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Bethesda changes their review policy

Bethesda will only send review copies to media one day before release

Bethesda changes their review policy

Bethesda changes their review policy

 
Yesterday the game developer/publisher Bethesda announced that they were making a change to their review policy, deciding only to send review copies to media outlets one day before the release of a title. 
 
While Bethesda claims that they "understand the value" of reviews and other critical content on their game to both consumers and themselves as developers, this change in policy serves to harm consumers by denying them any critical analysis of their games before launch. This means that all pre-orders of their games will be based on marketing alone 
 
This means that all pre-orders of their games will be based on Bethesda's marketing alone, which is designed solely to sell their product and it denies consumers any knowledge of game bugs or potential false advertising before a game launch. Remember that Bethesda has given consumers the Fallout series and The Elder Scrolls series, which are some of the buggiest AAA games around.  

  

Bethesda changes their review policy

 

This change in review policy will mean that all day-1 media content on Bethesda games will be limited to first impressions, with reviews coming much later than they should. This also encourages smaller media outlets to rush their reviews to gain additional readers, often sacrificing some of the extra depth that many gamers expect.   

Bethesda's change in review policy should be looked at with the utmost suspicion, as this decision only serves to protect their bottom line by maximising Pre-orders and limiting critical content on their games at launch.

 

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27-10-2016, 06:35:19

AlienALX
Another one bites the dust.Quote

27-10-2016, 06:48:29

Kushiro
Uhh... Good going Bethesda..Quote

27-10-2016, 07:06:28

Monty Python
If you're familiar with Gamergate, you'll understand why - when Dan Golding announced that gamers were dead, a lot of journalists fell in line with this view and attacked their audience (not helped by a certain feminist going after the gaming industry as a whole).

Bethesda have just decided that gaming journalism is dead, and that by not giving pre-release access it'll cost these journalists money because traffic won't go their sites.

Simple solution is, don't pre-order - it didn't hurt sales of Doom.Quote

27-10-2016, 07:08:31

King of Old Old School
IMO it's still not going to hurt sales.Quote

27-10-2016, 07:11:14

ImprovizoR
Quote:
Originally Posted by Monty Python View Post
If you're familiar with Gamergate, you'll understand why - when Dan Golding announced that gamers were dead, a lot of journalists fell in line with this view and attacked their audience (not helped by a certain feminist going after the gaming industry as a whole).

Bethesda have just decided that gaming journalism is dead, and that by not giving pre-release access it'll cost these journalists money because traffic won't go their sites.
Nice mental gymnastics. But this doesn't have a thing to do with Gamergate. If that's what they wanted they would simply not supply review copies to websites that they don't consider worthy. This is simply Bethesda doing something anti-consumer because they know that they can get away with it. They're not the first company to do an anti-consumer thing and they won't be the last. And you're trying to make them look like the good guys doing something ethical. Jesus Christ, you're naive.

This is fine though. I can get away with not buying their games for full price even if they're the most awesome games ever made. Just to make a point. It's not like I don't have other forms of entertainment to keep me occupied in free time.Quote
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