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Submitted by philiwaniuk 352d ago | article

Why your review is wrong: the psychology of internet commentary

This all started with the phrase, ‘Buying it anyway’. Three little words that appeared as the first comment on our 7/10 Assassin’s Creed 3 review. Several hundred well reasoned words and expert opinion formed from time spent with the game brushed away with one dismissive sentence fragment. (Assassin's Creed III, Culture, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

Conzul  +   352d ago
Well even if they respect your review, some will always "buy it anyway". I know I do. Like for instance, GoW:Ascension; TFU 1; etc, I bought anyway, but I couldn't logically disagree with what reviewers were saying about them.
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Sketchy_Galore  +   352d ago
Wow, a well researched and informative article. A rare treat.

On topic, that's always been a favourite of mine, that whole 'Screw this reviewer. I'm buying it anyway and they can't stop me enjoying it'. Of course we all know how it is when a game you've been looking forward to starts getting bad scores. I was actually looking forward to Aliens: Colonial marines for a while and it sucks to see the critical consensus appear and for it to be overwhelmingly negative. Still though it's sadly all too common to see people taking these negative reviews as a personal attack, as if the reviewer is grabbing them by the collar and shouting, 'you're not allowed to like this game'.
Sam Fisher  +   352d ago
I like the article, it was well said. But seriously 95% of the time you can tell if the game will be good or bad by little things, like if a game seems that it wont have good production value you might wonder if its not all that great, but story has to be phenominal i call these 75% games, but then if a game "looks" great, then look at the history of the dev team, like dead island, that game looks great but who made it, the same team that brought you call of juarez. I can go on but i dont want to make this comment an article within an article.
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Dark_Ronius  +   352d ago
All reviews are wrong! Or, more accurately, reviews are only 100% right to the person who wrote it (although even things like then the passage of time, destruction of brain cells through breathing helium, spiritual epiphanies can change that person's outlook).

I never really agree or disagree with anyone when it comes to reviews. What I really want to know is whether a game is well made or not; and even then that is subjective. Metacritic gives me a rough indication of whether a game is seriously flawed or not, so I use that as my basis for whether to buy a game or not.

The are 7 billion+ people on the planet; you can guarantee for a fact at least one person is going to agree with and have the same opinion as you, at least one person will disagree with you and hate your guts for it. Most of the people on this planet probably won't care.

The rest of this article sadly seems like pop-psychology, which is a shame because I used to love the Official UK Playstation Magazine (and you can guarantee at least one person will hate me for that ;) )
dcbronco  +   352d ago
Very good article. The subject transcends gaming and has become a problem in society in general. In gaming the problem seems insignificant until the attitudes grow and spread to the gamers adult life. Or there regular life for older gamers. Not that gaming is the cause because the problem is evident everywhere. It's the "Keep your government hands off of my Medicare" mentality. People so caught up in "their" cause without realizing that they are being manipulated for someone else's gain.

But like the author says there is no changing them. You have to let them do to themselves what they will.

This is the way the world ends.
Not with a bang but a whimper.

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