We continue debunking The Myths of Game Criticism in the second half of our two-part series. Do we live in constant fear of Twitter putting us out of business? Are games so spectacular now that the average score really is 8 out of 10? Do publishers send strike teams to our homes and force us to change scores? We set the record straight. With Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, Mike Bracken, and Tim "Five Point Scale" Spaeth.
For your reference, the eight myths we discuss are:
- Critics should be required to finish games before writing a review.
- The goal of a "proper" game review should be to inform the reader as to whether they should or should not buy a game.
- Those who write about games are not journalists, rather, should be considered "enthusiast press" or simply "games writer."
- There is no difference between a "review" and a "critique".
- The explosion of blogs, podcasts, and Twitter has rendered formal game reviews obsolete.
- Individual game critics and review sites are under constant, unrelenting pressure from publishers to change scores.
- Game scores are often purposefully tweaked to either generate controversy or avoid it.
- A reader should not need to be familiar with the author of a review in order to derive value from it.
- NINE? There's a ninth myth?! Listen and find out!!
Topic and Game References:
- Feedback from Brad's Drinking Coffeecola Blog
- Feedback from GC Forums
- Borderlands Review
- GTA 3 Second Opinion
- Disaster Report Review
- FFFXI: Lu Shang's Fishing Rod
- WoW: Delicious Chocolate Cake Recipe
- GoldenEye 007: Invincibility Cheat
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Through the years every aspect of Tim's life has been touched by gaming. He mastered typing thanks to Space Quest, honed his poker skills on The Sierra Network, and learned to hate after a particularly traumatic game of Tecmo Super Bowl.
Today, Tim lives in Chicago with his three kids and strives to find that perfect balance between family, career, and Warcraft. He enjoys broadcasting, martial arts, rock and roll, growing and shaving his beard, singing show tunes to the homeless, and losing at Mario Kart to his lovely, talented, and amazing girlfriend.
In late 2008, Tim became the producer and host of the GameCritics.com Podcast, and he's thrilled to be bringing GameCritics' unique editorial voice to a brand new medium.
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