I’m Too Much Of A Wild Card To Receive Review Copies

Yesterday I explained why I do not yet have a Titanfall 2 review while other outlets (some with considerably smaller audiences) got theirs up no problem.

I talked about my inability to receive review copies of Electronic Arts and select Square Enix games, with the PR firm 47 Communications being the common brick wall. After multiple failed attempts to learn the reason from 47, I decided to be the squeaky wheel and write about it in an article.

The squeaky wheel didn’t get grease, but it did get answers from sources who read the article in question. The good news is, 47 Communications does not apparently have any quarrel with me. The bad news is, some publishers think I’m just too much of a wild card to be trusted.

Wait… that’s not really bad news. That makes me sound awesome!

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From what I’ve been able to find out, publishers are indeed the ones making the final call. PR firms get requests from reviewers, PR firms forward these requests to the publishers, publishers start crossing names off the list and determining who is allowed to touch the game before launch.

Fairly standard stuff, but things have been changing this generation.

Over the last year or so, it would appear that at least Electronic Arts is not secure and confident enough to believe I’m a “safe” reviewer. From what I’ve learned, “wild cards” such as myself are no longer considered the worthy gamble they used to be, with game releases and critical receptions more tightly controlled by publishers than ever.

Electronic Arts has a documented history of attempting to manipulate the critical reception of its games. It quite famously pressured outlets over Battlefield 3 reviews, doing what it could to mitigate the possibility of any unfavorable criticism.

In a world where pre-orders are only becoming more important and launch-day microtransactions remain controversial, it’s hardly surprising EA is still attempting to dictate public perception of its games. Best to hide all the shitty business practices from customers for as long as possible, right?

This is not just limited to myself. Any critic deemed too “unpredictable” makes certain publishers nervous, and they’ve steadily grown more eager to cut out any variables that could rock the boat too much.

If you are a critic and you have been receiving code for high profile games from publishers such as EA, it may very well be because they think you’re easy to please and will give the positive coverage they expect. Frankly, I’d find that rather insulting.

Quite why I can still get western Square Enix games but not Japanese Square Enix games remains a mystery, though it may have something to do with different companies receiving different amounts of code, or perhaps Square Enix’s Eastern side just being more controlling than its Western counterpart. I’m only going off what I’ve been able to learn about the situation, which hasn’t been a huge deal.

What I do know is that things have changed over the last few years. Review codes used to be more liberally doled out, with PR firms having a ton of codes to give to outlets of every description. These days, companies have gotten stingier with the codes, and PR firms are left with a fraction of what they used to be able to provide – when they say they’ve run out of codes, even digital ones, they’re not lying.

As I stated yesterday, this is an inconvenience to me from a scheduling standpoint, but it’s not going to stop me doing my job. Thanks to my Patreon support, I have the budget to purchase and review high profile games, even if I won’t get such reviews up before a game’s launch. I remain on Metacritic, and I continue to have an audience I’ve no intention of letting down.

It’s an expensive way to do business, but unlike even many established media outlets, it’s a way of doing business I can actually afford.

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In the past, I’ve praised Electronic Arts for having the guts to continue providing me with code despite my harsh criticism of its business practices. It’s a shame that is no longer the case, but I guess I can understand it even if I think it showcases a severe lack of confidence.

I’m glad I know the deal now, even if nobody at EA actually had the nerve to reach out and tell me. From now on, I shall make sure any EA game I care to review is purchased personally – not really different from how I’ve been doing things of late.

This is the cost of not being predictable, of not being somebody a corporation can expect praise from simply for producing another “Triple-A” game that is “expected” to get the usual 9/10 scores.

Ironic, considering how much I actually loved Battlefield 1. Wild card, bitches!

As irritating as it is to no longer be able to provide certain high profile reviews alongside the “safer” outlets, I at least feel like I must be doing something right if I’m making certain publishers “nervous.”

Now if you’ll excuse me, this wild card has work to do.

And he will for quite some time to come.

Collymilad
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Collymilad

You’re absolutely on the right track mate – shameful that publishers won’t provide codes to anyone they think won’t give them a standard biased review. I would take that as a huge point of pride (which I’m sure you do)

Unbelievable – just shows that EA want to shovel their crap along with their good games (they do have them) and get 9/10’s anyway. Like I said, shameful.

Perry Martin
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So apparently speaking the honest truth makes you a “wildcard” and not to be trusted.

I’m starting to wonder if some publishers just get hard-ons for treating everyone not them like shit. Thank God for You, Jim, for actually giving us some honest bloody journalism.

