We all have read one, haven’t we? One of those articles that come up in whatever site you are browsing, which have a controversial title and deal with current events/products. Let’s take the recent Killzone 2 debacle as example. I really don’t care about the articles written before the game came out, as they are bound to be highly speculative, but even after it actually came out(2 weeks after the demo and months after the beta) it was still receiving hate articles when I think every decent gamer, regardless of any feelings of personal taste or brand loyalty, can say that IT IS A GOOD GAME. And it’s not only Killzone 2, it happened to all major releases last year as well(granted, probably not nearly as much); such as Gears of War 2, Resistance 2, Little Big Planet and so on. Notice anything in that list? Yeah, they are all exclusives!
So what does that tells us? Hey it’s no big secret, a war is going on between the PS3 and the Xbox 360; and that’s reflected on the articles written. One can compare multiplatform games, as sites such as gametrailers.com can’t get enough of, but the real deal is in the exclusives. At the end of the day, the exclusive games are the ones that can tilt the balance one way or the other. That’s why they are are often quite popular with BOTH crowds, as they are expectant not only of their consoles performance but the competitiors’ as well.
The writers take avantaje of that by writing articles either praising or ditching and incredibly some times both, in order to gather attention from their audience; but you know what the best part is? That no mater whatever highly delusional crap they are writing and how people even know that’s the sole reason why they wrote that particular article, they STILL RECEIVE THE ATTENTION. You know that as the saying goes, there’s no accounting or disputing for taste; but when someone claims the earth is flat, that’s bound to receive attention, regardless if it’s positive or negative.
Do they all write these articles solely for “attention”? No of course not, money and brand loyalty are involved as well! 😉 But I think the real motivation is simply that ATTENTION. But can we call these articles expressions of journalism? After all they are not objective and don’t really bring anything to the community … My opinion is that these articles give us exactly what we want: controversy, speculation and discussions on the subject of taste. They are written simply because we want them to be written. Therefore expect hate, crap, suck articles and the sort when browsing for info on the next big exclusive hit; regardless of which console it’s for.
When all is said and done, we gamers just want play and be entertained; that’s what we look in a game, that and that’ its worth whatever money we paid for it. These articles don’t help us with any of this, they neither give us an unbiased fact based description on a game (to see if we would like it or not) nor an in depth review so that we can justify to ourselves the 60 bucks coming out of our pockets for it. But as much as I wished them gone, as long as fanboys thrive and these articles receive the attention they are looking for, I am afraid they are here to stay.
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