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How to Spot a Liar: the Green-Eyed Monster Strikes Again

pixelsword | 278d ago
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“Jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretense of keeping it alive. ”
― Havelock Ellis

I give both Sony and Microsoft grief and praise when I feel they need them, so it's no secret that I was very upset about Sony charging for their online, talked about the PS3 being my last console, eventually being won over only to the degree of Picking up the PS4 in the future and not on the first day like before. I also wanted to shake the "day-one blues" which is basically getting a early console and being screwed because of the low standards of quality attributed to early consoles (which is happening now), and even today criticizing Sony wanting PS4 buyers to have "patience" while they iron out the kinks on a paid service.

On the other hand about it I said was going to buy an XboX One first; making my money voice my opinion to Sony's treachery, then being increasingly critical of Microsoft's Orwellian monitoring system and oppressive DRM setup. I was relieved when they retracted a lot of what they had, but I eventually changed my mind on the console because of their overall contrast of the two consoles, plus Microsoft could never stop talking about DRM, which means they aren't done with it yet. Compounded with rumblings of the XboX line being discontinued by Microsoft's own mouth, I thought it best to wait it out for at least a year for "The One". In that time, I gave praise to Microsoft giving away Xbones, and still am in awe of Titanfall's gameplay as well as Microsoft's tidy and smart launch lineup.

So overall, I've been trying my best in keeping an equal hand in both worlds; that being said, I'm not unfamiliar with some of the things fanboys get away with in terms of purposefully sinking a game or, in this case, a console. This is basically what you'll see this gen, which carried over from last gen: a bunch of people pretending to love a console/game, just to kill it's reputation or status.

For those of you who haven't seen the first shot across Sony's bows this gen, one need not look any further than the current assault being waged by fanboys on Amazon.com's customer reviews.

http://wordandimage.files.w...

Like an emerald-hued eye of Sauron, 360 and WiiU fanboys search endlessly to commit another hit and run assault from the shadows; the like the story from which the eye is referenced from, little did they know that little "So-do" was going to park their "ring" right below the ever-watchful gaze of their collective eye.

Upon hearing of people complaining about their launch PS4s DOA statue I nodded to my inner conservative about waiting a little while until earlier models cycle out of stock and production quality is optimal. I looked at the reviews on the site to get my bearings about the console's errors and there's a lot of people not happy, and rightly so; but most of them aren't verified buyers, and a number of them only have one review. The latter point alone is indicative of a person posting for the sake of posting a bad review and not someone who has an honest review based upon experience. The other thing you'll likely see posts that are fanboy-inspired is a phrase akin to or ending in

"I'm getting an xbox."

A couple of examples prove my point:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/cd...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/cd...

You see, there's no point in tearing a person down if you don't give a person who might have succumbed to your lies a direction to go to, making the deception complete: Just like in the garden of Eden, the serpent's lie would have had little lasting effect if he did not direct eve towards the forbidden fruit.

Now, this guy I trust because he has a verified purchase, plus multiple reviews:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/cd...

or an angry review like this guy:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/cd...

that's what you'll generally see with an earnest review.

Even though their PS4s were DOA and they were disappointed, they were returning it to get other PS4s, which is a rational conclusion in light of people's preferences; for example: not very many, if any, people who loved a 360 returned it after a Day-one DOA to get a PS3 (as verified by people myself or others who got more than a few 360s), so therefore I have to take all of the non-verified buyers with a grain of salt.

That's how you know the difference.

No doubt if problems happen on the Xbone's launch, there will be those out there who will attempt the same in other camps. Unlike these silent assaults, people can prepare to arm themselves with such techniques now so in the future either side will not fall for deceptive doom and gloom reports or believe people who love a lie: in turn, this will enhance your well-being going into the future about game and console purchases...irregardless of what console you desire to purchase.

Play games, not each other, and remember:

"A sound heart is the life of the flesh, but envy is the rottenness of the bones."

-Proverbs 14:30

"A sound heart is the life of the flesh, but envy is the rottenness of the bones." -Proverbs 14:30

TwistingWords  +   278d ago
Great investigation Poirot...

