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I just want to say that I am absolutely appalled by the attention Mr. Parkin's review of "Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception" is getting. I'm 16 and reading through the comments of the review made me feel like I have aged 20 years. Never have I seen people act so much like spoiled children.Where do I even begin? The fact that the personal opinion of someone shouldn't affect your choice of purchase? The fact that no one is being forced to read the review? Or how about the fact that it pointed out the strengths as well as the weaknesses? I'm currently employed at a newspaper and intend to go to college to get my Bachelor's of Journalism. I know all about biased media because I go out of my way to avoid it, and while I personally believe there's no such thing as being completely unbiased, I can safely say that Parkin's review was in no way showing preference or prejudice. It baffles me that the review is getting so much attention. Yes, I do realize how much of a hypocrite I am considering how my entire e-mail is centered around the review(more specifically, it's impact on the game journalism industry as a whole) but I could not allow myself to watch this spectacle unfold without voicing my opinion.One of my favorite games of all time, Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, received a 7/10 from Eurogamer. Likewise, one of my least favorite games of all time, Brink, received an 8/10. Both of these games were reviewed by Mr. Parkin, as it happens. While I disagreed with both of these reviews(especially Brink; I anticipated the game and bought it for my birthday, only to be extremely disappointed), I certainly didn't feel a need to call the author, or the publication as a whole, out on it.What are the point of reviews? Am I missing something? I was under the assumption a review was supposed to be a critique; that the author would state what they liked, what they didn't like, give their final thoughts, and then maybe assign a grade. If I am to believe what other people have been saying, reviews are the exact opposite; nothing more than a way to stroke the massive ego of big budget and hyped up games while crushing the souls of less popular ones.I have never in my life been so ashamed to call myself a gamer. I used to wear the term as a badge of honor, arguing how the industry has evolved into a thought provoking and emotionally investing artistic media outlet. Now I feel like a parent of an eight year old child that's arguing with the other neighborhood kids over who has the better toy.Games may be evolving, but clearly, gamers are not.
This was the e-mail I just sent to www.eurogamer.net in regards to the controversy surrounding Simon Parkin's review of Uncharted 3. Apparently this perfectly fine review has sparked a riot around the gaming community. And all of this has me wondering, is gaming journalism being taken seriously? Do people simply read sites like GameInformer and Eurogamer to look at numbers, or do they really want to read the articles? Do they want to know how games are made, the thought process behind developers, the new technology being invented, the development of characters...or is it just a way for them to say "Look, my favorite game got this many!"
Can I get a response from GI editors or fellow journalists on this issue?
It's just an opinion, you don't have to agree with it. He's paid to put out his opinions, which he presented very well and justified his score. X-Play gave it 4/5...thats an 8/10 too
I'm continually mystified by the fan reaction to some reviews. Just look at what Games Radar took when they gave Halo Reach and 8! Or the s*it that Phil (I think?) took here on GI for a review that was less than complimentary.
That being said, this is nothing new.