I think updating review scores is fine, but wouldn't it get problematic fairly quickly? How long are you going to follow these games? Will you change the score of an MMO to 0 once it's shut down? Will you halve the score of a sports game when it's online servers are shut down? Will you update the score every time there is a major outage or problem with the game?
While I would appriciate seeing an up to date status on a game such as the life of online servers, the stability, or if its still supported with pathces or updates I don't really think review scores is the way to go. I think this would be a great feature for GB. If we had a section on every game saying the current status of the product then that would serve this purpose well.
The thing I have a problem with however is reviews based on a product which doesn't exist. Reviews of games which isn't a representation of what the costumer can buy is down right misleading and should be illegal. It would be like reviewing a deluxe super special edition of a car and then using that as the basis of the cheapest and most basic model out there. Reviews should *never* be fixed in stone before a game is actually out and the reviewer has hands on the actual product they are reviewing.
It starts getting into weird territory though when games fundementally change down the line, such as the removal of the fast forward feature... Perhaps one could do a re-review down the line in some cases?
If polygon wants to keep an up to date score of the game as it is every single time, thats fine with me, but I'm not sure I'd call it a review, it would be more like a status tracker of some kind.
Failed formats I've invested in? Anything I have which isn't DRM free digital I consider to be a failure or soon to be so. The possible exception being Steam games.
It's not long until all media is digital only, if it's not then I'm not going to keep it around, if it's DRM protected in a way that makes it useless down the line then its doomed as well.
I've had MiniDisc, Walkman, CD Walkman, VHS, DVD, CD Players Casette players and a bunch of other junk. The result is at some point I either had to rip it or toss it unless I wanted a huge stack of junk collecting dust.
Today all my media is digital, with the exception of console games on discs. I stream music and video from to my phone, computer or anything else I might use.
My subscription payment was made in the belief that I was giving money to GiantBomb and WM, not fucking CBS. I have bought a ton of stuff from the WM store, even those free subscptions for someone less fortunate.
I did all this to keep GB/WM independent and believeing they stood for what was said.
This website was founded with the idea of sticking it to the man, I didn't think that ment sticking it up his ass though.
I feel even worse today than the day I read that dreaded Penny Arcade strip. This is just horrible.
I do sincerely hope that the GB crew got some cash for this though, no one deserves it more. Retire and be happy, I knew it would end some day, I just hoped it would last a little longer.