How Publishers Punish Game Sites

From the perspective of a game publisher on Sore Thumbs offers a description of the occasionally tense relations between game publishers and journalists written by "Anonymous Guy from Big Publisher," whose bona fides are vouched for by respected game journalist Dan "Shoe" Hsu. The AGfBP describes some of the behaviors and attitudes of game writers that drive developers and publishers crazy, including shoddy review methods and how: "A great unspoken truth is that those involved in games development and publishing feel that many journalists feel a sense of entitlement – that they deserve to have their asses kissed because of the power they wield over the sell-in." A quote I find interesting is one that I've heard expressed by developers: "The fact is game journalists – of which there are hundreds at the moment – are living off the blood sweat and tears of creative people." He also outlines some of the methods the devs and pubs use to try and get even, saying "I have pulled ad buys in protest of what I felt were unfair review scores. I have spoken to the “boss” of publications before, and complained about certain journalists. I have “banned” certain media outlets from getting pre-release access to games, because of previous unfavorable coverage." Thanks Mike Martinez and Ars Technica.
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The solution: just rely on super mega awesome review sites that have no advertisements. Yay Out of Eight! That guy is so great!

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