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Submitted by wotta 843d ago | opinion piece

Opinion: Can reviewers ever be truly neutral?

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Can reviewers truly be neutral when appraising a game? Now that is a question. Of course the answer should be "yes of course, they are professional and therefore can take a step back and allow nothing to cloud their judgement," but is this really the case? (Culture, Industry)

GalacticEmpire  +   843d ago
If you were 100% neutral you'd likely be some kind of emotionless robot. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, has an opinion and, whether they choose to aknowledge that fact or not, it will always effect their judgements.
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Murad  +   843d ago
Not necessarily true. I believe a neutral reviewer is someone who just states facts, and nothing more. Like, COD has a multiplayer portion that is similar to the last few, excepts with a few added features, and a biased reviewer would be like, "O Call of Duty 49 is just like the last 48 in the series, however, now you get a chance to get a pre-order exclusive, which will become purchasable in the years to come; 'Hooray'".
GalacticEmpire  +   843d ago
How can you score a game without having an opinion? A review that doesn't tell you whether a game is good or bad, in the writers opinion, is not much of a review at all.
Murad  +   843d ago
YOu can give a review based on the features only, and nothing more.
darthv72  +   843d ago
the old ways....
of game reviews were centered on the scope of the title as the meat of the review. The last part was generally left open as the personal view of the review.

So you can effectively give a neutral review of a game when it relates to the nature of the game and how it plays but then all personal opinion about its graphics and sound can be at the end.

It was also that comparatives were made on the same game for a different platform. When comparatives started with x game vs y game is when things really went south. I mean does it make sense to compare street fighter 2 to mortal kombat or is it more ideal to compare street fighter 2 to street fighter 2 on two different platforms?

Oh and Galactic...technically written reviews can be read with varying levels of emotion by the person who is reading it. Which can vary from the emotion level of the person who wrote it. We all perceive things in our own way when we do not actually hear the tone of the words as spoken by the individual who is responsible for the review in the first place. thus we can read it with virtual excitement tone or pure negativity tone and the review changes perceived emotion even though it is written one way.
jordypordy  +   843d ago
Some very interesting points to be fair. Good Article.
Godmars290  +   843d ago
Most certainly haven't been neutral in regards to DMC. They've either taken up the side of NT and Capcom, criticizing fans complaining about "white hair" or, nothing. Very few reviewers have said that it isn't up to par with the original series or at least shouldn't be given a chance.
Dno  +   843d ago
No, but i dont want them to be. eeveryone has ifferent views on different things and our job as readers is to find a review we agree with. reviews should not be the end all be all but for some people it is.
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givemeshelter  +   843d ago
No
BanBrother  +   843d ago
No, they are just people. Especially these days, it doesn't seem that hard to review a game on your no-name website. If you think that there are no console fanboys, or just fanboys in general (i.e someone loves command and conquer and hates Starcraft, they will give bad review to starcraft etc).

Game reviews have always been dodgy anyway. They have been caught out before. The only way these sites is through advertising, so if they give Mr Activision, Mr EA etc. A bad review for one of their games, guess what? Say goodbye to your website, as you can no longer maintain it.

Unless they got top developers in each genre to rate games. And even then, why would they give their competition high scores?

Let's just face it. Humans are weak minded, bias animals. We can never have perfect, unbias reviews. Let's just accept them for what they are; opinions. Doesn't matter whether they are 'professionals', at the end of the day, your own opinion has the most merit, as YOU decide whether you like a game.
Murad  +   843d ago
Let's just face it, you are trying to act like your opinion is right, even though the only reviews you mostly look at is IGN and GameSpot's, which is then true. However, I can say that there are other reviewers who do not share the same qualities as the ones you describe.
BanBrother  +   843d ago
No, don't really care for IGN or GameSpot. You also contradicted yourself, saying I'm acting as if my opinion is right, but then saying I only read certain reviews, "which is then true". That sounds like a pretty blatant statement there, so who is acting now? Lol do you know what an opinion is?

Besides, I never said all reviewers. Next time, put on your big boy pants and stop being a little b****. Opinions aren't supposed to all be the same. Bleh:-) :-) :-) :-)
TheGOODKyle  +   843d ago
I believe I am
sway_z  +   843d ago
The mind does not naturally function to remain completely neutral...We all carry a position, stance, ideology, preference and form opinions which are shaped and influenced by one's life's experiences.

However...

Legitimate Reviewers are paid to be professional and impartial or they shouldn't be in that role.

Simple as...

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