VideoGameCritic wrote:So I posted a tweet the other day asking why other video game sites don't give out below-average grades, and someone pointed out that if they did, that company would pull their ads.
This brings up an important point. In theory, video game critics should be objective/unbiased to a reasonable extent. However, they are basically being financed by the video game publishers. Isn't this a blatant conflict of interest?
Do other industries have this problem? Is there a solution?
I think the current model lets publishers basically "have their way" with critics and consumers alike.
I would be curious what examples you have of this. I see bad reviews on ign, us gamer, gamespot, etc. Is there a game that is generally hated that got great reviews? I guess this may happen the odd time but I don't see this as the norm.
I'm not being a smartass, just genuinely curious.