Whatever You Do, Don't Support Camelot Unchained
Posted on Saturday, April 27 @ 16:55:56 Eastern by Anthony Severino
I never fucked anybody over in my life that didn't have it coming to 'em. You got that? All I have in this world is my balls and my word and I don't break 'em for no one. Do you understand?
[Update] The person behind Camelot Unchained, Mark Jacobs, just emailed me, explaining that this is indeed the backers of the game and has nothing to do with PR. I'm still skeptical, but I do respect someone who approaches a situation head-on. And I am seeing that there is truth behind it—these people are sending emails out of their love for the game. That I can sympathize with.
That said, to all of the people sending these emails, you're hurting the game you supposedly love. You're giving it a bad name, when all of the previews I've read have been positive. Don't spam, and let the game speak for itself.
[Update 2] Speaking with Mark some more, and he's a good guy. He even pointed out GR's lower than industry-average review scores. I almost feel bad writing this article when it wasn't even his fault, but I'm leaving it to make a point to these overzealous backers. Kickstarter, and GR, have our own policies for a reason.
[Original] Camelot Unchained. Motherfucking Camelot Unchained. You probably never heard of it; I didn't either. Not until yesterday when an explosion of spam pummeled my inbox from a number of different people. It's driven me mad. Not crazy, insane scientist-type mad. I mean I'm fucking pissed.
This is exactly why, unfortunately, we don't support Kickstarter on GameRevolution, and we even have a policy against it on our contact page. You'd think that would be enough to deter people from contacting us with their crowd-sourcing this, Kickstarting that, but it isn't. It's turned into harassment, spam, and outright abuse.
We get a number of emails weekly—daily even—asking us to promote someone's Kickstarter. Frankly, we don't have the time or resources to research them all enough to give the GR seal of approval, and we don't just put that stamp on anything. We're not going to blindly recommend someone's piece of shit, or even the few hidden gems on there. We play it safe. We make it fair. And we just don't support anyone or anything related to Kickstarer. I don't care if it's Tim Schafer. It is what it is.
It all started with an email improperly sent without a blind carbon copy—meaning, everyone who was sent this email can see each other's email addresses. It was really only other outlet's tip lines, so no big deal. But that's a major no-no in PR. That was when I first suspected hacks were behind this.
Then, I received another email of a faux "fan" of the game "that just found out about" Camelot Unchained. They were just so excited, that they were looking for more coverage of the game. Could they have made it any more obvious?
I ignored most of this—even my urge to bitch about the email lacking the BCC. I mean, that's just a peeve of mine. But here it is, a Saturday, when I'm supposed to be spending time with my family, I just got done with eight hours of yard work and spring cleaning, yet I felt so goddamn compelled to write up this article, because my iPhone wen't off 27 times total between yesterday and today for Camelot Unchained.
I'm a nice guy. I really didn't want to do this. But there's only so much I can take until I feel that I have to make a point. And the point is, don't be a pain in the ass, and don't just expect respectable websites to cover your game/Kickstarter/what you ate for lunch that day. We're not obligated to cover it for you, and we're certainly shouldn't be subject to your spam—your abuse—because we didn't. We owe you absolutely nothing. And we deserve your respect.
So, last straw. I warned the guy who last (but wasn't actually the last) emailed me asking me to cover Camelot Unchained:
I left that sent from my iPhone for added realism. I want you to feel like you're there as you read this. As I said in the angry parenthesis above, it wasn't the last email...
So there it is. Fuck Camelot Unchained, and whoever is behind it. Don't support it.
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