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#1 camoor

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 04:14 AM

What's the worst article about videogames you ever read? I'm not interested in the violent videogame controversy - I'm really just looking for articles about videogames where the author gets everything wrong.

#2 Nogib

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 04:42 AM

Any and every review written by Jim Sterling over on Destructoid.
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 04:54 AM

Any and every review written by Jim Sterling over on Destructoid.


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#4 CaptainJoel

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 04:57 AM

Yeah, really can't agree with the Sterling hate. I enjoy his articles a great deal even if I do disagree with some of his opinions.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:07 AM

http://www.joystiq.c...er-review-fail/
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#6 Vinny

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:17 AM

There's tons out there... basically anything that says video games = violent kids/murderers/killers.

But there's one that always sticks out to me because the allegations are so idiotic. It's not an article, but a blog post that had to do with Fat Princess.
http://www.shakesvil...te-letters.html

It's pretty clear that she didn't play the game but she's blowing the issue of "fat princess" way out of proporti... I mean, she has no real arguments. How does the game create "fat hating assholes"?

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:18 AM

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#8 iamsmart

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:57 AM

I guess if I were to pick one off the top of my head, it would be Destructoid's review of Deadly Premonition.

The game is full of bland, broken gaming mechanics and terrible dialogue, yet the game gets a 10/10 because of it's kooky charm and Twin Peaks vibe (OT fun fact: I was just in Twin Peaks yesterday). I can understand that people like the weird vibe of the game, and even that reviews can be subjective, but that doesn't mean that reviews are just some sort of free-for-all. It's the perfect example of why I don't put any trust in yelp or other user reviews sites and lament the rise of "blogger journalism": someone get fixated on one thing and puts the weight of their entire review on it while ignoring all the other important criteria. This is supposed to be a major gaming site, but to me, this review is no different than the user reviews you see that say things like "Just saw the commercial for MW2 with the Eminem song! So stoked for this 10/10!!!!!"

#9 The Crotch

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 04:40 PM

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:16 PM

EGMs review of Assassins Creed. The guy just said the game was terrible because Ubisoft wouldnt give him a copy of the game early.

#11 Rozz

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:21 PM

Anita Sarkeesian (of crappy Feminist Frequency fame) had such a bad analysis of Bayonetta that even she removed this video from her channel:



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Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:45 PM

http://www.ign.com/a...t-evil-5-racist

and every article on Kotaku

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:52 PM

Anita Sarkeesian (of crappy Feminist Frequency fame) had such a bad analysis of Bayonetta that even she removed this video from her channel:


In her defense, she reuploaded it with a focus on the advertisement later on: http://www.feministf...sment-training/

Of course, you calling the Feminist Frequency "crappy" makes me think you're one of the people who were "outraged" by her Kickstarter, god forbid people actually talk about the sexism in gaming.
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#14 linkpwns

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:02 PM

I guess if I were to pick one off the top of my head, it would be Destructoid's review of Deadly Premonition.

The game is full of bland, broken gaming mechanics and terrible dialogue, yet the game gets a 10/10 because of it's kooky charm and Twin Peaks vibe (OT fun fact: I was just in Twin Peaks yesterday). I can understand that people like the weird vibe of the game, and even that reviews can be subjective, but that doesn't mean that reviews are just some sort of free-for-all. It's the perfect example of why I don't put any trust in yelp or other user reviews sites and lament the rise of "blogger journalism": someone get fixated on one thing and puts the weight of their entire review on it while ignoring all the other important criteria. This is supposed to be a major gaming site, but to me, this review is no different than the user reviews you see that say things like "Just saw the commercial for MW2 with the Eminem song! So stoked for this 10/10!!!!!"


I don't understand why someone isn't allowed to have their own opinion? It sounds like you're suggesting that there HAS to be some objective value to which games are compared to?
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#15 Mr Unoriginal

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:11 PM

I don't understand why someone isn't allowed to have their own opinion? It sounds like you're suggesting that there HAS to be some objective value to which games are compared to?


Are you suggesting there should be no objective value to a professionally written review?

Its too bad you're still a prick with a stupid gimmick.


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Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:13 PM

To me it has to be hands down the bashing of Medal of Honor Warfighter. All of the major review sites bashed the game because it wasn't Call of Duty. I have never bought or not bought a game because of a good or bad review. If you read off duty gamer's review and you actually played the game, you will agree with what they had to say. If anybody's review mattered it should be theirs, those guys were actually in the millitary and know what is authentic and what is not.

