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Dev found guilty of offering Steam keys in return for reviews

Developer RosePortal Games has had all user reviews wiped for its PC RPG Epic Quest of the 4 Crystals by Valve. Kotaku reports that it was discovered the developer was giving away keys for the title in exchange for user reviews. As users’ lack of disclosure left Valve unable to …

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Epic Cards Battle developer offers player rewards for Steam reviews

Develop MomoStorm Entertainment has caused a stir on Steam by saying it will hand out free game currency to those who post a review of its game Epic Cards Battles on Steam. Diamonds rewards for Steam reviews,” an in-game message is titled. We wish to express our deepest thanks to …

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At least one publisher still loves Metacritic (it’s Nintendo)

Metacritic may be increasing falling out of favour, but Satoru Iwata is having none of it. The Nintendo boss dedicated a significant part of his investor briefing to talking up the reviews aggregator, highlighting the success that Nintendo is currently enjoying with the critics. Foreign website Metacritic.com is well known …

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Nintendo tops Metacritic’s 5th Annual game publisher rankings

Metacritic data has shown that Nintendo titles had the highest average review score in 2014. Games by the platform holder averaged 76.5 per cent with critics. That placed them ahead of Ubisoft in second (74.1%), EA in third (74.5% – see below for the reasoning behind that positioning), Sony in …

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Selling in the Social Age: How to harness the power of the internet

Times have changed. So goes the well-worn adage, and it holds as true for games retail as any other sector caught up in the digital revolution. It’s not all about discs versus downloads either; from the continuing boom of social media to the emergence of live streaming, retailers must learn …

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Only three original console games averaged 90% or more on Metacritic in 2014

It appears that gaming’s transition year has turned into transition years” – that’s the headline from Metacritic after a poor year for game quality. The reviews aggregator said that for the second year in a row just 11 console games (and nine unique titles) scored 90 per cent or higher …

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Bungie says it can be difficult to review modern games

Interconnected, heavily socialised games such as Destiny are asking questions of how the press reviews games. That’s according to Bungie COO Pete Parsons who has told Games Industry that the current way in which games are reviewed doesn’t give titles like Destiny a fair crack of the whip. I think …

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Kotaku calls time on post-release review embargoes

The release yesterday of Assassin’s Creed: Unity in the US has caused a bit of a storm in parts of the consumer press. A range of issues are at play, including technical troubles and microtransactions, although the issue that has caused the most consternation is Ubisoft’s review embargo for the …

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YouTubers required to be positive in return for Shadow of Mordor review code, report claims

Persuading viewers to purchase” and putting FCC disclosures at the bottom of the video description are among the many requirements asked of YouTubers who wanted to review Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. That’s according to a new video from Jim Sterling in which he reveals a long list of demands made …

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