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[TGN] PC Gamer and other Future Publications Accused of Taking Bribes for Review Scores

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A freelance writer, Rich Stanton, whom has done work for various publications, went on Twitter last night and in a drunken fit went on about how Future Publishing has altered review scores and taken bribes from publishers for better review scores. Notably, he says that Future Publishing (owners of PC Gamer, Edge, OXM, and numerous other online and physical publications) have been taking bribes for quite some time from publishers for better review scores.

Neogaf outlines some of the more choice selections from Stanton's impromptu Q&A session from last night.

Edge gave GTA IV [10] but the review didn’t “@CiaranMac90: @RichStanton Just give us the worst story on Future you have and get some rest!”
I’m genuinely amazed that nobody has picked up on the fact that GTA4 got a 9 which became Rockstar’s much sought-after [10] in Edge.

They control everything “@theubermod: @RichStanton Do publishers/platform holders 'pay' for covers? In either ad spend or access.”


Those are some very damning accusations there from Stanton. It remains to be seen, however, if any of these accusations are true or not.

Thanks to TotalGamingNetwork

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No proof. If he can't substantiate such claims, then he should.

I don't really care about PC gamer either.
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I agree with you on both counts. Especially not caring about "crapogamer" erm I mean PC Gamer.

I just feel it's interesting that if hes doing this to get a "rise" or what but if its actually real then I think most of us here knew that already.
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This is the norm of the publishing business...Far from news.

If you don't advertise, why cover your game? I lose money on the editorial spread and I'm essentially promoting your game, for free...

Again, far from news because these same practices have existed for as long as the business, has...
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I stopped buying PC Gamer because all/most 'AAA' titles got extremely good ratings. Even if they listed 5 or 6 things they didn't like, the game still got over 90.

Whether or not they were bribed remains to be seen, but i just felt that they threw around scores > 90 way too often.

With that being said the review industry has lost it way, the major reason being how a user interprets the final score.

Now days a score of 70 is seen as "meh" when a 70 should actually be a really good score. It seems the only way to say 'this game was fun' is to give it a score over 80.

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The one thing I really used to love about PC gamer was their Podcast, back in 2006-2007. Hilarious stuff back then, not sure if they even do something similar now. I hardly gave their magazines real persuasion power in my head, but I'll admit PC gamer is what made me buy Company of Heroes. Had a very high rating, with good reason though, I still play that game.
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This is the norm of the publishing business...Far from news.
If you don't advertise, why cover your game? I lose money on the editorial spread and I'm essentially promoting your game, for free...
Again, far from news because these same practices have existed for as long as the business, has...

Of course this is the norm but it's nice to see someones point of view if it is actually legit and real. No need to bash "far from news" bs over and over.. I posted it to discuss and open peoples eyes that might not know.
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No proof. If he can't substantiate such claims, then he should.
I don't really care about PC gamer either.

You do know Dan Hsu and EGM were apart of this same type of stuff years ago? So much that EGM lost a ton of ad revenue, moreso than what they did in the 90's when they were running deodorant and perfume ads. It's probably what contributed to their death in the final years.
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What they have to do to survive now. Paper mags are dying, Future publishing will stop at nothing to keep things ticking over.
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Old news is old. We already know review sites/magazines take bribes. Especially when it comes to the GOTY awards.
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