Fired for Negative Video Game Review
If you haven't noticed already, there's a big hub-bub going around. Here's the ongoing coverage
. And here's the Penny Arcade coverage.
Here's what I've got to say about this. First of all, 6/10 is not bad. 6/10 is the same score as 3/5. That's above average. The thing that gets me is that people consider 6/10 to be bad. If I were the editor in chief of GameSpot, I would have fired this guy also, but not because he pissed off the sponsor. I'd have fired him because he basically trashes this game and then gives a 6/10. If you read the text of his review, or watch the video, it sounds a lot more like a 2/10 the way he describes it. Grow a nut, and give the game the score it deserves.
Another thing I don't get is how companies are still thinking that people make game purchasing decisions based on reviews. If Halo 3 had gotten a score of 0 in every video game magazine, you think it would have sold any less? If Smash Bros. gets low scores everywhere, you think it will sell any less? If Pony Friends gets perfect scores on every site, you think it will sell any more? Gamers already know what games they are going to get, and review scores hardly influence them. People who aren't gamers make purchasing decisions based on the video game box on the shelf in the store.
Lastly, more than anything I think this demonstrates how out of touch the video game media is. Don't they notice guys like Penny Arcade, Angry Video Game Nerd, and Zero Punctuation taking all the attention? Having truly honest, ballsy, entertaining, clever, witty, and intelligent games journalism is the way to get people to like you. Firing people for doing so is not the way to go.