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Reviews should be be redone compared to the current standard

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Modern reviews should be done in a different way in my view. The way they are done today is outdate in my view. Some games are fine to review and it won't be changed after you have played through it. New modern games however seem to have a life after it is released.

New modern games have a longer life than they had before. They are no longer just finished when you get them out of the box. You can download games digitally and there are tons of games in different genre's with different games. Gaming is so big and diverse now compared to 10-20 years ago that journalists should do the same. The videogame art has changed as a whole.

Destiny, Sports games, Project Spark, League of Legends, MMO's, Minecraft, etc. are all games that have a life after it is released. Those games should get at least an update review after it has been out for a while. This is something some sites have done like IGN. But they are few and far between them. Games don't get a second look from the same reviewer unfortunately. The first review often states of what they think of the sites think of the game when it is released. The game might have been that good or bad at launch, but it might have gotten worse or better after launch. It is something that needs to be tackled in the industry in my opinion

The sites have to follow suit of what the industry is, and now stick to what it was years ago. When you got a game and it was static after that. The games change more in today's industry than ever. They continue to get support long after it's released. The DLC for games mostly don't get reviews either, and it should reflect the game as a whole aswell.

How hype can make or kill a games reputation

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I have been pondering about this subject for a very long time, but recently it made me wonder even more. Destiny and Shadow of Mordor have been the complete opposite when it comes to hype. Shadow of Mordor has reilied on the word of mouth and just showing off the game rather than big TV commercials that Destiny has had.

Destiny has been in the spotlight since Sony revealed the PS4. Everyone knew that this was Bungie teaming up with Activision. It was going to be a big game in the industry. Shadow of Mordor had more of a discreet reveal where they released videos online and had the big reveal on E3.

Because Destiny has been on everyone's mind, people might have thought that it was something different than it was. People played the alpha and the beta knew what kind of game they were playing and were surprised when it was the same when it was released? All the reviews, in my humble opinion seem not to get what the game really is. MMO's get away with mundane tasks when you are level up and give you a deeper experience when you are done leveling.

People are acting like this is the exact same game as Halo, instead of for taking it what it is. That's what people have done more so with Shadow of Mordor. It's a great game so far from what i have played, and it deserves the recognition. But would it have gotten the praise if it had the same hype as Destiny. I personally don't think so.

Hype can kill of a game when it comes to enjoying a game and these are just two examples that i think got a different treatment just because of it. I don't know if i am just rambling on, but i think that some games are just getting an unfair treatment because of expectations that make the game to something that it isn't

Current Backlog October 2014

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  • Uncharted 2 & 3
  • Metal Gear Solid 1-4
  • Ratchet & Clank HD
  • God of War 3
  • Sonic & All-Stars Transformed
  • Okami HD
  • Dishonored
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Fallout New Vegas
  • Crysis 2 & 3
  • Catherine
  • Sleeping Dogs
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • Malicious
  • Kingdoms of Amalur
  • Shadow of the Colusssus
  • Ico
  • Mafia 2
  • When Vikings Attack
  • Jak and Dexter Trilogy
  • NHL 12
  • F1 Race Stars
  • Demon Souls
  • Flow
  • Dead or Alive 5
  • Infamous 2
  • Dead Island
  • Hotline Miami
  • Guacamelee
  • Motorstorm RC
  • SSX
  • Devil May Cry
  • Borderlands 2
  • Dragons Dogma
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Metro Last Light
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
  • Brothers a Tale of Two Sons
  • Puppeteer
  • Max Payne 3
  • God of War Ascension
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
  • Lone Survivor
  • Tales of Symphonia
  • Dead Space 3
  • Fez

360:

  • The Beatles Rock Band
  • Mark Of the Ninja
  • Dust: An Elysian Tale
  • Prototype
  • Gears of War 2 & 3
  • Street Fighter X Tekken
  • Lego Star Wars: Complete Saga
  • Borderlands 1 & 2
  • Skate 3
  • Fable 2
  • Ridge Racer: Unbound
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  • Tekken 6
  • Halo 3 & Reach
  • Syndicate
  • Hoard

Vita:

  • Gravity Rush
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss
  • Stealth Inc
  • Sine Mora
  • Hotline Miami
  • Guacamelee
  • Dragons Crown
  • Jak and Daxter trilogy HD
  • Motorstorm RC
  • Oddworld HD
  • Assassin's Creed Liberation
  • Soul Sacrifice
  • Blazblue Continuum Shift
  • Dynasty Warriors Next
  • Final Fantasy X-2
  • Maramusa Rebirth
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
  • Lone Survivor
  • Lego Harry Potter
  • Fez
  • Doki Doki Universe
  • Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7
  • Lego Batman 2
  • TxK
  • Joe Danger

PS4

  • Contrast
  • Battlefield 4
  • Mercenary Kings
  • Stick it to the Man
  • Trine 2
  • PixelJunk Shooter
  • Road Not Taken
  • Vessel
  • Towerfall Ascension
  • Sportsfriends
  • Velocity 2X

Games finished:

Destiny

Crysis 2

Sleeping Dogs

Timed Exclusive Debacle

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During Gamescom Rise of The Tomb Raider was revealed to be a timed exclusive. It seems that the industry is shifting towards trying to get timed exclusive content or exclusive in game content for their platforms. We saw this during the last generation with Call of Duty for the 360. But it does seem that this generation will put more emphasis on this.

