Reviewing the Review: Critiquing Technique

What purpose do videogame reviews serve? For that matter, what purpose does any entertainment review serve, be it film, book, music, etc? The answers to such questions can be numerous and subjective. Reviewers have the ability to increase the relevance of a certain medium. They can place certain instances of a medium in prevalent social contexts, cementing an instance's place in history. They can even alter social positions or contexts through commentary. Perhaps more pragmatically, reviewers can inform readers of the reasons behind prevalent emotional reactions to a popular instance of entertainment.

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