Developers Try Legally Blocking Negative Criticism Of Day One: Garry's Incident
Users also found suspicious behavior on the Metacritic page for Day One: Garry's Incident, where a lot of copycat positive reviews had been posted for the game in an attempt to tide some of the negativity surrounding the game. In fact, don't take my word for it, read the user reviews on the Metacritic page yourself. There's also a screenshot below highlighting some of the copycat reviews that all seem to highlight and praise the game (just in case they later get deleted/removed).
Also, if you have time. Click on each of the users with copycat reviews and notice how Day One: Garry's Incident is the only game they reviewed, such as Jaffasaid or Tomasbrolin, just to name two of many.
The developers addressed the fake reviews in a post on the Steam forums [via Reddit user josephgee], where they seem to be fighting hard with their own community, stating that...
Wild Games Studio has not encouraged employees to write reviews nor did we hear of someone in the company doing that. However, I have received a message of one of the reviewers telling me he wanted to help and gave us a good review. We do not want people writing reviews that do not express their opinion only in the purpose to help as it is not representative of their experience.
Oh boy... this is why EA has an elite PR team in place to keep incidents like this from making the company look bad. I can already imagine EA performing some textual ballet with a PR response savvy enough to have made Walter Cronkite repeat it verbatim without question.
The fallout over the developers trying to censure criticism caused enough damage to blow up on Reddit and many other gaming websites, so much so that after Kotaku ran a story about the incident, Stephane Woods issued the following acknowledgment of reprieve regarding the copyright strike, saying...
"after seeing all the negative impact today we decided to withdraw our complaint to YouTube."
Well that's good news for TotalBiscuit, though he doesn't seem the least bit worried about losing the video, approaching the situation with blasť repose. Then again, there's nothing lost having a terri-bad game removed from your account, right?
Nevertheless, the lesson learned today is that media is on the dangerous precipice of complete and total dictation by copyright holders. As TotalBiscuit points out, it's going to be awful for the consumer when appropriate and honest critiques will be held up, blocked out or removed to appease a company trying to sell a product at all costs.
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