Trolls on the internet? Who would have thought it.
pixelsword  +   277d ago
Your cookie-cutter comment undermines your pretentious reference.
Bimkoblerutso  +   277d ago
Well in all fairness, PS4 and WiiU fans are going to do the EXACT same thing to the Xbox One when the customer reviews start rolling in. You mentioned it yourself, in fact.

Not that this is a bad blog, but it's not really all that enlightening or insightful either. We've all known for some time that this is one of the inherent flaws of giving anyone with an internet connection a voice.
pixelsword  +   277d ago
Well, no, I never claimed it was "deep"; what I did provide was a simple tool or two to help people muddle through a post or an article to see whether or not the facts check out irregardless of console preference: it's to empower consumers who all too easily fall under the influence of unfounded claims.

As of today, there's an article where a person is claiming to have sabotaged the PS4:

http://n4g.com/news/1395356...

and as a result of this article, people are worried and wondering if this claim is true or not.

It's blindingly obvious, and what I wrote above is what I used to come to my conclusion, but since it's so simplistic, I guess everyone came to the identical conclusion... but at the same time, I'm wondering why so many people are still wondering if the guy is telling the truth or not.
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tokugawa  +   277d ago
so this is what the console war has come to.. people searching the reviews on amazon to prove that the enemy are trying to sabotage the ps4???

rofl

did you also check all the 5 star reviews to make sure that they were all verified purchases?? or does it not matter if they friendly agents helping to uphold the pure image of the second coming??

where was your blog when the toys r us vid had to be taken down from youtube folling the sony fanboy invasion???

in all honesty, i dont give a sh't. and just that my ps4 does not doa on the 29th.

but all in all, the blog writing about this on a known sony fanboy haven is just pathetic.

although neogaf is not the be all and end all, it is so refreshing posting on there compared to here.

keep up the good work. you never know, someone from sony just might read this, and hire you for their SDF
AilonTrusk  +   277d ago
I even saw one guy write a review, to which he states in the 2nd sentence he didn't buy it from Amazon, and yet there he was writing a review for a product from a retailer he didn't buy from.
MidnytRain  +   276d ago
It's not like it matters where he got it from. It's the same product.
AilonTrusk  +   276d ago
Then why is he writing a review on amazon. I get what you're trying to say. People read these reviews on Amazon and see that 50% of the ps4 reviews are defects, which judging by the fake reviews add to that. Even worse, someone wrote a review three times, copy and paste.
MidnytRain  +   276d ago
Is it possible there's no review section from his retailer? Why can't he post a review on a different website than his retailer? We can post reviews here even though N4G doesn't sell games. Wanting him to post his review elsewhere is kind of pointless.
ThatCanadianGuy514  +   277d ago
lol.

One thing i've learned over the years is that there is NO group of fans of anything, be it sports, movies, cults or any other video game company, more incredibly hypocritical and pathetic than xbox fanboys.I just laugh it off at this point.

Anywho, back to KZ3!
pacostacos  +   277d ago
you sir have not learned very much... religious zealots by far take the cake throughout history also politics make people do some weird crazy shiz, racists are pretty bad too. Fanboys are way of the list because in the scope of things gaming is just a hobby. Fanboys will be Fanboys and all sides are pretty bad.
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Fireseed  +   277d ago
I've never once seen Xbox fans boycott a franchise and company for going multi platform (DmC, Insomniac Games, etc). Any figure head in the Sony camp is fit for becoming a sacrificial lamb the moment they make a change (Phil Harrison, Hideo Kojima, etc). All blind fanboys are scum, but somehow in the tech world Sony fanboys take the cake.

I need not further explain it as Sterling has done it all too well already.
http://www.destructoid.com/...
Majin-vegeta  +   277d ago
Lol i guess you didnt read the part where he says he was being sarcastic right?you done goofed son xD.
Fireseed  +   277d ago
Wow. Just wow. I'd tell you that it's someone who just made a fake account name as Jim Sterling to try and damage control. But seriously what's the point? You've probably already convinced yourself that it's true.
Novistador  +   276d ago
Majin is a special kind of stupid.
Convas  +   276d ago
Incredibly ironic comment given the commenter.
ArmrdChaos  +   276d ago
Irony...gotta love it.
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Nivalis  +   277d ago
To be entirely hypothetical here, currently there stands over 200 verified (people who have at least purchased the console) negative reviews.

