November 3, 2012

The OMG! Hour: Episode 26

The One with the Can’t Hear You Song

» Besides talking about what we’ve been playing this week: HAWKEN, Guild Wars 2 (Jeff hit level 80. Ding!), NFS: Most Wanted, and Assassin’s Creed III, we also discuss these questions: What motivates you to finish a game? What keeps you coming back for more? We then talk about the Disney/LucasFilm buyout that took the world by storm this week and how we feel about it, especially in light of LucasArts also being sold to Disney.  Oh, and want to know where Craig has been? Be sure to listen.  All this can be yours. Only on The OMG! Hour, Episode 26.Hawken-Screenshot-01LINKS


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  1. I thought the discussion about the Assassin’s Creed III advance review copies was interesting; there is a really healthy discussion (or debate, or flame war, depending where you read) going on these days among the gaming press/reviewers about the relationship between reviewers and PR people and marketing/advertising, isn’t there? (Sparked by http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-10-24-lost-humanity-18-a-table-of-doritos etc.)

    In the light of all that (and to be fair, that whole broader discussion I just mentioned wasn’t part of this podcast), I think I would be careful about calling it “an honour” to receive a free review copy of a game — it’s supposed to be “business,” isn’t it? Being “wowed” is what the PR people want you to feel, right, and it’s part of the marketing game they are playing with the freebies and the launch parties. Ubisoft knows: it’s actually not “free,” it’s payment for a review.

    • Sean

      You make a good point about it being business, but I think game viewers have fallen into a sense of entitlement when it comes to recieving games early. I certainly understand it as a sort of “payment” for the advertisement that the review essentially is. Not all viewers get to keep the game, however. Nintendo, for example, puts reviewers on a loaner program at first so nothing is actually given to them to keep until they’ve proven themselves. I just don’t want to lose sight of the fact that I’m lucky to be able to review games and recieve the games directly from the company. Ubisoft doesn’t have to send me anything and there’s really nothing I can do about it. It’s not my right to review their games, it a privilege to be on their review list.

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