In my humble opinion it seems that this is more of an annoyance to me than a good strategy. Being forced to wait just because of a deal between two companies is something that really irks me. I get that the reason they do this is to sell consoles and earn money. Because the bottom dollar is what really matters for a company. But you don't want to alienate a big part of your fans either.

It's a smart move from Microsoft, but a bad one from Square Enix. They have basicly let the two biggest user bases not buy their product on PC and PS4. Which isn't a good idea in my opinion.

Do you guys believe this is a good strategy from any company or platform to do?

My take on GamerGate

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During the last few weeks, gamers have been waged war against by the press in the gaming media. This is unfortunate. Mostly because they make these baseless accusations against gamers without doing actually doing research about the subject. They have clearly taken sides with developers and publishers by saying gamers are dead.

The media is a tool for consumers to be a voice for them and guide them. This has not been the case with GamerGate. Sites like Kotaki, Destructoid, Polygon, Rock Paper Shotgun, Escapist and others have taken a clear stand against gamers. This issue will not go away when it has been a question for a long time that the ethics and moral in the industry is questionable. Journalists don't even want to take up the discussion, but they rather want to form their own narrative protecting their friends.

With the recent discovery of that journalists from different sites have collaborated on GamerGate and the whole Zoe Quinn issue is despicable. I just think the media is better than this and hopefully realize their mistakes

Pre-Order DLC dilemma

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There have been issues with pre-order bonuses before. But it has been minor stuff like skins and weapons. Even though this is unacceptable for us, they still give retailers their own pre-order bonuses that they take out of the game and make only for them. Now with pre-order bonuses including DLC, it's becoming a practice that's against the consumer.

A game that you don't pre-order is just as good or bad a few weeks after it has been released. The only reason i really buy games on day 1 is to support a certain developer that i like. But that doesn't happen so often and we should actually support games that have no incentives on pre-ordered games.

I usually just wait to buy games, because i don't support this. Consumers should be able to go where they want with everything. Unfortunately it has become a bad business practice during the last generation of games. Vote with your wallet and don't support this kind of thing and let them know this stuff will not stand.

Why reviews shouldn't matter all that much to you

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As we all know, reviews are indicators on how good the actual game is. The reviews however good or bad, aren't that important. Because those reviewers are looking for different things in a game compared to you. They might not even be that excited to play that game compared to you. I have seen so many complaints about just a score from some reviewer. It's important to remember that. Many seem to forget that the review has no effect on you what so ever. It can't stop you from getting the game if you want to.

The publishers nor the reviewers are your friend. They both have a job to do. The reviewers job is to critique the game, while the publisher and developer are trying to sell you the game. I personally rely looking at the gameplay footage the most and what features the game have. I also try not to pre-order games.

At the end of the, you need to trust your own opinion instead of wasting your money for something you might not even like. And we all know that gaming is expensive.

How much do you guys really value game reviews these days?

Why graphics doesn't matter to me

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Everything these days is about resolution or about the graphics themselves. It's not about if the game is actually good or even fun to play. It's all about the sex appeal of the game and how awesome the game itself looks. The whole debate has gone, in my opinion, away from what it's all about. How fun games can be and differantiate the good from the bad.

The graphics is the least important part to me in a game. A game for me is the characters, gameplay, story, etc. That's what i think at least of the whole matter. It's what it always should be, a new generation will provide us with good graphics. If you want the best graphics, then you can go and play on the pc if it is that important. I personally don't care about them, as i will play where i feel it's best for me. So should you and just enjoy it.

