It seems like I have been hearing this from every site possible, but I'm glad the sketchiness of high profile gaming reviews is finally getting some publicity. I thought it was pretty interesting that they mentioned Destructoid (among other
sites). Like I said, I've heard all of these complaints before, but I'm definitely not getting tired of them. Here's a little snippet from the the post:
"The next issue, and this is perhaps even more troubling, is the act of handing out exclusive reviews. This is basically the only way that print can compete with the online media these days: the writer gets to play the game, write the review, and then the rest of the sites have to hold their reviews until the time is up on that exclusive. Whenever you see the words "exclusive review," keep in mind that the outlet in question was essentially handed a check. Exclusive reviews are huge business, draw in huge numbers of readers—and that's worth a whole lot of money and prestige. Keep in mind that the rush of readers isn't the only power of exclusive reviews: gaming blogs like Kotaku, Destructoid, and, yes, Opposable Thumbs, often work as chop-shops when it comes to reviews. If the review talks about the game's length, or includes a list of weapons or interesting features, that data will then be talked about across the blogs....
The full article can be found here
So, what do you guys think the future holds for game reviews? Will the high profile game review sites change their ways, or will gamers start looking to independent gaming sites (like this one) to get their review fix?