- Oct 12, 2009
I don't know about you, but I don't run to Forbes when I want to hear about if the latest Assassin's Creed is good or not .Losanme said:I'll just leave this here and move along:
And you know... players also actually have to pay for their games to see if they are worth it, it is pretty much a value proposition you can't really judge if you get everything for free since you can't assign it a monetary worth.
Let The Escapist as a publication pay for it since they are the ones making money off of it or at least send them back/deactivate them after you "did your work".
All sorts of hardware and product reviewers don't get to keep the stuff after reviewing it either.
Some outlets don't keep review copies, that's true. However, there are plenty who do. Often, it will depend on the outlet's financial capacity to absorb the cost of disposing of all complementary materials. Some can afford this, some can't. It'd be nice to live in a world where every outlet was so financially solvent that they could afford every piece of review material offered; but that's not the case.
A complementary PS4 frees up enough funds to buy -roughly- 7 games. If we demand that the outlet purchases that console; then it means that we, the consumers, might miss out on 7 reviews from our favorite outlet (assuming they're operating on a tight budget -which they likely are). That's a net loss to us, the consumer.
With regard to judging something without ascribing it monetary worth: isn't that the definition of an objective analysis? Since they're not reviewing it through the lens of 'Oh God, I spent money on this', one might be less inclined to gloss over the more redeemable parts of a product of questionable quality. They can review it based on pure entertainment value alone, leaving it up to you as to whether you're inclined to spend money on such a thing.
All that said: I just realized it's a moot point, because it's ALL FREE anyway. In this profession, every product you buy can get written off on your taxes so you get your money back come tax time. So really, it all comes down to whether you have the cash in the budget right then to afford the review materials.