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.
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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