EA Caught (Allegedly) Attempting to Manipulate Battlefield 3 Scores in Norwegian Press 15 replies

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Red Menace

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#1 7 years ago

According to reports out of the Norwegian press, EA has been caught allegedly attempting to manipulate Battlefield 3's review scores by denying journalists who might treat the game unfavorably access to early copies.

Apparently, a select number of Norwegian gaming sites, including Gamer.no and Gamereactor.no, had their requests for early copies of Battlefield 3 met with a suspicious questionnaire.

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A spokesperson for EA Norway has issued an official apology to Dagbladet.no, claiming that the questionnaire was sent out as the product of human error and stating that the practice is not something the company intends to continue.

EA Caught (Allegedly) Attempting to Manipulate Battlefield 3 Scores in Norwegian Press

Allegedly, it might be overblown or just an isolated incident, but food for thought as BF3 reviews begin hitting the newsstands this month in anticipation of the October 25th release.


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#2 7 years ago

Doesn't shock me even the least, I'd bet a chunk of money that they merely sent that to the "wrong" site, ment to review sites that don't mind their journalistic qualities being tainted in favor for that early review, I'm looking at you IGN and Gamespot.




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#3 7 years ago

I think these practices are rather common when it comes to game reviews. Publishers probably don't give permissions for exclusive stories without making sure that they get something in return.




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#4 7 years ago

It has been my belief for quite some time now that all the publishers keep records of the scores that magazines give their games so they can decide whether to give them preview stuff/pre-release copies/whatever.

As far as I'm concerned it's effectively impossible to get unbiased game journalism from a mainstream source these days. Complaining about this sort of thing's like complaining about a handjob in a brothel.




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#5 7 years ago

I really don't care, to be honest.

If you base your purchases off of a rating, you have problems. I base purchases off of the gameplay I see. In this day of age, there are usually plenty of gameplay videos that would determine whether or not someone really wants to purchase a game.

Reviewers have a nasty habit of saying "game is shit, don't buy it" because they didn't enjoy it anyhow.




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#6 7 years ago

Nothing shocking. I'm sure that game publishers have been gaming review scores one way or another for a long time.




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#7 7 years ago

It's obvious that this happens, in many ways, with almost everything. Companies won't put money into something unless they know they'll get profit off of it, or in this case, rights to use their Trademark and such in their publishing.




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#8 7 years ago

The problem with loading the dice is eventually people stop gambling with you.




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#9 7 years ago

I think we all know that they play games with reviews. However, I've never heard of a company actually imposing a written test for early copies, so blatant.


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#10 7 years ago

Big deal. So they're trying to manipulate scores. I'll buy the game and review it for myself, thank you.




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