Here's an interesting video by Instig8iveJournalism I've found. He exposes the hypocrisy and corruption of video game journalism.
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there is almost no such thing as a "paid review" it is just something people say when they see a game they think should get a lower score.
I suggest you watch the video. Of course there are no suitcases full of money etc. but there's definitely shady stuff going on in the industry.
@flyinghyanus: Surprisingly good video but as others have said: youtube spam is against the rules.
The gamers are too blame. Just like they are to blame for Call Of Dutys huge sales and generic sequel 69.
I agree and this is an excellent point. Did that heavy fellow who was fired from gamespot for not obeying "the man" really make much of a diffrence even though many gamers know about it? No.
I'm willing to bet 99% of the people on gamespot still happily went to gamespot. In fact, i'm willing to bet it actually increased traffic both in the short term and long turn. People talk the talk but when it comes to any form of actually doing anything they become vegetative docile sheep. Publishers and gaming websites can do as they please and nobody really cares enough to do anything about it.
Regarding the video at 08: 24
This is not a difficult qeastion, the people pirating do it in millions and it effects sales regardless of game quility. The reviewers are about a dozen or so people. The reviewer is sent an early review copy to advise people who will be buying it. This part of the video is very stupid I find. The pretentious metal gear solid nonsense didn't help either.
He kept flashing up user reviews in that video as if that was something significant, showing MW3 and Dragon Age 2, users tend to be much harsher in their reviews and fanboys will like to upset scores on metacritic etc. especially in the cases of a Call Of Duty game because the hate train is so much fun to be on. I thought the video was alright but when he talks about all the hype around games colouring peoples expectations and then reviews, he flashes up a bunch of sequels, it's impossible to judge a sequel based purely on its own merits because you know..... IT'S A SEQUEL. And when he was talking about Jeff...... didn't Jeff explicitly say that was a Gamespot ownership problem and not an Eidos problem?? I could be wrong...