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7th Mar '17 9:18:11 PM mlsmithca
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On the surface, one could say there's some logic behind all this -- after all, purchasing a $60 game is a far riskier endeavor than buying a $15-20 book or a $10 movie ticket, so it makes sense that many people might look to ''something'', even if it is a bad source. However, over-reliance on reviews is just as common in areas where software piracy is ubiquitous. Another reason, perhaps, is that video games as a medium demand more time and attention from us than most other entertainment forms, so most of us need to be discriminatory in the games we play. It's worth mentioning that reviews are not without biases. What the critic finds to be SoOkayItsAverage, ''you'' might find SoCoolItsAwesome because it is practically tailored to your tastes and desires in a game; and the polar opposite happens as well, often leading to HypeBacklash, CriticalDissonance and ItsPopularNowItSucks situations.

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On the surface, one could say there's some logic behind all this -- after all, purchasing a $60 game is a far riskier endeavor than buying a $15-20 book or a $10 movie ticket, so it makes sense that many people might look to ''something'', even if it is a bad source. However, over-reliance on reviews is just as common in areas where software piracy is ubiquitous. Another reason, perhaps, is that video games as a medium demand more time and attention from us than most other entertainment forms, so most of us need to be discriminatory in the games we play. It's worth mentioning that reviews are not without biases. What the critic finds to be SoOkayItsAverage, ''you'' might find SoCoolItsAwesome awesome because it is practically tailored to your tastes and desires in a game; and the polar opposite happens as well, often leading to HypeBacklash, CriticalDissonance and ItsPopularNowItSucks situations.
8th Feb '17 10:01:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic:

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* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic:WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic has experienced this from both angles. Different sections of FanDumb either trashes someone who disagrees with him, or trashes ''him'' for disagreeing with them:
8th Feb '17 10:00:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* Just try saying that ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'' and ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie'' were alright movies anyplace on the Internet. You're sure to be flamed by legions of [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic Nostalgia Critic]] fans.
** This is also because, before he reviewed them, the movies weren't very well-known, and now people only know about them because of the Nostalgia Critic reviews.

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* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic:
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Just try saying that ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'' and ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie'' were alright movies anyplace on the Internet. You're sure to be flamed by legions of [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic Nostalgia Critic]] fans.
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Critic fans. This is also because, before he reviewed them, the movies weren't very well-known, and now people only know about them because of the Nostalgia Critic reviews.
8th Feb '17 7:47:17 AM Morgenthaler
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On the surface, one could say there's some logic behind all this after all, purchasing a $60 game is a far riskier endeavor than buying a $15-20 book or a $10 movie ticket, so it makes sense that many people might look to ''something'', even if it is a bad source. However, over-reliance on reviews is just as common in areas where software piracy is ubiquitous. Another reason, perhaps, is that video games as a medium demand more time and attention from us than most other entertainment forms, so most of us need to be discriminatory in the games we play. It's worth mentioning that reviews are not without biases. What the critic finds to be SoOkayItsAverage, ''you'' might find SoCoolItsAwesome because it is practically tailored to your tastes and desires in a game; and the polar opposite happens as well, often leading to HypeBacklash, CriticalDissonance and ItsPopularNowItSucks situations.

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On the surface, one could say there's some logic behind all this -- after all, purchasing a $60 game is a far riskier endeavor than buying a $15-20 book or a $10 movie ticket, so it makes sense that many people might look to ''something'', even if it is a bad source. However, over-reliance on reviews is just as common in areas where software piracy is ubiquitous. Another reason, perhaps, is that video games as a medium demand more time and attention from us than most other entertainment forms, so most of us need to be discriminatory in the games we play. It's worth mentioning that reviews are not without biases. What the critic finds to be SoOkayItsAverage, ''you'' might find SoCoolItsAwesome because it is practically tailored to your tastes and desires in a game; and the polar opposite happens as well, often leading to HypeBacklash, CriticalDissonance and ItsPopularNowItSucks situations.



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8th Jan '17 1:31:45 PM nombretomado
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* The last part of ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'''s ''[[TheUltimates Ultimates 3]]'' review has Linkara berate the fans for buying into this, going so far as ridiculing them for accepting ''his'' reviews as the gospel, to explain why he thinks crap stuff like what he usually reviews continues to get published. [[spoiler: Turns out, it's his EvilKnockoff Mechakara doing the review, while Linkara was on vacation...]]

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* The last part of ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'''s ''[[TheUltimates ''[[ComicBook/TheUltimates Ultimates 3]]'' review has Linkara berate the fans for buying into this, going so far as ridiculing them for accepting ''his'' reviews as the gospel, to explain why he thinks crap stuff like what he usually reviews continues to get published. [[spoiler: Turns out, it's his EvilKnockoff Mechakara doing the review, while Linkara was on vacation...]]
27th Nov '16 3:02:24 AM Morgenthaler
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** Invoked in-universe as well, as the Cinema Snob apparently hates whatever Creator/RogerEbert hates. This makes him disappointed when he finds out ''RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead'' got 0 stars from him, which means he has to hate it now.