ENAY
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ENAY

Exactly, just look at Donald Trump. Speaking the truth makes people shit themselves and fear you.

Savletto Polvere
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Savletto Polvere

Are you for real?

Mandrake42
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Mandrake42

Well, he has fresh stiches on his temples and a piece of his brain in a jar, so it’s entirely possible he is a Trump supporter.

Gareth
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Gareth

Not so much truth but anything that enters his mind. Fear? Certainly people fear the prospect of Trump ever holding office.

Michael Alexander Seiler
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Michael Alexander Seiler

So… when they´re not sending out review copies to you they must have some spares lying around. Can we get them then? =D

George
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George

I’ve said before and I will say it again. I am very glad for the “pay what I want services” like Patreon and I’m glad that I took the plunge and became one.

I think that all of this is a testament to how much trust Jim has built with his audience and how much he has built a reputation for giving his honest opinion, especially when it’s unpopular.

drez
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drez

Your audience appreciates your integrity Jim, they might not like what you have to say sometimes, but a harsh truth is better than a lie to butter the shite.

Stormbringer
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“Triple-A” translates roughly to: all brains, no brawn, or: “might makes right.” I don’t understand why they believe they are entitled to positive reviews, just for making an effort? (A participation trophy?) It’s fucking in the label they use to describe themself.

Merlin the Tuna
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Merlin the Tuna
For examination, the last 10 reviews here compared against the games’ metacritic scores, out of a possible 10 points. Zenith: 1 Jim, 4.6 Metacritic Gears of War 4: 7 Jim, 8.4 Metacritic. Until Dawn: Rush of Blood: 8.5 Jim, 7.2 Metacritic Playstation VR Worlds: 2 Jim, 5.7 Metacritic RIGS Mechanized Combat League: 8.5 Jim, 7.8 Metacritic Here They Lie: 1 Jim, 6.3 Metacritic Battlezone: 2.5 Jim, 6.4 Metacritic Mafia III: 6.5 Jim, 6.9 Metacritic Dragon Quest Builders: 8 Jim, 8.3 Metacritic Battlefield 1: 9 Jim, 9.0 Metacritic Admittedly a smallish sample size, but the general trend seems to be that… Read more »
vonSanneck
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vonSanneck

Thank Game Informer for the score inflation being a thing. Or not, as the case may be. Started as soon as Gamestop bought them as a subsidiary.

I AM A TENT
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I AM A TENT
Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex

Just goes to show how bad an idea this surviving on ad revenue is for journalists that want to maintain integrity and respect. The system favours the rich with many fingers in many pies. Damn, am hungry now.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

I would respond with a Fry meme, but I can’t be assed.

You know the one.

Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex
InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

Something like that.

altdoom
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altdoom

You the man Jim. Is there a Shadow Warrior 2 review in the works?

Jordane Finfe
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Jordane Finfe
I’m gonna get hated for this, but IDC. the guy is probably on a black list, maybe because he has some flaws, maybe he is being over negative? I mean, seing how he is trying to expose EA in this little vendetta attempts kidna makes me understand why he didnt get one in the first place. I feel like i’ve read a rant of a spoiled child that was penalized. EA doesn’t HAVE to give away review copies to anyone. And, seriously, read about the guy. He often takes position against acclaimed games, probably only to get famous. Seriously, “jimquisition”… Read more »
kgb_san_diego
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kgb_san_diego

So dude, work for EA?

George
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George

I’m not giving you hate…

I just want to say though, that an opinion is an opinion, it’s not reflective of any mathematical projection. It’s artistic criticism is not a case of x+y=good game. It’s about feelings and emotions.

Great graphics + generic gameplay does not equal a great game. It may equal a great game but not always.

Jordane Finfe
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Jordane Finfe

I do agree with you, and that was not my point. IF a game is bad, it’s bad. When i was mentionning “misbehaving”, i was talking about going merciless on a game, while everyone else loves it (that can happen, i’m not saying otherwise), and then going on public drama because others disagree.

That’s how you make ennemies, and loose your review copy privilege.

Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex

What game? FF13? No, that really was shit. I tried to like it, but nope.

George
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George
If someone hates a game then it’s bad. And conversely if someone loves a game then it is good. Art is always relative and All paid critics should defend their possitions. Sterling does that, just a lot more aggressively than most and I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing. A company can provide review copies to whomever they want and thats fare. BUT to not provide review copies because they feel that they can not predict what a critic will say…That smacks of a total disregard for any artistic integrity. Movie studios rarely do that, book publishers rarely do… Read more »
Bosch
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Bosch

So in other words: “If a game is bad, it’s bad. Unless it’s popular.”

