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10:00 AM on 10.21.2013

Day One: Garry's Incident developers censoring criticism

Wild Games Studio, the company behind Day One: Garry's Incident, is currently caught up in a controversy surrounding criticism of its game on YouTube. Immensely popular PC game critic John "TotalBiscuit" Bain has accused the ...

Jim Sterling


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9:00 AM on 09.18.2013

Rhymedown Spectacular: Whine out of Ten

This week, Yahtzee tackles ludonarrative dissonance and puts forth a most eloquent explanation. Meanwhile, I ... well ... look at the title. You know what this is about. You know.  And you love it. 

Jim Sterling



Jimquisition: Dragon's Frown  photo
Jimquisition: Dragon's Frown
by Jim Sterling

Oh yes, it's another video about reviews and things. Not quite the usual flavor, but certainly something that cannot be repeated enough.

If you're a fan of Vanillaware, you may not be helping by pouring excessive scorn on a reviewer who may not agree with you. In fact, nobody's helped when you stop the party just because one person isn't enjoying it as much as you are. Who wins there? Nobody.

Least of all those who threw the party.

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11:15 AM on 07.10.2013

Rhymedown Spectacular: Confessions of a Game Reviewer

Welcome to another episode of Rhymedown Spectacular, AKA Yahtzee Won This Week! Having grown accustomed to failing a competition that is not a competition, I think I'm gonna just start getting weird with these poems.  Not this week, though. This week you're invited to the Shooters Ball, and get to hear my darkest confessions. Enjoy!

Jim Sterling



We don't wait for games to not suck photo
We don't wait for games to not suck
by Daniel Starkey

A couple weeks ago, I posted my review of SimCity on ScrewAttack. I gave the game a 1/10, which is the lowest I've ever scored anything.

That review sparked a surprising amount of controversy amongst one of my roommates who claimed that it was completely unfair not to wait until the problems with the game were fixed and everything had been ironed out. By now, I'm sure he's sick of me saying this, but I can't really see the other side of this particular argument.

When Fallout: New Vegas was released, with what was for many, game-breaking bugs, who gave Obsidian the benefit of the doubt? I cannot recall a single instance where anyone ever waited to release a review just so that the developers could finish working out the kinks. Collectively, when someone borks a release, we say, "Tough luck, you should have waited." Why is anyone expecting an exception for SimCity?

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10:45 AM on 01.31.2013

Jon Blow likens popular games to dog food

Indie developer Jonathan Blow is angry again, and this time he's got his sights set on critically acclaimed games, alongside the critics acclaiming them. Telling the world he's played some recent games that were "obviously te...

Jim Sterling

12:00 PM on 01.02.2013

Metacritic's top rated games of 2012

Metacritic has released its annual list of the top rated games of 2012, organizing its review averages to find which titles received the most critical acclaim throughout the last year. Unsurprisingly, The Walking Dead took to...

Jim Sterling

3:00 PM on 12.03.2012

Jimquisition: Review Scores Are Not Evil

When Jim Sterling isn't busy being the voice of a generation, he's a videogame reviewer -- one that's constantly told to abolish review scores. This is a silly request, hinging on the belief that review scores are an evil we...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 10.31.2012

EA: Warfighter is better than reviews say, trust us!

Usually, a negative review for a major videogame is accompanied by all sorts of wailing and caterwauling from angry fans, but in the case of Medal of Honor: Warfighter, most readers expected it. All except Medal of ...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 07.01.2012

This is why Conan O'Brien is the best game reviewer

On Thursday, Team Coco kicked off a new web series called Clueless Gamer, in which Conan O'Brien tries (and fails) to play a videogame then assigns a review score. And unlike The Tommy Wi-Show, it won't make you feel like yo...

Tony Ponce

9:00 AM on 03.15.2012

Obsidian missed Metacritic bonus for Fallout: New Vegas

Does Metacritic matter? Ask your average gamer, and they will likely sneer with contempt, blame it for all the ills in the world, and declare that the collector of review scores is useless. Ask a developer like Obsidian, howe...

Jim Sterling





8:00 AM on 03.06.2012

Metacritic user reviews tear Mass Effect 3 to pieces

It's becoming all too common for gamers to hold irrational grudges against videogames they haven't played yet and take out their frustrations on Metacritic or Amazon. Games such as Portal 2 and Modern Warfare 3 have been vict...

Jim Sterling

11:00 AM on 03.02.2012

Dear reviewers, we need another word for 'experience'

There's a grave problem facing videogame reviewers today. No, it's not the rampant backlash over numerical scores. No, it's not corruption and publisher pressure. It's something far more deadly to our entire industry ... we'v...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 01.13.2012

Batman: Arkham City is Metacritic's top rated 2011 game

Metacritic has released its annual list of top rated games, revealing that Batman: Arkham City on PS3 was the most critically acclaimed title of 2011. It beat out The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim by a mouse's cock.  Here's th...

Jim Sterling



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The wackiest Destructoid reviews of 2011
by Jim Sterling

Destructoid reviews can get something of a ... spirited ... reaction from readers. Our scores don't always line up with the majority of other publications, and some gamers can't stand that. However, as we learned this year, even when our scores do line up with others, people can still get pretty mad about them.

We thought it would be fun to gather some of the craziest "review controversies" seen on Destructoid this past year, that we may relive the memories and share in the warm laughter as 2011 draws to a close.

Seriously though, what is wrong with some of you people?

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2:00 PM on 12.06.2011

Presenting the new-look Destructoid reviews format

We at Destructoid are always looking to improve our reviews. They're a huge part of our site and one of the most controversial aspects of any videogame community, so ensuring that reviews are clear, concise and fair should be...

Jim Sterling