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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 3, 2014, 13:55 Beamer
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 13:46:
Kajetan wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 12:29:
What is funny about people wanting a certain UI?

For me, there are two reasons that I find it funny (one funny as in weird and the other funny as in humorous):

Because that UI is ancient, being very close to 19 years old now, and it is no longer suited to the way modern computing works. Yet there are people who still insist that a UI that was designed for a single screen running at 800x600 is still the greatest thing ever. To me, it's funny in the same way that old guys bitch and carp about how much "better" it was when engines still had carburetors and how "easier" they were to work on.

Yet these will inevitably also be the same people who bitch, whine, cry, and throw a tantrum when that creaky old OS they're clinging so desperately to, simply for the sake of a certain UI, stops being supported by software and hardware vendors. We've seen it once before with XP. People who whined and cried about how much more "awesome" XP was than 7 threw a fit when developers of both commercial and entertainment software stopped supporting that platform.

Now, the amusement part comes in when some of those very same people will buy Windows 10 expecting an interface similar to Windows 7 out of the box. By the time Windows 10 hits retail shelves, Windows 7 will be a decade old. A DECADE. Yet they'll happily delude themselves in to believing that nothing has, or should, change.

I'm with you. Some people absolutely hate change. And it's always surprising to me to see it here, on an enthusiast site. Yes, many or most people here are over 30 and at the age that they're becoming set in their ways and things were better when they are how things were in their 20s, but we're supposed to be on the cutting edge, willing to try and learn new things.

As you mentioned, XP is ancient and 7 will be sometime soon, too. They were designed for 1 monitor at 800x600. They're familiar, comfortable, and not particularly great. There are almost definitely better ways to do things. And while some things companies try are absolutely not better, it's worth giving them a chance before revolting.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 3, 2014, 13:25 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 13:19:
Start a Patreon to cover costs. I'm sure many of us would be willing to pitch in, especially if you offer some good rewards like permanently banning Cutter.

Stretch goal?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 3, 2014, 13:23 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 13:00:
Beamer wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 12:20:
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 12:13:
Beamer wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 12:10:
Creston wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 11:37:
Comcast pizza party... I'd laugh if it wasn't so sad. At least they apparently sprung for good pizza. I would have fully expected Comcast to show up with 2 small, plain cheese pizzas from Cici's or something.

They haven't done this in my building yet because my building doesn't have CondoInternet. The one I was supposed to move into did, but I switched to this one at the last minute since it has a ridiculous view, but no CondoInternet. Apparently I'm the only one bugging the leasing office.

I find it funny that they mention X1 at the end. I would love X1, but you can't get it out here without also getting landline. Guess what, Comcast: no one in an apartment in this part of Seattle has a fucking landline. No one in this neighborhood is over 60.

You would trade gigabit internet for a good view? Shame on you! ^^

I look North and I see the Space Needle about 500 yards away, look West and see the Puget Sound sprawling out about 500 yards away, and look South and see Mt. Rainer in the distance.

It's pretty awesome and I'm going to miss it when I leave Seattle.

I guess I have the simple problem of understanding what the POINT of a good view out a window is. Doesn't enrich my life one bit...

Waking up to floor to ceiling windows with a view of the most notable features of your city with sunlight spilling in everywhere is really great.

Gigabyte internet, on the other hand, rarely seems like it'd be better than the 50mbps I'm getting now, as I'm usually limited by the server, not my connection.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 LE Trailer
5. Re: Far Cry 4 LE Trailer Oct 3, 2014, 12:56 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 12:52:
It will be released next month. Maybe preorder numbers are not high enough so they are trying to build up hype with all these trailers.

This is always standard. Maybe Blue hasn't been showing them as often, but in the past two weeks we were getting 3+ Alien trailers a day. We've gotten a ton of Borderlands ones. If you actually look at their Youtube channels, you'll see way more than Blue links to.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 3, 2014, 12:20 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 12:13:
Beamer wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 12:10:
Creston wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 11:37:
Comcast pizza party... I'd laugh if it wasn't so sad. At least they apparently sprung for good pizza. I would have fully expected Comcast to show up with 2 small, plain cheese pizzas from Cici's or something.

They haven't done this in my building yet because my building doesn't have CondoInternet. The one I was supposed to move into did, but I switched to this one at the last minute since it has a ridiculous view, but no CondoInternet. Apparently I'm the only one bugging the leasing office.

