UPDATED: Conduit 2 Developer Calls for Internal Retaliation Against Author of Negative Joystiq Review

May
18

UPDATED: Conduit 2 Developer Calls for Internal Retaliation Against Author of Negative Joystiq Review

Conduit 2, the sequel to 2008’s The Conduit, was released for the Nintendo Wii console in mid-late April to what can only be described as…varying reviews. Seeing wildly disparate reviews is not uncommon on the Internet, where everyone has a chance to be heard (if they yell loud enough); not everyone is going to have the same opinion of a game depending on personal preference, experience, and more. What happens when a harsh, negative review with supportive reasoning of an anticipated video game goes up? Well, heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a developer scorned.

Do you remember the old Hair Club for Men commercials where the presenter would finish up by saying something along the lines of, “I’m not just the founder, I’m also a client,” and hold up a picture of his previously bald head? Well, I’m not just a VG Journalism writer, I’m also a reader. As a reader, one of the most important things I look for in a writer or news/opinion outlet is integrity. I have no use for disingenuous reviews and opinions that are a direct result of publisher or developer pressure on the writer. The value of the writing is completely lost because it becomes nothing more than an advertisement, rather than a critique. I instantly lose faith in any outlet that knowingly publishes anything unauthentic. As a writer, and co-founder of Marooners’ Rock, I can guarantee that you will never see an insincere word on this site.

T. Michael Murdock’s 1-star review of Conduit 2 on Joystiq was unarguably harsh, written almost in disbelief of how bad he found the game to be. As harsh as his words were, he provided reasons behind some of his dislike of the game: the graphics were badly rendered, the suit/spaceships/environments at times looked to be pulled directly out of Halo, the voice-acting was bad, the levels are repetitive and re-use environments (something that is joked about in the game itself), and more. On the other hand, he stated that he did not put much time or effort into the online functionality, so his review is incomplete. So yes, while his words were harsh, they were not completely unsupported by reason. While honesty and reason are two core elements of a good review, there must also be respect and tact. This article completely lacked both in how it was written.

Did you know that T. Michael Murdock is also a published author? He has a book on Amazon that he links to in the signature of his review. Up through the end of October, 2010, it was rated at 5-stars. The very day that his Conduit 2 review appeared, the 1-star reviews started appearing on his book’s Amazon page, back to back.

“Disgruntled readers” has been the explanation so far. Readers with large emotional investments in Conduit 2 saw his review and, shocked at his insulting 1-star rating, retaliated in kind by giving his book 1-star ratings.

Now for the truth.

High Voltage Software is not only the developer behind Conduit 2, they are also the culprit behind the retaliatory comments and 1-star ratings found on T. Michael Murdock’s book. Now, this is a bold statement, and a potentially ruinous one for us, without evidence of our claim.

A source that will remain anonymous provided us with this image of an internal email from Matt Corso, Art Director for High Voltage Software. The email, depending on timezones, seems to have been sent less than half an hour after the review was published on Joystiq. In it, Matt indirectly directs at least one department at High Voltage (possibly more, depending on the size of the “Trex” distribution list) to “return the favor” of T. Michael Murdock’s Conduit 2 review by providing reviews of his book on Amazon.

A writer’s duty is not to the publisher or developer, but to the reader. A writer who is provided a review copy of a game does not have an obligation to give the game a good review; they do have an obligation to review it thoughtfully and thoroughly, regardless of the resulting score. They should not have to fear possible blacklisting simply for expressing their opinions. Sure, if a reviewer just puts a game on blast without providing any kind of reasoning, or without having experienced everything the game had to offer, the developer/publisher should feel free not to send them any more games; that’s the prerogative of the developer or publisher, and should be expected. Otherwise, they need to just suck it up, accept the constructive criticism the writer provides, and try to do a better job next time.

