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"Bethesda's anti-consumer review policy comes as no surprise - And reminds us not to pre-order"

Discussion in 'Bethesda Game Studios' started by Crooked Bee, Oct 26, 2016.

  1. Crooked Bee (no longer) a wide-wandering bee Patron

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    I don't mean to defend Bethesda because I think this is a dick move on their part, but I did lol at how RPS are pulling the "Stop preordering!" card because they've been denied advance review copies.
     
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  2. Unkillable Cat Prestigious Gentleman LEST WE FORGET Patron

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    I've heard this song before. It's only when gaming media itself gets shafted by devs and publishers (mostly the latter though) that they pull out the "Think about the consumer!"-card. Otherwise they're perfectly fine with shitting on the consumer.

    Bethesda is all about dick moves, and has been so for almost 20 years. Only mindless sycophants/people whose job is on the line still try to think otherwise.

    The only thing RPS is good for is printing felipepepe articles.
     
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  3. Jick Magger Arcane Patron

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    This is also pretty typical of RPS and most of its writers (John Walker in particular). They like to pretend that they're presenting 'hard hitting', pro-consumer journalism, but only as long as they think they can get away with it with little-to-no repercussions, or believe they don't stand much to lose for it (i.e. them 'exposing' Peter Molyneux as a hack fraud about a decade too late). Whenever they're called out for their less-than-moral or consumer-friendly practices themselves, they behave like petulant children and barely conceal their seething contempt for their readership. They're just a bunch of sanctimonious, hypocritical cowards, not worth the time of day.
     
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  4. felipepepe Prestigious Gentleman Codex's Heretic Patron

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    Wut? They never did that, all my stuff is on Gamasutra.

    Also, lol at that article. As if the early reviews were amazing source of info or decisive for pre-orders...
     
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    I think most people who care have already made up their mind one way or another on preordering. It seems to be a fundamental part of purchasing the game to some, and an unnecessary interest free loan to others.

    In a stunning counterpoint, Polygon also wrote about this:

    Wait, no, they wrote the same fucking thing as RPS. Interestingly, the idea that an early review might be a shitty rush job is just now entering Polygon's minds as a major publisher tells them to fuck off.

    Well, I'm glad at least that Polygon is taking this pro-consumer stance - oh wait another article has appeared:

    Ah yes, pro-consumer indeed.
     
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  6. Taka-Haradin puolipeikko Prestigious Gentleman Filthy Kalinite Patron

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    Fixed that for you.
     
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    fixed
     
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  9. DragoFireheart all caps, rainbow colors, SOMETHING.

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    Last Bethesduh game I bought was Skyrim.

    Unlikely to buy anymore of their games.
     
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    It sucks for the customers and consumers, but it 100% makes sense for large companies. You can pay for good marketing, you can't always pay to have a good product. And whether or not a review comes out before or after release doesn't impact game sales several weeks, months, or years after the release.

    Maybe the market will "correct itself", but gamers as a large customer base is still in its infancy compared to other industries, so pretty easy to deceive, just look at the smart phone industry for similar trends.
     
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  11. yes plz Arcane Patron

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    When it's the publishers fucking the consumers their song is:
    Game Journalists: Stop crying about it you entitled shitlords, they don't owe you anything.

    When it's the publishers fucking them it becomes:
    Game Journalists: We must unite and show them that we won't stand for this!
     
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    It would be cool if every publisher would sent out keys only 1 day before (or only allow to get the rviews published on game release) for all media press. This would allow to even the field and make reviews more useful because there would be no exclusive content. On the other hand it would put game media press under uhm pressure to write high quality reviews because they have to compete with user reviews.
     
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    Yeah, I also don't quite understand why would Bethesda withdraw proper support to their crowdsourced marketing department embodied in the shills highly proffessional Game Journalists.

    Oh wait, who gives a fuck what game "journalists" even think any more? And why? It's nothing else but madness.
     
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    I learnt 20 years ago not to pay for the privilige of being a Beta tester.
    Sadly there's a sucker born every minute who haven't learnt that lesson yet, and who can't wait a week to get the newest game. After all, it's not like the market is already oversaturated with games, so naturally one absolutely must have the newest games, preferably yesterday.
     
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    If game journos don't have enough time, they just rush the reviews out to secure the most clicks instead of taking their time to write a quality review. Game journos don't have integrity.
     
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    The good thing about being a cheap bastard who almost never buys anything until its 50% or more off on steam is that I don't care about this.
     
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    RPS can suck my cock and balls. Whatever makes gaymes journaliztz butthurt is a good move and I support Bethesda in this.
     
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  19. Luzur Prestigious Gentleman Good Sir

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    Meh, im pirating every bethesda game after i preordered Oblivion, ive learneed my lesson alright, Toddy.
     
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  20. Commissar Draco Codexia Comrade Colonel Commissar Patron

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    Bethhizda screwing payed shill journalist from (((game medias))) is like watching ITZrael bombing HAMAS in Gaza; whoever loose we win. :incline:
     
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    Butthurt journos feeling they're being left out?

    Good. Because that's the future of gaming "journalism". To be left out.
     
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    Crap, I knew I should have checked that before running out the door. :oops:
     
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    First they came for our game demos...
     
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    Well at least Bethesdas bein honest, they know retards who eat their shit up'll keep eatin whatever happens, nowt a journalist says gonna change that. Blizzard might as well do same.
     
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