Submitted by StillGray 775d ago | opinion piece

Halo 4 Hoax Letter Attempts to Shame Game Journalists, 343 Industries, TriplePoint PR

Gameranx: "An absurd image surfaced some hours ago, purporting what appears to be a letter from TriplePoint PR to a member of the gaming press—congratulating him for being chosen to review Halo 4." (343 Industries, Halo 4, Industry, Xbox 360)

Snookies12  +   775d ago
Okay....? What's the point of this exactly?
kamper  +   775d ago
Ye, what's that all about?
drizzom  +   774d ago
Check out NeoGAF. Theres a topic about all this that chronicles the events fairly well.

doogiebear  +   774d ago
u guys have too much time on your hands, if, in just a few hours, you know every little rumor that bounces around on every little forum. Who cares???
Temporary  +   774d ago
Some people's lives revolve around their console. It's pretty sad.
geddesmond  +   774d ago
you really have to ask? Halo controversy equals traffic
leathers123  +   774d ago
Haters creating drama. Be it sony or pc.

If someone has nothing better to with life, it should be taken away.
nrvalleytime  +   775d ago
"That this obvious forgery has managed to gain as much traction as it has points out the volatility of game journalism's reputation in the regards of gamers, and why we need to start doing more to win back their trust, assuming we ever had it in the first place."

drizzom  +   774d ago
Seems like a good topic to not take seriously and help generate hits and clicks for the next couple of weeks.
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CrzyFooL  +   775d ago
Not cool bruh. Halo 4 has earned its amazing reviews.
KingPin  +   775d ago
been reading those reviews, i think its time i bought a 360. went back and played halo 1 and 2 and i must say they aged well. still fun as ever. yes i know bungie made the first 3 etc, but from the reviews seems like 343 may have outdone bungie.

i bought a ps3 this gen mainly coz i thought it was better choice for me personally. so yeah been missing some 360 exclusives.

but i can pick up one now for dirt cheap and even the games, pre-played are now really pocket friendly prices.
MariaHelFutura  +   775d ago
Owning all the systems every gen if you can afford to, is always a good idea.
enjoy ur 3 aaa games then.

alan wake/fable 3 is nice on pc.
Temporary  +   774d ago
You've been missing like 3 total of 360 exclusives (unless you count kinect) ...but gaining dozens of quality PS3 exclusives ... I dont see your logic...

I own all 3 consoles, I prefer the PS3 because of its selection of games, and PS+ gives me even more free games on top of that, but I cant deny gears and halo are amazing titles.
Septic  +   775d ago
Look at the jealous fanboys disagreeing.

Seriously, the general consensus has been that Halo is unanimously a success and an.excellent addition to the seminal series.

I guess haters gonna hate.
bubblebeam  +   774d ago

No point in arguing. Exclusives always get 10x the hate as any multiplat game (cod excluded).

Whether it be Uncharted, Metroid, Halo etc. Some people can't accept the fact that they are some of the best games ever made, but they let blind loyalty get in the way of their decisions.

I'd like to think that it is a new generation of idiotic, immature brats rather than older, supposedly more mature adults. If it is the latter, than the gaming industry will never evolve past this geekfest and never be taken seriously.

Seriously, if you can't afford both an Xbox AND a PS3, there is something wrong with you. Have to be a doll bludger/welfare recipient, or a teenager with no job.
JC_Denton  +   774d ago
There wasn't a single "fanboy" comment made before this comment.
bubblebeam  +   774d ago

Septic was referring to the disagrees that "crzyFooL" received. If you disagree that it hasn't earned its reviews, you'd have to be blind.

A 3 year dev cycle is good enough in my books.
Septic  +   774d ago
Yeah I was referring to the disagrees. Reading comprehension....it can take you a long way. Lol look at the bitter disagrees. Shame, your're the ones missing out on one of the best killer apps this gen.
Temporary  +   774d ago
I think in regards of who's missing out the most...360 owners who hate the PS3 are the ones missing out on the best games this Gen. It's not even a question. I feel bad for these poor children that cant afford 2 consoles.
Godmars290  +   774d ago
Try that again a week *after* its released.
eliteslaya13  +   775d ago
Why do people hate Halo so much? I simply don't understand the hate for it, if you don't like it, just don't play it and that would be it.
LAWSON72  +   775d ago
Well something that is known by more people are going to have a lot mpre haters then something less known like cod and halo.
bubblebeam  +   774d ago
Because it is an exclusive. People hate what they can't have, it's jealousy. They know Halo is superb, they are just trying to convince themselves that they don't want or need it, when deep down they know they do.

