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A Conversation About Discourse: Let's Have OneAfter reading the many heated comments on both the Metroid: The Other M Review and the Talkabout for the same game over the weekend, it seems clear that we should all have a quick conversation about appropriate discourse on G4tv.com.  We have a few simple rules, designed to make the site an awesome place to celebrate and discuss games, the people that make them and (most importantly) the people that play them (that's you and me).  As always, reviews are intended as guides for your video game purchases, and after reading one, you should be better informed as to whether or not you want to pick up the game. Sometimes you'll disagree with our reviewer. That's ok. Read several reviews. Talk to your friends. Make your own decisions and opinions and feel free to share them.
 
We knew the Metroid review would be a hot topic, and everyone is welcome to and strongly encouraged to have their own opinion (though how someone can complain about a review score for an unreleased game that very few of you could have possibly played is beyond us), but the amount of mean-spirited, hateful commentary offended me as a human being.  So here's the deal:

  1. Don't be an asshole. Seems simple, but behind the anonymity of the internet, folks just seem to forget how to be decent.
  2. Don't bash or flame the editors or each other.  There is zero tolerance for hate speech. Think before you speak or be banned.
  3. Understand and appreciate that different people have different opinions, and that's totally ok. If you're looking for a games site that you agree with 100% of the time, G4tv.com is probably not the place for you. We have many very talented editors and hosts that come from a variety of backgrounds. Their (and your) varied opinions are something we want to celebrate here.
  4. Don't be an asshole. It's worth saying again.

We're going to go through and clean up the comments on the Metroid: The Other M Review and Talkabouts post. I apologize to anyone offended or embarrassed by the user commentary on those pages. Sometimes people suck.

I look forward to discussing this further with you all in the comments below.  You can also email me directly at webmaster@g4tv.com.


Today on Talkabout, Abbie Heppe and I tackle Metroid: Other M and its heaping helping of strange and bad decisions. Already this is shaping up to be a divisive game on the internet, and a particular flashpoint seems to be Abbie’s review of the game. A few accusations have flown that our review of Other M is some kind of feminist rant orchestrated by the female members of X-Play. Morgan voicing the X-Play video review has fueled this fire to some degree. So here’s a little clarification for those wondering about this aspect of the opinion we’ve presented.

The whole of G4’s editorial staff is on the same page on this one. Adam, Rob Manuel and I are in full agreement with Abbie’s review, and frankly I would probably have been even harsher on it than she was. In other words, requests that someone else review the game are not in Other M’s best interests. Morgan may have read the video review script, but I wrote it, so you can safely put thoughts of a feminist agenda aside. This is not some anti-Wii or Girl Power conspiracy. This is a bunch of longtime Metroid and Samus fans horribly disappointed by what has been done to a franchise and a character which meant a great deal to us.

We don’t care what any other outlet gave Other M. This is what we think of it. Use it to inform your purchasing decision, whether or not you agree with it in the end. That’s what we’re here for, after all.

Talkabout: Metroid: Other M »


 





It's August and that only means one thing to a lot of people: football is back. Every year around the beginning of pre-season, we also harold the arrival of a new Madden game and this year, they've made some interesting additions. No, I'm not talking about a "Don't Follow Ben To The Bathroom" Mini-Game; I'm talking about GameFlow.

In this video, reviewer Mike D'Alonzo and I breakdown GameFlow and this year's other highlights and give you an in-depth analysis of Madden NFL 11.

Grab some Turducken and watch.

 

Talkabouts: Madden NFL 11 »


 

X-Play's Morgan Webb and Matt Keil sit down and have a lovely discussion about a little game called Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty. Find out what Morgan liked and disliked about the single player campaign and the online multiplayer in this zerg-scented edition of Talkabouts.

Talkabouts: StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty »


 

Orb collecting can be a dangerous thing. So can zombies, but at least you don’t feel compelled to kill every last zombie in Crackdown 2. Or maybe you do. Either way, the fact that Patrick Klepek and X-Play’s Morgan Webb were able to pull themselves away from ravenous orb gathering for this episode of Talkabout is rather remarkable. Show how much you appreciate it by hitting play now:

Talkabouts: Crackdown 2 »


 

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When you get the chance to visit Bungie's offices up in Washington, you better take a copious notes. That's exactly what X-Play's J.P. Shub did when he went to go see the Halo: Reach beta in action before it hits the public on May 3rd. Everything sounds so exciting...but don't take my word for it!