Gareth
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Gareth

And cited no examples of this behavior.

Jonas Håkansson
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Jonas Håkansson

As someone buying, rather than making games, I appreciate Jim not worrying about games making a profit and instead focusing on his consumer rights agenda.

Jordane Finfe
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Jordane Finfe

this has nothing to do with consumer rights agenda. He is not consumer if he is offered the game. Now, if he buys it and review it, his review will be of a consumer’s.

Maluco
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Maluco

A good critic will represent the consumer by avoiding falling into line with corporate interests. So yeah, it does have to do with consumer rights.

Jordane Finfe
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Jordane Finfe

No. A good critic has nothing to do with either. A good critic will just review the game as it is.

Maluco
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Maluco

Which you have yet to demonstrate he didn’t do, because it’s like, his opinion, man.

Acman
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Acman

You really are a “reviews should be objective” moron aren’t you.

Gareth
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Gareth

Yeah that’s what Jim does actually he reviews the game as it is and provides his honest opinion.

Pocket Nerd
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Pocket Nerd

This has everything to do with consumer rights. Consumers want to know if a game is good or not before spending their (usually) limited money on it — that’s why they read reviews.

Gareth
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Gareth

He does buy the majority of the games he covers.

Liam Hemmings
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Liam Hemmings
More like “I got penalized for having an opinion people didn’t like, but it’s okay, at least I understand where we stand,” It’s not a reviewers job to give 9s and 10s to every Triple-A game. It IS the job of Developers and Publishers to release a quality product that earns 9s and 10s from even the staunchest of reviewers, and by straight up blacklisting critics they show a significant lack of faith in their own product, it is good that these things are exposed, as it allows us to judge our purchases based on the confidence shown by the… Read more »
Jordane Finfe
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Jordane Finfe

it’s not a reviewer’s job to get frustrated and going on a public vendetta against a publisher either.

I’m not saying by all mean that every triple A game deserve 90+. I’m saying that, when everyone is praising a game, and you demolish it, then go public and drama to defend your opinion, then don’t be surprised that publishers won’t offer you review copies.

Pocket Nerd
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Pocket Nerd

Perhaps you have confused “media critic” with “public relations agent.”

Gareth
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Gareth

And your examples of this drama are?

A vendetta? What Jim’s highlighting is that certainpublishers are unwilling to provide review code to outlets where the publisher doesn’t trust that the outcome will be anything other than praise for their game. In that situation the publisher is attempting to cultivate a false environment and earlier you very clearly stated a publisher should only provide copies to outlets who will be complicit in creating that environment.

Jordane Finfe
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Jordane Finfe

you are commenting on a page where you have that kind of drama.

another one would be how he reacted when people didnt like his FFXIII review.
Or yesterday’s video about this same topic, and the comments here.

Publisher are selling something, of course they’d want to have the best reviews. If you were selling something, you would not give one for free to the lunatic that will try to ruin its reputation.

Gareth
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Gareth

You do realise you need to provide examples of this reaction to his Final Fantasy 13 review. Not just claim it happened.

The drama occurring because someone claimed Jim savages games praised by other outlets to further his reputation, which blatantly ignores his actual review of said game he didn’t receive a preview code for.

If you want to view reporting on events in the industry as drama and rather clearly pointing out the negatives regarding the situation and why shouldn’t be an acceptable practice then sure.

Zanreo
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Zanreo

Honestly, blacklisting reviewers just because they might give a bad score (might!) seems as skeevy to me as when Ubisoft didn’t let Assassin’s Creed reviews go up until 12 hours after release. Makes it seem like they got something to hide…

Jim Sterling
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“He often takes position against acclaimed games, probably only to get famous.”

Stopped right there.

Outta here with that tired shit.

Nobody's Fanboy
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Nobody's Fanboy

I didn’t even make it that far…I noped out at ‘spoiled child’.

Anton
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Anton

At least give him credit for giving a more rational theory than “for the clicks”.

Jordane Finfe
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Jordane Finfe

Dude, FFXIII?

Anton
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Anton

Man, you must have been salty for years….

Jordane Finfe
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Jordane Finfe

I’m not salty at all. The guy is good at what it does, i’ll give him that. But what he does is far from reviewing with integrity, and you can’t blame publisher to blacklist him for that.

Anton
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Anton

He didn’t like a game. He wrote WHY he didn’t like a game. How is that a lack of integrity?

