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Deceptive Trailers and Half-assed Journalism: The Path to Disapointment

This article uses the "Leaked Blue Dragon and Lair Scores" incident on N4G from several weeks ago as a jumping-off point to question the practice among gamers of using trailers to judge games before they are released, as well as the practice among journalists of relying on canned optimism and mere visual descriptions of these trailers to pad out "previews" and "impressions", rather than providing actual analysis and criticism of how a game is shaping up. Finally, the article provides some tips for reading through the lines of gaming hype to ascertain what the game is like months before the gaming journalists finally stop playing dumb.

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