Why games developers hate poor reviewers

July 14, 2006

GamesDaily has a nice summary of why developers hate certain game reviewers. Oddly enough, the reasons mostly mesh with why I hate most games reviewers: People shouldn’t review games they haven’t spent time with, and they shouldn’t review genres they hate. I have seen dozens reviews lambasting puzzle or retro arcade games because “I don’t like this kind of game.” Great, I don’t like most RPGs much, that’s why I don’t review them.

The big sites and magazines have had some notably terrible reviews recently. Aside from copy & paste jobs between reviews of the same game on different systems, there are reviews of games which complain about problems that could be circumvented just by reading the instructions or following a tutorial. I have taken to trusting nobody unless I know them pretty well (it helps if you know how their preferences mesh with your own). It also helps if they are Cone, because Cone hooked me on Ratchet and Clank and for that he is a god.

[url=http://biz.gamedaily.com/industry/media/?id=13224]What Game Developers Hate About Videogame Reviewers[/url] (GameDaily)