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Old February 18th, 2005, 11:25 AM
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Default Where do you go for game news and reviews?

I think it's been a while since we've asked this, so here goes. Where do you go for "unbiased" gaming news and reviews? Websites? Magazines? Forums?
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Old February 18th, 2005, 11:50 AM
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Default Re: Where do you go for game news and reviews?

Since there are no unbiased reviews I mostly check some online review sites like IGN and then most of the times the game website and its forum.
I always want to see screenshots of the game. Even if the graphic isn't pretty most of the time you can see buttons and options that give you some impression of the game mechanics.
The forums give me a good impression also because you can see if fan boys are pushing the product or if critical opinions are welcomed and considered by the developers. The involvement and feedback by forum officials/developers on the forum is also a point I consider.
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Old February 18th, 2005, 07:21 PM
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Since there are no unbiased reviews I mostly check some online review sites like IGN ...
I agree it's impossible for any human to give an unbiased game review - my bad . But do you think the bias is more a product of the reviewer's personal interests or is it influenced by the source of funding for the site (advertising dollars, parent company, etc.) Do you think the news content on such sites is biased? I'm glad to hear you go to directly to the game's site. I wonder how many else here do so regularly?
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Default Re: Where do you go for game news and reviews?

I like www.gamespot.com, IGN, and PC-Gamer (mag) for a "quick glance" at a game. After that, if it captures my interest, I'll visit the main site like Mephisto mentioned and check their forums.

You can learn a lot about the game just from popular feedback and how good the support is.
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Old February 18th, 2005, 09:36 PM
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Default Re: Where do you go for game news and reviews?

Hi Mindi!
Though question about the source of the bias. Personally I think that most prominent sites are "aware of their customers", i.e. they believe that their readers are 13 years old and need to have nice graphics and a short attention span.
I do believe that money to an extend influences the news and previews of reviewers. News and screenshots equals more customers... Further, if you have a prominent name you get attention even if it isn't really deserved.

I think that there are many people how will check out the game website directly if they found a promising game in the preview news. Therefore I think it is a good idea to build a website for the game you are trying to sell (like the m...rix...g-company does ;).
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I hate to say it, but I go to Gamespot. I used to go to the Cnet game source, but they folded with Gamspot back in 98.

www.gamespot.com Past that its Gamespy, 3dgamers, goinggold, and a few minor ones.
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Default Re: Where do you go for game news and reviews?

I don't surf much about games, so most of my game-related surfing is done here at Shrapnel or directed to a site/game by way of a friend.
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I don't. Sad to say, this is the only game I play.
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Default Re: Where do you go for game news and reviews?

My main source of info on games is two magazines,.. PCGamer and Compter Gamming World. I buy one or the other every month and every other month I get both. Especially if they are reviewing a game i'm interested in. Sometimes the best part of these mags is the 'pipeline' news about what's in the works.

That's it in a nutshell.

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Default Re: Where do you go for game news and reviews?

I prefer to review the game myself, look for a demo or something online. I rairly trust any company to know what I would like.
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