T. Michael Murdock could have worded his review in a more professional and respectful manner; I cannot argue that. Even if T. Michael Murdock’s review was completely baseless, though, with no reasoning in it at all, a personal attack on the writer is uncalled for. It’s unprofessional, childish, and vindictive. Writers should never have to worry about a personal attack from a developer or publisher, whether they’ve written a good review or not. In this situation, Matt Corso (and any High Voltage Software employees who followed his suggestion) acted like petulant children and brought shame to the game.

SEGA, to my knowledge, has had nothing to do with this unprofessionalism and was not aware of it in any way.

UPDATE:

We have received a response from Eric Nofsinger, Chief Creative Officer for High Voltage Software, regarding this issue. In it, he apologizes on behalf of High Voltage Software, but claims that the email was sincere, not sarcastic as I (and the rest of the Internet) have read it:

Matt Corso did indeed write that internal email, however if you read the email he encourages folks to read Mike’s book and then write their own review in a “turn-about is fairplay” sort of way. The email went to 70+ people on the list contains nothing slanderous or inflammatory; I believe people took it as such (the fact that there aren’t 70 negative reviews would support that assumption). Sure, it’s a tad unprofessional but if you knew Matt personally as I do, you would know it was nothing more than a tongue-in-cheek jibe at most. And for that, I apologize on behalf of High Voltage Software.

He brought the issue up to Matt Corso, who apologized, saying:

My mind really wasn’t in that dark of a place when I wrote that.  In fact I seriously considered buying the book myself. I wanted to know how good it really was that this guy felt so in the right to trash our game and give away the ending like he did.  And then post a plug to his book at the end, implying that we suck and he is totally great. Then I forgot about it, and got busy with other stuff. But I can see why some people might try to read more into this. But I did mention that people should read the book before giving a review.

He closes with the following:

My point is: I did want you to know we don’t hold a grudge against reviewers for their opinions. We learn through critique.

While I absolutely appreciate the professional and polite response from Eric, I do feel compelled to point out that when reading the captured internal email from subject to closing, you can’t help but find it to be an indirect call to his staff to submit negative reviews on the review author’s book. After a negative review like the one T. Michael Murdock presented, “We Heart Joystiq” and “…return the favor…” do not exactly convey sincerity. Additionally, after this news broke, three of the four negative reviews have disappeared from the Amazon page. Whether this is from Amazon cleaning up obvious troll comments or the commenters removing their own troll comments, I don’t know.

To be clear on our position, we feel the issue is not necessarily the negative comments (because they honestly COULD have come from anyone), but rather the seemingly indirect and sarcastic instruction from Matt Corso to his staff to do so.

About chris

Chris originally intended for Marooners' Rock (then called World of Meh!) to be nothing more than a personal online outlet for creative writing. As the featured writing became more and more video game related (and companies started sending free games), and as the number of authors increased, Chris took on the role of Editor-in-Chief to ensure that Marooners' Rock would never have an article about how awesome the N-Gage was, because it wasn't.
  • Aron

    I would say I’m surprised, but sadly I am not.

    Poor form High Voltage.

    • Guest

      Low Voltage…

  • Aron

    I would say I’m surprised, but sadly I am not.

    Poor form High Voltage.

    • Chris

      Low Voltage…

  • Andrien Gbinigie

    Poor show from High Voltage indeed. Shocking actually.

  • http://twitter.com/EscoBlades EscoBlades

    Poor show from High Voltage indeed. Shocking actually.

  • None

    At least they don’t pay their employees to get High Voltage Software Tattoos…oh wait..they did!

    • Snake

      lol, yes they do. I remember reading that somewhere when I was there.

  • None

    At least they don’t pay their employees to get High Voltage Software Tattoos…oh wait..they did!

    • Snake

      lol, yes they do. I remember reading that somewhere when I was there.

  • RSD

    Apparently the idea had been floating around on forums prior to Corso’s email, so I bet he just spread it. I can imagine being pissed after putting quite a bit of work into a game, even though it did have its share of problems (I’d say 7/10 would be a generous score), so this probably “seemed like a good idea at the time”. Pretty childish regardless.

