Originally Posted by iignition
This article is not a review, it's an attack on a product that in my opinion doesn't deserve to be treated like a bad resturant meal, and I don't seem to be the only one to think so.
My personal opinion is that Mr. Francis should retract and or re-write his article. The fact that a large majority of gamers are, like most people, marginalized and are without moral standards or long term goals have never been disputed, and that it makes it easier for any sort of public induvidual (or in this case web people) to treat their work like garbage and call it a bad day. People are reading these articles, you know. If it's your goal to treat your work like garbage Mr. Francis, good luck! But don't dish on a game developer that have spent thousands of hours creating a series of computer games all highly successful and with their very own Hollywood movie adaptation. In my circle we call that hard work, and no doubt a cult classic in yours.
So because you don't agree with Toms review he should retract it? Are we living in a country without free speech now? Where if someone reviews a game and you disagree with it, it should be retracted? If a reviewer thinks a game is rubbish, I want to know about it, and then I take that review into consideration (along with others) and decide if the game is for me or not. I don't hang my world on one persons review, because it's exactly that, one persons opinion of the game. Do I expect my opinions to always agree with reviewers? No, of course not, but I don't start demanding that the review be taken down, as I have long ago accepted that the world does not revolve around me and that anyone who thinks differently to me is not nessecarily wrong by default. Others, it seems, are less able to accept this.
Plus your comment about "hard work" being a consideration of a review are just strange - by that definition ANYTHING that has ever been created and reviewed should receive a high score because they all involved someone investing hours of their life to create it (be it a film, a book, a game, music etc..). If a company invests hundreds of hours and comes up with a game that plays badly, has bugs, lacks storyline, is unimaginitive (I'm not specifically talking about Absolution here) then they should be reviewed accordingly. To shrug your shoulders at a rubbish game and say "well, they put the hours in making it so I'll give a 9/10 anyway" is, like I said, a strange way of reviewing something.
Edit : I missed the bit about treating the game like a bad restaurant meal.... So if you pay £30 for a steak with the works in an upmarket restaurant and the steak is tough, or the chips have been overcooked, you wouldn't complain? Or if you were a food critic you wouldn't write up the restaurant in a negative way? Or would you when asked by the waiter if the meal was alright, smile through gritted teeth and say "it's fantastic thanks, I really appreciate the time it took to put it together and cook it".