Also, citing a six-year-old game is a clear indication of expired salt.

Erich Fromm Hell
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I hate seeing you pour valuable mental energy down a plughole. 🙁

Anton
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Anton

The rum keeps the mental energy output to a minimum 🙂

Pocket Nerd
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Pocket Nerd

I’m waiting for him to break out with “But Jim likes Dynasty Warriors!”

Erich Fromm Hell
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FFXIII was rubbish.

Chris
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Chris

you mean the game that lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of people say is shit? it’s not exactly an “Out there” opinion.

coalescence
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coalescence

Hahahaha!

Ha. ha.

That you would support your argument that Jim is some kind of two-bit contrarian reviewer by citing a game which was heavily polarizing among fans is some spectacularly self-defeating hubris.

You can fellate the word integrity all you like, but in order to be taken seriously, you’re going to need some actual evidence outside of his opinion not aligning with your own.

Jordane Finfe
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Jordane Finfe

I was not talkign about his actual review, but how he went drama about it.

Gareth
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Gareth

You’ll be needing to cite examples of that as well. You also might want to try something a bit more recent than a game released in 2009.

Jim Sterling
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FFXIII, the game many fans now look back on and admit I was right about.

You hit it outta the park with that example, kid.

Jordane Finfe
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Jordane Finfe

Once again, I’m not saying you did bad to rate it poorly. Your drama-queen act was my point. Why would anyone want to offer you a retail copy, knowing what you can do on a whim?

Acman
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Acman

“On a whim”

You mean offer an honest opinion?

Ryan Smith
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Ryan Smith

So wait, he didn’t do bad to rate it poorly, but he was a drama queen to rate it poorly. Tell me, son, who taught you how to suck and blow at the same time?

Jordane Finfe
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Jordane Finfe

He was a drama queen when he went… well, drama queen, and made another bullshit article because people didn’t agree with him. It’s not the rating that made him a jerk, it’s his reaction afterwards.

Maddy
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Maddy

13 was a shitshow.

froyton
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froyton

Publishers cherry-picking reviewers who will consistently praise them is a shit practice. Critics are meant to provide an unbiased opinion of a product, and that’s what Jim does, and that’s why some publishers won’t give him review copies.

Jordane Finfe
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Jordane Finfe

Look, they don’t HAVE to give review copies. It’s marketing. And the guy is a drama queen.
Same way, you don’t have to buy EA games.

froyton
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froyton

Of course they aren’t obligated to provide review copies. Cherry-picking reviewers is not breaking any rules, it’s just a slimy practice. Yes, positive reviews can be good marketing, but that is not what critics are for – they’re here to benefit consumers, not publishers.

This is the crux of the problem: when reviewers are pressured to provide positive coverage out of fear of not getting review copies in the future, then their reviews are no longer unbiased.

Josh Hagins
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Josh Hagins

The fact that you referred to Jim’s unconventional reviews as “misbehavior” really says a lot about your attitude toward reviewers in general. It’s sad to see a consumer encouraging the media to fall in line with corporate interest.

Jordane Finfe
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Jordane Finfe

it’s not about unconventional. The guy BUTCHERS some good games. Just to get attention. That is not what a reviewer with integrity would do.

Bosch
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Bosch

Really? Can you share with us the transcript of what secret correspondence you have access to wherein he disclosed he actually liked the games and only pretended not to? Or can you use the psychic powers with which you discerned his hidden true opinion and encode it into some kind of fancy psionic hologram for us? I’m absolutely salivating with curiosity here.

Gareth
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Gareth

Sure. Which games would these be then?

Bombiz
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Bombiz

“The guy BUTCHERS some good games. ”
Care to name some? Cause the only I’ve seen named from you is FF13.

Mike Wallace
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Mike Wallace
I don’t know how it’s a spoiled child rant, when he admits in both articles he’s more than financially capable of buying the games himself and has before. This is about a game publisher being so spineless and terrified of one man’s voice that they take the coward’s way out, and offers up a meek excuse as to why. How is Jim not going to point this out? He’s a games journalist, he reviews games, and a games publisher just said they’re scared shitless of his critique. Why? Because it might affect how others see them. Holy shit what a… Read more »
Jordane Finfe
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Jordane Finfe

Ok, i expected some fanboyism, but you deserve an award.

Mike Wallace
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Mike Wallace

Did it all one-handed, too. I was jerking it pretty hard.