    • http://twitter.com/VivoEstSomnio Lindsey

       If you look closely at the time stamp on Corso’s email, you’ll see that it was sent on the 3rd in the late afternoon/early evening, the same day that the negative reviews happened to appear on Amazon. While I can’t, and won’t, say that the people who posted the negative reviews were employees of High Voltage, both events seem to line up in a suspicious manner.

  • RSD

    Apparently the idea had been floating around on forums prior to Corso’s email, so I bet he just spread it. I can imagine being pissed after putting quite a bit of work into a game, even though it did have its share of problems (I’d say 7/10 would be a generous score), so this probably “seemed like a good idea at the time”. Pretty childish regardless.

    • http://twitter.com/VivoEstSomnio Lindsey

       If you look closely at the time stamp on Corso’s email, you’ll see that it was sent on the 3rd in the late afternoon/early evening, the same day that the negative reviews happened to appear on Amazon. While I can’t, and won’t, say that the people who posted the negative reviews were employees of High Voltage, both events seem to line up in a suspicious manner.

  • Jon

     I know the whole story behind this, 2 weeks eric told me about a random member on gamefaqs who said they should give the reviewers book a 1 out of 5. So many members of that forum started putting negative reviews.

  • Jon

     I know the whole story behind this, 2 weeks eric told me about a random member on gamefaqs who said they should give the reviewers book a 1 out of 5. So many members of that forum started putting negative reviews.

  • Aron

    Ugh. I don’t buy that coverup for a second.

  • Aron

    Ugh. I don’t buy that coverup for a second.

  • awesomerobot

     “I wanted to know how good it really was that this guy felt so in the right to trash our game and give away the ending like he did. ”

    This is completely trashy either way. If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen. 

  • http://twitter.com/AwesomeRobot AwesomeRobot

     “I wanted to know how good it really was that this guy felt so in the right to trash our game and give away the ending like he did. ”

    This is completely trashy either way. If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen. 

  • http://twitter.com/mcgroarty McGroarty

    I worked at High Voltage with Matt a good decade or so back. It was a pretty loose and playful atmosphere, and I don’t doubt that anyone who had been there a while would have taken Matt’s suggestion as a joke. Unfortunately, I think he just got a harsh reminder that being nudged up to a director position means he can’t be at all ambiguous about something like this. From the date, it sure looks like somebody took it seriously.

    It looks like all but one of the negative reviews have been retracted. I hope if the last one’s from an HVS staffer, Matt makes an internal request to remove that.

  • http://twitter.com/mcgroarty McGroarty

    I worked at High Voltage with Matt a good decade or so back. It was a pretty loose and playful atmosphere, and I don’t doubt that anyone who had been there a while would have taken Matt’s suggestion as a joke. Unfortunately, I think he just got a harsh reminder that being nudged up to a director position means he can’t be at all ambiguous about something like this. From the date, it sure looks like somebody took it seriously.

    It looks like all but one of the negative reviews have been retracted. I hope if the last one’s from an HVS staffer, Matt makes an internal request to remove that.

  • Dude

     Id believe this possibly if the book wasn’t actually terrible.

  • Dude

     Id believe this possibly if the book wasn’t actually terrible.

  • Dude

     Id believe this possibly if the book wasn’t actually terrible.

  • loopyduck

    It’s kind of funny yet sad when people become invested in something — hardware or software — that they feel they need to defend it in this manner.

  • Anonymous

    It’s kind of funny yet sad when people become invested in something — hardware or software — that they feel they need to defend it in this manner.

  • terry

    Go to Amazon.com and click the reviews that are only 1 star – all but one has this book as their ONLY review.  And they’re titled things like ‘gayer than aids’ -

    sick trolls. 

