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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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Morning Hangover #71 -- Andrew Looks For Feedback, Patrick Has TV Envy

This week, we'll be joined in the studio by a special guest to be named later and the topic will be game reviews. We're looking for your questions and thoughts concerning what you look for in game reviews, and whether or not you find them useful in your purchasing decisions. Fire away in the comments below!





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There have been bad Transformers games, mediocre Transformers games, and every once in a while, a mostly-acceptable Transformers game. But there hasn't really been one that really nails the feeling of being an overpowered giant robot that can turn into a overpowered giant vehicle at will. That is, until War for Cybertron. With Patrick guest hosting in Adam's absence, we explore the latest retelling of Autobots vs. Decepticons with Abbie, myself, and resident Transformers expert Matt Keil. Consequently, we end up exploring our childhoods in the process.

Feedback -- Transformers: War for Cybertron Edition »


Secondary Mission Objectives:

  • Entertainment is fragmenting, converging, and re-diverging on our gaming consoles. Who's figured it out, where are we turning for our TV, sports, and stories, and how much are we willing to pay?
  • Despite no-showing at E3, Michel Ancel recently said that Beyond Good & Evil 2 is still in the works. Time to change our predictions on whether or not the game will actually be released!
  • Sony says they're going to do more than just Sly Cooper HD remakes for PS3. What do you want? What do we want? 
  • Who knew My Little Pony could be so dark?

Feedback:  We are at war with the Decepticons. We have always been at war with the Decepticons.

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Morning Hangover #71 -- Andrew Looks For Feedback, Patrick Has TV Envy

Hey there, campers. After last week's episode of Feedback went so swimmingly, we're cooking up the plan for this week's show and are fishing for some of your best questions. Fire away in the comments below!

Right then, sorry about the delay. This week's episode of Feedback is, unsurprisingly, all about E3. Most of us are well-rested enough to get our butts into Radio B and dive deeper into the games, announcements, and events of last week. 3DS was tops for everyone, but there was much more to discuss, including the actual potential for the Kinect and the Move, as well as how the rest of 2010 is going to play out now that we have a better idea of the release schedule. Let Adam, Patrick, Abbie, Sterling, and Matt guide you out of the post-event haze...

Feedback: The Post-E3 Extravaganza Show »

 

Other dark secrets contained within:

  • What powers the top screen of the 3DS? According to Matt, it's "angels' souls trapped in the system." Scientific...I like it.
  • How early is that Kinect Star Wars game we describe as a "fever dream," and wouldn't we rather have that for the Move?
  • Patrick mentions something about Miyamoto and the Mario Galaxy team working on a 3D Mario platformer, and I get all excited in the background. This happens again when someone hypothesizes Kojima working on Zone of the Enders 3 for 3DS.
  • How much heat are we going to get for calling Kinect an expensive TV remote for lazy people?
  • For all the love we give 3DS, two of our show disappointments might not sit well with Nintendo fans...
  • Games we also discuss: Halo: Reach, Killzone 3, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Comic Jumper, Dance Central, and much more.
  • Just to clear up any confusion: Adam Sessler is not an archer.

Feedback: Making Enthusiastic Yahtzee Faces Since 2009.

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Morning Hangover #71 -- Andrew Looks For Feedback, Patrick Has TV Envy

No, you aren't crazy. We haven't posted this week's episode of Feedback yet. And we won't tonight, due to the sheer amount of content we packed into the show I unofficially dubbed "The Post-E3 Extravaganza." The good news is that at some point tomorrow morning (that's California morning...the superior morning), Adam, Patrick, Abbie, Sterling and Matt will five-chair their E3 impressions for you, including expanded thoughts on Move, Kinect, 3DS, and games that we weren't able to fit into last week's TV shows. Which, if you happened to miss, I've conveniently linked and embedded for your viewing pleasure below the fold.

Thanks for your patience, assuming you're going to be patient with us. Trust me, it'll be worth it!

