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"My experiences in 2014 were colored by a growing level of disappointment coming from a struggle to finding a deeper meaning to why I love games, why I think we need more people from marginalized groups making games, and how all of that is related. As such it has made me rethink my motivations for why I enjoy the games I do, and also made me look deeper at cultural context and systems design. It’s why Shadow of Mordor isn’t on my list, and I will probably write an essay about my struggle with the game’s politics while enjoying the (largely balanced but flawed) combat feedback loops."

You took the words out of my mouth regarding my experience and my feelings towards video games this year. It was a peculiar year, just to say the least.

Very interesting list! Thanks for sharing!

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@goldanas: You are forgetting some key facts regarding the relative value of money and games. Games have very different prices across different countries and people have extremely different incomes, let alone even considering accessibility to games such as internet. You can't tie an inconsistent number (that has, again, a different subjective value to each person) to a review/opinion on the quality of a product. In my opinion, time is the only number that may mean something in a review, and not in all cases (as people have unique play-styles).

Should a game have a different score just because it turned out to be cheaper/more expensive on the territory that the reviewer resides in? Or because it had cheaper/greater production costs? What if the publisher decided to reduce the retail price at the very last moment to increase its review score?

Good point on the DLC and patches though. However, DLC is, more often than not, purely extra content that gets added to the game. In my opinion, people can be left on their own to decide whether they want to consume any more of that content or not.

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@goldanas said:

I was originally pretty excited for this game when I thought it was going to be $10. I was surprised to see 3 stars, because I didn't know it was $40 until I read the review. I can easily see why it was rated as such now. It's way too much money.

The whole point of a game review is to function as purchasing advice. Occasionally there's room for critical analysis, but save that for a critique or write-up down the road when you've done more research. A review on release day or round-about is solely to tell you if something is worth your money or not, so whenever a review doesn't mention price or even take it into account, it is a bad review.

Forget all this "journalistic integrity" bullshit. Not factoring price into reviews is the biggest issue right now.

I entirely agree on the purchasing advice part, but trying to convince the reader on how much a dollar is worth is pointless. It can't get any more subjective than that. Should most games be switched to 5 stars when they are put on crazy sales? Should reviews be updated every time there is a price drop? How much is a star out of 5 worth? 10$? 20$?

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@shora_f: People love to rally behind public personalities without even thinking critically about the issues and considering both/all sides of the stories. It is much easier to blindly sympathize with the people that get to speak in front of a camera/microphone instead of something more abstract such as a company or a team of x number of people.

Not to mention that we as a culture tend to be really quick to blame a single entity/person without realizing that things are, more often than not, much more complicated.

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@papamozano Like others have said before me, well said. I don't think you sounded like a dick, you were just being honest in a respectful way. I don't know why people think that being critical and honest about something/somebody is bad, as long as it is done with respect I don't see why it is "dickish" thing.

@lokilaufey I don't see why it is a bad thing to be honest and critical about something/somebody if it is done in a respectful manner. I like Dan, and I agree with what you say about his humor and his personality. However, from my perspective, things stop being funny when his manchild attitude starts affecting others. Eating from a shoe box? Funny, no problem with that, but not even knowing how to recycle and using disposable cutlery out of pure laziness? That is just being part of the problem.

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Very interesting read!

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Mortal Kombat looks pretty interesting so far.

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Probably not. I am a big fan of World of Warcraft, but I'll probably play it too if it's good!

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Watermark!

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