  • terry

    Go to Amazon.com and click the reviews that are only 1 star – all but one has this book as their ONLY review.  And they’re titled things like ‘gayer than aids’ -

    sick trolls. 

  • Spriggan_Prime

    Eh. The employees weren’t forced/threatened into action, and in the age of open information, you stick your neck out at your own risk. Not like a quick Google search couldn’t have found this guy’s book, or other work, or hobbies, or friends etc.. but he did stamp it at the end of a particularly inflammatory review. Really, what did he expect? I’d say he’s lucky Anonymous didn’t point their nose this way. Everyone got worked up over not much and everyone got off pretty easy.

  • Anonymous

    Eh. The employees weren’t forced/threatened into action, and in the age of open information, you stick your neck out at your own risk. Not like a quick Google search couldn’t have found this guy’s book, or other work, or hobbies, or friends etc.. but he did stamp it at the end of a particularly inflammatory review. Really, what did he expect? I’d say he’s lucky Anonymous didn’t point their nose this way. Everyone got worked up over not much and everyone got off pretty easy.

  • Foo

    Lawsuit?

  • Foo

    Lawsuit?

  • Headdesks

    Hey this guy hates us so lets hate him. Kinda thing. Even if he said to read it first it was still a petty thing to do. 

    • oldfriend

       Seeing this didnt surprise me at all.  Its actually funny that someone there leaked the email.  Corso may not know this, but most of his art staff hates him and view him as a huge d bag with bad ideas.  If he weren’t so annoying to be around and didnt make you do obviously stupid shit to your art and design work no one would even know about that email.

  • Anonymous

    Hey this guy hates us so lets hate him. Kinda thing. Even if he said to read it first it was still a petty thing to do. 

    • oldfriend

       Seeing this didnt surprise me at all.  Its actually funny that someone there leaked the email.  Corso may not know this, but most of his art staff hates him and view him as a huge d bag with bad ideas.  If he weren’t so annoying to be around and didnt make you do obviously stupid shit to your art and design work no one would even know about that email.

  • Kggonkdroid

    Sorry, but I have no sympathy to T. Michael Murdock. His review was terrible, snide, and reeked of anti-Wii sentiment. Now, I’m personally enjoying Conduit 2, and I find the visuals to be impressive – and this is coming from an owner of both a PS3 and Xbox 360. I’m impressed with Conduit 2′s graphics because they are impressive FOR THE WII. I appreciate good-looking games that push a console’s hardware – regardless of how powerful it is. It was clear that Murdock was yet another brain-dead games reviewer that uses the HD PS3/360 visuals as the measuring stick for ALL game visuals (no matter the console). In addition, he has the gall to plug his book at the end of the crap review? He complains that the 1-star Amazon reviews would affect his lifestyle, yet completely ignores the fact that he gave High Voltage’s game 1-star through a half-assed review, and had the cheek to say that Perfect Dark’s graphics are “a little better”, and criticises the story (even though storyline enjoyment is completely subjective). Now, people will see that review and NOT buy the game – which affects HVS (who actually put a lot of work into the game – which is rare for Wii 3rd parties).

    Now, if High Voltage did indeed post 1-star interviews on Amazon for the book out of spite; I certainly do not condone that (and as a budding author myself, I would indeed be furious). But Murdock needs to realise that Amazon 1-star troll reviews are EVERYWHERE; so they would hardly bite into his profits. Again, I would have more sympathy if he didn’t shamelessly plug his book on a videogame website.

    • http://whateverfaggot.myopenid.com/ Whateverfaggot

      Matt Corso, is that you?

    • Chris

      I think the crux of the issue isn’t in the negative comments themselves, but in the internal email. While it has been legitimized (with a caveat that the content was sincere, not sarcastic), it is difficult to read it as anything other than an art director taking a review personally and reacting poorly.