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Morning Hangover #71 -- Andrew Looks For Feedback, Patrick Has TV Envy

It brings me great relief to say that E3 2010 is finally over. This year was a doozy, though, and despite the back-to-back live editions of Feedback during the show itself, we're heading into the studio this week to talk much more about our reactions to everything that went down during the show. Thus, readers, if you'd like to have your question read on the air this week, stick to E3 2010!

G4’s Adam Sessler, Morgan Webb, Abbie Heppe and Patrick Klepek joined together on the show floor at E3 2010 to bring you the first of two live editions of your favorite gaming web show Feedback.

On tap for this episode are all things Big Three: Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. Big announcements, reveals, impressions, motion controls and 3D gaming, and so much more. So get watching!

Feedback Live at E3 2010: Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo News »


 
And if that doesn’t satiate your appetite for live Feedback, be sure to tune in to G4 at 6:30pm PT for another fresh episode from ground zero at E3 2010!

 






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Red alert, readers. Sound the alarms. A Garnett Lee approaches! Yes, friend of the show and GameFly (perhaps you've heard of Shacknews ?) media director Garnett Lee stopped by the show this week as Adam Sessler, Abbie Heppe, Jake Gaskill and myself dissected Rockstar's ambitious Red Dead Redemption . The conversation you've all been demanding for weeks is here.

Feedback -- Red Dead Redemption, DJ Hero 2 And inFamous 2 Edition »


Elsewhere in this episode of Feedback...

Feedback, forcing Adam to make animal noises since...actually, why does he keep doing that?

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Morning Hangover #71 -- Andrew Looks For Feedback, Patrick Has TV Envy

Do you want to be the question of the week on Feedback? Of course you do. What should we talk about?

Have something to share? Sitting on a news tip? E-mail me. You can also follow me on Twitter.







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I am a Mario super-fan, I'm not ashamed to admit it. That 's why I'm on this week's episode of Feedback, wherein we discuss Super Mario Galaxy 2, the plumber bros.' latest adventure in space/time. Adam, Abbie, Patrick, and special guest Morgan Webb are the other power stars on the panel, and they blow my mind when they tell me that the second player can also collect purple coins, making that whole endeavor significantly easier. Man, I wish I had friends.

Feedback -- Super Mario Galaxy 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Killzone 3 »


Elsewhere in this video program for the Internet:

  • Adam and I both saw Call of Duty: Black Ops in action, and Treyarch's first foot forward is an impressive one. You'll see what we saw at E3 -- until then, our verbalized impressions will have to suffice.
  • Another thing you'll see at E3 that I've already seen: Killzone 3. The second one didn't exactly win me over, but I'm actually looking forward to part 3. The shooting feels better, and it's got snow!
  • Everyone on the panel really, really, really wants Beyond Good & Evil 2 to come out, but are we setting ourselves up for disappointment? We address this week's cancellation rumors and keep hope alive.
  • Patrick played the new Harry Potter game, Deathly Hallows, Part 1, and has some reservations about Stupify being a rocket launcher.
  • Rockstar says they're not going to E3. We say, "Have you ever been at E3?"
  • Looks like David Cage is already casting for his next game. It won't be Heavy Rain 2, which means it's time to speculate on what it actually is! Probably something French.

Feedback: Coming up with amazing ideas and forgetting to follow through on them since 2009.

The AUDIO MP3 of this episode of FEEDBACK is available here: Right-click and Save.

(Red Dead Redemption -- the game with horses that you can't stab in eye while naked -- is next week, partners.)

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April may have been a breather, but that's not the case in May. Alan Wake, Red Dead Redemption, Super Mario Galaxy 2 -- and that's just the major releases! This week, Adam Sessler, Sterling McGarvey, Abbie Heppe and myself headed into the studio to discuss the latest news and highlight two other games worth talking about: Split/Second and Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands.

