Kajicat wrote:By the way, I decided to go check out the Aquaman review for Xbox. As far as I can tell, The Video Game Critic is the one who reviewed it (I'm not seeing it say anybody else did, but please point it out if I'm wrong). You alluded that you were the one who reviewed it. I'm a tad confused.
Uh, he said that the Critic reviewed it. Not sure how you managed to pull this bizarre idea out of his post.
I got mixed up. I didn't realize DaHeckIzDat reviewed Ni No Kuni... I thought when he said to check who wrote the review we were already onto Aquaman conversation. Like I said, please correct me if I'm wrong... but next time maybe don't act like it was such a "bizarre idea."
There's a lot of ideas I would consider "bizarre" out there but mistaking who wrote a video game review isn't one of them.
Stalvern wrote:And regardless of the quip's taste, what about it would mark the review as untrustworthy? Is anyone with prejudices also a liar automatically?
Why would the "looks totally gay" comment make me mentally mark the review as untrustworthy? Because such a juvenile mindset would lead me to believe the author isn't emotionally secure enough to provide a fair and balanced review. I also wouldn't quite trust my doctor going over next weeks surgery if they made a remark like that during conversation. It's out of left field and just odd.
Stalvern wrote:I'm not sure why you're here when you clearly don't have a lot of appreciation or respect for the site and its owner. That's fine, but then what are you trying to accomplish by posting? To expose the dark side of this place you know hardly anything about to the people who have been coming here for years and years? Just let the rest of us blindly read our useless, half-informed reviews of games we'll never play ourselves in peace.
What am I trying to accomplish? Really, I'm just voicing my opinion. It's simple: I think someone setting out to review a video game should actually finish it. Imagine if all other review outlets all of a sudden announced that they never finished the games they reviewed. That would be weird indeed and probably cause an outroar. But am I really disrupting you so much? How about simply don't read/reply and carry on with your life? I just gave my opinion and have done so in a very respectful manner; completely well behaved about it. Pitchforks aren't needed.
Retro STrife wrote:But Kajicat- let's take a moment to reimagine this website as one where the VGC plays every game to completion. Here's how it would look:
1. The VGC probably would be completely burnt out from playing games like Aquaman to conclusion, and this site might have shut down years ago.
2. Sure, he could steer clear of bad games, but who trusts a critic who only posts reviews for A and B grade games?
3. And if he did manage to keep the site going for almost 20 years (like he has under his current method), there would be closer to 500 reviews, rather than 5000...far less appealing to visitors. And we would wait weeks for new reviews; also far less appealing to visitors. The Critic might have to enlist more volunteers, for all genres, which means far more inconsistency in the reviews. Under that terrible system, far less of us would be here right now, including Kajicat.
Then so be it. At least we'd be reading reviews of games that were actually thoroughly played from start to finish instead of, "Eh, the first 3 levels were pretty cool... I guess the game is overall pretty cool." Seems like quite the lazy review process and it also leads me to believe the only reason games are being reviewed so quickly is to hold the title of "Most Games Reviewed on the Interwebs!" or such.
Retro STrife wrote:If you want to get an in-depth review of the latest Call of Duty game -- played 100% to completion -- you can find over 100 websites that do that. If you want to read over 100 quick-hit reviews for Turbografx-16 games so that you can buy the perfect games for your collection, there are few other places in the world to get that information than here.
Don't worry - I definitely don't want to read any in-depth reviews of Call of Duty games (never played a game in that series and don't plan to). PC Engine/Turbo reviews though? Now we're talking! But I'll admit reading any of two paragraph blurbs about each game isn't exactly going to sway me into buying or not buying a game. Hell, I find many times reader scores are much more useful and hit the nail on the head compared to the Critic's wildly off outlook that has me scratching my head:
Examples:Contra Hard Corps
Readers: AGuardian Heroes
Readers: A-Incredible Crisis
Readers: BSilhouette Mirage
Readers: A-Snowboard Kids 2
Readers: BEcco the Dophin: Defender of the Future
Readers: BGradius V
...and so on. Point is, not only does it raise an eyebrow when a score is so much of an outlier, but then we throw in the factor that the reviewer may have only played a fraction of the game. Ooops.
Alucard1191 wrote:Those of you taking a guy with a family who runs a review site as seriously as you are really need to chill the **** out. Seriously, as you get older you spend less time on games and those fun side projects and more time on wife, kids, house, business, etc. These are a quick letter grade and a basic synopsis. Playing all the way through a game seems completely extraneous. You can tell that for example Blaster Master on the PS1 is going to suck within the first 5 minutes. You can also tell that Super Mario RPG is going to be fantastic really early on. Playing all the way through on some RPGs is a genuinely large endeavor. There are countless RPGs that require 60+ hours of gameplay to complete, and that is really, really difficult to do as you age. I'm 34, married, and while I don't have kids I have a lot of animals and we own a business together that we work at literally 7 days a week. (We haven't had a day off in ages.) Could I finish Skyrim or Fallout 4 playing an hour or 2 once or twice a week? It would take close to a year to complete at my play rate.
Anyway, long rant aside, those of you that take this as seriously as you do clearly don't have enough going on in your lives. Your expectations are unrealistic.
Well, I'm 35 with a wife and two kids (and two cats!). I work a 9 to 5 at a tech company. All I'm saying is that it's hard to take a review seriously when the game wasn't finished. That's my opinion. No need for anyone to "chill the **** out" considering I'm totally in my right to voice my opinion. Whoever doesn't like it... that's fine too. I think we can all be adults and have a conversation.
Honestly, this conversation is basically over. I've voiced my opinion and others can disagree.