So besides BW I love to play a lot of games and I guess you could say I'm a pretty hardcore game fan (also I am going to school for game design lol). This leads me to reading a lot of game journalism and visiting a lot of game press websites (gamespot, gamasutra, IGN, giantbomb, etc). Over the years, perhaps just because I am maturing a lot, I have found it harder and harder to find good game journalism. It's so extremely rare whenever I read a game review that actually speaks to me about ANYTHING im interested in knowing about a game (and not just listing a bunch of bullet points for the game).
But now onto the subject of this blog:
I have always found IGN to be especially unprofessional and unreliable in their writings. Not only are their reviews/editorials total trash (both in how poorly written they are and by how useless/uninformative the content is), but they have some truly disgusting business practices that I guess aren't really that bad but super annoying (spreading out small articles to several pages, constantly creating pointless lists/"countdowns" every week that require you to look at 25 to 100 pages to see everything, etc).
I think my biggest gripe with the website though is just the overall tone of so many of their articles. I swear that every positive review that the site puts out reads much more like an advertisement for the game and not an actual critique/analysis of it. Read their review on pretty much any game scoring over a 9 from the last year and tell me otherwise.
Anyway today I came across this article from IGN and just felt the urge to share my anger with some people on TL, hopefully encourage them to stop trusting anything written on this site lol:
Basically just a hype article for the most hyped game of the year that they have a review about to come out for. The article is just so full of bullshit and hype that it's almost impossible to believe that no, Activision didn't write this. A 3rd party game journalist wrote this. A guy who presumably helps out consumers by judging if a game is worth your $60 or not.
Trying not to go into specific scathing, but come on!
the 1st 3 "innovations" are just the same thing (persistent character profile that ranks up and unlocks things) described differently. Not to mention that MW4 wasn't evne close to being the first game to do that, or even the first FPS (or even the first POPULAR FPS lol). BF2 had this back in 2005 (and probably FPS games before that did as well), and BF 2142 (which came out in 2006) got really in depth with the unlocking mechanic. The social network thing isn't different from a number of different services offered by other games already (FOR FREE BTW) and it's attached to a game that ISNT OUT YET. The killstreak thing I can't think of a game that did it as much as MW4, so I guess I can't fault that (although it's arguably one of the worst aspects of the series).
regardless of how much bullshit is in the article, it's just so sickening to me of how much it just FEELS and READS like a fucking advertisement I would see in a magazine or something. there's just so much of this sort of thing going on in game journalism :\. The worst part is is that I would say they are not being bought off by Activision or anything, they just either don't know how dumb this makes them look or want to please publishers to ensure that they keep getting preferential treatment (IGN always gets a lot of "exclusive advanced reviews!"). Or maybe they just have a "helping e-sports!" mentality but replace e-sports with game industry.
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which reminds me of how IGN has that fucking SC2 tourney. how the fuck are they supposed to legitimately review the SC2 expansions now when they so clearly have a vested financial interest in the game selling well? How can "we" trust their review of SC2 in the first place?
I dunno, I feel like I just get trolled so hard by IGN and other shitty game "journalism" websites. Games can never grow up if so many journalists covering them are so shitty. Good games need an informed game-buying public to succeed, and shitty game journalism is getting in the way.