No offense meant, but that's really on Gamespot to put together an entertaining show people want to watch and to plug whatever it is they do instead of just stammering awkwardly through product descriptions.
"Forza on sale, our own (Author Name) reviewed that game (insert link to review in chat box, etc.) and he loved the game and gave it an 8.5, he said PROS and the only CONS he found were bla bla bla. Pretty gurl, what do you think so far of the few minutes you've played."
You see? That's so true and yet it's not the worst thing I've ever seen. Because I watched a youtube of IGN's live playing of the single player and multiplayer for Aliens Colonial Marines. The game is crap. You can tell just from watching the developers play it. I mean, they'd shoot eggs and they'd just... disappear. There were textures missing. The multiplayer was insanely unbalanced. Even the developers couldn't make it work.
And yet IGN's guy who just got fired a week or so ago is there exclaiming, "Wow! Wow, that looks... so, so... awesome. I mean, wow! I love it. Those graphics are fantastic." People are begging them on twitter to talk about the PC version, but they don't. They dare not go near that because they know the horrible truth about every version of the game looking like crap--let alone the PC version looking worse than crap for the lack of any improvement of any value--will send buyers to the hills.
Eventually, it was a game worth watching. Listening to IGN guy continuously love on a game no one in their right would honestly enjoy. The developers were excited, though. They love the license. They have the same sound effects. They got some of the actors. Wow! IGN apparently loved it! You gotta love--and I was skipping through it after the first few minutes--how at one point the now-jobless IGN guy asks, "Hey, so... is that music the same music from Aliens?" "Yeah, I mean, no. Well, we had this guy come in and remix the music so it sorta sounds like it." When you're playing an action game with aliens and you're like, "So... yeah, is the music the same? I can't tell."
Perhaps that's your moment. Perhaps that's when you should reclaim your dignity and your respect for your viewers . You should turn to the camera and get close in with your mic and then scream in the loudest voice possible, "GAME OVER MAN! IT'S GAME OVER MAN! THIS GAME IS THE SUCK! I MEAN DON'T BUY IT! DON'T GO NEAR IT! THE BEST PART OF THE GAME IS THE MUSIC AND THAT'S NOT EVEN THE SAME SONGS SO IT'S NOT VERY GOOD! JUST STOP WATCHING THIS VIDEO AND--" and that's about where the developers would have caught him in a choke hold and suffocated him into unconsciousness.
That's when the youtube video would end abruptly.
Then when we hear that this guy was fired a month later, we'll know they did a Hugo Chavez on him. He's been dead for weeks. They just waited to give themselves some time to make a cover story.
But back to the point--I have a point!--which is that I think these bigger gaming sites and their so-called journalism is a sad joke without a good punchline.
At least with The Amazon Tony Show Starring Amazon Tony Featuring Amazon Tony and the Amazon Tony Band with Special Guest Star Amazon Tony's Dog Accompanied by a Hamster Entourage would be about deals and maybe a publisher or two just showing up and talking about what they think.
One would hope Amazon Tony would be above shilling for the game himself. He could be an impartial narrator who is above petty concerns like enjoying a game or not. Plus, Amazon Tony would an avatar of Amazon, which is a retailer who wants to SELL you games.
I'm pretty sure I know Amazon's bias because they have an entire marketing budget built around making me aware of it by filling my inbox up with really, really SUBTLE suggestions.