      As for your points about Conduit 2′s graphics, I can’t speak to that as I haven’t played it. I do agree with your point about many reviewers comparing Wii graphics to the 360/PS3 when reviewing Wii games, but also feel that the Wii brought it on itself by entering into the current generation with hardware incapable of competing graphically with its peers. Of course, that’s not the fault of the developers, and I appreciate any developer that does choose to develop for the Wii and takes full advantage of the Wii’s capabilities (I’m specifically looking at Platinum Games with MadWorld).

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  • Kggonkdroid

    Sorry, but I have no sympathy to T. Michael Murdock. His review was terrible, snide, and reeked of anti-Wii sentiment. Now, I’m personally enjoying Conduit 2, and I find the visuals to be impressive – and this is coming from an owner of both a PS3 and Xbox 360. I’m impressed with Conduit 2′s graphics because they are impressive FOR THE WII. I appreciate good-looking games that push a console’s hardware – regardless of how powerful it is. It was clear that Murdock was yet another brain-dead games reviewer that uses the HD PS3/360 visuals as the measuring stick for ALL game visuals (no matter the console). In addition, he has the gall to plug his book at the end of the crap review? He complains that the 1-star Amazon reviews would affect his lifestyle, yet completely ignores the fact that he gave High Voltage’s game 1-star through a half-assed review, and had the cheek to say that Perfect Dark’s graphics are “a little better”, and criticises the story (even though storyline enjoyment is completely subjective). Now, people will see that review and NOT buy the game – which affects HVS (who actually put a lot of work into the game – which is rare for Wii 3rd parties).

    Now, if High Voltage did indeed post 1-star interviews on Amazon for the book out of spite; I certainly do not condone that (and as a budding author myself, I would indeed be furious). But Murdock needs to realise that Amazon 1-star troll reviews are EVERYWHERE; so they would hardly bite into his profits. Again, I would have more sympathy if he didn’t shamelessly plug his book on a videogame website.

    • http://whateverfaggot.myopenid.com/ Whateverfaggot

      Matt Corso, is that you?

    • http://twitter.com/big_eyebrows Chris

      I think the crux of the issue isn’t in the negative comments themselves, but in the internal email. While it has been legitimized (with a caveat that the content was sincere, not sarcastic), it is difficult to read it as anything other than an art director taking a review personally and reacting poorly.

      As for your points about Conduit 2′s graphics, I can’t speak to that as I haven’t played it. I do agree with your point about many reviewers comparing Wii graphics to the 360/PS3 when reviewing Wii games, but also feel that the Wii brought it on itself by entering into the current generation with hardware incapable of competing graphically with its peers. Of course, that’s not the fault of the developers, and I appreciate any developer that does choose to develop for the Wii and takes full advantage of the Wii’s capabilities (I’m specifically looking at Platinum Games with MadWorld).

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  • 1 lemon

    If hvs really did this, and I doubt it, that would be unforgivable, and after reading a few chapters online I discovers something; that murdoch who wrote the review is in no position to talk about shoddy story lines or terrible characters, at least he does not question the grammar of a game, which I could write a dissertation on how bad his grammar is. After the review he also has the cheek to post the book?

    Bottom line is he is just a reviewer that expects all games on any console to be xbox like in every way, and when their not they are instantly bad games or copies of 360 games, shameful.

    And did none ever tell this ‘author’ that you never start a sentence with ‘ then’ as a sentence is supposed to start a new point.

    • 1 lemon

      Shame on me, I wrote this on my phone and didn’t notice ‘ discovers- I of course meant discovered’ my bad.

      • Chris

        That’s ok. My cousin sent me a text once asking me to meet her at “dudeledn thirsty,” rather than “eleven thirty.” I don’t even know what a dudeledn is.

  • 1 lemon

    If hvs really did this, and I doubt it, that would be unforgivable, and after reading a few chapters online I discovers something; that murdoch who wrote the review is in no position to talk about shoddy story lines or terrible characters, at least he does not question the grammar of a game, which I could write a dissertation on how bad his grammar is. After the review he also has the cheek to post the book?