Talkabouts Halo: Reach Multiplayer Beta »



It's hard to describe how excited Andrew Pfister is for Super Mario Galaxy 2 (seriously, a new trailer gets released and workflow stops for most of the day), but after a few taser blasts to the face and a reminder that Super Mario Galaxy 2 will be released late next month, he calmed down -- a little. In those few minutes, I shoved a video camera in front of him to discuss his latest hands-on with Super Mario Galaxy 2 in another edition of G4's world-famous Talkabouts. Enjoy!

Talkabouts: Super Mario Galaxy 2 »




Hopefully, by now you’ve had a chance to check out all of the Splinter Cell: Conviction coverage housed on G4tv.com: my review, our First 15 segments, our discussion on Feedback, and on and on. But, as is customary with high profile games like this one that generate a ton of debate, we put it under the spotlight of the Talkabout.

Enjoy!

Talkabouts: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction »


 

If you've been following my Twitter, you know I spent last Saturday morning in a chilly line with other technophiles for Apple's latest piece of hardware, the iPad. Apple's iPad has resulted in a flurry of questions about what the actual point of the iPad is, when (or if?) does it become more useful than a laptop or iPhone, how do games perform on the larger touch screen, how much of a dope I am, etc.

In today's Morning Hangover, I outlined how an iPad was shaping and influencing my media and Internet use during an otherwise normal day dominated by my iPhone and MacBook Pro. In short, it's a device whose existence remains an open question, but it's undeniably cool, a peek at the future of modern computing and games, comics, books, videos and web sites look very, very cool on it.

Sterling McGarvey, who seems to be one of the many patiently waiting for a future edition of the iPad before diving in, sat down with me this week to talk about my iPad thoughts in the latest Talkabout.

Talkabouts: Our First iPad Gaming Impressions »


As we drive closer to our Quarry, the elusive North American Bigfoot, TheFeed has been re-thinking our original strategy of annihilation. Instead, we see the discovery of the Yeti as an opportunity to create a new gaming demographic. With that in mind, please enjoy our Talkabout: Games for Yeti.

Talkabouts: Games For Yeti »


 

What games do you think a Bigfoot would like?




Eidos’ open-world action-stravaganza Just Cause 2 is now out in the world, and in case you haven’t checked out my review, I dug it. The game has some issues, but overall, it’s a blast. So for this installment of Talkabouts, I sat down with Sterling McGarvey to chat about the game and to address some of the topics raised by you all, the readers.

Warning: dangerous hairstyles ahead. (Also, yes, I meant to say "base jump." You'll understand when you reach that part of the video. Still getting my on-camera legs.)

Talkabouts: Just Cause 2 »


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When a video game is as expansive and epic as Final Fantasy XIII, there's a lot to talk about, so G4's reviews editor Sterling McGarvey sat down with X-Play reviewer Rob Manuel and got all in-depth about the game. Click the video below:

Talkabouts: Final Fantasy XIII »


Feel free to talk about Final Fantasy XIII or this talkabout in our comment section.

The lawsuits have begun in the struggle between the former leadership of Infinity Ward and the current owner of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 developer, Activision. Former CTO Jason West and president Vince Zampella have officially filed a lawsuit against Activision, seeking compensation for royalties related to Modern Warfare 2 and trying to assert control future of the Modern Warfare brand. Adam Sessler and I sat down to discuss the latest developments in the case, including the potential connection to Electronic Arts, in a new Talkabouts session.

Talkabouts: Infinity Ward & Activision Take It To The Courts »


You can also see Adam discussing the implications of this story on today's Attack of the Show.

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

In the latest edition of Talkabouts , G4 editor-in-chief Adam Sessler and news editor Patrick Klepek discuss the ongoing situation with Infinity Ward and Activision and the future of the Call of Duty franchise. Check out the video, and express your own opinions in our comment section below.

Just a caveat: This was shot a few hours ago, and more information has been made public since then.

Talkabouts: The Future Of Call Of Duty And Infinity Ward »




It's time to be jealous of Abbie Heppe. She was in San Francisco this week to check out the Nintendo Media Summit, where she not only glimpsed much of Nintendo's upcoming lineup on Wii and DS, but went hands-on with two of their biggest upcoming games. I sat down with Abbie to pick her brain about Super Mario Galaxy 2, Metroid: Other M, Photo Dojo and more. Should we be worried about Metroid

Talkabouts: Super Mario Galaxy 2, Metroid: Other M And More »


For more, check out our Metroid: Other M preview or this Super Mario Galaxy 2 preview.

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