Feedback -- May NPDs, Are The Hardcore Wrong, And Do Reviews Really Matter?


Posted July 7, 2010 - By Andrew Pfister

As someone who has been writing video game reviews for the last 10 years, I've always wondered the effect my (and my colleagues') words have had on the readers. A new study from the EEDAR group (Electronic Entertainment Research and Design) this week confirms that reviews do actually have an effect on opinions...but it's not our self-validation that's important here. What matters is that you guys spread the word about whether a game is good or bad. We brought in EEDAR President & COO Geoffrey Zatkin to explain the results of the study, why reviewer trust is important, and whether or not a game should have a playable demo.

Feedback -- May NPD Results & The Effects of Reviews »

Other subjects for Feedback study:

  • The May NPDs came out last week, and while everything was more or less down, Red Dead Redemption was up in a big way.
  • Is the end of summer the secret sweet spot for a potential sleeper hit? Batman: Arkham Asylum and Borderlands would argue that it might be...
  • Xbox Live's Stephen Tolouse recently said that hardcore gamers have more or less been wrong for the last decade of gaming. Does that mean Kinect is going to be a success? And if so, is it up to Dance Central to convince the rest of us?

Feedback: Disqualifying ourselves from scientific research since 2009. Next week, Crackdown 2.

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Feedback -- May NPDs, Are The Hardcore Wrong, And Do Reviews Really Matter?


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