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#1 Sep 13 2010 at 7:44 AM Rating: Decent
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Everyones entitled to their opinion, gaming website or personal blog, whether it be in good light or not.
But what makes me laugh is when you see faceless sites and articles like this

http://kotaku.com/5636464/this-part-of-final-fantasy-xiv-seems-familiar/gallery/

Artificially inncreasing page hits with ****-poor editing copying well-known stories from the gaming world and feeding on them. Note how their is NO personal opinion or comment on the game, note how the editor is just following what he's heard elsewhere without looking at things first hand.

Kotaku has always been infamous for its sloppy unskilled editors and Quantity>Quailty, but this article was just a real eye opener as to why sites talk down games like FFXIV. And in a way, you know what, it makes me feel better about FFXIV. It reminds me that most (note: NOT ALL) game sites care more about page hits and sticking to the big stories then actually giving accurate reviews and stories about the gaming world.

But fear not, there is a light at the end of the tunnel!

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2010-08-31-final-fantasy-xiv-online-hands-on

Just look at how fair and honest this guide is, opinionated, intruiging, thought provoking and most of all has personality. Naturally you guys in the US would probably stay away from Eurogamer, but it has ALWAYS been fair towards FFXI, it never said it was perfect but they always reviewed the good parts of the game as well as the bad.

Anyways sorry to vent, but I guess the moral of the story? We're not lucky enough to have real english versions of sites like 4gamer and famitsu that are well known for their flare in articles, but I would suggest you stay away from sites like Kotaku,G4(lol) and gamespot, and look around, there are plenty of non-biased sites out there that care about gaming and not page hits.
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#2 Sep 13 2010 at 10:26 AM Rating: Decent
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Kotaku is good for finding out about things you may have missed, but I agree once you've found out about it you're better off going to another sourced for a detailed review. Having said that, they do have some good reviews and commentaries from time to time.
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#3 Sep 13 2010 at 10:48 AM Rating: Good
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But fear not, there is a light at the end of the tunnel!

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2010-08-31-final-fantasy-xiv-online-hands-on


That was a decent read, but this part concerns me a bit on how much the author knows about the game:

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with the player economy clearly being high on Square Enix' priority list. One interesting feature from that point of view is the ability to hire a "retainer" - a character who effectively acts as a bot for you, sitting in a city and selling your wares from a bazaar, as well as monitoring the Auction House for items on your watchlist, while you go off and adventure elsewhere.


But I get your point, so many gaming media sites do tend to regurgitate other people's standard content, with no real opinion or flavor. :)
#4 Sep 13 2010 at 11:07 AM Rating: Good
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I don't think I've ever seen an article on kotaku, lifehacker, gizmodo or any other site in that network that didn't originate on reddit.

Edited, Sep 13th 2010 12:08pm by windexy
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