
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 9:41:25 PM
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The girl in that pic can critically analyse me ALL day long . :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 10:37:51 PM

you might be sad at the end of THAT day.

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phudge_supreemz
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 @ 11:44:37 AM

thought that was a whipped cream bikini until i enlarged the picture

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iGraves1
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 9:52:34 PM
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This reminds of the gametrailers.com review of Uncharted 2, while most sites were giving praise for the good job it did, gt gave it a 9.3 and talked down to it most of the review for not being original, not taking risk, and being similar to the first one. They knew it was going to create a controversy and it did, it also gave them a lot of traffic on their website.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 10:25:59 PM

Actually it's more like you heard him praise the game the whole way, give opinions to why the game was bad, and then give it a 9.2.

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mexgeo86
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 11:00:37 PM

i don't trust Gametrailers anymore; Uncharted 2's review had nothing but praise yet the score did not reflect the review at all.

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sobleck
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 9:56:07 PM
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mmmmmm

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Naztycuts
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 9:58:51 PM
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Ben I'm starting to worry ever since you interviewed the pornstar gamer I've seen more and more sexy pics attached to your articles. :) It's just eye candy especially for the morons who don't read the articles. I'm joking but seriously see "Interview with the pornstar gamer" and "dispelling gamer stereotypes" it's kinda funny. No harm intended

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 11:40:20 PM

Just a coincidence. The pics always serve a purpose. :)

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Naztycuts
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 12:59:04 AM

I understand just thought I would point out the irony. As I'm sure everyone loves a good joke or a play on words I'm glad to see no one took that the wrong way.

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Highlander
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 1:30:38 AM

@Ben,

Nice image with this article, did I notice a slightly higher pixels count...?

;)

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 1:57:45 PM

It's all in your head. We've had that pic for a while. ;)

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Charger7302
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 9:59:54 PM
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Once I read the first paragraphs the website that came to mind was EDGE.com. Anyone remeber there killzone 2 review.

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ed_winchester
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 6:17:06 AM

oh hell yeah, I was just gonna bring that up, you beat me to it

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Hezzron
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 10:02:29 PM
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"Hardly" huh?

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Alienange
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 10:13:27 PM
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Actually I've been reading that marketing has a bigger effect on sales than reviews do, and I intend to agree. Many games don't get a review until release date and yet pre-orders and sales within the first 24 hours are through the roof. Hmmm...

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Gone
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 10:33:07 PM
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Ben you remember what happened to Jeff Gerstmann from Gamespot? He was fired for giving Kane & Lynch a 6.0 and that same week they had the ad posted all over Gamespot. People started doubting critic scores because they thought that game sites were being paid off to give high scores. One of the many reasons why I come to this site is because of your tell it like it is reviews.

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TGG
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 11:21:15 PM

It's because Destructoid was advertising that game. Sites that don't have no barrier.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 11:42:41 PM

Oh, trust me. We heard all about it.

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Scarecrow
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 10:38:37 PM
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Destructoid

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 11:42:16 PM

Waste of space.

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Highlander
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 1:50:51 AM

...and bandwidth.

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Banky A
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 2:43:23 AM

And time itself.

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www
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 4:47:40 AM

And money.

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coverton341
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 10:38:55 PM
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Hi I work for Edge and I have to say that this is ridiculous. No reviewer in the history of history would give controversial scores to generate traffic.

By the way stop by our website for our super early exclusive reviews of some hotly anticipated games like Gran Turismo 5 which gets a 4.7 for being unoriginal. I mean come on you drove around tracks in the first one. INNOVATE PEOPLE! Also, look for our 3.4 review of God Of War 3. More like God of lame 3 if you ask me.

GO TO OUR SITE! WE NEED MONEY!


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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 11:42:04 PM

HA.

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Banky A
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 2:44:23 AM

I would love to go to your site. It sounds good.

