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6/3/08 11:07 P

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Well... this is mixed ethics... I believe the guy got fired for that, but probably there was more there: he was probably told NOT to give that bad score, and he did it anyways, which I think was the trigger.

I work with marketing and advertising, and here is the catch: most of the magazines that you read, you don`t "pay" for, the advertisers pay for them to be published. You are the magazine`s "asset", which drives the price that they can charge to the advertiser, who is their "client". (pretty much what we have in spark here. The more members, the more they charge to adsense)

For me, it is unethical of the magazine to accept the money from said studio, let them "sponsor" them for months and months (the advertising was really heavy!) and then without even warning the studio give a very harsh review with basically said "If you buy this game you are an idiot". If this magazines wish to survive, they need to do business, and whilst lying to the public is not an option (or they would lose their audience and dismissed as simple advertising), I believe controlled advertising is needed. If they are advertising a game and they think it is bad, they should:

a. Tell the studio that they will have to cease advertising because the game is not good and they will not be seen as "endorsing" it
b. Not review the game and continue the advertising.

It is a complicated situation, but I don`t automatically side with the "poor guy who got fired". This is a business and he offended a client.

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6/3/08 6:53 P

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What about Kane and Lynch and the Gertsmann-gate controversy? Granted, the game itself wasn't the controversy per se, but many strongly believe that senior editor Gertsmann was fired from Gamespot after 11 years, and with no warning to the rest of the editorial staff, for giving the game a low score. The site had reportedly lost a large advertising deal from Edios, the publisher of Kane and Lynch, as a direct result of this low score for their game.

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5/28/08 10:00 P

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The stuff about RE5 being racist reached my ears... I wanted to punch sense into those people... So what? RE4 was full of Spanish zombies, so it must have been anti-Spaniard!

I`m so tired of black people exercising racism against themselves by seeing it everywhere!

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5/28/08 6:21 P

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In Bully you can kiss boys, oh noes!

I'm a little new to video game controversy, as you can see. :P

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5/28/08 6:01 P

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How could I ever forget Conker's Bad Fur Day. I remember seeing the comercials showing a real life squirrel and a blond in skimpy clothes saying that she had a great night last night to the squirrel and then the squirrel burps and acting all drunk. LOL. I love watching them make so much fun of all those movies but replacing them with squirrels and teddiz. I will never forget the TP song in one of the boss fights. OMG so much fun.

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5/28/08 1:26 P

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Virtual Valerie....*cough*

Maybe not everyone remembers this game. But it became hot during the age of commercial internet access.

*looks around sheepishly*

I never played it.

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5/28/08 11:56 A

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CONKERS!!

Does anyone else remember that? Nintendo gave it's highest grossing dev house a blank check and said "make us a game" and the outcome was Conkers Bad Fur Day.

Nintendo REFUSED to promote the game! When they were reminded that they were CONTRACTUALLY OBLIGATED to promote it, they did so on BAR NAPKINS. The game sold MILLIONS!

Oh! Nintendo had a HEART ATTACK! It was brilliant. I loved it! I can't play the game (except the heist part) because it makes me motion sick but I remember the hours of prank calls to my sister and cousins making the weasel sounds "haw-hee-haw-hee-haw-hee"

Edited by: MISSWASHUU at: 5/28/2008 (11:55)
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5/28/08 10:10 A

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Grand Theft Auto.

Although, I think ppl are way to sensitive. I mean, it is just a game. I wouldn't sue a game company if an African American was shooting white zombies. I wouldn't think anything of it. Are we going to be so sensitive that game complanies have to release a white version and an African American version, an Asian version, Hispanic, and so on? I think ppl need to just relax and play!


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5/28/08 9:31 A

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Do you know of a time when a video game or movie had so much controversy surrounding it? Name your favorite one. I think one of my favorites right now is Resident Evil 5 being racist. You have a white guy in africa shooting African zombies. I can see why that would raise some peoples awareness.

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