I find it funny that they mention X1 at the end. I would love X1, but you can't get it out here without also getting landline. Guess what, Comcast: no one in an apartment in this part of Seattle has a fucking landline. No one in this neighborhood is over 60.

You would trade gigabit internet for a good view? Shame on you! ^^

I look North and I see the Space Needle about 500 yards away, look West and see the Puget Sound sprawling out about 500 yards away, and look South and see Mt. Rainer in the distance.

It's pretty awesome and I'm going to miss it when I leave Seattle.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 3, 2014, 12:10 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 11:37:
Comcast pizza party... I'd laugh if it wasn't so sad. At least they apparently sprung for good pizza. I would have fully expected Comcast to show up with 2 small, plain cheese pizzas from Cici's or something.

They haven't done this in my building yet because my building doesn't have CondoInternet. The one I was supposed to move into did, but I switched to this one at the last minute since it has a ridiculous view, but no CondoInternet. Apparently I'm the only one bugging the leasing office.

I find it funny that they mention X1 at the end. I would love X1, but you can't get it out here without also getting landline. Guess what, Comcast: no one in an apartment in this part of Seattle has a fucking landline. No one in this neighborhood is over 60.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 LE Trailer
3. Re: Far Cry 4 LE Trailer Oct 3, 2014, 12:05 Beamer
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 11:40:
I'm guessing FC4 is due to be released soon or the game sucks and Ubi is trying to generate hype to bolster sales. Otherwise, a trailer, sometimes two, release a day is going to burn people out very quickly.

Uh, it's October. Q4. Holiday season.
What could possibly make you think that the biggest releases of the year may be released soon?
 
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News Comments > The Evil Within Minimum Specs
12. Re: The Evil Within Minimum Specs Oct 3, 2014, 12:03 Beamer
 
Who are your providers that you have caps?
I've had broadband in 5 states, and had: Comcast, Time Warner, FiOS, and Cablevision.

I've never had a cap.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
8. Re: Game Reviews Oct 3, 2014, 11:10 Beamer
 
The IGN review is where I know I'd fall - fun for 4-6 hours, but painful over the 12-16 it actually runs.

I do not like pure stealth games, do not like being helpless in games, and do not like redoing the same sections and the same general actions repeatedly (though it bothers me least when I'm ridiculously overpowered like Max Payne 3 on Hard or Crysis 2 on occasion.)

So it's a personal thing, but I feel like I would love the first hour of this game then never want to see it again.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
54. Re: Ships Ahoy - Watch Dogs; First Reviews Oct 3, 2014, 10:36 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 10:15:
Your math is all fubared Beamer. Why do they need to generate 2.5 Bil in profits?? Making 4.5 Billion dollars from Oculus seems far fetched in the extreme. Since when do you need to return 150% of your original investment to be considered a success? If things worked like that in the real world we wouldnt have investment. Or gambling for that matter.

Huh?
Why wouldn't it be profit? The Oculus Rift costs money to manufacture, so that goes on top of the $2.5 billion. Otherwise, they could just sell 2.5 billion of them for $1 apiece and call it a win?

Of course not. It cost them $2.5 billion for the company. It will probably cost them $300-$400 per unit to manufacture. It's only the money on top of the manufacturing costs (and marketing costs, and additional R&D costs, and whatever other costs) that counts back to that $2.5 billion.

If you pay Disney $1,000,000 to license the Star Wars name, spend $5,000,000 creating toys, and sell $1,000,000 worth of toys, do you consider that a success? Of course not, you made back the licensing fees but are still deep in the hole on the cost to make the actual product.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Trailer
5. Re: Far Cry 4 Trailer Oct 3, 2014, 01:50 Beamer
 
The Half Elf wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 23:14:
With exception of the intro/escape, and the cutscene's I thought Far Cry 3 was horrible, repetitive, and would have been A LOT more plausible if the military trained brother would have been the main character instead of the party boy middle brother. Not to mention all the things that were shown at E3 that were never in the game.

FC4 is really off my radar until some quality reviews come in.

I remember the E3 demo being more fluid than actual gameplay (meaning snapping from kill to kill faster), and having more particles, but otherwise thinking it was pretty close.

And yeah, but the brother was also a party boy, just with training. And being the dude trained to kill killing is sometimes less fun. But the plot sucked and the characters sucked and the vapid white boy saving the tribe sucked.

But the game was one of my favorites.
 
