Conflict of Interest?

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bluenote
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Re: Conflict of Interest?

Postby bluenote » January 1st, 2017, 8:38 pm

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.

jon
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Re: Conflict of Interest?

Postby jon » January 4th, 2017, 12:30 pm

This is something that I noticed a few years ago. Of course with their basically being one magazine, EGM, it was understandable that there would be intense pressure to put in a positive review. I think the main culprit here is that there's so few games, which is ridiculous. For there to be 1 football game across the entire video game industry, including computer games, is unfathomable. Imagine being a reviewer with all that pressure to give a crappy Madden game glowing reviews or his career is over. How video games degenerated to this incredibly depressing situation is hard to understand considering we're supposed to be a progressive society. My memory is not that fresh but it seemed in the early to mid 90's magazines like Gamepro were at least a little subjective. At least back then there were middle to lower tier publishers with one foot out the door that reviewers could safely be objective about. I don't follow modern gaming much but it seems like every game that comes out is released by a huge publisher with 300 man teams. What a joke. I was thinking the other day about how the only opportunity for would be developers is to work on big name projects with huge teams. Maybe there's the same amount of people employed to make games, but instead of them being spread out on a lot of games they're all on these huge AAA projects with 300 man teams.

crimefighter
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Re: Conflict of Interest?

Postby crimefighter » January 4th, 2017, 7:07 pm

Some people don't like to be told their s*** stinks, ESPECIALLY that "publisher" known as Digital Homicide.

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Hardcore Sadism
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Re: Conflict of Interest?

Postby Hardcore Sadism » January 5th, 2017, 12:05 am

It's the same way with review sites who give glowing reviews for Apple products when they have similar issues that competing brands got average to low scores over.

Why ever face the facts when you can feed your family?


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