The Jimquisition: On Publishers Controlling Game Reviews

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As Bethesda proudly announces it will no longer provide review copies until the day before a game launches, The Jimquisition decides to deliver some hefty side-eyeing.

This news came just as your very own Jim Sterling found out EA considers him a “wild card” who isn’t to be trusted with high profile games like Battlefield 1.

Game publishers have been steadily manipulating the review process for years, and when you consider how shitty the “AAA” game world’s become… is it any bloody wonder?

Mr. Tastee
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Mr. Tastee

Forgot to mention…Skeleton Warriors! Do do do do do do do do do do Skeleton Warriors! Fuck that will be in my head for awhile. Thanks Jim.

Mr. Tastee
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Mr. Tastee
There have always been defenders of this sort of scummy behavior and it all comes back to money. People think that if someone is rich they must be a genius or if a product makes money than its automatically good. The truth is that success and quality are not one in the same. We can see the ugly side of capitalism here where greed runs rampant. The scummy practices of a pre-order culture of hype as well as dishonest advertising and controlling the message tends to make money if not friends. Money is their language and until that stops flowing… Read more »
Appretaur
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Appretaur

So does Bethesda using Doom as a litmus test and justification for a newfound model of preventing reviewers from giving early, potentially disadvantageous reviews of its future games disqualify Doom from your Game of the Year accolades now?

grimmmm
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grimmmm

I always wait for reviews. I could afford to buy more games than I currently do but hardly find the time to play all of them. Lifes too short for shit games!!
…….pulleys and mirrors 🙂

Trofimos Psyxiatreiou
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Jim, i know that you won’t publically admit this, but come on, you don’t really believe those people who say that the way you are treated is “good” are honest gamers, right? No one in their right mind, not even a 5 year old, would say that. It is obvious that it is NOT in our best interest.

No, unless those people are just trolling you for laughs, they are “paid trolls” or astroturfers. Every company has some of them.

Stormbringer
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That faceplanting game is warped.

Joey Clinton
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Joey Clinton
Okay, this may sound crazy, but hear me out. While I do agree that publishers are tools, I personally think that if every publisher stopped giving out review copies, the negative impact would be minimal. Think about it. The consumers who would have their purchasing decision impacted by a lack of review copies would be the consumers who were patient enough to avoid preordering the game, but not so patient that they couldn’t wait a week after launch to read some reviews. I think that this particular type of consumer is incredibly rare, as most people I know of will… Read more »
Ghost
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Ghost

The only time I ever pre ordered was DA Inquisition.

I learned my lesson.

now I always wait at least a few months after the game has come out, only after
going to sites like this, TB’s channel and Laura K. Even then I will still wait
for a sale in order to save money.

Captiosus
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Captiosus
The most salient point is around the 9 minute mark: Just stop preordering. Corporations are doing shit like this to keep people buying into products based on PR hype, misleading/unrepresentative illustrations of game play or game mechanics, and/or half-baked “preorder bonuses” which are just content cut for the sake of grabbing your cash before the consumer has any clue what they’re actually buying. If consumers stopped preordering this nonsense might change. Or it might force some changes as to how they market games. (By the same token, stop buying season passes which is just preordering on the promise of future… Read more »
ENAY
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ENAY

The Jiminator! Jimigment Day

… I’m so sorry for writing this.

kimiyoribaka
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kimiyoribaka

I think it says something very sad about society if a company making decisions that screw over the critics or the consumers could be considered good from any standpoint. Business is about making money, sure, but are the short term gains of making sleezy decisions really worth the long term losses when people find out? If so, then the customer base needs better standards.

Kyle Pierce
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Kyle Pierce

Two Jimquisitions two days in a row?

You spoil us, sir!

SilentPony
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SilentPony

Deja Vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when Jim changes something.

Arella Jardin
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Arella Jardin
Uh, I think you might have goofed there again. Skyrim Special Edition has been in many reviewers’ and YouTubers’ hands for well over a week, and they even lifted the embargo on gameplay footage several days ago. Most of the copies did go out to dedicated Bethesda fan channels, but they’ve been showing off huge chunks of the game well over week from launch this Friday. Admittedly, Skyrim is a 5 year old game, so even with a facelift, there’s not much reason for them to hide anything. But saying they plan to send out codes only a day before… Read more »
Drake Warnock
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Drake Warnock

This kind of crap and my enormous backlog are the reasons I don’t play games until they’ve been out for a long time.

Now excuse me while I go and finish playing Final Fantasy 4.

A Roast Beef Sandwich
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A Roast Beef Sandwich

Guess who has two thumbs and just cancelled ‘is Dishonored II preorder? That’s right, it’s this guy

Tommy Tiddler
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Tommy Tiddler

You’d think rallying against this kind of thing would be an A1 priority for the 3rd party individuals, but they seem to have prioritized saving Boob Sliders, Noncebait Steam Shovelware and making sure not one single RPG NPC in a game with hundreds make any kind of pro LGBT statements.

Or do they only concentrate on Indie Devs who give their games away for free, i lose track

Chris
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Chris

I wonder if that whiny dipshit saying “this is what jim deserves for being critical of games I liked like FFxiii!” will pop his head into this page

Martijn Fiering
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Martijn Fiering

Third time’s a charm!

diamond
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diamond

I’ve got no plans to buy Skyrim or Dishonored 2 and this news makes me glad I have no interest in them.

Cameron Ward
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Cameron Ward

once again, it’s pathetic that they are getting more paranoid about critical reception. bleh, this is why i take my time with some games. I rather review it when I am ready to unless i need to go under a deadline.

maybe if they made good products, we would be more faithful in the industry…this year has felt very…2014….not a great year for gaming…

Nemrex
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Nemrex
Spindrift Prime
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Spindrift Prime

The video, gone! I blame mischievous boglins…

mth
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mth

The video is removed as well, so I guess Jim decided to retract this episode.

LatePocketwatch
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LatePocketwatch

I noticed this didn’t show up on the main page. My point of access was the RSS feed, should that help you troubleshoot.

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