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fudgeboy Nov 23, 08
i reckon you guys are doing a great job! - neoseeker is probably one of the best places for reviews in my opinion. you guys definatly influence me in the hardware and games i get, so keep up the good work!
i guess reviewing can be pretty tough work, especially on the internet where you can have people tell you their thoughts directly, where everyone can see them, so a negative review of one of your reviews would be pretty down-heartening.
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chautemoc Nov 23, 08
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My repertoire of reviews is -- let's admit -- not very impressive. I've written previews for E3, full reviews for three games, and a handful of brief commentaries in between since signing on with Neoseeker.
You really do a great job, so be proud.

quote fudgeboy
i guess reviewing can be pretty tough work, especially on the internet where you can have people tell you their thoughts directly, where everyone can see them, so a negative review of one of your reviews would be pretty down-heartening.
I've definitely had those days with my articles..thankfully most comments are pretty positive or neutral in their attitude..I thrive on constructive criticism but some make it personal and that can certainly get one down. All in all it's great..certainly better than working in retail, for example. Haha.
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hollowedsol Nov 23, 08
You do a great job.
Not very much personalization. That's great in a review.
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Guest Nov 23, 08
I think you guys do a great job, i mean we come to these sites for a reason! If i was not interested in what you had to say then i would not read the reviews.... right?
your opinion on what the product has to offer generally makes me think twice before i buy it, but not the reason if i do! If i like something ill get it no matter what anyone says anyway! All id really like to know is "Does it work"

Thanks for all the hard work!
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Azuma Nov 23, 08
I think neoseeker is a good place for game reviews but other sites have their heads so far up their ass they might as well be inside out. And how big can a movie review get without revealing the plot? And yes killing in a game is so hard to decide. And pushing buttons is such hard work. (Blame Leetnetwork for the attitude)
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THM Nov 24, 08
Well, my opinion is that, in reviewing games, you(game reviewers) by and large don't need to propitiate a thousand of readers or gamers across the globe. The most important thing is that if you satisfy yourself with what you got or what you believe in your reviews, your works will instinctively be far brighter than what you think.
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Guest Nov 24, 08
Here's my thought on game reviews:
I read them to get a general idea about gameplay. I don't take what any reviewer says as fact (unless they're stating facts ) because many of them are extremely biased (as Azuma has already stated) and usually, they're biased against the series and game types I like. So sometimes it's difficult to find a reliable review.
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Guest Nov 24, 08
Hello Lydia - Keith Stuart here. I'm really sorry I made you want to punch me in the face, rest-assured you're not alone. The piece was deliberately polemical and provocative - sometimes it's fun to do that. I think if it produces interesting and passionate defences like yours then it sort of worked.

Really though, a lot of people have misrepresented what I was trying to say - a lot of game sites have review systems which are too restrained and conventional to properly deal with a game like Mirror's Edge. I was frustrated by the ways in which reviewers were forcing it into pigeon holes and seemed unable to take it on its own terms.

And I completely stand by my point about reviewers who write about waiting for sequels. Sure you may end up looking forward to a sequel, but to summon one in a review of the original game? It's just such lazy thinking. In my opinion.

But yes, I wrote it to get a reaction. Please don't hit me ; )
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chautemoc Nov 24, 08
quote Keith Stuart
Hello Lydia - Keith Stuart here. I'm really sorry I made you want to punch me in the face
Dude you're my hero if only for that. Haha. Keep up the opinion articles and whatnot.
Staff
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RabidChinaGirl Nov 24, 08
@ Keith Stuart
I've been pretty skeptical when my co-workers informed me you'd replied to my article (if a rant can be considered such). This is the Internet.

First of all, like chautemoc said, lots of respect for going out and finding responses to your editorial/blog and then replying to them. Truly. And your response isn't surprising. I think a lot of writers really hope to elicit a reaction and start discussions when they address such touchy subjects. That's what my response was trying to do, in its own way, after all.

I also understand what you were trying to say, and also respect that you stand by your position as I stand by my own. On another note though, I did feel Mirror's Edge wrapped itself up well enough so that a sequel wouldn't be necessary, and I would have been content with it as a stand alone title. In fact, I ended the game thinking the ending was adequate, even though the story as a whole failed to satisfy me; but because DICE already decided on a trilogy, I genuinely hope they fix some of the factors reviewers and gamers took issue with in this game.

@ everyone else
Thanks for your positive comments. They surprised me a little because I felt like I'd been running into quite a few anti-review and anti-reviewer sentiments. Nothing like having your intended audience throw your time and hard work back in your face, and all that. Seeing (reading) someone (Stuart) with actual history and experience in the industry chastise reviewers was just the icing on the cake.
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riiaku Nov 24, 08
Your doing a good job, a much better job then gamespot. My god those people are sellouts. They fired one of their editors for giving kane and lynch a bad review. Giving that new metal gear solid a 10 was ridiculous, i sold it after 2 hours gameplay, it sucked. They gave innovative games like vegas 2 low scores. To me gamespot was bought and sold a long time ago. You are one of the few websites that seem to be independent still and not bought off by the corporations.
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chautemoc Nov 24, 08
quote riiaku
You are one of the few websites that seem to be independent still and not bought off by the corporations.
Well-observed.
One of the reasons I'm certainly glad to be here.
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ShadowJ Nov 25, 08
Well Keith, you certainly got a reaction and there's no better place than Neoseeker since Neoseeker isn't filled with mindless drones unlike other review sites no that isn't being biased hehe

To be honest I can't comment on Mirror's Edge myself as I have not played it yet (still hooked on Fallout 3 at the moment) However one thing I have learnt while surfing the internet...and this goes out to everyone, is that you can only advise someone by giving your opinion and more importantly, everyone is entitled to an opinion whether you agree, disagree or think it is right or wrong.

Personally with my reviews, I couldn't care less who I anger, maybe I should because I am not thinking about the target audience but the way I see reviews is simple. Keep it honest, keep it truthful, keep to the point and above all...always, always remember that you can't keep everyone happy.

This is why Neoseeker works so much better than other reviewing websites. Although there is an actual team that keep us up-to-date with the gaming world and give us professional reviews, there is another team made up of gamers with such a diverse angle that you can get a gist of the actual game and exactly who the game is made for and what age group just by reading two or three differing reviews.

Also Keith, just a thought about the "asking of a sequel in a review"...to me, I would see it as the reviewer either has done their research and found a press release stating there would be a sequel or the reviewer has an unanimous decision of the game (whether good or bad) and asks the a sequel to give the game justice or because the game was great.

In other words, maybe they aren't lazy thinkers

Either way, no matter who reviews or what the review states, I always read a review with an open mind. I then pick out the areas I may not agree with and directly express my disagreement or like you have done, take it to the public...maybe not exactly like you had done but hey...diversity is the key
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chautemoc Nov 25, 08
Shadow> Good to know our readers aren't mindless drones either, hehe.
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