Anyone that has ever read some of my less than sensitive articles has probably come to the conclusion that I lack trust in regards to some big name websites, and one of the biggest reasons for that is website exclusives. Over the years I've seen a few of the big name websites gain access to games ahead of any other press members prompting the question, can they be trusted?
Nobody really knows what goes on behind closed doors. Does the website email the developers with their review score before release? Maybe hoping the developers will want the positive press out early in exchange for huge traffic for the big exclusives. Or maybe the developers approach the website and give them permission to post early if the review meets certain criteria.
The most recent event that comes to mind was IGN's exclusive of Bioshock Infinite. They were given permission to post the "in-progress" review prior to the press embargo, meaning they were the first legitimate website to feature any lengthy review on the game.
IGN is arguably the biggest name in gaming media and for as many followers as it has, there's always haters. Thousands took to boards in outcry, complaining the review couldn't be trusted and that IGN had obviously accepted payment for this. Of course there was not a single ounce of proof outside of the ramblings of conspiracy enthusiasts but it does prompt the question. Would you trust it?
If you found a website to be given exclusive rights to publish a review, would you trust that writers opinions? Does the site itself matter? Would you be more inclined to trust a site you've never heard of or one you visit frequently, regardless of rumor?
Five Reasons To Love (And Hate) Free To Play
"Free To Play" is the phrase that's been on everyone's lips lately, particularly in the world of MMOs. It's the new business model that every production executive is cooing over; the model that many have come to hate with a burning, fiery passion. But is it really so bad?
Ten Things Rockstar Did Right With GTA Online
So...by now, most of you are probably aware that Rockstar kind of botched the launch of GTA Online. I mean, they seriously botched it. To the point that it was completely unplayable. At the same time, though...they handled the situation masterfully - there's a lot of stuff they actually did right.
Five Reasons To Look Forward To League's Fourth Season
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This week, I'll be taking a look at Huntsman: The Orphanage; a rather fresh take on the horror genre that manages to convey fear and anxiety without any violence or gore whatsoever. It's actually pretty impressive.
Ten Ways Social Media Has Changed The MMO
Social networks have effectively changed the way we...well, do pretty much everything. We interact differently, work differently, and even view the world differently since the birth of Facebook - there's even talk that it's bringing about a fundamental change in the way we think. It should thus come as no surprise that they've also had a considerable impact on the world of MMOs.
Indie Game Of The Week: The Bridge
This week, we're going to take a look at puzzle platformer "The Bridge," a rather esoteric game about a mad scientist, impossible geometry, and a reckless disregard for the laws of time, space, physics, and gravity. Shall we get started?
Ten Things You Need To Understand About League of Legends
There are many possible reasons behind Riot's success with League of Legends, but that's not what we're here to discuss. Instead, we're here to talk about something else. We're here to talk about the fact that, outside of the upper tiers, the vast majority of players simply don't get it. We're here to lay a few ground-rules for those people, ladies and gents.
Five Reasons To Love (And Hate) EverQuest Next
EverQuest may have been bloodied and hurled off its throne by World of Warcraft, but the franchise is anything but defeated. Towards the beginning of the month, Sony Online Entertainment announced the newest installment in the franchise - EverQuest Next. There are a number of reasons to be excited for it - but equally as many to be cautious,.
Are You A Mount Collector - MMOpinion
Are you a mount collector? Do you have certain ones you use on different occasions? Do you sit back and admire them from time to time? Let us know in the comments!
Eight of the Most Unnerving MMO Boss Fights
Believe it or not, there's actually a whole collection of unnerving bosses scattered throughout the history of MMOs - if only by virtue of their backstories. One has only to stop and look. What follows is just a sampling. I'm certain there are more out there, somewhere. Feel free to share any I've missed in the comments.