If we assumed Microsoft, or a company it hired, such as a reputation management company, were handed a lump of cash to tarnish the competitions reputation, it could cost them just 79,998 usd in order to buy and then review (badly) 200 units, vastly effecting the overall review score - in the grand scheme of things, 80,000 usd is a raindrop in the puddle of advertising expenses.

On top of that, Not everyone buys consoles for themselves, or indeed, buys consoles to keep, We have the presence of scalpers who buy consoles purely to sell on, such people could very well have no intention of keeping a ps4 or xbox one, and chip in their bad review on purpose, after all, if someone posts up an ebay add saying "tested and verified working" then they might even get some additional money.

Then theres instances where family members or friends will pick up consoles for other people, even if they dont actually like the brand of console they pick up, again these people, while buying the console, would have no real reason to leave positive feedback.

Just because a person is verified, does not instantly mean they are a genuine source of information.

I can see this occurring on the Xbox One reviews when it launches too.
cgoodno  +   277d ago
It's easy to make a verified review since you only have to pre-order, write the review, and then cancel the order.
rainslacker  +   277d ago
I think everyone was way too quick to jump on the "Sony has massive amounts of faulty machines" bandwagon. It will be the same when the X1 releases, and the other side will probably be quick to jump on the other bandwagon, and everyone will start calling hypocrisy. Sadly, this whole nonsense is probably going to play out through the entire generation.

I'm sure not all the reviews are real, and I can understand why someone would post a bad review of a faulty console, but it seems to me, given the nature of electronics, that people posting some of these reviews are jumping the gun. When a system is going to sell at least 1 million units in a week, a few hundred, or a couple thousand bad consoles is not a bad ratio. I'm sure there are those that won't post reviews, and won't post on forums, but go directly to Sony's tech/customer support to find a resolution. What we don't know now is how Sony, or the retailers that are giving selling faulty units, are going to appease these people so hopefully they don't have to wait weeks to get a new one. These early day one adopters are probably the systems most ardent fans, and it would be good to treat them right with great customer service in this situation. To date there has not been a statement by Sony on this, but I assume by Monday they, or at least one of the retailers will issue some compensation.

To me that is the more important issue until more substantial evidence of a widespread problem becomes apparent. The systems been out for 2 days now, and what we're seeing is internet fear creeping it's way into consumerism, and not a rational look at the nature of consumer electronics.
Priest88  +   277d ago
So.. PS4 and WII U fanboys (the near non existant playerbase mind you) wont be doing this when the Xbox One releases?

Get your head checked son, Fanboys will always jump trough hoops to discredit the other system.
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Saints94  +   277d ago
It's like you didn't read the entire thing.
M-M  +   277d ago
This is just the internet, most people don't have these issues with their purchases and others are STILL looking forward to theirs in the future. It's an isolated issue, a bad batch if you will. Also, people say "I'm switching to PS4" or "I'm switching to Xbox One" just because their console fails? What kind of logic is that? Most people send it back in for a new one, or they just wait until a newer model releases.
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_QQ_  +   276d ago
Seriously what is this World War 2? the amount of propaganda....
MacDonagh  +   276d ago
Blind faith is such a sad thing. Your use of biblical passages and Sony's apparent persecution makes this whole situation rather hilarious to me.

Not even a cure for cancer is worth getting this worked up over.

It's not Sony's fault that they can't guarantee quality control on their products. It's clearly propaganda by Xbots to make the PS4 look bad. /s

I'm glad that I've already jumped over to PC gaming instead. The only unique console on the market right now is the Wii U because at least they know what console gaming is supposed to be. Affordable to the common consumer with fun games; not pretending to be a PC but with less power and more restrictions.

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