Notch's nervousness about Minecraft's impending reviews are justified given the current state of the gaming review industry.
The day had to come sometime Notch. Lets just hope with the features you've begun adding, you can pull it off.
It'll be interesting to see if/how the game being out for years before the "official" release will impact reviews. It's going to be hard to look at it as a "fresh" game
I'm a reviewer myself and I've been thinking about Minecraft for quite a while now. I intend to give Minecraft a perfect score. Why? Because Notch has worked extremely hard on this project for many years. Minecraft is a once in a generation experience that will last for many, many years to come. Don't worry, Notch. Your game will do just fine.
I agree, considering this game is most certainly going to be looked upon as a major event in the shaping of gaming, and personally I would say the most mainstream/popular game that could be seen as art. I don't think Notch should be nervous either, poor guy should be partying over such an achievement at MineCon instead of worrying, so hopefully that's what he'll do :P.
Intend? Maybe you should play it and see what the final version entails. It's a disservice to your readers to have a score in mind before you play the final copy. I'm not questioning your credibility but you owe it to your readers. I personally don't think a reviewer should ever make up his mind before a game is even released and played. Edit I look forward to the game.
You do realize that he's been playing it and the only thing that the final release will bring is a few more features, and bug fixes... Ya, his score is totally going to go down because the developer fixed bugs and added a few new blocks..
I've known Minecraft since Indev and I've played it since Alpha, so I'm pretty sure I can tell what the game has to offer and will offer in the end.
I'm sure he has played it and loved it, but as a reviewer he has a obligation to remain impartial until the games releases to withhold opinions. A judge has to review here the case be he can make an opinion. Would you want a judge who thinks you're guilty to hear your case? Certain professions needs certain standards. His job is one of them. I'm sure he is a stand up guy but he chose the profession and should live up to the standards and ethics that come with it.
What is there actually to mark it down on? For everything that it tries to do, it's one of the most 'perfect' games possible.
reviews dont matter, 4 million sold without even having any.
Well it sold over 4 million and user love it so the people have reviewed it fairly well. Who cares what game 'journalists' think, they're tabloid and think about revenues, flaming and hits before what the actually game quality is.
I have NEVER seen a game as ripped off as Minecraft. Every developer in the world has created their own version of Minecraft. It's a pivotal point in the industry. Don't sorry, Notch. Reviewers can say whatever they want. I'll buy copies for friends every Christmas AND for many birthdays.
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