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Dragon Age II Controversy of the Day

A post on Reddit centers on a since-deleted user review for Dragon Age II on Metacritic which seems to have been written by a BioWare engineer under the name Avanost, giving the game a glowing review without disclosing his conflict of interest. This has set off a firestorm of irate commentary, and also seems to have generated backlash, as a number of recent user reviews give the game a score of zero. There are links to cached pages that don't seem to reflect what's in the story, but nin found a cached copy of the Metacritic page that does show a portion of Avanost's 10/10 review. A Reddit comment also notes there is also a 10/10 review by a one-review user named LupoTheeButcher, which is also the nickname of a moderator on the BioWare Social Network. There's also a thread about this on the BioWare Social Network.

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4. Re: Dragon Age II Controversy of the Day Mar 15, 2011, 10:58 Verno
 
The Bioware employee who made the review is in Canada so what the FTC says doesn't matter, it's more a question of what his employer will allow him to say. I'm pretty sure posting fake reviews is a no no at Bioware and besides that its a bit pathetic, let's be honest here. Reeks of desperation and pettiness, he should have known better.  
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