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hurrdurr, before you go waving your pitchforks:
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The journalist is being disingenuous(he used to head Norway's only print(ad-funded) magazine, so him claiming it doesn't constantly happen to lesser or greater extents is simply ridiculous), but even though he may have ulterior motives it's still good that someone is bringing this to the attention of the unknowing masses who blindly rely on early review scores.
I did some light digging, and within 2 minutes I found the guy directly contradicting himself: http://www.gamereactor.no/forum/?forum=14&thread=23297&page=1#641515
Basically the topic is about Gamereactor not having a review of Deus Ex Human Revolution up because Namco-Bandai demanded certain things(probably more serious than this EA thing, yet no news story about that!). The journalist in question responds saying that others did not have to make compromises to review the game. He says it might be a print-exclusive thing, and that HE EXPERIENCED THIS OFTEN when he was the editor of Gamereactor.

cred goes to this redditor: http://www.reddit.com/r/gamernews/comments/lggs4/ea_caught_attempting_to_manipulate_battlefield_3/c2sjgis
    
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Reviews are bought. Don't trust everything you read.
have to agree, all reviews are bs, I only watch them to see gameplay footage
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What do you expect? Reviewers are full of casual/non-gamers who like to give bad reviews for the smallest things or something that is because of them, not the game. Look at the APB reviews, they literally did everything they could to defame the game. They even tried to say the game was empty by going to the outer most edge of the city to screenshot a place where there's not always NPCs walking and used it as a big point for the game being bad, which is funny. Rest of the interview consisted of them complaining that everything is OP because they were being rolled by vets in the game.
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What do you expect? Reviewers are full of casual/non-gamers who like to give bad reviews for the smallest things or something that is because of them, not the game. Look at the APB reviews, they literally did everything they could to defame the game. They even tried to say the game was empty by going to the outer most edge of the city to screenshot a place where there's not always NPCs walking and used it as a big point for the game being bad, which is funny. Rest of the interview consisted of them complaining that everything is OP because they were being rolled by vets in the game.
Please see my above post...
    
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Lol if this was Activision with Call of Duty this thread would be all over them.

But since its BF3 it's all good.
Basically. OCN's mantra: CoD is bad. BF is gud.

CoD gives rank points for Doritos and Mountain Dew. 20 pages of CoD hate.
BF manipulates review copies to only go to review sites that give 10/10 scores. Everyone is okay with it.
Edited by Riou - 10/18/11 at 4:56pm
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OP - Welcome to marketing.

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I suppose that fabricating news and biasing reviews is an ok move then.
Oh come on. I bet it happens with most games and the only reason we found out this time was because BF3 was such as highly anticipated game.

FYI - I play both COD and BF. Before I get labeled a COD fanboy or a BF fanboy and whatnot.
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Although technically there's nothing wrong with this... It makes me feel like EA is worried about BF3.
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I suppose that fabricating news and biasing reviews is an ok move then.
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Think about that for a moment.
They are making sure that the people who review it have a higher chance of giving it a better score, and withholding it from those who dont. Distribution and control of information is the most effective way of creating Bias.

Fabricating was a poor choice of words, but not entirely inappropriate when a company is hard at work making sure their game gets good reviews by only giving it so some places.
Actually if you think about it it looks more like they are trying to filter out reviews that are biased against EA/DICE or the Battlefield series in general. Hence the questions about being a fan of CoD. There are reviewers out there who would be CoD fanboys and give BF3 a bad review because of just that.

Another clue is that the article says one of the review sites has given negative reviews to other battlefield games on different occasions, meaning they could be biased against BF in favor of CoD.

I didn't read anything about them not giving review samples to sites that are likely to give them only average reviews, or giving copies only to sites who are guaranteed to give good reviews. It's all about filtering out review sites that may have a problem with EA/DICE.

And before you call me a BF fanboy know that I've NEVER played a Battlefield game since BF2.
Edited by amorph - 10/18/11 at 4:57pm
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Well...if they "knew" a certain reviewer was not going to give a good review even before they see it I can understand why they wouldn't get one. That would not really be an unbiased review. If they ONLY gave copies to places that they knew would give a good review it would be a different story, but I am taking home that they are giving it out to places that will actually give a legit review even though it might be bad, but there is at least the chance it might a good one.
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