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Submitted by DragonKnight 936d ago | opinion piece

The Problem With Video Game Critics

In another visit to The Basement,'s Andrew Duval discusses the issues with video game journalists critiquing game design. (Culture, Dev, Dragon's Crown, PS Vita, PS3, Vanilla Ware)

Neko_Mega  +   936d ago
They take sides or they sometimes say a crappy game is good. Pretty simple, I play what I enjoy playing.
shivvy24  +   936d ago
they also give games like Cod Bo2 9.3 and God of war a 7 !
Kingthrash360  +   936d ago
game critics are alot like movie critics, they are not to be taken seriously. imo play a demo and make your own judgment.
venom06  +   936d ago
that just it... you cant say they cant be taken seriously when they affect the market as much as they do.. classic point... the copy and paste game MW3 got a 9 from the very CoD focused, friendly and fanboy reviewer filled site IGN.... yet most of the gamers that play that game agree it's one of the worse CoD games ever...and every military FPS that doesn't have "CoD" in the title has fallen victim to IGN's blantant fanboyism and double standard.

Sadly, until gamers wake up and realize them for what they are, military FPS games are in danger of being down voted out of existence as far as IGN is concerned. When there's an agenda involved, reviewers should be thrown out with the bathwater. The difference between movie reviewers and video game reviewers is that video game sites get money from views related to certain titles, for example... they will NEVER bite the hand that feeds them... Thus you will NEVER see and read anything bad about CoD from the ultra-biased IGN..
admiralvic  +   936d ago
You're assuming way too much and need to look at things beyond "IGN is Evil".

So many people forget that reviews are subjective and everyone values everything differently. The fact that you, me and perhaps most of N4G might not be a fan of CoD, it certainly doesn't offset the sales / popularity that suggest an 8+ isn't impossible to fathom.

The funny thing is what happened during Declassified. Most reviewers seemed to agree the game was awful (which scored a 4 from IGN, disproving your stupid ultra bias nonsense at the end), but there were still plenty of people defending the game for being "true to the series" or "having good multiplay". There were a number of people across the board that seemed to believe the game was a 7 or 8, though even they knew it wasn't a 10. No doubt some people were defending it for whatever reason, though there are people that legitimately enjoyed the game.

Also you have no understanding of marketing or tabloids. On average, you can get more views from something negative than something positive. This is pretty much the whole basis that Kotaku is working off of now and why you see so many doom / gloom articles. If IGN gave CoD a 6 or less, then they would probably get even more views than before and while they would lose some readers, they would probably gain some that believe CoD is trash.
jeeves86  +   936d ago
There are certain sites that are paid by certain publishers for favourable reviews. Movies or games, it's not exclusive.
oNIXo  +   936d ago
Those who can't do, teach. Those who can't teach, become critics.
DragonKnight  +   936d ago
Lol, I don't think most of the comments so far have read the article.

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