Current Backlog September 2014

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  • Uncharted 2 & 3
  • Metal Gear Solid 1-4
  • Ratchet & Clank HD
  • God of War 3
  • Sonic & All-Stars Transformed
  • Okami HD
  • Dishonored
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Fallout New Vegas
  • Crysis 2 & 3
  • Catherine
  • Sleeping Dogs
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • Malicious
  • Kingdoms of Amalur
  • Shadow of the Colusssus
  • Ico
  • Mafia 2
  • When Vikings Attack
  • Jak and Dexter Trilogy
  • NHL 12
  • F1 Race Stars
  • Demon Souls
  • Flow
  • Dead or Alive 5
  • Infamous 2
  • Dead Island
  • Hotline Miami
  • Guacamelee
  • Motorstorm RC
  • SSX
  • Devil May Cry
  • Borderlands 2
  • Dragons Dogma
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Metro Last Light
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
  • Brothers a Tale of Two Sons
  • Puppeteer
  • Max Payne 3
  • God of War Ascension
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
  • Lone Survivor
  • Tales of Symphonia
  • Dead Space 3
  • Fez

360:

  • The Beatles Rock Band
  • Mark Of the Ninja
  • Dust: An Elysian Tale
  • Prototype
  • Gears of War 2 & 3
  • Street Fighter X Tekken
  • Lego Star Wars: Complete Saga
  • Borderlands 1 & 2
  • Skate 3
  • Fable 2
  • Ridge Racer: Unbound
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  • Tekken 6
  • Halo 3 & Reach
  • Syndicate

Vita:

  • Gravity Rush
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss
  • Stealth Inc
  • Sine Mora
  • Hotline Miami
  • Guacamelee
  • Dragons Crown
  • Jak and Daxter trilogy HD
  • Motorstorm RC
  • Oddworld HD
  • Assassin's Creed Liberation
  • Soul Sacrifice
  • Blazblue Continuum Shift
  • Dynasty Warriors Next
  • Final Fantasy X-2
  • Maramusa Rebirth
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
  • Lone Survivor
  • Lego Harry Potter
  • Fez
  • Doki Doki Universe
  • Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7
  • Lego Batman 2

PS4

  • Contrast
  • Battlefield 4
  • Mercenary Kings
  • Stick it to the Man
  • Trine 2
  • PixelJunk Shooter
  • Road Not Taken
  • Vessel
  • Towerfall Ascension

Games finished:

  • Walking Dead Season 2
  • Grid Autosport
  • Everybody's Golf
  • GTA Liberty Stories

Current Backlog August 2014

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  • Uncharted 2 & 3
  • Metal Gear Solid 1-4
  • Ratchet & Clank HD
  • God of War 3
  • Sonic & All-Stars Transformed
  • Okami HD
  • Dishonored
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Fallout New Vegas
  • Crysis 2 & 3
  • Catherine
  • Sleeping Dogs
  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  • Malicious
  • Kingdoms of Amalur
  • Shadow of the Colusssus
  • Ico
  • Mafia 2
  • When Vikings Attack
  • Jak and Dexter Trilogy
  • NHL 12
  • F1 Race Stars
  • Demon Souls
  • Flow
  • Dead or Alive 5
  • Infamous 2
  • Dead Island
  • Hotline Miami
  • Guacamelee
  • Motorstorm RC
  • SSX
  • Devil May Cry
  • Borderlands 2
  • Dragons Dogma
  • Bioshock Infinite
  • Metro Last Light
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
  • Brothers a Tale of Two Sons
  • Puppeteer
  • Walking Dead Season 2
  • Max Payne 3
  • God of War Ascension
  • Grid Autosport
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
  • Lone Survivor
  • Tales of Symphonia
  • Dead Space 3

360:

  • The Beatles Rock Band
  • Mark Of the Ninja
  • Dust: An Elysian Tale
  • Prototype
  • Gears of War 2 & 3
  • Street Fighter X Tekken
  • Lego Star Wars: Complete Saga
  • Borderlands 1 & 2
  • Skate 3
  • Fable 2
  • Ridge Racer: Unbound
  • Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
  • Tekken 6
  • Halo 3 & Reach
  • Syndicate

Vita:

  • Gravity Rush
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss
  • Stealth Inc
  • Sine Mora
  • Hotline Miami
  • Guacamelee
  • Dragons Crown
  • Jak and Daxter trilogy HD
  • Motorstorm RC
  • Oddworld HD
  • GTA Liberty Stories
  • Assassin's Creed Liberation
  • Soul Sacrifice
  • Blazblue Continuum Shift
  • Dynasty Warriors Next
  • Final Fantasy X-2
  • Maramusa Rebirth
  • Everybody's Golf
  • Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
  • Lone Survivor
  • Lego Harry Potter
  • Fez
  • Doki Doki Universe

PS4

  • Contrast
  • Battlefield 4
  • Mercenary Kings
  • Stick it to the Man
  • Trine 2
  • PixelJunk Shooter
  • Road Not Taken
  • Vessel
  • Towerfall Ascension

Games finished:

  • Watch Dogs
  • Super Stardust Delta
  • Top Spin 4
  • The Wolf Among Us
  • Modnation Racers
  • Poker Night 2