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Op Ed

GameFront - Duke Nukem Forever and Jim Rednerís Balls of Squeal.
The really contentious part of Rednerís argument, however, is the fact that developers should be let off the hook because they ďpoured thousands of irreplaceable hoursĒ into a game. This is an argument that Iíve seen many times before, that a reviewer needs to consider the feelings of the people who made it. Iíd say thatís the last thing a reviewer needs to think about when assessing a game. Like it or not, a reviewer isnít there to protect developers from feeling sad. This is not pre-school, where everybody gets a star and no child is left behind. This is the realm of business conducted by adults, and if youíre going to turn on the waterworks when your game is trashed, you should not be in an industry where art is produced for public consumption. Itís simply not the place for little princesses made of eggshells.

Joystick Division - Marketing Campaigns Are Doomsday Machines. Thanks Digg.
Duke Nukem Forever is the brightest, recent example of this horribly hilarious phenomenon, but it was preceded by two other first person shooters which enticed us to waste our money this year: Homefront and Brink. Together they form a Trifecta of Terrible. Behold the power of the marketing machine, and tremble.

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25. Re: Op Ed Jun 22, 2011, 14:23 jacobvandy
It blows my mind that a lot of the "PC reviews" for Dungeon Siege III don't mention how terrible the keyboard/mouse controls are, at all. PC Gamer makes the most glaring omission, while a few others at least mention that it plays better on a gamepad. How can they ignore something that you notice within the first 5 minutes of playing, even the demo? UI is horrible, too, surprisingly GameSpot is the only place I've seen to put both down as negatives.

As for providing impartial reviews, that's always my goal. I buy 95% of games on release day, so I may not get to have articles posted on day one or even week one, but I can call a crappy game crap without worrying about publisher relations. However, I do always try to be fair, as well. For example, despite all the hate for DNF, I thought it was fun and unique enough to balance its flaws, so it will be getting an average score.
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