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News Comments > etc.
70. Re: etc. Oct 3, 2014, 01:26 Beamer
 
Flatline wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 00:18:
Beamer wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 20:24:
Flatline wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 20:02:
Beamer wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 16:32:
Gaming journalism is an attempt to sell you products. Nothing more.

You have to admit that game journalists pretty much stuck their dick into the pudding when all those "Gaming culture is dead" articles came out in this weirdly synchronized manner.

That was like throwing gasoline onto a fire and then pumping pure oxygen into it. The 1-2 punch of telling your customers to go fuck themselves they're morally reprehensible and then doing it in a synchronized way while claiming that there is no collusion was epic amounts of stupid regardless of what the truth really is.

They didn't see it as telling their consumers to go fuck themselves, they saw it as telling dickheads they don't want reading their shit to go fuck themselves and thought people would understand and rally with them.

Instead, a lot of feathers got ruffled and people stopped reading at "gamer," proudly considering themselves gamers and not making the leap to realize the author meant the outside stereotype of "gamer," which we've all cringed at, all been annoyed at, and I'm willing to wager most people here have met someone and downplayed how much gaming they do because of that stereotype.

I think there's 3 people to blame:
1) The reader. Yeah, the reader. I think people jumped off the handle at initial shock-value hypotheses and never bothered thinking about what they were reading after that
2) The authors. These people write for a living. Having their message that poorly understood is shocking. In fairness to them, I'd wager many people furious didn't even read the articles and either Cutter'd it and just read the headline and got angry, or just read a recap thread somewhere
3) Leigh Alexander, who takes pride in being very pointed and definitely threw gasoline on a fire

Fair points. I'm not particularly engaged in all of this, and as a more or less outsider who peeks in occasionally, I have to say that suddenly having the game blogging/journalism "community" simultaneously say "Your hobby is dead and you're a part of a terrible smear on human existence", even if that's not the substance of what they were saying, pretty much put me off of them entirely.

It seems to be the intent to fire a narrow salvo at a specific group of people, but they forgot they're in public, and shit like "gamers as a group are dead" is just *mildly* incendiary, it's going to alienate people who aren't even following the story.

I mean, I heard about the original cheating relationship... thing... about a week after it broke out, figured it was none of my business and went back to living life.

The next thing I particularly knew about Gamergate was that Slate fucking website main-paged an article showing how all these game journos posted "gamers are dead!" all of a sudden.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that's exactly *not* the kind of exposure that you want to have.

I think they thought there'd be a lot more support for people wanting to separate themselves from those finding extreme glee in "burgers and fries," and there ended up being less of that due to how they approached it.

But, remember, at the time they were all being lumped in with "burgers and fries! video game journalists exchange hand jobs for reviews! They all suck!" It isn't entirely unexpected for them to respond defensively, much like gamers did.
 
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News Comments > etc.
69. Re: etc. Oct 3, 2014, 01:25 Beamer
 
MacLeod wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 01:21:
Jensen wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 00:33:
The very first video on her youtube channel is a quite negative critique of Dollhouse. I would hope that Whedon would have tweeted what he did even if he had seen that video.

It seems like a lot of people are making a leap from "Sarkeesian points out tropes" to "Sarkeesian says that all the developers and players of these games are misogynists"

To be fair... when you're series is "Tropes vs. Women"... that is kind of what you're saying.

If you read my whole post, you'll see my issue with Whedon's tweets aren't that he's supporting the idea of there being an issue in gaming. That's something I agree with. My issue is the comments that basically enforce the idea that anyone who doesn't agree with 100% of Sarkeesian's view is a misogynistic pig with their eyes shut, as opposed to people like me who question the delivery and way her videos are formatted.

And if her negative critique of Dollhouse is an "Against women" one, that's just furthering my point about not taking in the whole context of a work before hammering your point about one thing. But as I haven't seen the Dollhouse video, I don't want to comment too deeply based on assumptions from her other videos.

She definitely does not think that all developers and players of games are misogynist, but she thinks games at large are.

I do not think all people that chefs are good cooks, but I think chefs are good cooks.
I do not think all people that like NASCAR are hicks, but I think NASCAR is for hicks.
I do not think that everyone at Google is smart, but I think Google is full of smart people.
 
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News Comments > etc.
68. Re: etc. Oct 3, 2014, 01:22 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 22:49:
Julio wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 19:37:
Happy to see Intel do the right thing here. I know I'll have an Intel processor as a result.

Hopefully that's not your criteria for selecting a processor!

