An oddly honest article came out via Gamespot today. This article acknowledges that most reviewers don’t finish the games that they review. While not surprising to me, I found it satisfying that Gamespot would admit that this is an on-going practice among most reviewers. However, upon reading the article, I realize that most of the quotes were from "freelance" journalists saying that they didn’t finish games, NOT Gamespot journalists. To top it all off, there is a little disclaimer at the bottom of this article from the friendly editor.
“[Editor's Note: It is GameSpot's policy to not review a game unless the reviewer has completely finished its main storyline. For more on our review policies, practices, and experiences, check out Under Review, the GameSpot Reviews Blog.]”
Lolz. Yes, as readers were are to believe that Gamespot does no wrong, even though this article was written by a Gamespot employee. Well done Mr. Editor, well done.
For my personal take on this, I really do not care that the reviewer didn’t finish the game as long as they don’t say that they played through all of it and lied to me. I understand that making video game reviews is very competitive among different sites. However, I also understand a reviewer not admitting that he or she did not finish the game. If I consistently saw that Gamespot did not finish the games they review, I would not trust them and look elsewhere for reviews. It’s a business; I get it.
That being said, if I give a review, I’ll tell you where I am in the game if I have not beaten it yet. As a journalist, I rather be completely honest than hide the truth in order to gain more readership. I think my readers will have more trust in me as a result and respect my opinion more because of it. And just so you know, for my readers out there, I love you guys. It makes me happy to see comments.
Fishing for comments? Me? No....