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www
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 4:49:46 AM

Actually my site is the best, its called attentiongamerz, we gave Killzone 2 a 1.0.... Beat that!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 10:44:31 PM
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While I agree with this in principle, I also wonder if maybe reviewers are being too lenient these days. There is no doubt about it, we have been spoiled by the great games this gen, however any game that does well in sales whether it is technically sound or not always gets a 9+

And reviewers often use cliches like "it doesn't innovate" to hammer solid games like Uncharted 2 or "it's just a movie" to attack MGS4 while they never again use these while reviewing things that they "ought" to like. Such as Halo ODST. Not to mention the times where they will give a good game a good score but smash it to bits in the text of the review because it insn't on both consoles or their fave console. Fanboyism runs deep.

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Poor_boy
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 11:27:30 PM

God, I hate that innovative mentality crap!

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Scarecrow
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 11:58:28 PM

Same here

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Solid Fantasy
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 1:39:57 PM

So what can we do to stop this BS?! Any ideas?

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Poor_boy
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 11:00:14 PM
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8.9 is a good score imo. But ya, I agree with you 100% Ben. Numbers are very powerful and I don't know about the other entertainment media, but in video games the effect is highly magnified. A $7.18 movie vs. a $60 game, the latter will be subjected more to screening process before the seal of approval, and when a game gets a lower score that what it really should be getting, it can make a big impact on the sales (except MW2), particularly with brand new exclusive ips.

Also, I think that critics need to maybe change their formulas in how they grade a game 'cuz it traps them in a sort of cacoon (metaphorically). How will they go about grading a game like Heavy Rain? The formula that is used for a conventional game won't obviously work and I bet a lot of critics who thinks traditionally will not get the game.

Ultimately though, if you're a real gamer, you shouldn't be basing you purchasing decision off of numbers alone. Rent or borrow it, nobody's stopping ya.

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therabbitkinge
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 11:38:21 PM
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Well I know the effect reviews on the gaming industry when it comes to things like metacritic scores affecting producers pay checks, so I see exactly why sites tossing review scores around to garner attention can be very bad.

I think I can safely speak for most of us who frequently hit psxextreme and say I've never really seen a review score that seemed biased or just made to attract our attention and both Ben and Arnold never fail to respond to those of us that get pissed at any review so yeah...

I don't think the issue lies with you guys here and I hope something like it never happens here given the fact that psx has been the primary influence for all my recent purchases in the gaming universe (and soon the automobile universe thanks to Arnold) ^_^

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 11:41:39 PM

We take pride in what we do and we take pride in our community.

So that explains all of THAT. Heh. ;)

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___________
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 11:39:16 PM
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i cant remember the last time i actually agreed with a review.
im still yet to read a review that puts AC2 higher than MW2 even though AC2 is 10 times the better game, it TROUNCES! MW2 in almost every aspect.
the only things MW2 has on AC2 is it has online MP and the graphics maybe slightly better that ones debatable.
most sites just follow the trend and hop onto the hype train, how games like halo ODST and MW2 can get a average score of 9 but than games that are much,much,much better get the same average score.
if MW2 deserves a 9/10 than R&C deserves a 10/10.
but hey i seriously wish the industry would shut up and stop with this hype train BS.
they run there mouths off about a game like its the second coming of christ of course im going to be disappointed by it.
KZ2 prime example, not saying its bad, but jesus fu***ng christ! that game was getting 2 articles a day on almost every site 2 weeks before release there was so much hype it was impossible for the game to meet it.
you know its funny the games the industry does not really talk about are the ones i enjoy most.
bayonetta, R&C ACIT, inFAMOUS, batman AA.
there all the games i enjoyed the most, because there was no expectations to go up against.
50 bucks says if i heard nothing about KZ2, if i did not know the game existed i just happened to walk in and buy it i would of shat my pants.
but thanks to the industry it ended up being a massive disappointment.
game journalists are not helping the industry there job is to preview games and give us and the developers feedback.
not hype them up like their the second coming of christ.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 11:40:46 PM

Uh...WE rated ACII higher than MW2.

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aaronisbla
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 3:36:15 AM

you have no one to blame but yourself if you fall into the hype. Its sad that nowadays we get gamers who will judge a game harshly if it came with some hype around it.