Collymilad
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Collymilad

I would say no offence but to be honest there’s gonna be offence so…

Put simply people like you are why companies try, and get away with shit like they do. Too focused on the people exposing the shitty practices and not the shitty practices themselves. Well done making the consumer world a slightly worse place for everyone else.

Jordane Finfe
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Jordane Finfe

Look, it’s not about shitty practice. The guy has been multiple time known for butchering games that are actually quite good. His opinion can’t be trusted.
What do they have to worry about? Except the fact that this lunatic could review very badly a great game? Hmm…

Lucid Loon
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Lucid Loon

Reviews are opinions. Honestly, it just sounds like you’re upset at the guy for not sharing your opinion on some games.

Bosch
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Bosch

Nope. All those times were just other people praising games that were actually bad.

So, either both of these things are simultaneously true, or maybe “subjectivity” is a thing that exists.

Gareth
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Gareth
So what your saying is he’s known for providing his own personal opinion on a game instead of falling in line what with what publishers want? So basically what your saying is that reviewers shouldn’t provide honest reviews of games but should just review them in the way that publishers want? Yes it is about shitty practice and you reinforcing that point by stating that publishers should only provide copies when they’ll get the reviews that will increase their profits. Yes it is about shitty practice when you’re stating someone provides honest reviews shouldn’t be trusted. But it’s rather apparent… Read more »
Drake Warnock
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Drake Warnock

So you’re saying Jim is ‘misbehaving’ by having inegrity?

EDIT: I forgot to tell you to piss off.

‘Ahem’
Kindly piss off.

Gareth
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Gareth

By any chance did you write that without any actual familiarity of Jim’s work? Or very specifically his actual review of Battlefield One. Or his review of Battlefront which he reviewed favorably or the latest Plants Vs Zombies game. Unless I’ve missed one of Jim’s most recent reviews of EA games only Mlirror’s Edge and Unravel got negative reviews.

Finding decent reviewers and keeping everyone else far away from the game? So basically cultivating only a single opinion?

Camfry
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Camfry

I think Jim’s main point in writing this is that it is relevant to the consumer that the distribution of pre release review copies has changed over the last few years.

From Jim’s writing I get the impression he’s satisfied a curiosity of his as to why he wasn’t receiving these codes and felt the information could do with passing along.

From your writing I get the impression that you’re really rather angry for no reason.

Bombiz
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Bombiz

What games did he butcher that where actually good?

Daavpuke
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Ha, I see that link, nice apropos!

Luckily, the dollar or two that myself and dozens of others here can give, makes up for a lacking publisher. It’s not like the critical content from this site is bound to the same need for immediacy as a general review would be. Plenty of ways to dissect a game, as we’ve seen before. I wonder if those extra few days (hours, maybe?) of buffer are enough for a publisher to want this kind of mistrusting image.

Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex
You is one of the Big Bad Bois now, Jim. Don’t take no shit. When it comes to Ma main Badda Boi Jim, ain’t no ad revenue holding dis gui down. Y’all top ties n suits dont know where to begin, when it comes to ma main Badda Boi jim, you see him coming yo pants gonna turn brown. He gonna give y’all 1 outta 10 and that sweet fascist frown. Ma main Badda Boi jim, he gonna tear the top man back to us onna ground! *Phew* that seemed a better idea in my head, sorry. Cheers for the… Read more »
Appretaur
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Appretaur

Are you sure being considered a “Wild Card” makes you sounds awesome? Some might think it makes you sound more like you’d be someone that announces paid extension content for upcoming Jimquisition episodes while those episodes are still being produced.

Bombiz
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Bombiz

Did this actually happen? Where has he said this?

Appretaur
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Appretaur

No, that’s just an in-joke I’m making that references an earlier episode where Jim analyzed the situation that happened with a studio named Wild Card months ago. Wild Card garnered a huge amount of controversy for putting up for sale a paid DLC expansion package for its upcoming game ARK: Survival Evolved even though the actual game itself had yet to make it past Early Access and be formally released. The episode Wild Card explains more.

Camfry
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Camfry

I was trying to figure that out for ages!! I was like “Appretaur’s referencing something, but what?!”

Fallen Prime
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Fallen Prime

That’s what you get for not shilling, you dirty non-conformist. Get out of here with your stable and respectable job and let the rest of the media get their review copies like good little peons.

Bashtarle
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Bashtarle

But they need safe predictable reviews to push as many copies out at launch as possible…… so they can sell as much microtransaction tat as fast as they can…. because they know their online multiplayer will be ghost town dead in 6mo 😛

Thomas Pierson
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Thomas Pierson

I bet EA plans it that way. They probably save a bundle on support infrastructure for a game if the MP is a guaranteed dead end by a certain date.

