Tumbler wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 17:02:
Most of the gaming media is glorified advertising. They stay in business because big companies want to spend money on those sites as part of their advertising. Sending review copies of games, hosting media events where people come and see the games, buying ad spots on the site that people will see when they come see the reviews, having special promo's that preview the game and talk about how awesome it's going to be.
Gaming journalism might be overly positive, but it's hardly an extension of the company's PR wing. Jeff Green completely failed to make the transition from game writer to PR person over at EA. He was constantly opening his foot and sticking his mouth in it, and getting in trouble for that until he finally had to leave. Like you say, most gamers have a certain amount of anger in them, but that can't be the case AT ALL in PR.
The most likely way to get honest feedback on games is from a person who buys the game out of their own money and will likely notice the loss of those dollars in their account. I don't know how much money Angry Joe makes on his youtube stuff but he seems like someone that would be genuinely pissed if he bought a shit game. (and it's kind of his thing) And that to me is what being a gamer is all about. If you're not pissed, you're not a gamer. If you're not pissed then you're doing something wrong because gaming is one of the most consumer hostile business' you can be a part of. They're even hostile and horrible to many people in the industry in many cases. I'd compare it to being a car sales man for Ford or Toyota. Or being a customer going onto one of those lots trying to buy something. It's a terrible business but they have a product that people want enough to put up with that shit.
I agree that the independent reviewers are much more likely to give the straight dope (although there have been stories of youtubers being compromised by the large publishers). That's why I loved reading Out of 8 reviews, for example. I know Mr. Allen does it as a hobby, and he's not connected to any game company at all, and his analysis will be untainted.
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