It certainly isn't mine.
But I also think the only good fast food is Chik-Fil-A, so I'm really ok with corporations having different opinions than myself unless I think there's some serious ill will there.
 
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News Comments > etc.
62. Re: etc. Oct 2, 2014, 20:33 Beamer
 
Still, getting back to it, for the people claiming this is solely about ethics, please show me ethical violations from Gamasutra.

I've repeatedly asked for this, and incidentally, few people claiming it was about ethics have posted back in here.
If this is about ethics, and Gamasutra did nothing unethical, why are people so happy that this happened? Wouldn't Gamasutra be an innocent bystander?

Or, would you just finally admit there's more at play here than ethics?
 
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News Comments > etc.
61. Re: etc. Oct 2, 2014, 20:24 Beamer
 
Flatline wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 20:02:
Beamer wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 16:32:
Gaming journalism is an attempt to sell you products. Nothing more.

You have to admit that game journalists pretty much stuck their dick into the pudding when all those "Gaming culture is dead" articles came out in this weirdly synchronized manner.

That was like throwing gasoline onto a fire and then pumping pure oxygen into it. The 1-2 punch of telling your customers to go fuck themselves they're morally reprehensible and then doing it in a synchronized way while claiming that there is no collusion was epic amounts of stupid regardless of what the truth really is.

They didn't see it as telling their consumers to go fuck themselves, they saw it as telling dickheads they don't want reading their shit to go fuck themselves and thought people would understand and rally with them.

Instead, a lot of feathers got ruffled and people stopped reading at "gamer," proudly considering themselves gamers and not making the leap to realize the author meant the outside stereotype of "gamer," which we've all cringed at, all been annoyed at, and I'm willing to wager most people here have met someone and downplayed how much gaming they do because of that stereotype.

I think there's 3 people to blame:
1) The reader. Yeah, the reader. I think people jumped off the handle at initial shock-value hypotheses and never bothered thinking about what they were reading after that
2) The authors. These people write for a living. Having their message that poorly understood is shocking. In fairness to them, I'd wager many people furious didn't even read the articles and either Cutter'd it and just read the headline and got angry, or just read a recap thread somewhere
3) Leigh Alexander, who takes pride in being very pointed and definitely threw gasoline on a fire

This comment was edited on Oct 2, 2014, 20:31.
 
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News Comments > Transverse Folds
8. Re: Divinity: Original Sin Mini-Delay Oct 2, 2014, 20:19 Beamer
 
ChandlerL wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 20:07:
What was the long story short on this.. Just checked out the trailer-- at least got me interested but clearly something(s) about the proposition concerned backers. What were those concerns?

I asked this a few weeks ago. Basically, it came down to the stretch goals being "add weapons to your ship" and "be able to shoot your weapons." One is useless without the other, and a space combat game is useless without both, so why were they stretch goals?

There were other reasons, but those seem to be the biggest.
 
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News Comments > etc.
56. Re: etc. Oct 2, 2014, 18:28 Beamer
 
bobbyweenus wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 17:03:
@Beamer: The issue was that the editorial wasn't about misognyny, it was about GAMERS.


See, now that was a hard to read wall of text. You abuse the double returns more than even I do, and I've been called on it before, haha.

But no, if you go back and reread what she said, she didn't say "gamers are bad and all gamers are evil." She said "there's a stereotype of what the gamer is, and that stereotype is a nerdy, sheltered, socially awkward white male that hates anyone not like him. We've all interacted with this stereotype. We've also all interacted with someone that hears 'gamer' and immediately assumes this stereotype. Hell, marketing in the industry caters to this stereotype. It's time to shed that stereotype of 'gamer' and realize that almost everyone games and most gamers are not the stereotypical 'gamer.'"

Leigh was angry and incendiary, but if you reread it without the emotional investment she put into it and most people reading it also put into it, she makes a decent enough point there.

A lot of people here, repeatedly, have been annoyed whenever some idiot on Fox News or CNN, or Milo on Breitbart, acts like all gamers are sheltered people that soil themselves. Leigh was just saying we need to move far from that and stop acting like that's what gamers are inside gaming communities.
Apparently people don't like that.
 
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News Comments > etc.
50. Re: etc. Oct 2, 2014, 16:49 Beamer
 
MacLeod wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 16:46:
Beamer wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 16:07:
Given the things being said and tweeted, many people deserve to be condescended to. If you start talking about how everyone is an SJW White Knight Corrupt Asshole, you're going to be condescended to.