    Bottom line is he is just a reviewer that expects all games on any console to be xbox like in every way, and when their not they are instantly bad games or copies of 360 games, shameful.

    And did none ever tell this ‘author’ that you never start a sentence with ‘ then’ as a sentence is supposed to start a new point.

    • 1 lemon

      Shame on me, I wrote this on my phone and didn’t notice ‘ discovers- I of course meant discovered’ my bad.

      • http://twitter.com/big_eyebrows Chris

        That’s ok. My cousin sent me a text once asking me to meet her at “dudeledn thirsty,” rather than “eleven thirty.” I don’t even know what a dudeledn is.

      • http://twitter.com/big_eyebrows Chris

        That’s ok. My cousin sent me a text once asking me to meet her at “dudeledn thirsty,” rather than “eleven thirty.” I don’t even know what a dudeledn is.

  • Abel Undercity

    “While honesty and reason are two core elements of a good review, there must also be respect and tact.”

    Says who?  Few reading pleasures are greater than having a good writer mercilessly review a piece of crap.  Go read some of Dorothy Parker’s Constant Reader columns.

    • Chris

      I can definitely understand the entertainment appeal of a merciless review, but in my opinion (and both the statement you quoted and this following statement are just that), a good review is meant to be a source of information, not entertainment. Sure, a review can be entertaining while being informative, but the entertainment should come from the quality of the writing itself, not from a scaled up version of Internet trolling. That can be saved for the comments.

      I do feel there are exceptions to that, however. If a writer’s gimmick is that they are disrespectfully harsh in every review they do, and they embrace it almost satirically as a part of their style and image while retaining those qualities of honesty and reason, then I feel there is more merit to their writing than most of what I was referring to in my original quote.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  • http://twitter.com/AbelUndercity Abel Undercity

    “While honesty and reason are two core elements of a good review, there must also be respect and tact.”

    Says who?  Few reading pleasures are greater than having a good writer mercilessly review a piece of crap.  Go read some of Dorothy Parker’s Constant Reader columns.

    • http://twitter.com/big_eyebrows Chris

      I can definitely understand the entertainment appeal of a merciless review, but in my opinion (and both the statement you quoted and this following statement are just that), a good review is meant to be a source of information, not entertainment. Sure, a review can be entertaining while being informative, but the entertainment should come from the quality of the writing itself, not from a scaled up version of Internet trolling. That can be saved for the comments.

      I do feel there are exceptions to that, however. If a writer’s gimmick is that they are disrespectfully harsh in every review they do, and they embrace it almost satirically as a part of their style and image while retaining those qualities of honesty and reason, then I feel there is more merit to their writing than most of what I was referring to in my original quote.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  • ForEngland

     If you can’t take a bad review, it might be time to rethink your career options.

  • Anonymous

     If you can’t take a bad review, it might be time to rethink your career options.

  • http://profiles.google.com/donaldharris29 Donald Harris

     I dont know I see his point. It’s all about passion sadly he let his passion get the better of him. I can see being pissed that someone would trash something I worked so hard on and love so much and wanting to get back. But you have to be a bigger man and first ask yourself… does my game really suck?

  • http://profiles.google.com/donaldharris29 Donald Harris

     I dont know I see his point. It’s all about passion sadly he let his passion get the better of him. I can see being pissed that someone would trash something I worked so hard on and love so much and wanting to get back. But you have to be a bigger man and first ask yourself… does my game really suck?

  • Arathorn

    OH WAIT! So, they cant talk about ANYTHING INTERNALLY in their company?
    Yes, you’re saying that no one can write a mail to his employees saying what he thinks and and want anymore? Wait, wait. That guy asked his employees to READ the book, and this is bad. So, no one can read that book and review it… because… THEY CANT! Only the guy from Kotaku can do it, THEY CANT! That guy from Kotaku can not just bash and humilliate their work, he can do it without any fear of the same happening to him, because… oh, he’s from Kotaku! Great. Just great biased and sensationalist article. Congrats!!
    You’re in the front row to become a game tabloid on the internet!

