It’s not often that we report on the miss stepping’s of other gaming sites as we are well aware of how hard this job can actually be and how much abuse you receive from the general public anyway.
But IGN, that mammoth site with the Murdoch billions behind them has committed a cardinal sin and is now suffering the consequences of it.
Earlier yesterday they posted up their review of PixelJunk SideScroller where Daemon gave the game a pretty disappointing 6.5/10
Very soon afterwards the developer decides to call Daemon out by claiming that he obviously never played the game on normal level.[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/#!/dylancuthbert/status/129315878817906688″]
Daemon retorts the he did[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/#!/DaemZero/status/129354283668881408″]
and then the developer comes back hard[blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/#!/dylancuthbert/status/129364439609769984″] [blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/#!/dylancuthbert/status/129367814371946496″]
So that’s a pretty slam dunk story now and the developer has IGN over the ropes and Daemon has committed the cardinal sin of thinking he can hide things from the Internet.
You can see the difference between the 2 versions of his review here thanks to Gamereactor
And that’s where this sordid saga ends… oh but wait there’s more.
Daemon has now seen the online anger and has responded by posting up a blog post explaining why he edited the review and by putting the offending text back into the review.
The short of it is this
after completing normal mode there is a brief scene telling you you’ve unlocked hard mode. That scene was not significant to me, but upon reflection I thought maybe I wasn’t being fair. So I removed the above sentence from my review
In reality the score never changed, the majority of the review never changed and all we’ve really seen is a developer trying to influence reviews by attacking the credibility of a journalist. Which the average Internet user finds totally acceptable, especially when that journalist works for a multinational corporation.
IGN should never have edited the article following an accusation from a developer without more of an explanation of what was going on but that’s really all that went wrong here.
Another question this raises however is should a reviewer review on the most difficult setting available, what about annoying games like this one where you have to start on Normal, then replay the exact same game on Hard and then again on Brutal. Do you really think a journalist should replay the game 3 times to give an accurate review?
Isn’t this tantamount to claiming someone is playing the game wrong which I find to be the worst possible Internet excuse ever developed?
Last Updated: October 27, 2011