As opposed to anyone with a viewpoint other than completely pro Sarkeesian or who questions Quinn being labelled as misogynistic pigs? By your own logic, the other side deserves just as much condescending.

I've been pro feminism for a long time. I believe there are issues in gaming. Hell, I actually complain about female armor more than my wife sometimes. (I'm using that as a simple example without going into detail of my views).

The harassment of Anita and Quinn, by all means is not right. And that should be condemned. But at the same time, there are things about the situations that I look at questioningly.

In Quinn's case, while I think it's terrible that an ex put all that stuff out there (since there's a lot of personal stuff in it), I think there can be valid questions asked about journalistic integrity and questionable practices based on what was public. Turning a blind eye to it after the information release is kind of silly.

In Sarkeesian's case, I agree with her on a lot of the tropes in video games... but I think her presentation is one-sided and flawed. By pointing out these scenes in games that aren't exclusively doing said acts to female characters, but male characters as well (Hitman for example... everyone else is basically an object... that's being an NPC), your impact lessens and comes off as less factual. You also tend to alienate gamers who might be in the middle, who if you showed better examples to, might actually side with you. Because it's not feeling like you want equality of characters in game, but you want anything negative happening to women removed completely, which would be bad in the long wrong. It's kind of like Michael Moore... while there are aspects that I agree with in his arguments, his presentation and bias and manipulation of the facts leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

In the Gamasutra case, I read the article and it was written pretty derogatory towards gamers in general... there's some comments that harken back to the '80s view of gamers even. It was clearly put on a public forum to incite talking about it. People have letter writing campaigns for everything... TV, movies, etc. So the fact that a group did it for this doesn't exactly surprise me. I don't agree with it, I'd say it would be much better to actually counter it with another article... but that leads to my initial point.

Everyone who comes out not 100% for Sarkaasian, Quinn or Gamasutra are being labelled as bad people. When some of us just have questions, or find bad elements of both situations. But we can't talk about it. Ragnar Tornquist (creator of the Longest Journey and Dreamfall) is a favorite developer of my wife and I. Mainly because of his great stories and strong characters (male and female). But the guys twitter feed lately has just been retweeting every negative comment against people who are (for lack of a quicker term) pro-gamergate. Joss Whedon even tweeting some comments on the Sarkeesian thing... when if his own shows were looked at under her lens, they'd all be full of the same tropes. Dollhouse being one, but you'd even not be hard pressed to find ones in Buffy.

And that too me is as big of a problem. People on either side of the discussion just shutting out and dismissing any valid criticism with name-calling, insults and shaming.

Yes, it's a TL;DR wall of text. it's what you get for me not speaking on this issue through the whole thing until now.

Wall of text is fine. I appreciate people putting thought into the entire topic.

But of course Sarkeesian is one-sided. That's her point - there are repeated tropes against women. Showing 20 games that have those tropes then 20 games that do not have those tropes would defeat the whole point of her argument - that these tropes are common. She doesn't say they're in every game, she says they're common.

When you make an argument, do you stop and point out all the exceptions to the argument? Of course not. If you want to point out how there are too many NHL teams with black uniforms, you don't spend half your time discussing the uniforms of teams without black uniforms, you spend your time talking about how dumb the Flyers look.
 
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49. Re: etc. Oct 2, 2014, 16:46 Beamer
 
1badmf wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 16:41:
you're moving the goal posts bro. whatever else may be true, it's almost certanily true that these douchebags in the gaming media are bad actors in their own right and are justifiably being crucified.

i don't understand your defense of them either - even to non-invested viewers like myself it's apparent these are just sociopaths masquerading as activists to make money and gain position for themselves.

Please tell me which goalposts I've moved.
Which is part of the problem with this argument, eh? Everyone has different ones, so responding to one of you is difficult because another one of you thinks that it means something entirely different.

I'm not particularly defending them. I'm saying that people are:
1) Having completely unrealistic views of what these people can possibly do
2) Having asinine views of the educational training they should have
3) Blaming the wrong people for an issue
4) Using this issue to ignore other, deeper issues

The games media is about as happy about how they get access to information as anyone here is. But they have absolutely no choice in the matter. If they decide not to go through publisher PR events, then they won't get their hands on a game until the consumer does. Which means, at best, their review hits a week after a game launch. Do you know how few people read reviews that late? Beyond that, they'd have no access to previews, no access to interviews, etc. Because all of that comes through PR.
 
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