    • Chris

      First, “the guy from Kotaku” is actually a freelance writer for Joystiq.

      Second, he’s free to say whatever he wants, wherever he wants. That doesn’t mean that what he says won’t have consequences, especially if it was not thought out.

      Third, we’re far from being a game tabloid. We have proof of inappropriate action within the gaming industry that is relevant to our interests. We provided an opinion based on that proof. That sounds like a pretty clear-cut editorial piece to me.

      Fourth, quite the sensationalist comment you put together there. Congrats!

      • Arathorn

         http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2011-05-23-high-voltage-apologises-after-leaked-email-attacks-reviewer << These people dont agree with you. You know… some professionals of the game industry… I believe you understand: Unbiased opinions.

        Sorry, but you took a internal mail, that should be remained internal, and tried to make it the story of the year. You wanted to show a 'innapropriate action', but in any way it is relevant to our interests. 70 people rating a fantastical book wont change the game world or even change people's day.
         
        Its not cool to have your week arruined because a not exactly acclaimed reviewer destroyed your game (without even playing the multiplayer portion properly) and far as I know, High Voltage fixed everthing wrong in the first game, made better everthing that was right and everyone that bought that game are very happy with it. He said: "Dont buy it" and some thousand of people will hear it. Great. So, why a guy that works in High Voltage CANT do it? In fact, he didnt. But, why this should even be discussed? They have no right? Do you need to have a website and some fanboys to encourage you to bash a game (or a book)? Sorry, but to me, innapropriate action in all this article is just your way to tell the story.

  • Arathorn

    OH WAIT! So, they cant talk about ANYTHING INTERNALLY in their company?
    Yes, you’re saying that no one can write a mail to his employees saying what he thinks and and want anymore? Wait, wait. That guy asked his employees to READ the book, and this is bad. So, no one can read that book and review it… because… THEY CANT! Only the guy from Kotaku can do it, THEY CANT! That guy from Kotaku can not just bash and humilliate their work, he can do it without any fear of the same happening to him, because… oh, he’s from Kotaku! Great. Just great biased and sensationalist article. Congrats!!
    You’re in the front row to become a game tabloid on the internet!

    • http://twitter.com/big_eyebrows Chris

      First, “the guy from Kotaku” is actually a freelance writer for Joystiq.

      Second, he’s free to say whatever he wants, wherever he wants. That doesn’t mean that what he says won’t have consequences, especially if it was not thought out.

      Third, we’re far from being a game tabloid. We have proof of inappropriate action within the gaming industry that is relevant to our interests. We provided an opinion based on that proof. That sounds like a pretty clear-cut editorial piece to me.

      Fourth, quite the sensationalist comment you put together there. Congrats!

      • Arathorn

         http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2011-05-23-high-voltage-apologises-after-leaked-email-attacks-reviewer << These people dont agree with you. You know… some professionals of the game industry… I believe you understand: Unbiased opinions.

        Sorry, but you took a internal mail, that should be remained internal, and tried to make it the story of the year. You wanted to show a 'innapropriate action', but in any way it is relevant to our interests. 70 people rating a fantastical book wont change the game world or even change people's day.
         
        Its not cool to have your week arruined because a not exactly acclaimed reviewer destroyed your game (without even playing the multiplayer portion properly) and far as I know, High Voltage fixed everthing wrong in the first game, made better everthing that was right and everyone that bought that game are very happy with it. He said: "Dont buy it" and some thousand of people will hear it. Great. So, why a guy that works in High Voltage CANT do it? In fact, he didnt. But, why this should even be discussed? They have no right? Do you need to have a website and some fanboys to encourage you to bash a game (or a book)? Sorry, but to me, innapropriate action in all this article is just your way to tell the story.

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