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Video Game Designer Would Like You To Stop Fixating On Review Scores

Kotaku - Platinum Games' Hideki Kamiya has a new video game out. It's not getting perfect scores or perfect reviews. Yeah, like he cares. Here's one of video game's most expressive game designers brushing off criticism as only he can.

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PopRocks3591497d ago (Edited 1497d ago )

I don't usually trust reviews. Usually I wait until I play a game for myself and I wind up checking out what appeals to me (it's why I actually found Duke Nukem Forever enjoyable when most didn't).

It's not like W101 has received poor scores. On Metacritic it has a 79 (last time I checked it) which is hardly bad, and most of the scores have been in the 80-95 range. So if you want to use scores anyway, they're pretty positive either way. I see no reason to make a fuss.

EDIT: Also Kotaku is a POS tabloid "germalism" troll site. I should have figured this was from them.

Concertoine1497d ago (Edited 1497d ago )

I used to trust gaming journalism (or at least the consensus on metacritic) but in the past few years it has fallen to a really nefarious, untrustworthy blemish on the face of gaming. Im sure its really easy to give ME3 a 9.5 when your site's banner, side ad, and background are all plastered in ad revenue from mass effect 3, and a honest/negative review would pull those ads.
Also the morons they have employed at ign these days, look at matt from ign, greg from gamespot, mark bozon, or the guy who reviewed bioshock 1 on ign, they're all clearly passionate, intelligent gamers who gave honest opinions and quit because they saw this coming.

jcnba281497d ago

Matt Casamassina, Creg Harris and Mark Bozon were great reviewers on IGN but they all left for better jobs. Can't blame them. Fran Mirabella was also another great reviewer at IGN since N64.com but now he's a video director.

morganfell1497d ago

If he wants people to stop fixating on review scores then he should stop pandering to reviewers and websites. Instead he and other developers/publishers should speak directly to the fans from YouTube or their developer site. They should also cease the pattern of adjusting game features specifically to "chase the 9".

In the midst of his whining he seems to forget he and others like him are responsible for inserting the media between the developer and the gamer.

Blacktric1497d ago

IGN score: 7.4

That's what happens when you give Keza McDonald an original game to review. She was praising DmC off the ass only after playing that abysmal demo. Not surprised. I'll judge it when I get to play it myself. I still have full trust for Kamiya.

DEATHxTHExKIDx1497d ago

Reviews cant be trusted for some games. Better to just try it yourself all comes down to personal preference.

KonsoruMasuta1497d ago (Edited 1497d ago )

Lol At what Kamiya said.

"Is that IGN thing your god or something?"

This guy cracks me up.

Iltapalanyymi1497d ago

yea man i saw that on twitter. laughed hard.

jcnba281497d ago

Somebody else asked him what did he think of a reviewer saying the W101 was too difficult? He answered with "Honor" lol

ritsuka6661497d ago (Edited 1497d ago )

Commmon casual gamer listen for IGN reviews: Did you see the review? looks you game is terrible..

Kamiya: You eat shit,kid?

DragonKnight1497d ago (Edited 1497d ago )

I'm not even going to read the article because it's from Kotaku and they're likely taking the stance that reviews from sites like them are important. Kotaku can go suck on something and I really wish the lame excuses handed to us about why they are still being prominently featured on this site, despite a vast majority of the userbase voting them down, would just stop and we get rid of Kraptaku once and for all. I encourage everyone to continue downvoting this sh*tty site no matter how little it actually does, and please stop submitting stories from that site and its sister sites like Polygon.

On Topic: Kamiya is absolutely correct, and for a larger reason than he probably addressed. Review scores have been factored into deals made between developers and publishers to the point where review sites and metacritic have actually become powerful entities that can determine what kinds of games are made and what kinds of games are not made. We've already seen stories about contracts that stipulate a certain metacritic score in order for the developers to gain bonuses, or even sometimes full pay, and it's ridiculous.

Reviews are simply meant to be an opinion, not a gauge of total and broad quality. Of course, you can't ignore multiple opinions that say the same thing, but at the end of the day it's up to you to decide how good or bad the game is based on your preferences and experiences.

In my opinion, the numbered/lettered/starred review system needs to die in favour of just a descriptive one containing only opinion and nothing more.

KonsoruMasuta1497d ago (Edited 1497d ago )

I don't know why you're angry but the person who wrote this article (if you can even call it that) agrees with Kamiya.

He even ends it by saying "Good stuff from Kamiya"

DragonKnight1497d ago

I'm not angry, I just have incredibly low expectations of Kotaku. They are the tabloid news site of gaming media. They are at the forefront of rumour and speculation, and readily jump aboard the feminist hate wagon. By and large, their site is a plague on gaming media and should be removed from the internet, or at least this site. They contribute literally nothing to the integrity of gaming media and yet their opinion is viewed so highly that they had 2 seats as panellists for last year's VGA's.

The odd time they write something good is so few and far between as well so no one can be faulted for wanting to skip anything written by Kotaku.

jcnba281497d ago

Didn't know Polygon was their sister site. Them two sites couldn't be more different from each other.

DragonKnight1497d ago

Well, they may not be now that I think on it, I only considered it to be due to the presence of Brian Crecente. But you're right in that the layout of the site is different. However they have a lot in common with each other.

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