The Eurogamer Scandal

Rewiredmind writes:

A week or so ago, a Eurogamer writer by the name of Ed Zitron reviewed the new MMO Darkfall Online. The boy Zitron wasn't impressed, giving it a measly two out of ten. That was just the beginning.

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TrevorPhillips3810d ago

2 out of 10 do u know how to rate games

Chris3993810d ago (Edited 3810d ago )

I'm really surprised that a bigger deal hasn't been made of this. A major gaming media site caught - red handed - posting uniformed, biased nonsense.

Calls into question the credibility of their entire site really. The suggestion by the author of this article that Eurogamer was somehow in the right with how they handled the situation is ludicrous. They mishandled the situation to start with and simply compounded the mess that they had made by "standing behind their review" (but offering to re-review). You simply cannot review an MMO in 2 hours. Can't be done. You can't create a character, form parties, enter instances, pvp and explore an entire realm in 2 hours. And forming an opinion based on such a limited playtime is unprofessional. And if it's not unprofessional (according to Eurogamer), just what are their review requirements for OTHER GAMES? Console games, let's say, which clearly don't have such demanding time investments as MMOs.

Pop it in, watch the intro, play 5 minutes then write a review? Or maybe download a gamesave and watch the ending first, ya know, for a THOROUGH review. Pathetic really. Any other media industry and they'd be laughed out of the room.

Trash site really (Eurogamer). They're like the GS of Europe.

Chubear3810d ago (Edited 3810d ago )

ALL review gaming sites are like this.

Hell, I know of a reviewer that rated a game ridiculously low because while at a show, the developers of company got mad with them cause they were trying to get a peek at something the company had said can't be show to them at that point.

So they got mad and actually threaten them right there that 'they'll see who's 'crazy' when their upcoming game launches'

Editorial reviewing is just utter BS nonsense and I look forward to the day that gamers understand that it's all become revenue building business and they really don't give a toss if they give accurate info to the community.

I long for the day gamers have a secure system for rating and informing other gamers about our games (kinda like an N4G for game reviews) so we don't have to solely rely on editorial reviewers anymore. I've had an idea for this for 5 years now and I hope Sony or somebody takes the idea and uses it.

Editorial reviewers are full of poop and you're dumb if you let them dictate what games you play or not play.

Perjoss3810d ago

Not played it myself but I've seen gameplay movies, the game in question looks like a proper heap of steaming cack. EG has already said that the logs are not correct and that the reviewer spent more time in the game than the Darkfall devs are claiming. I think they said he spent around 10 hours and not 2 like they claim, 10 hours is still not a lot of time to review an mmo, I agree he should have spent more time playing it, at least the game is getting a re-review from a reputable reviewer.

SL1M DADDY3810d ago

If this is what it took for many of you to see how pathetic Eurogamer has been in recent years with their reviews, then you have all been living int he dark. This is only a small representation as to what is actually happening with reviews across the board. Nearly all major publications are posting up uninformed and )what I would call) illegitimate reviews these days.

The only true review is your own.

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Bluemayhem3810d ago

before spouting the same nonsense as the devs of this abysmal game you should actually check the whole build up to this. Frankly for a development team to go in to the comment section and start mouthing off against reviewers shows what pathetic morons these guys are. reminds of Dennis Dyack and Too Human.
Besides it has been said already several times that the playtimes from the alleged reviwers account, provided on the Darkfall forums, are not true.

The guy said he had at least 9 hrs of playtime with this which I admit is not a whole lot more, however enough to show that this pile of dung is not worth your time or effort with far better MMORPG's on the market.

Really hope that the new reviewer is going to give this game a 1 out of 10 considering the childish hissy fits of this developer.

Eurogamers credibility is not really hampered if a couple of sad fans from this site and the incredibly lonely cellar dwelling darkfall geeks mouth off about this.

BTW, i am not from Eurogamer staff however love their reviews as they certainly have some of the wittiest writting especially when it comes to reviews of crappy games.

Chris3993810d ago (Edited 3810d ago )

Post an "impression". Post a preview. Don't post a review. There is something dubious and unethical about that sort of behavior and Eurogamer was caught doing it.

And I don't find them humorous at all. It's the same sort of pedantic head-speak that Edge employs. I'm looking for accuracy in my news, not snobbery and snide remarks. Writing something to be satirical isn't as effective as writing something factual. We have enough bloggers and vitriol all over the net, without the "professionals" acting like as$holes and fanboys themselves.

