The Problem With Game Reviews – Writing on Games



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In this episode of Writing on Games, I wanted to do something a little different (essentially whilst just waiting on my review copy of Dark Souls 3). I thought to myself – game reviews are a strange thing. I remember thinking that back in the golden age of Gamespot (right before Jeff got fired) that the game review represented a kind of finality for a game’s release, and that the words and numbers featured in them contained great power. Now though, with the rise of YouTube and the ubiquity of high quality gameplay footage from users and publishers alike, the mainstream press, consumer buyer’s guide game review is doing less and less for me. In this episode, I want to try and examine why that is, and where the game review can go from here in order to try and retain some form of relevancy in an age where distrust for mainstream outlets is high. I talk about the desire for…

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