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  • Are you kidding guys? A developer just dont review his own work, especially on a site where people go to make a buying decision, and especially when its not perfectly clear that the maker is advertisng his own game with a "review". Its just something you dont do, and when other studios does it, that doesnt mean its ok. That was just a very bad and unwise move telltale.

    I bet if EA did something like this the shitstorm here would be huge, but when telltale does it its just freedom of speech? Yeah, very unbiased...

  • Is it just me, or is anyone else saddened that we live in a world where proper punctuation, grammar, and spelling are considered suspicious? That is pretty pathetic.

  • @MasCot said: Bad spelling was the cause of suspicion.


    It could also mean the game is for people with brains.

  • @Sadonicus said: Are you kidding guys? A developer just dont review his own work, especially on a site where people go to make a buying decision, and especially when its not perfectly clear that the maker is advertisng his own game with a "review". Its just something you dont do, and when other studios does it, that doesnt mean its ok. That was just a very bad and unwise move telltale.

    I bet if EA did something like this the shitstorm here would be huge, but when telltale does it its just freedom of speech? Yeah, very unbiased...



    As much as I love Telltale, I have to agree with this. I've seen developers do this in the past and I've always disliked it, so to see it happen again with a company I really love is just saddening. I haven't played Jurassic Park and thus don't have an opinion on the game, sure, but that doesn't change anything. User reviews are just that, reviews by the users, and as ridiculous as they often are, trying to influence them by pretending to be an average reader is just a poor business practice.

    I hate to see Telltale getting all this bad press, I really do, but I can't say they don't deserve a negative reaction this time around.

  • What's worse now is that the game is being swamped with 0/10 reviews. No matter what you think of the employees' conduct, the game doesn't deserve to be buried like that.

  • well, I'm glad I never use that site. It's one thing to plant reviews, it's another to be vindictive about it. I know when I read reviews, I read more than one...and I tend to ignore reviews under 3/10 or above 9/10 anyway just because it's either hatred or fanboys. Even if the planting of the reviews is true, it wouldn't really affect much in the long run(no, I don't condone it either). *shrugs* oh well.

  • i said it earlier and I don't know why people haven't thought of this. Isn't it just plain possible that the TellTale employees that did that were ones that didn't work on Jurassic Park and just played it?!

  • @Shadowknight1 said: i said it earlier and I don't know why people haven't thought of this. Isn't it just plain possible that the TellTale employees that did that were ones that didn't work on Jurassic Park and just played it?!



    It's still considered biased since they would be more inclined to say good things about a game from there company.

  • @Johro said: Is it just me, or is anyone else saddened that we live in a world where proper punctuation, grammar, and spelling are considered suspicious? That is pretty pathetic.



    Indeed. If that's the case, I'm the most suspicious person alive. :D

    Ahem. On one hand: yes, of course, Telltale employees (and anyone else who works in the game industry) are allowed to have opinions about their work, or their company's work. It's pretty naive to assume they wouldn't.

    The trouble comes when they post them on a review site like Metacritic without identifying themselves as employees or someone affiliated with the company that made the game. We've seen before with stuff like the DA2/Bioware incident that this sort of thing is Just Not Done™ in the games industry. You don't meddle in user reviews.

    ("Official" critical reviews, however, are A-OK. Just ask Gamespot and the Kane & Lynch devs. :rolleyes: )

    If this is the case of new employees, or maybe employees who didn't work on JP but played the game and liked it, just voicing their opinion then I feel sorry for the backlash they're getting, but...this sort of thing still strikes me as inappropriate on some level, if only for the bias involved and the connotations "review stacking" has already gotten on Metacritic.

  • Tycho from Penny Arcade always has a knack for words for tough situations:

    Telltale Games, I want you to listen to me very closely. No. No, no, no. Never no never, ever. Maximum no. Never, ever do this. The Internet is too big, and too fast for you to get away with it. I want you to understand that it is bullshit, and I know it’s bullshit, that you aren’t allowed to have a public opinion on your work. I once received a four out of ten from Edge Magazine; I am no stranger to impotent rage. I understand that this state of affairs abrogates your fundamental humanity and that it is deeply, incredibly unfair. People like to think that little whirring modrons are making these things, and that having a perspective on your work’s reception is somehow gauche. It doesn’t matter. You can never, ever, ever give them the satisfaction. The next time you want to post an “anonymous” message, I want you to picture a resolute Soviet submarine commander standing firm as the water rises to claim him. Draw on his strength.

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