I've never played the game (Darkfall). It could be utter trash. But that doesn't change the fact that the review process was in many ways violated and no one seems to care. It's unethical. Remember that news reporter a while back who lightly falsified a news piece? What happened to him? Oh, right he was fired and likely shamed for the rest of his years. That's a NORMAL reaction. Not: "Oh, well the game sucks anyway".

BulletToothtony3810d ago

the way i see it. Eurogamer loves getting attention by giving out low scores.. specially on the ps3 games..

Worse of all Wii games get scores of 8 and above ALL the time.. It's almost as if they had a 45 y/o grandma reviewing games..

They say they have high standards and yet they gave halo 3 a 10.. Eurogamer loves attention and it's simply not a website that a TRUE gamer would rely on to look at reviews..

TheTwelve3810d ago

Blue Mayhem, the reviewer did not play the game. Period. Eurogamer is known for giving low-scores in order to garner attention, but it's a whole other evil when you give a low score while only logging in 2 hours or so into a game.

Eurogamer did wrong here---only reason why this hasn't blown up (yet) is because the game they screwed over is a very niche one.


Bluemayhem3810d ago

I get your point completely but at the same time you are getting ahead of yourself by using words such as "ethical". Ethics have no place in "journalism" and that is a fact. It has been ,long known and will become even more apparent.Look at the current state of journalism in this world, starting from Iraq war to Afghanistan to Georgian-Russian war, the Winter gas scandal between Russia and Europe.
Come on mate that is a game reviews site if it would not have any factual information on the game salted/ peppered with a little bit of humour I would not go there. Fully disagree with your statement about satirical writing being less effective then factual. Again thats not a news report on the 9/11 tragedy.
In fact, factual information with satirical writting on top of that the reviewers personal emotions being put in the review makes for an awesome read.

I fully stand behind the reviewer more importantly Eurogamer and if a game after 9 hrs fails to impress someone who reviews games, it is not deserving of a good score. There is no scientific formula for reviewing MMO's i.e. sit for 30 days in front of your screen in order to get to the "good parts".

Chubear3810d ago

Good lord, I don't even want to know what world you live in.

Chris3993810d ago

We NEED to have credible journalists, with "ethics" and "training" and all those other words you seem averse to. I'm not saying that the news media is without it's flaws, but again, these people follow procedure and have training. And if they did something to the equivalent of what Eurogamer had done on prime time news, they would have been fired. And by your reasoning, because there are areas of the news media that are corrupt, it is therefor alright that the gaming industry is also corrupt?

The gaming industry is essentially fueled by marketing dollars and run by fanboys. And you don't see a problem with that? You think it's alright to write a scathing piece on a game that you've barely even touched?

And have you even PLAYED an MMO before? And to quote you: "sit for 30 days in front of your screen in order to get to the 'good parts' ".

That's precisely the formula for an MMO, even power leveling it'll take you the better part of a month to get to end game content in WOW, any MMO for that matter. Most intelligent reviewers post previews of MMOs followed by a full review some while on after launch. So yes, Eurogamer broke protocol, and yes, they appear unethical (and I really don't care what you think of the word, it applies here). Deal with it.

Bluemayhem3810d ago (Edited 3810d ago )

ooh please mate "True Gamer" thats the last word that anybody on this webiste here should use. In any case matey dont think you have even the slightest idea of who you can call a true gamer or not.

What reviews do you actually read: let me guess IGN,Gamespot,HHG??

Chubear: care to ellaborate?

TitanUp3810d ago

blue check this out

Darkfall developer writes-
When we read the hostile review by Ed Zitron, one thing became apparent: he had not played the game at all. Eurogamer readers and Darkfall players are posting bullet lists of factual errors in the story. The reviewer hadn't even figured out the very basics of the game before he wrote about it. We checked the logs for the 2 accounts we gave Eurogamer and we found that one of them had around 3 minutes playtime, and the other had less than 2 hours spread out in 13 sessions. Most of these 2 hours were spent in the character creator since during almost every one of the logins the reviewer spent the time creating a new character. The rest of the time was apparently spent taking the low-res screenshots that accompanied the article. At no point did this reviewer spend more than a few minutes online at a time.

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