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** Invoked in-universe as well, as the Cinema Snob apparently hates whatever Creator/RogerEbert hates. This makes him disappointed when he finds out ''RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead'' ''Film/RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead'' got 0 stars from him, which means he has to hate it now.
29th Oct '16 11:38:05 AM nombretomado
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Culturally speaking, this deference has existed for awhile, as aftershocks from TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983. One of the big problems of first and second generation video games was the general absence of any detailed information about games. This leads to many, many upset consumers who had to guess whether a game was any good and quickly became frustrated to discover they just put a lot of cash down for a PortingDisaster or imitation of an arcade game they thought they liked. This is the reason for the "Nintendo Seal of Quality" -- which wasn't supposed to mean "awesome game" so much as "playable game" and "Nintendo has licensed this game to be sold" (the first and second generations also had games that were not licensed by Atari, which was part of the problem as they never had to go through quality control -- quality here meaning "playable"). Unfortunately, many seem to see reviews as the only means to obtain their information, even though far more objective outlets exist, many of which can not be bought like professional reviewers can.

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Culturally speaking, this deference has existed for awhile, as aftershocks from TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983.UsefulNotes/TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983. One of the big problems of first and second generation video games was the general absence of any detailed information about games. This leads to many, many upset consumers who had to guess whether a game was any good and quickly became frustrated to discover they just put a lot of cash down for a PortingDisaster or imitation of an arcade game they thought they liked. This is the reason for the "Nintendo Seal of Quality" -- which wasn't supposed to mean "awesome game" so much as "playable game" and "Nintendo has licensed this game to be sold" (the first and second generations also had games that were not licensed by Atari, which was part of the problem as they never had to go through quality control -- quality here meaning "playable"). Unfortunately, many seem to see reviews as the only means to obtain their information, even though far more objective outlets exist, many of which can not be bought like professional reviewers can.
4th Aug '16 7:21:17 PM igordebraga
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*** Once ''Film/SuicideSquad'' got CriticalBacklash, [[http://www.ew.com/article/2016/08/02/suicide-squad-reviews-rotten-tomatoes-petition fans joined a petition to shut down Rotten Tomatoes]]. Talk about SeriousBusiness.
22nd Jun '16 4:21:52 AM gewunomox
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* Pitchfork lacks an editorial policy, and has been known to take part in some very unethical practices. It does not state for the record how its ratings systems work, though the best guess of many is that 7.0 is the de facto standard of what is considering a "good" record or album, let alone one that qualifies for the prestigious "Best New Music" badge. Further, many of their reviews are questionably written. Any hipster will use their logic to deny ''reading'' it, let alone influence their record-buying/pirating decisions, especially after it began its partnership with ABC. But ever since the ArcadeFire's ''Funeral'' LP, any time Pitchfork gives a "Best New Music" badge to an album from a new and upcoming band, that album's sales/downloads will significantly increase, and the band's rep will increase exponentially. It's very difficult to deny that their reviews are considered influential over the hipsters to some degree.

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* Pitchfork lacks an editorial policy, and has been known to take part in some very unethical practices. It does not state for the record how its ratings systems work, though the best guess of many is that 7.0 is the de facto standard of what is considering a "good" record or album, let alone one that qualifies for the prestigious "Best New Music" badge. Further, many of their reviews are questionably written. Any hipster will use their logic to deny ''reading'' it, let alone influence their record-buying/pirating decisions, especially after it began its partnership with ABC. But ever since the ArcadeFire's Music/ArcadeFire's ''Funeral'' LP, any time Pitchfork gives a "Best New Music" badge to an album from a new and upcoming band, that album's sales/downloads will significantly increase, and the band's rep will increase exponentially. It's very difficult to deny that their reviews are considered influential over the hipsters to some degree.
18th May '16 10:44:02 AM emeriin
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** The Critic has gone against this notion a few times, once out of character (by listing 10 popular movies he hates and 10 unpopular movies he likes), and once in-character (where he did a negative review of the ''Film/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'' movie that was constantly interrupted by guntoting fans to make him give a glowing review). Doug never believes that he is the gospel and wants people to stop seeing him as such -- a good way of seeing this is to watch both his and Spoony's "Best/Worst of the Decade" lists and noting the overlap -- quite a few are Worst for one, Best for the other.

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** The Critic has gone against this notion a few times, once out of character (by listing 10 popular movies he hates and 10 unpopular movies he likes), and once in-character (where he did a negative review of the ''Film/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'' movie that was constantly interrupted by guntoting fans to make him give a glowing review). Doug never believes that he is the gospel and wants people to stop seeing him as such -- a good way of seeing this is to watch both his and Spoony's "Best/Worst of the Decade" lists and noting the overlap -- quite a few are Worst for one, Best for the other. Also, for the AsHimself review of ''Film/ItFollows'', he apologized for not getting it, and actually asked people who would blindly agree with him not to comment.
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