Don't like the articles that some big name releases are getting on a daily basis? Then stop reading said articles, its simple really

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___________
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 7:43:21 AM

ok ben your the only one.
out of how many reviews?
and the thing i dont understand is scores are subjective what someone deducts half a point for, another may deduct 1 point.
but what i dont understand is 99% of reviews i read do not state whats wrong with the game, they go through praising it stating what they liked and mentioning no faults.
like good game, they gave R&C ACIT a 8 and the reason it lost 2 points?
because it had to much crate bashing.
they took off 2 points for that.

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TGG
Friday, November 20, 2009 @ 11:58:14 PM
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I just don't think that giving a review score is all that important. Kind of reminds me of what judges at the olympics face for ice-skating. They purposefully put expected winners towards the end, because if they gave a good score to someone in the beginning and one of the other contestants did better or slightly better they'd have to give a better score. This causes score inflation.

Scores in the Olympics are important. Scores in the games industry aren't. I see review scores as completely arbitrary anyways so I really don't care if someone gives MGS4 a 6. There certainly are bad things about MGS4.

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Detroyer 1250
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 12:12:25 AM
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Completely off topic, but if you had to choose between demon's souls and dragon age origins what would you do? Also, i'm stating to notice the trend Ben is talking about. At crispy gamer, they did a article completely dedicated to show the faults of Uncharted 2. In reality, Uncharted 2 is game of the year without a doubt.

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aaronisbla
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 3:38:30 AM

Ben would choose Dragon's Age for sure, as he has said say a few times. But dont sleep on Demon's Souls

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Scarecrow
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 2:02:54 PM

Demon's Souls, any day

Have you ever played Zelda?
Ever loved dark themes? zombies? knights? ninjas? Samurais?

This game's got it all!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 2:03:21 PM

Personally, I would take Dragon Age but if you asked me which game was BETTER...that, I'm not sure about...

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Detroyer 1250
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 12:16:20 AM
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TGG MGS4 is the best game this generation. Long live solid snake! (perfect 10/10)

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Kangasfwa
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 12:41:53 AM
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So you finally decided to do a full article about this subject instead of throwing out some commentary here and there? ;)

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Highlander
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 1:49:28 AM
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It's interesting. I use three sources when I'm researching a game. First of all there's this site, PSXExtreme which gives me a lot of news about upcoming games along with previews and reviews and of course the highly entertaining and often informative comments sections. Other than that I fall back on Metacritic and Amazon. I use metacritic to get a feel for the reviews a game is getting, and I do mentally discard outliers and reviews from odd or marginal sources. Amazon is most useful for gaining user opinion of a game (unless of course it's a game I'll buy no matter what in which case there ar no actual reviews to read. Generally if I get a favorable feel from PSX and Amazon and the game has a decent score on Metacritic, that's a pretty good indication that it's worth getting. One of the things I have noticed is that games that have a more niche market appeal do not do well on Metacritic because metacritic smooths the scores to give what amounts to a 'smart average'. Amazon reader review scores tend towards the poles, either being good or bad, but seldom average. Often niche titles that are very, very good get dinged by reviewers who simply don't like that kind of game, this is something that RPGs tend to suffer from.



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Banky A
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 2:45:46 AM
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Yeah Ben.
You go girl'.

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Snaaaake
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 4:18:07 AM
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Remember Uncharted Drake's Fortune which was darn good although not as good as Among Thieves?

Gamespot gave it a 8.0 which really got a WTF from me.

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www
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 4:53:10 AM

I swear if Gamespot were given a chance to update their scores, they wouldv'e changed that 8.0 to 9.0, they must have been ashamed!

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www
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 4:59:24 AM
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Well they say Controversy Sells.

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Snaaaake
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 5:28:07 AM
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The Look At Me syndrome doesn't really apply to critics when it comes to well known games such as Halo, CoD, RE because just about every critics will give those game high score.

Regardless of what score it actually deserve.

