Saturday, December 01, 2007

Product Reviews - Are They Genuine?

This story revolves around a game review, but it casts a dark shadow over the ability of reviewers [of all software] to be honest in their assessments. I can think of a few security software reviews that have been more than generous in their appraisal, when in fact the product was rubbish.

A reporter working for the CNet affiliated gamer's website Gamespot apparently has been fired for panning a game marketed by a major advertiser. Reportedly Gamespot Editorial Director Jeff Gerstmann was fired because game publisher Eidos didn't like his negative review of its game Kane & Lynch: Dead Men. Gerstmann's text review of the game gave it a score of only 6 out of 10, but it seems his video review was even more direct, criticising it for, among other failings, "impossible to like" characters, a "lazy script" and excessive profanity.

Gamespot's review guidelines state it has never "altered our verdict about any game due to advertiser pressure". Is that right? Read more HERE.


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