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Lewis Lewis Denby is a freelance videogames journalist and critic. As well as HonestGamers, he has written for PC Gamer, Eurogamer, The Escapist, Gamasutra and BeefJack.

Title: Amazonian cult
Posted: November 02, 2008 (12:46 PM)
Amazon users piss me off.

There's a big cult of people going round Amazon UK, rating everything that uses SecuRom 1/5, in an attempt to convince developers that it's a bad idea.

And it is. Except they've just made a ridiculous mistake.

There's only about 20 reviews of Fallout up on Amazon yet, but about 5 of them fall into this bucket, dragging the score down to a somewhat nondescript 3/5. Only they got it wrong.

People are associating SecuRom with the evil install-limiting system of Spore, BioShock etc. In fact, SecuRom refers to a range of copy-protection codes for developers. Fallout 3 uses the code that simply recognises whether your disk is an original or a copy, and prevents the pirated versions from working. That seems perfectly fair to me, and yet people on Amazon are marking the game down for not letting you steal it.

Yeah. Clever dicks.

Over on Amazon USA, people seem more pre-occupied with the fact that it has a first-person camera and therefore cannot be a Fallout game.

And it's incredibly depressing, because if you removed the brand names of SecuRom and Fallout, I absolutely guarantee there'd have been barely a bad word spoken about it. Publishers read these average ratings, and take them seriously. It's worse than Metacritic.

This seriously worries me. Fallout 3 is a truly special game, the likes of which don't come round very often at all. If glancing at public review sites seems to suggest otherwise, people are going to stop making these games, when in actual fact the industry needs so many more of them.

wolfqueen001User: wolfqueen001
Posted: November 02, 2008 (02:35 PM)
Wow. That's really stupid. But... why do publishers take such reviews / public opinions seriously? Especially when it's so vastly unsupported? If the peoplle leave comments about why they're rating the game so ridiculously stupidly, then don't the publishers read those, too? If they did maybe they wouldn't take the thing so seriously...

I really hope publishers get their real reviews from places like this one instead of collections of fools like what youre describing here.

HalonUser: Halon
Posted: November 02, 2008 (03:32 PM)
it's not just on Amazon UK, it started on Amazon USA when Spore came out. It actually somewhat worked for Spore. After the protest EA increased the install limit from 3 to 5.

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