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ed_winchester
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 6:08:58 AM
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Good article Ben, and your MW2 review was spot-on. Its just a shame in the first paragraph of said review you felt you had to justify yourself in fear of possible backlash due to something along the lines of this article. Its a funny industry.

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Snaaaake
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 6:18:33 AM

It was Arnold who reviewed it, but then again, a very honest and very very good review imo.

But he still get bashed even though he explained himself.

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 11:54:48 AM

I don't think I got bashed, actually. I was surprised at the overwhelming amount of people who agreed with me. =)

I had my flame suit on and everything, but almost everyone, except for 3 or 4, agreed. I was shocked.

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Ves
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 6:11:31 AM
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If I read a review I mostly look for the ones without a rating/score. Looking at a score/rating unconsciously affects my decision (and perhaps other people's as well)

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Abidan13
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 7:50:30 AM
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Review scores must be taken with a grain of salt. While some sites are going to have accurate reflections of the quality a game possesses, it definitely won't be the case with others, just like Ben said. Review scores can be a nice gauge of whether you should buy a game right away or rent it first. However, if it's a game that looks interesting to you as individual, you should play it (if you have the time). That's how I base my playing habits anyway. My collections consists of a myriad of games that received variable scores. I do have many that got scores of 9+ but that doesn't mean i never played the ones that got <5. A favourite RPG of mine is Enchanted Arms which had scores ranging from 4 to as high as 9. The only articles that really matter, the ones that let gamers make an biased decision for purchasing games, are going to be the "hands-on..." articles. They can give an idea of how a game plays without attaching a numerical value to how good everyone should think this game is.

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Abidan13
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 7:52:53 AM

Ben, I think your article hit the nail on the head.
::applauds::

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DemonNeno
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 8:04:25 AM
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Well, what do you expect? The one flaw most game reviews are packed full of is opinion. It's not a bad or a good thing, it's a human thing. We stamp our opinion on a lot of what we encounter. It's no surprise sites would this. It's good that articles like this are written and I think us readers should veto websites that scam scoring.

To be honest, I don't care what the ratings are, personally, I'm more inclined to jump into a review looking for bugs/glitches/crashes/screen tearing on multiple sites, in the comments and on the forums. As a avid PC gamer who spent Sub-$50 for games, it's hard to swallow a $60+ price tag for glitchy games.

I do enjoy your site Ben. I think what you do here is very clean and unbiased. I'm glad your audience are mostly adult-ish with their comments and not total "xbox360 suxxxx1"-type spammers. I guess with great work comes great followers!

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JackC8
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 8:04:31 AM
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I disagree with the article. You're saying that all reviewers should have approximately the same opinion of a game. That's not right. I've spent plenty of money on games that got magnificent reviews, only to find that I, personally, did not like them at all. That's why I always make a point of reading the negative reviews, as they often point out things that everyone else chooses to gloss over because they're afraid to go against the majority.

I think a far bigger problem is reviewers giving games high scores because A) they're a fanboy of the franchise B) if they give it a bad review, they'll anger millions of their fanboy readers who may go to another site, taking money out of their pockets, and C) all the hype preceding a game's release inflates the score - "Oh my god, I'm playing the game I've dreamed of playing for the last three months, I'm really doing this!!!"

In the end, what really matters is that you find a reviewer that you tend to agree with. When I go to a new site, I read a few reviews of games I liked, and a few of games I didn't like. If I find I disagree with the reviewer, then what use are his opinions to me? It would be like asking my 17 year old daughter what CD I should buy.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 2:01:50 PM

That's not what I'm saying, Jack. I don't think all reviewers should be of the same opinion; I'm merely saying that if you see review scores that are significantly against the grain, I would be suspicious of it (for the reasons stated in the article).

You're also overplaying the "fanboy" element. That may be the only thing people talk about in forums but most reviewers (PROFESSIONAL reviewers) don't fall prey to this. It's just their job. This is ANOTHER reason I don't think you should automatically trust questionable reviews from smaller sites.

