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Thoughts on review hate

First of all, why do people get so angry over reviews? I know that careers can be over in extreme conditions when a game gets poor reviews or poor sales; what I don't get is why people have extreme reactions to one review, particularly those seemingly catching a lot of shit by Jim Sterling.

I believe that he is (as we all are) entitled to his opinions, and you wouldn't read a review if you didn't want to know how person X feels about a certain game. The idea that you might read it just to get angry is rather stupid.

You would not read a review if you didn't want to know about a certain game. You have a choice to read some reviews or just buy the game. Reviews are there to help guide purchases, depending on how much you agree with what the reviewer has written, they can save you a lot of money and buy something you might otherwise have missed. If a reviewer represents your feelings in general, then maybe you might see them as you if you had bought the game and then you can act according to their reaction.

My main point that I would like to make is this: if you want to know about the game, you read a review, if you already have the game, then what is the point in reading a review? You don't need guidance post purchase, and fair enough you may want to see how others feel about a game you liked or didn't. I don't see how you can criticise a person's opinion, if you have either bought and enjoyed the game or bought and disliked it - as you've already bought it. If you read a review and don't agree and you haven't got/played the game, then how can you be angry at someone for writing how they feel about something you haven't tried yourself... it seems odd to me.

Maybe that's the freedom of the Internet. Maybe people can say what they like because they're protected by anonymity etc. I just don't see the point.

And as you could probably tell, this blog was poorly written as I've not done one before, I'm not a professional writer, and I cannot thoroughly assess a game and write an article about it. What I do do, however, is offer my opinions (I like to think I know a thing or two about games) and people who ask can take or leave my advice. People I've advised haven't always agreed, and that's fine. What they haven't done is told me they never want to hear my opinion again and how wrong I am.

I really hope someone reads this and doesn't feel like it's a waste of their time. Sorry if you do feel like that.
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About Mark Griffithsone of us since 10:25 AM on 11.20.2009

Well, I'm Mark, I prefer to be called Griff but there we go. I'm a Languages student from the UK, I love videogames. I play PC games, console and portable ones. I first got into gaming at a young age, only got the Playstation in 2000, but before that I played lots of games on the Mac. I played a hell of a lot of demos, I used to play them over and over. I love all sorts of games, apart from sports and strategy really. Had a long run of FPS games during GCSEs and Sixth Form when I should've been studying. I love point and click games, particularly Lucasarts classics, but also Telltale's more recent titles. Recently, I've really got into games with a unique concept (for example Echochrome, Crush, Mirror's Edge, and others) and even if they have flaws, the concept alone is often enough to draw me in. I'm a completist as well, I tend to play to win, or finish and get overly competitive. I would love to do voice acting as a future career but I really don't see it happening.
Xbox LIVE:Griffplar360
PSN ID:Griffplar
Steam ID:adamwesttwk


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