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OPM Batman Arkham City Reviewer Is Pissed Off At Accusations of Corruption

#1Paragon57Posted 10/4/2011 1:05:59 PM
A few days back a reviewer of Australia OPM (Official PlayStation Magazine) gave Batman Arkham Asylum a perfect score, 10/10, in his review. A popular forum rejected the review since it was 'the first exclusive review from a big magazine'. He responded to these complaints and such in a Blog Post, and here is what he writes in it:

"So. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a world exclusive review of Batman: Arkham City for Official PlayStation Magazine Australia. We worked hard for that review: because of reasons, I had two days to play the game and produce copy in time for deadline. And before you ask: no, I didn’t play it the whole way through before writing the review. That’s just the reality of publishing – sometimes you don’t get to do reviews in ideal circumstances.

In any case, the review has leaked onto the internet – as reviews are wont to do sometimes – and from what I can tell the reaction has been largely negative. As soon as they see the source, the game, and the exclusivity, people do the math:

Official Magazine + Big ******* Game x World Exclusive = obvious corruption.

And look, I can understand why you’d be cynical. Games journalism doesn’t have a sterling record of quality and integrity, and – to be perfectly honest – neither do I. I’ve written enthusiastic previews for games that turned out terrible, I’ve been taken on junkets and plied with free booze and t-shirts. But one thing I have never done, and never will do, is let PR dictate my opinions.

Warner Bros. didn’t give me money to give their game a positive review. The only time I even interacted with Warner Bros. was when their PR rep handed me the disc. There was no editorial or managerial pressure to write a favourable review. I wrote a favourable review – a very favourable review – because I ******* love the **** out of that game."

And last, he says,

"Oh, and guys? The suggestion that I wrote the review the way I did so that I could get a quote on the box is… absolutely right. You got me! Ever since I was a child, I have longed – YEARNED – for a chance to get something I wrote printed on a videogame box. Truly it is my one great ambition, my one driving passion, and to this day it remains painfully unfulfilled. I don’t know if Arkham City will be my salvation, but I can assure you that I did everything in my power to make it so.

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#2ramrod24xxxPosted 10/4/2011 1:09:09 PM
Awesome! I love that guy. Some video game fans can be some of the worst consumers in the world.
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#3CrimsonGear80Posted 10/4/2011 1:10:28 PM
Internet nerds rage at a perfect review score? No way dudes!!!!

nerds will be nerds, this guy didn't even need to dignify them with a response.
#4riddlebox89Posted 10/4/2011 1:11:02 PM
i can see them putting something he said, as well as his name, on the back of the games case, just to piss off everyone who accused him of corruption lol.
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#5CrimsonGear80Posted 10/4/2011 1:12:28 PM
I ******* love the **** out of that game would be perfect.
#6wiidundantPosted 10/4/2011 1:13:39 PM
ramrod24xxx posted...
Awesome! I love that guy. Some video game fans can be some of the worst consumers in the world.

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#7MickleohbPosted 10/4/2011 1:14:06 PM
There were accusations of corruption? I feel like I don't follow the gaming review world at all... But were these accusations special? Or were they the general comments that accompany every high or low score?
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#8Devilman_AmonPosted 10/4/2011 1:15:14 PM
Is Batman considered a detective or a vigilante?
#9CrimsonGear80Posted 10/4/2011 1:15:59 PM
#10Paragon57(Topic Creator)Posted 10/4/2011 1:19:23 PM
P a r a g o n 5 7 was here!