« Coverage Roundup | Main | "Screenshot" Saturday »

November 08, 2012



Gaming journalism is not much more than a marketing and advertising portion of the games industry. And that's fine. Games need advertising and marketing to build awareness. News sites are just one part of the awareness engine/economy.

As for reviews, I cant remember the last time i actually looked at a gaming website's review before purchasing a game. it may have been trauma center. the problem with review sites is that obvious conflict of interest. i do however listen to podcasts from those websites and do discover and learn about things there. so to me the only problem is reviews take time away from the good stuff. i would not have reviews on a website. i would make it very easy to find information on evey popular game and have a very short paragraph summation of the game along with a symbolic rating of 7.

However things like app store reviews from users mean a whole lot to me. They let me know fairly quick if the game has any important flaws or great features.

Patrick Sullivan

I've found Giant Bomb can be pretty good for giving non-4 and 5 star (since they do the five star system, not out of 10) to games, as well as bashing on games they don't like in quick looks. Hell, sometimes I think certain members of the group are a little too game weary from being in the industry so long and are overly harsh (and I don't even mean retreads, I wish people WOULD bash on those more).

draw something cheat

I am a big fan of your blog.i am so excited by read of your blog's content.really great post.

Kaz Dragon

Way back in the day of Half Life 1 (née Half Life), there was a user-created-map reviewer who went by the name of Radium. He was so exceptionally critical (in a good way) and so detailed in his reviews that people were genuinely pleased when they received a rating over 50 (because that was "above average" which is, when you think about it, "better than most").

Despite not being into mapping myself, I watched the site with awe and really appreciated his reviewing style. I wish there were more like it.


Ahhh, I'm horribly torn. While I like his rating system and appreciate his no bullshit attitude toward reviews, I can't help but disagree with him on Halo 4. I didn't love it. Single player I'd give it a 3/5 (4 if you're a fan of the series) and with multiplayer definitely a 4/5 purchase.

But I don't think they give 7/10's out because of a buddy-buddy feeling (though I'm insanely curious to hear who you think lowly of!) I always took it as a grade school "70 is passing" attitude. Coupled with the fact that most reviewers have low standards. "Does it turn on and play? Is it possible someone, somewhere, might find something of enjoyment about it? 5.0/10" At least that's what I take from Polygon's rating system: http://www.polygon.com/pages/about-reviews

Though admittedly I like the attitude of writing a review and the group judging how the review reads, and affixing a score communally. Shame it's done with a crappy score system.

The comments to this entry are closed.

Jamie's Bragging Rights

  • Spider-Man 2
    The best superhero games of all time Game Informer
    Top five games of all time Yahtzee Croshaw
    Top five superhero games of all time MSNBC
    Top 100 PS2 games of all time Official Playstation 2 Magazine
    1001 Games You Must Play Before You Die Nomination for Excellence in Gameplay Engineering Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences
  • Schizoid
    Penny Arcade PAX 10 Award
    Nominated for XBLA Best Original Game
    Nominated for XBLA Best Co-Op Game