More Reviews
REVIEWS Kinect Sports Rivals Review
It's been far too long since Microsoft's Xbox consoles had a Kinect-only title. Is the wait worth it?

Trials Fusion Review
They probably should have called it "Trials: Prepare to Crash Edition."
More Previews
PREVIEWS Hitman GO Preview
Murder at the swipe of a finger.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES LEGO The Hobbit
Release date: Out Now

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Release date: Out Now

Trials Fusion
Release date: Out Now

Bound by Flame
Release date: 05/09/14


LATEST FEATURES Ouya's Best Games Coming to the Platform
The Kickstarter console is slowly establishing itself with a couple of creative gems on the way.

Tips for The Elder Scrolls Online: The Vestige's Guide
Just a handful of ways to keep yourself from dying.
 
Coming Soon

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP danielrbischoff
Peace in the Era of Call of Duty
By danielrbischoff
Posted on 04/15/14
In a world dominated by violent media, Americans are no more eager to go to war than they were in the 1980s or the 1960s or the 1940s. Hasn't it always been someone else's problem? The overwhelming majority would rather go on thinking it had nothing to do with them and there...

GAMING NEWS

Duke Nukem PR Dude Says His Piece

Posted on Monday, June 20 @ 18:52:33 Eastern by

Yeah! WOOOOOOO! Game journalists, take a stand! Woo! We got him! We got the guy and we'll never have to--

Oh, I didn't notice you there. We were just celebrating the removal of that evil, vile serpent of a press rep, Jim Redner! You know the guy who was threatening to pass over reviewers who had fun writing their Duke Nukem Forever review? Yup! 2K dropped him and we've won a battle in the great reviewer-representative war!

OK, look, I'm going to clarify upfront. This kind of stuff happens all of the time. GameRevolution's been passed over on more than one occasion. We've written things that upset publishers and developers. This situation will repeat itself over and over again until the universe implodes and we're nothing but space-dust circling a red dwarf. Still, it doesn't happen so publicly, and press reps don't get let go so publicly either.

WIRED has given Jim Redner a soapbox to stand on and talk about his feelings post-Forevergate. (Forevergate copyright by GameRevolution. If you want to use that term, you've got to link to GR in the same breath.)

It was a brain fat of epic proportions that registered on the social media Richter scale. I read the review. It was a scathing diatribe masked as a review. Hate is a strong word, but I believe after reading his review it is fair to say that the reviewer hated the game.

Publishers are under no obligation to send out copies of their game for review. They reserve the right to pick and choose who they want to send their game too, just like writers have the right to publish a review in any manner they choose. It's call selection. It's a choice. Hopefully all PR professionals make their selections based on any past dealings. I personally have sent first person shooter games to one editor knowing that he likes FPS games, but then not sent him a copy of a game based on our national pastim because I know he finds baseball boring. That's not blacklisting. It's a selection process.

They call it public relations [I do meant that, JunYard!] because that's exactly what it is. Having a good relationship with a representative, an agent, means that as a journalist, you'll get that review copy, you'll get that scoop, you'll get that interview scheduled.

As far as reviews are concerned, I'll say this: Bad games aren't fun to play, but writing those reviews can be fun. The best press reps will say "yeah this game sucks." They'll own up to it, silently, away from the people signing their paychecks. Bad games are hard to disguise and easy to review. As much fun as it is to write a hard-edged review, there are consequences to everything. Honestly, the only difference here is that consequences were voiced publicly and they blew up in Jim Redner's face.
Related Games:   Duke Nukem Forever
Tags:   Duke Nukem


More from the Game Revolution Network




comments powered by Disqus

More On GameRevolution