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Slimcere
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 8:50:57 AM
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After reading this article the IGN COD:MW2 review came to mind, while it isn't really the case of attention seeking reviewers it is however the case of double standards.

As you know by now they gave it a 9.5 but that's not the point here, they gave the graphics a 10 as in the same 10 they gave to UC2. I don't know about you guys but to me that's incredible misleading.

Then the same site (although admittedly not the same reviewer) gave the graphics for the GOW collection an 8.0 stating that the graphics had nothing on Uncharted 2.

Which makes me question the validity of the site to compare a PS2 ports(although upscaled) to the BEST looking game this generation but not keep up this practice to the most hyped game this generation seems a little unfair and inconsistent don't you think?

By the way this isn't a swipe at COD as regardless of graphics it's a fun and VERY addictive game and currently the only game I'm playing.( sorry for the rant)

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www
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 10:38:23 AM

I see what your saying dude. Overall Uncharted 2 is the better looking game but you look closely at things like the weapons, gadgets, attires and that's where MW2 stands out. Yea so maybe they coulda given the graphics of MW2 a 9 whilst U2 got a 10 but at the same time both of'em having a 10 for graphics is cool imo.

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pavlovic
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 9:07:19 AM
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The hype surrounding MW2 was stunning and influenced a lot of reviewers. IMO, the game is not a 9+ game.

Terrible short single player campaign
Somewhat fun Special ops
Good and fun multiplayer.
Average graphics (a lot of reviewers gave 10 on this particular category, seems like they didn't play KZ2 or U2:AT, both games easily tops MW2 graphics)

As much fun as I have with MW2, it's a 8.5 for me.


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Ricochet
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 9:30:08 AM
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Excellent points on the current issue of "gaming politics" Ben. This makes PSXEXTREME one of the most "reliable" gaming sites (even if it's dedicated to one console) when it comes to reviews.

Strangely enough these "biased" reviews peaked when Uncharted 2, Halo: ODST and Modern Warfare II hit this year. I think it's due to the severe contrasting issues that reviewers try to make out without realizing they can't find "middle-ground"

Halo: ODST:

Same graphics, different storyline no vast improvement.

The positive - Although there's no originality but 2 year old graphics are "nostalgic"

The negative - Too short

Final Tally: 9.0


Uncharted 2:
Re-done the whole game from graphics/gameplay/cinematics/length/sound

The positive - Updated engine, mass improvement.

Negative - No originality.

Final Tally: 9.5


Modern Warfare 2:

Few improvements, poor storyline, just another sequel, no originality...

The positive - 5 + million sales on the first day.

The negative - Did not meet 10 billion on the first day.

Final Tally: GOTY.

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Buckeyestar
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 9:50:17 AM
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A review is simply an opinion, no matter how much you desire it to be otherwise. Opinions will vary, and thus reviews will as well. A differing review score is not invalid simply because they don't blindly follow the masses, though I'm sure some laughable arguments will be made to the contrary.

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FlyingKickPunch
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 11:59:17 AM

buckeye a review is not simply an opinion, as any reviewer worth his salt knows.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 1:59:13 PM

Exactly. No review is entirely subjective, and there is such a thing as "better" and "worse" in the world of graphics, sound, presentation, control, etc.

People are just going to have to accept this. It's easy to say "oh, it's just opinion," because firstly, it means anybody can write a review and analyze a game (WRONG) and secondly, it essentially renders all reviews meaningless.

Bullsh**.

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leatherface
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 4:04:55 PM

like Dirty Harry said once "opinions are like azzholes, everybody has one"

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Thinker
Sunday, November 22, 2009 @ 5:07:15 AM

@Buckeyestar

I disagree. A professional review SHOULD NOT BE just an opinion. It should be a carefully reasoned out judgement of a game based on the game's apparent merits and demerits. The reviewer is not writing for just himself/herself (or for a particular fanbase), he/she is giving a professional assessment of the game as a whole for the entire gaming community.

An opinion of a game would be valid only on a personal blog.

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BTNwarrior
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 11:19:04 AM
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You triked me! I thought I was going to read an article about a hot chick getting out of a red car, how could you decieve me like that.

