Tainted Reviews a 'Very Scary Prospect'

Last week, the researchers at EEDAR released a new study in collaboration with SMU Guildhall, which revealed just how powerful professional game reviewers can be in the industry, in terms of their direct impact on purchasing decisions and word-of-mouth marketing among friends and family. For this edition of The Divnich Debrief with EEDAR analyst Jesse Divnich, we decided to follow-up with Jesse to get some more insight into the study.

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GWAVE2904d ago

Reviews have been tainted for years. Publishers know that they help sales. That's why you have high review scores for industry giants like GTA4, Gears of War 2, and Halo 3 when those games suffered problems that other games would be heavily marked down for - things like graphics, glitches, "lack of innovation", and so forth.

dizzleK2903d ago (Edited 2903d ago )

the article mentions RDR and i'm one of those people who bought into the reviews....i ended up returning it the next day.i'm disappointed by games i'm on the fence about that get high reviews, every single time. but it's hard not to get sucked into hype when reviews make you feel like a retard if you miss out on the game. what gamer, seeing everybody give a game 9.5+, would want to miss out?

Focker-4202903d ago (Edited 2903d ago )

I only read reviews to see the positives and negatives of a game. It doesn't matter what the score is. If I'm interested in the game I'll buy it. If I didn't like certain things then I won't. Even in the high scoring reviews they list some of the issues and I typically use those as a reference.