We want to thank Jeff for contributing this interesting editorial.
We'd also like to note that it predates any discussion we've had
here on our message boards about game writing.
When Reviews Go Bad
By Jeff Lackey
You know it, I know it, all Godís chilluns
know it: a lot of computer game writing sucks.
How many times have you read a review and
wondered if the writer was reviewing the same game that you were
playing? For that matter, how many times have you read a review
and wondered what in the hell the writer was talking about? Bad
reviews are like Anne Heche Ė they go both ways. You can find reviews
that castigate excellent games, and you can read reviews that hold
gaming excrement up as caviar.
The question is why? Even as you read this, another
piece of illiterate refuse is being posted somewhere under the heading
of "review." Is there some massive conspiracy to pull
a global practical joke on gamers? Nope - the reasons are much more
mundane than that. Letís take a look at the
roots of bad reviews.
Find out what
makes a good review