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#17 Rozz

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:50 PM

In her defense, she reuploaded it with a focus on the advertisement later on: http://www.feministf...sment-training/

Of course, you calling the Feminist Frequency "crappy" makes me think you're one of the people who were "outraged" by her Kickstarter, god forbid people actually talk about the sexism in gaming.


Yes, just because I don't like her channel or opinions makes me one of the angry trolls that verbally assaulted her. :roll: The fact that she even had to re-upload something else later shows how little research or thought is put into her shit (beyond the fact that it has a very nice presentation). It's not that I want to censor people's opinions about sexism in gaming (as it seems like you're trying to imply), it's the way she presents her viewpoints. Also, it's funny how she apparently doesn't approve well-rounded arguments (in the comments section of her videos) but purposely approves vulgar "troll" comments in an attempt to make herself look good to her cheerleaders.

#18 iamsmart

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:21 PM

I don't understand why someone isn't allowed to have their own opinion?

I don't know why I bothered to write so much just for it to be ignored. I specifically acknowledge that reviews will always be subjective and you come back with "so what, people can't have their own opinions now!?"

It sounds like you're suggesting that there HAS to be some objective value to which games are compared to?

Reviews will always have an element of subjectiveness to them, that doesn't mean there aren't guidelines to follow. Proper gaming reviews detail the various elements of a game (presentation, playability, graphics, etc.) and how they perform: there will never be an equation for grading these elements, but that doesn't mean there aren't established ideas of good and bad. Generally, even if one particular elements is amazing while the rest are shit, they're not going to give the game a 10/10, a mark of near-perfection. That's what Destructoid did, and that's why they are poo-poo. I'm sorry: IN MY OPINION that's why they are poo-poo.

#19 iamsmart

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:44 PM

To me it has to be hands down the bashing of Medal of Honor Warfighter. All of the major review sites bashed the game because it wasn't Call of Duty. I have never bought or not bought a game because of a good or bad review. If you read off duty gamer's review and you actually played the game, you will agree with what they had to say. If anybody's review mattered it should be theirs, those guys were actually in the millitary and know what is authentic and what is not.


I think it brings up an interesting discussion on how to review these annual franchises with the same "tried but true" gameplay: even if the game is polished and plays well, at what point do you start deducting for a lack of innovation? Personally I'm sick of the genre, but I'm still surprised that MoH got such low marks just for being the same old FPS, while BLOPS2 was treated like it reinvented the wheel for its modest changes.

#20 camoor

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:18 PM

Not an article, but...

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I hope that guy is being ironic. If not - winner!

#21 MSUHitman

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:46 PM

Any and every review written by Jim Sterling over on Destructoid.


Agree 100%. Also that Nier review is pretty bad also.

#22 Poor2More

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:09 PM

Not an article, but...

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Honestly I have no clue what is going on in that pic or who that gentleman is, but some odd reason I like that pic a lot lol
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#23 bardockkun

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 04:30 AM

EGMs review of Assassins Creed. The guy just said the game was terrible because Ubisoft wouldnt give him a copy of the game early.

Whoa, whoa. That editorial was done after EGM posted the review of Assassin's Creed 1 and it got around a 6 average or so complaining of the repetition and glitches of the game (which were all valid) and Ubisoft decided to pull the plug on sending them review copies from then onward of the game because of that low score. So Ubisoft was the one who got butt hurt.
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#24 iamsmart

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 10:13 PM

Whoa, whoa. That editorial was done after EGM posted the review of Assassin's Creed 1 and it got around a 6 average or so complaining of the repetition and glitches of the game (which were all valid) and Ubisoft decided to pull the plug on sending them review copies from then onward of the game because of that low score. So Ubisoft was the one who got butt hurt.


I'll admit it's been a while, but if I remember correctly, EGM's original review was kinda crappy. I don't disagree with AC1's faults, but I remember one of the editors did shtick for the entirety of their review and gave the game a 3 or 4 out of ten... it was at a time when EGM was becoming a bit more "informal" (not in a good way) in their writing, and it was the last issue I read.

