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I'm requoting my previous post for emphasis because you guys are overreacting about something that is likely complete BS....I really wish people would at least read through the thread for a second before getting their panties in a knot

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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/?for...&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.
    
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Originally Posted by jellis142 View Post
Although technically there's nothing wrong with this... It makes me feel like EA is worried about BF3.
They aint AMD, I wouldn't look into it too much.

Would you want to willingly give copies of your game to reviewers, you knew were hardcore CoD Fanbiznatches?

Whether the reviewers like BF or not, they'll still say the cons, aswell as the pros. I don't see anything wrong with giving the game to people who're more likely to actually play it properly, and not insta-hate it because they're a loyalist.

As said already, when the game's released, everyone will review it, they're giving out copies to reviewers, they should be able to choose.

It's like giving a banana milkshake to someone you know only ever drinks strawberry.

EDIT: *reads above post*
 
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I suppose that fabricating news and biasing reviews is an ok move then.
I hardly think that by giving copies out to select people they are 'fabricating news' they are a game developer after all, not a governmental propaganda machine!

People who play the game and want to score it poorly can still do that. They will just have to play the game pre-release.

Why would a company ask for criticism before it released a hugely anticipated game? I don't honestly believe that anyone in the forum who had the call would honestly call for copies to be sent out to people who would potentially mark the game poorly.

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Edited by PriceEddie - 10/18/11 at 5:09pm
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Its a perfectly legit move. They dont have to give out any review copies at all. Instead they choose to give them out to those they want to have them. Once the game comes out, everyone will be allowed to review it.

I dont see any problems here.
From a business standpoint it makes sense, but I would prefer they let the game speak for itself, and give out copies to the first 50 (or however many copies they have) major reviewers that request one. This would be better for the consumers, so they don't see a bunch of 9.0 and 9.5 reviews on day one for a game that really will be a 7.5-8.0 in the players' eyes.
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Aw, who would give BF3 *that* bad of a score anyway?
People who find serious flaws with it.

I automatically take off 50% for always on DRM, and 1% for every dollar over 25 that the game costs.
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Not giving copies to review sites based upon the possibility of a bad review is TOTAL BIAS.
Doesn't much matter though, as sites will get copies if they have to buy them, and pirated versions are already out.
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Originally Posted by Blameless View Post
1% for every dollar over 25 that the game costs.
I know someone who isn't getting their review copy!

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Originally Posted by Nixuz View Post
Not giving copies to review sites based upon the possibility of a bad review is TOTAL BIAS.
Doesn't much matter though, as sites will get copies if they have to buy them, and pirated versions are already out.
It might be bias, but it's doesn't detract from a full and fair review of the game in the fullness of time, as you acknowledge. This kind of bias is to be expected, it would be fairly naive to believe otherwise in my opinion. What is it about this bias that people have a problem with exactly?

Eddie.
Edited by PriceEddie - 10/18/11 at 5:23pm
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I suppose that fabricating news and biasing reviews is an ok move then.
Ya but no one is fabricating anything here. And who are you to say that the reviewers who do get to review the game are biased before they even write the review.

It's not like EA is going to be hiding anything here. We all got to play the beta and I'm sure the review sites will cover everything we need to get an idea of what the changes are and how the final product is.

I'm sure Activision will do the exact same thing for MW3 reviews.
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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.
Lol I know hypocrisy at it's best

On topic from a business stand point they will do whatever makes them better. Why would they give it to someone who will give them a bad rating.

From my POV it's stupid and they must really not have all that faith in their product if they are scared about getting a bad rating. This is what happens when you hype up a game to the max.
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It sounds like someone at EA is sorry they got caught, but not that it happened.

EA can send reviews copies of BF3 to whoever they want. In the end it shows their confidence in the product (or lack thereof). EA is trying to protect the almighty $$$. It could mean the difference of millions.

Either way, BF3 is already pre-ordered and I am excited as all get up to play it.
 
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