Feedback -- Split/Second, Prince Of Persia And Insomniac Games Goes 360 Edition »


On this week's episode of Feedback...

  • Insomniac Games announced a deal with EA Partners this week to release a new gaming franchise on both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. What does this pattern mean for the industry?
  • Microsoft execs Robbie Bach and J Allard, two guys who have had a lasting impact on the past and present of Xbox, have left Microsoft. We debate what the shakeup means for you.
  • The Mass Effect movie is one step closer to reality.
  • Killzone 3 was announced and it's Sony's boldest support of 3D gaming yet. No, Adam doesn't have a breakdown, but we do question how 3D can be proven to an audience without glasses.
  • We touch on Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Stands and Split/Second. One is the new hotness, while the other is...well, you'll just have to watch and find out what we think about it.
  • A reader asks us to name our favorite up-and-coming indie studios.

Feedback, asking Adam to make forest animal sounds since...well, we never asked.

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 Morning Hangover #71 -- Andrew Looks For Feedback, Patrick Has TV Envy

Stop what you are doing immediately! There are important matters to discuss. Such as: video games, and video game-related news items. You are hereby directed to place all queries into the pre-prepared commentary slots provided below. Representatives will review all submissions and select the one that best meets the criteria for an official response on the next transmission of Feedback.

Your compliance in this matter is appreciated, and has been noted in your file.







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We've been fortunate enough to have had copies of Alan Wake for a few weeks now, which means our opinions have had plenty of time to percolate, which we now serve to you in this week's freshly-brewed episode of Feedback. The E3 vortex has opened up early this year and sucked Adam away into a dimension of pain and crummy continental breakfasts, so Patrick's in the driver seat for the discussion, with Abbie, Sterling, and Steve riding along. See how we'd review Bright Falls on Yelp, as well as new details on Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Feedback -- Alan Wake and Call of Duty: Black Ops »


And in other news...

  • The April NPD sales numbers are out, and it wasn't the prettiest of pictures. What's behind the sluggish sales? And is Red Dead RedemptionAlan Wake, and Super Mario Galaxy 2 going to jumpstart the summer?
  • It seems as if Sony is debating whether or not to turn PlayStation Network into a premium service -- or at least, parts of it. Once again, we ask what's worth paying for in the realm of online services.
  • A viewer would like to know how and when a game's story can keep it afloat when the actual game part kind of stinks. Chances of us mentioning Deadly Premonition again: 100%, Zach.

Feedback: Distracted by random coffee thermoses since 2009.

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Lost Planet was a game that helped define the early years of Microsoft's console. Capcom was an early supporter of Xbox 360 and alongside Dead Rising, Lost Planet was proof of their faith. Now, Lost Planet 2 is here and the reaction has been -- how to put this -- decisive. Adam Sessler, Abbie Heppe, Sterling McGarvey and myself headed into the Feedback studio to talk about our time with the game.

Feedback -- LittleBigPlanet 2, Nintendo 3DS, And Lost Planet 2 »


In this episode of Feedback...

  • Sony and Media Molecule have finally confirmed LittleBigPlanet 2 and we are super excited.
  • More details on the Nintendo 3DS are discussed...before the machine is actually revealed. We now know the 3D technology can be turned off by users and the current name, 3DS, isn't final.
  • Activision CEO Bobby Kotick issued a surprisingly long statement recently about the firing of former Infinity Ward leaders Vince Zampella and Jason West, two men he called "friends."
  • Electronic Arts announced a new "Online Pass" initiative for its upcoming sports games, which locks online multiplayer and other features behind a gateway that costs $10 for used gamers.
  • We break down Lost Planet 2 and wonder about Japan's approach to co-op gameplay.
  • Finally, President Obama's comments about playing video games and using iPhones and iPads has riled up the G4tv.com readers, so we address the concept of games, addiction and hobbies.

Feedback, where I try to avoid strangling Adam Sessler over his Lost jokes week after week.

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