#25 Spokker

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 10:22 PM

Any article about gender and gaming without admitting that men and women simply like and are attracted to different things. Any article that shits out the ESA statistic that nearly half of all gamers are female without putting that figure into context. Primary Xbox 360 and PS3 players are still ~90% male and the average social gamer on the other hand is a 43-year-old female.

To put it another way, I was in Joann Fabric the other day and I was the only guy in there out of maybe 20 customers, yet no one ever says Joann Fabric and the craft/knitting/sewing industry as a whole needs to change in such a way to attract more men.

It's not a huge deal though. It's going to be 2013 soon and games are still racist (Uncharted, Far Cry 3) and sexist (even that Scott Pilgram beat-em-up has bouncing sprite titties, the chicks in Mortal Kombat 9 wear less than the digitized actors in Mortal Kombat 1) and I love it. The progressive crowd isn't making much headway. They complain about these things on tumblr but no one really listens.

#26 waldo21212

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 11:03 PM

Any article about gender and gaming without admitting that men and women simply like and are attracted to different things. Any article that shits out the ESA statistic that nearly half of all gamers are female without putting that figure into context. Primary Xbox 360 and PS3 players are still ~90% male and the average social gamer on the other hand is a 43-year-old female.

To put it another way, I was in Joann Fabric the other day and I was the only guy in there out of maybe 20 customers, yet no one ever says Joann Fabric and the craft/knitting/sewing industry as a whole needs to change in such a way to attract more men.

It's not a huge deal though. It's going to be 2013 soon and games are still racist (Uncharted, Far Cry 3) and sexist (even that Scott Pilgram beat-em-up has bouncing sprite titties, the chicks in Mortal Kombat 9 wear less than the digitized actors in Mortal Kombat 1) and I love it. The progressive crowd isn't making much headway. They complain about these things on tumblr but no one really listens.


Pretty much this. People forget that it is still a business, not a charity.

Go buy 100 copies of Mirror's Edge at full price and make sure you get 100 more people to do the same if you want things to change. Vote with your wallet, not your whining on the interwebz.

For the record, I own and enjoyed both Bayonetta and Mirror's Edge (which was far too short IMO).

#27 The Crotch

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 11:41 PM

... and then the babysitter realized the shitty opinions were coming from inside the house!

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#28 JasonTerminator

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:03 AM

Any article about gender and gaming without admitting that men and women simply like and are attracted to different things. Any article that shits out the ESA statistic that nearly half of all gamers are female without putting that figure into context. Primary Xbox 360 and PS3 players are still ~90% male and the average social gamer on the other hand is a 43-year-old female.

To put it another way, I was in Joann Fabric the other day and I was the only guy in there out of maybe 20 customers, yet no one ever says Joann Fabric and the craft/knitting/sewing industry as a whole needs to change in such a way to attract more men.

It's not a huge deal though. It's going to be 2013 soon and games are still racist (Uncharted, Far Cry 3) and sexist (even that Scott Pilgram beat-em-up has bouncing sprite titties, the chicks in Mortal Kombat 9 wear less than the digitized actors in Mortal Kombat 1) and I love it. The progressive crowd isn't making much headway. They complain about these things on tumblr but no one really listens.


The big difference is that Joann Fabric and the craft/knitting/sewing industry isn't sexist against men.
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#29 Spokker

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:48 AM

The big difference is that Joann Fabric and the craft/knitting/sewing industry isn't sexist against men.

Nor is the video game industry sexist against women. Both industries have a target demographic and market their products in such a way that will be attractive to that demographic. No one says that women cannot participate, but women, who control most household spending, do not buy or play the traditionally core games on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. Even on the Wii, a system designed to attract more casual players, women are about 26% of the audience. When women do play video games, it is usually at the behest of a boyfriend/husband, so even the few that do play are not actually voting with their purses. If the argument is that the games industry must change to attract women, I disagree.

Go buy 100 copies of Mirror's Edge at full price and make sure you get 100 more people to do the same if you want things to change. Vote with your wallet, not your whining on the interwebz.

Exactly. I'm a so-called sexist gamer and yet I was the one of the few pushing Beyond Good & Evil at a time when no one was talking about it. I can even find my posts from 2004 when I was calling it game of the year 2003. It was a financial flop that all these numerous female gamers should have flocked to and should be flocking to now if they want to support this kind of game. But they don't, and they won't, and that's reality.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 02:11 AM

Nor is the video game industry sexist against women.


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