Pocket Nerd
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Pocket Nerd

This is beautiful. Jim, you have become the awesome protagonist of every cop movie ever.

“You’re a DISGRACE to video game reviews, Sterling! Turn in your camera and your gaming rig, NOW!”
“My way gets RESULTS, Chief. And that’s what scares you, ISN’T IT?”

Jim Sterling stars in: WILD CARD. Coming this Christmas to theatres everywhere.

Thomas Pierson
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Thomas Pierson

Can we pre-order tickets? I always shell out for the popcorn and soda micro-transactions anyway.

Liam Hemmings
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Liam Hemmings

“You’re off the review Sterling! You won’t go near this game or I’ll have your review copies!”
“I don’t need your stinking review copies, I’m bringing this game to justice, with your approval or not!”

Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000

“The d.E.A. has had it’s foot up my ass ever since you’ve stepped into this department, Sterling!”

KNIGHTWHOSAIDNEE 25
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KNIGHTWHOSAIDNEE 25

Jim “Wild Card” Sterling. The last honest reviewer on the force, at least until the dark league of publishers came along…

Now, Jim, his Boglins dead, his pogs kidnapped, has nothing left to lose. Now nothing can stand in his way as he pounds through the Publishers’ corrupt masses. Just pounding them. Pounding them. Pounding them.

This summer. Get Pounded.

WILD CARD

Allan Weallans
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Allan Weallans
Oddly enough, this reminds me of a thing you (I think it was you) retweeted today about Performance Matters: that game publishers think they’re in the software industry when they’re actually in the entertainment industry. Certainly the kind of critique games should get is closer to the kind of critique other entertainment media get than to the kind of critique other software gets. With software, you score it high if it does what it’s supposed to, and I imagine that would be a closer-to-ideal situation for game publishers, since their risk-aversion pushes them precisely towards making games that “do what… Read more »
Zanreo
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Zanreo
I wonder if this is part of the problem? Some years after I started seriously getting into gaming I noticed that video games, as a whole, were more often listen under “tech” or a similar category rather than “entertainment/media” ect like movies and music. I always found that weird, because even if there’s a lot of “tech” to it, it’s still… entertainment and media? You can’t just judge it on “it works” like a regular tool or a piece of non-entertainment software. People will have their own opinions on it, and sometimes they’ll be good and sometimes bad just based… Read more »
CommanderKyubey
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CommanderKyubey

Does this mean that you’re the Bernie Sanders of games media? ;D

Bryan Hinson
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Bryan Hinson

Thank God for you Jim, it just goes to show that you are more than willing to give your honest opinion. I don’t preorder games anymore, so waiting for the opinion of someone i trust isn’t that hard. There’s always a price drop after the release anyway.

Joshua Chap
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Joshua Chap

As you said you know you’re doing something right if you’d pissing someone off and disrupting the status quo of what is expected of reviews.

Lewis w
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Lewis w

If publishers only send out review codes to people who are dead certs for positive reviews, how will customers know if the games are any good before the real reviews come out, I.E after the pre-orders have come through? This supposed second gaming crash can’t come soon enough, in my opinion. The whole AAA market is getting more and more rotten by the day.

George
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George

Agreed! 100%

Nemrex
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Nemrex
Chip Self
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Chip Self

*thunk*

That’s the sound of Jim dropping his Union Jack (haha penis) onto the table.

Agent9
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Agent9
Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000

You’re a liability Jim! You’re off the chain, and a disgrace to the force!

Turn in your badge, your gun, your other gun, your gun-badge, and your badge-gun!

catsniffer
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catsniffer

An odd comment. Relax, kiddo. You’re trying too hard to be The Cool One. Relax.

Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000

Well, Jazzpunk was an odd game, so it would stand to reason that it’d have an odd script.

But hey what, do I know? I’m just trying to be cool, certainly not having fun or anything.

catsniffer
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catsniffer

All posts must be in English, Mr Poland. You have 3 days to comply.

Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000

You can try Google Translate if you’re having that hard a time deciphering my cryptic cypher. Everyone else seems to get it. Not everyone needs to get every reference made. We can still be friends.

The Jünger Ludendorf
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The Jünger Ludendorf

Well, he IS The Cool One.

Well, The Cool Three.
Because nothing can beat that poster.

Aristatide
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Aristatide

Those last two sound like Enter the Gungeon items.

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