As far as games journalism just being PR for games companies, I don't think that's a fair characterization. Games journalists are some of the biggest fans, but they don't hesitate to call out a bad game when they see one. Look at the scores for SimCity for example.
That being said, there was a major games journalism scandal a few years ago when it was revealed that after a reviewer had written a review and submitted a score, that senior editors would bump that score up a bit to please publishers. That's a much more insidious thing, IMO.
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