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Zorigo
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 1:17:02 PM
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makes sense and all ill say is 8.9 aint bad for mw2. it aint much of a change on omething that was good, so it doesn't deserve a 10. it aint bloody revolutianary is it? uncharted 2 was at least a huge reform.

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KevinCairo
Saturday, November 21, 2009 @ 11:59:51 PM
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How many times are you going to write about this?

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KevinCairo
Monday, November 23, 2009 @ 10:11:32 AM

Thanks for the down vote

http://www.psxextreme.com/ps1-news/597.html
http://www.psxextreme.com/feature/378.html

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PeteBloodyOnion
Sunday, November 22, 2009 @ 12:37:58 AM
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Can someone answer me this.
Why ppl whine about MW2 lack of originality?
Seriously? Did you expect a RPG?

Heck! What do you expect from GT5? or the famous GOW3?

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Snaaaake
Sunday, November 22, 2009 @ 5:37:03 AM
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A game review only give the world what they thought about it, heck, if game review score are so full of influence, then MGS4 would have sold 10 million copies by now.

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just2skillf00l
Sunday, November 22, 2009 @ 3:43:15 PM
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To that one no-name guy who "cant remember the last time (he) actually agreed with a review".

Did you not read or even notice Ben's honest review of Assassin's Creed before flaunting around your fragile opinion?

First of all, COD MW2 got so much hype because it has been around for a while now. It only takes a grain a thought to realize that a franchise with hyped predecessors will have hyped future generation titles!

Second point, all those games you listed as your most enjoyed were all in a sense "experimental titles". Batman AA, Bayonetta, and Infamous are all the start of something new. Meaning they have no prequels for anyone to recognize them or be familiar with. Rationally, the safe choice when deciding which games to purchase is to go with a title that is already successful. Although a narrow-minded decision, people will always get what they want, and usually not much more in terms of the experience obtained.

Lastly, who says these three titles (aren't)/(didn't) (getting)/(get) that much attention or hype. I knew about the release of Batman AA and I'm sure many others did too before its giant release date back in August. Infamous was a great title as well and was very successful and renown before its release if I'm not mistaken. Bayonetta is a game I have heard a great deal about as well. If you frequent this site you'll see that it gets a lot of attention.

The issue you are facing is trying to compare your most enjoyed titles with a legendary beast like the COD franchise. COD, the title alone accumulates its own hype. You can't compare a new exclusive that no one has ever heard of before and two relatively new multiplatform titles with no predecessor/s to a world renown beast like COD. You just can't do that. Not to say that these titles hold no comparison gameplay-wise (because they surely do). But they haven't made a mark on the gaming community to really earn the hype COD itself has obtained over the years.

Please "NO-NAME" think next time BEFORE you jot down some non-sense.

P.S-If you actually read Ben's and Arnold's reviews (not just look at the scores) you might understand how it earned that score.)


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JPBooch
Monday, November 23, 2009 @ 10:15:00 AM

I have to disagree with you Ben, what sets reviews apart are opinion. Sure the basis of it has to reflect the technical side, but the difference in reviews from peer to peer is opinion.

Yes, anyone can write a review. It's a free country. I'm sure you don't have a license to write game reviews.

But, a journalism background, knowledge and experience of the field, and artistic flair will get your reviews recognized and accepted. Thus creating a following and web hits, notariety and what not.

I happened to like your reviews by the way.

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JPBooch
Monday, November 23, 2009 @ 9:47:42 AM
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It's all just opinion. I have no problems with a reviewers score as long as they are honest with themselves, consistent, and put the work in to give a proper review.

I've taken exception to a few things written on this site and I've spoken up about it.

As far as posting a low score just for web hits, well I briefly toiled on a gaming site as a contributor and there is definetely a fine line there. Create interest and comments, but not to the point where you aren't taken seriously anymore.

The industry is very fast paced and I give credit to Ben and Arnold on staying on top of stories as they develop and actually publishing something worth reading.

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