Happens to Wii, PS3 and PC games as well. Some people never grow up. I pity them, as I know that THEY are missing out. The 90 Metacritic score for this game agrees.
JC_Denton  +   774d ago
I think the reason why people hate on it so much is pretty much the same reason people hate Call of Duty.
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bubblebeam  +   774d ago

People hate on CoD because it is too similar. Halo has always changed (except for ODST, which was still excellent IMO).

I don't like CoD, but I also don't hate on it like some people. Though the reason I don't like it myself is because they are too similar. They are still good games though.
TheRealSpy  +   774d ago
people hate on halo because they need to justify their belief that if they buy a 360, they're traitors. rather than give it a fair chance, they just keep telling themselves that it's a "generic shooter."

it's just denial. desperate, pathetic denial.
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cgoodno  +   774d ago
The same reason people hate on any exclusive title. It's an exclusive title.
GraveLord  +   775d ago
This letter may be a hoax, but what it is trying to do is expose what happens behind the scenes. Reviewers who have given Halo high review scores in the past are the first(if not the only) to get early review copies. Same goes for every other game out there. Typically the AAA games.
ALLWRONG  +   775d ago
A lie is supposed to expose the "truth" which is a lie? WTF planet are you living on?

Halo 4 got good reviews, get over it.

A lie for a lie
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Godmars290  +   774d ago
You'd be better at pointing out the $2000 worth of stuff companies use (?) to hand out along with review copies. That was like 5-6 years ago and that's when the alarm bells should have going off.
Summons75  +   774d ago
mmmmm conspiracy theories in the morning....

Publishers only pay off when they KNOW the game is bad. Halo 4 got excellent reviews because it's an excellent game and no other reason. Just like Uncharted gets amazing scores because it's amazing.

Take off the tin foil and think maybe people give games good reviews because just MAYBE it's a good game even if it's not your cup of tea. I don't like God of War but I still acknowledge that it was great gameplay mechanics and flows really well for the pace of the game, if I were to review it I would probably give it a good score despite it not being my cup of tea, just because I don't like it dosen't mean other won't.
Godmars290  +   774d ago
Didn't Halo Reach receive high review scores then was reexamined? Halo 3 even lost some of its shine soon after it gamers rather than reviewers got their hands on it.

The same is likely going to happen to four, the same way its happened to many other games.
memots  +   774d ago
LOL .. The flood was created by MS trying to create some Mountain dew flavored Doritos .

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Kos-Mos  +   774d ago
Is this really something people say "Well, I never...Is it true???" to?

I`ll tell the majority how things works in the world:
Money controls almost everything. Yes, believe me, it`s true. If ign need money, they get money from big publishers to spread polluting reviews that people like for some reason. It all started with gtaiv when they gave it 10/10. Good job rockstar. Then to "make" up for their ridiculousness they had to give Metal Gear Solid 4 10/10. They thought the minority who can read between the lines would be satisfied and forget their faulty review of gtaiv.
No game deserves a perfect score if you have a tad understanding of the word perfect.

You can scream all you like, but this is the truth. We see this crap flooding the internet. People like what publishers spend money on; MARKETING.
This generation is the worst of all time gamewise. Some exceptions like Demon`s Soul`s, Metal Gear Solid 4, Mario Galaxy, Xenoblade, Starcraft 2 saved us gamers from total breakdown.

But the majority fall for shooters and shooters and hollow games.

Ps: Look at metacritic how they choose reviews that satisfies them the most.
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RememberThe357  +   774d ago
This is about gaming journalism not Halo 4. Game journalists know that they are not covering important issues, they know that they cover entertainment. In that vein they seem to have thrown their integrity to the side and become whiny sellouts. Obviously not all are bad, but the fact that so many don't think they're doing anything wrong shows how seriously they take their job.
Enigma_2099  +   774d ago

well, this is my response to the controversy, the journalism... hell to HALO itself.

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