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
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!
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.