Taking up all the good oxygen.
Obligitory summary: some guy got fired from Gamespot today and, although no reason has been given as of yet, we're all going to assume this: he wrote a Kane and Lynch review, scoring it 6/10 and Eidios, the game's publishers who paid 'spot a lot of money to run K&L ads, threw a fit. The fallout is the guy in the center has no job and other members of staff from the site seem to be walking. Whether it;s as seedy as it seems or not, Gamespot is still well and truely boned.
It's an interesting situation, but rather than harp on about the mess CNet have seemingly dropped themselves in, I'm a lot more concerned with the public who view this sacking as a moral victory because he gave their game of choice a sum total of 1.2 points short of a perfect review score.
I recently subbed the 1/10 CC review over on 'Spot to give it a go in the next reviewspotting issue (ETA 2010) and it already has six negative votes towards it (and one plus, which I'll just assume was Ben)
And now I have this PM:
I respect your opinion but if you expect people to take you seriously you cannot just go throwing around 1/10's. A review final score should be unemotional and based of facts to support the final score. I don't feel that the aspects in your review support a 1/10 score though they do support a low one. With all due respect (serioiusly) do yourself a favor and avoid 1/10's.
OMG he said bad things about Chrono Cross! Get him!
One of these pops up now and then, which prompts me to check the forums now and then to see if one has popped up.
I always enjoy them, but they're just not as good as the Bulletproof ones I used to get.
Sidenote: Bad Shotgun for not telling me said topic existed when you knew all about it!
IGN. Home of the dumb. Did you know that before the PS3 hit, they compiled a top ten list of why you should ignore the Xbox 360 and buy -- with money -- a PS3 instead? Sadly, I did and I even had the time to revisit it to see how many nails they hit on the head.
Spoilers: There's 3 flat-out lies, several mammoth exaggerations, one only-slightly disputable claim based around a game not many people care about anymore and more hyperbole than you can shake a stick at.
10 - 360 doesn't have a killer app:
Return to Mysterious Island (PC) July 03
This came in a boxet along with Journey to the Moon (which I got to later!) and was actually a lot of fun. The thing I liked most about RtMI was that each goal can be completed in a differing way. So this is what I focused on with this review. While I like how that aspect came out, it feels a bit.. samey. Like I'm getting a little too much into a rut. I need a break!
Armored Core 4 (XBOX360) July 04
DoI may have beaten me in for the "Developer bitterly complains about review" achievement, but I'm not (too) jealous. Recently I hit the magical 100,000 review hits (the current total standing at 101456 at time of writing).
Soon I'll have the 100 total reviews one, too. Don't forget to read them, as well! I need to catch Mid.