You seriously trust game magazine reviews? Have you not seen all the scandals and shady advertising issues that have been in existence almost as long as the reviewers themselves?You know, for all that's made of these oh-so-scandilous incidents, I've still gotten plenty of good information from reviews in all my years of reading. Yes, some sites have their occasional issues and yes, those games that appeal to everyone else in the free world just might not be your cup of tea (I have no interest whatsoever in the Grand Theft Auto series, for example) but by and large, I've learned that if the entire pantheon of reviewers calls a game a crapshoot or says that it's definitely worth playing, then there's probably something to it. Refusing to read reviews out of some manufactured moral objection to the company that the reviewers work for (especially when the information is free and available to anyone) is also no excuse for piracy.It's interesting to me that you feel this way about reviews considering that nearly all of those games you list as being burned by got unanimously mediocre scores or worse.
There is a lot of decent info in a full review no doubt and I still use them, I just don't trust them exclusively anymore. If I can't find good customer reviews that are detailed with what the customer liked and didn't like, chances are I won't buy it if I don't trust the dev. I still take my gambles but nowhere near what I used to. Reading all those reviews and such take time though. There very fact I'm posting on the forums says I spend more time than the average customer. If I go to the store and impulse buy like many customers do, I should have a greater than 50% chance of those games being at least decent. And yeah they got those scores after launch but before? They were getting full features about how great some aspect or other would be. It wasn't a full list I gave, just the most egregious offenders I could remember at the time.I've bought so many over the years that I've coastered I can't even remember all of them, I also omitted console games with would make a post take up a page. Pretty much every first gen set on consoles is pure garbage that just looks good.
I'm not asking every game be a masterpiece just like I don't expect it from any other media. What I do expect though is not to run into game breaking bugs so much that people repeat the mantra "wait for the patch" as though it were business as usual. I also expect the game to feel
playtested. I can't even begin to mention how many games have absurd features that break the game more than help it and awkward controls(mostly because I can't remember most games I coastered). I don't even want innovation in every release, just the ability to pop it in, say, "it was ok", because it used existing features of the genre respectably. Mediocre should be all I'm worrying about,not "how did this make it past paper".
GoJoe2400 I think this may be much easier than it first appears. Most restaurants are willing to offer you another entree if you are dissatisfied with the one you purchased. It is the restaurant's decision and not yours as the patron. You do not have a legal right to an additional meal. This is not stealing. You do not have the right to enter the restaurant's kitchen and take someone else's entree.When you steal software you have not been given permission from the software manufacturer or vendor that you are stealing from. The law is very clear. Getting an additional entree from a restaurant is legal when agreed upon by the restaurant. Pirating software is illegal since you do not have the owner's express permission to take their property.You may believe you have the right to steal for your own reasons, but so does anyone else who steals,or commits most any crime.Let's agree that pirating software is illegal and stealing is unethical.
I've been saying that just about every post. What's I've also been saying though is putting out a product you know is garbage is equally unethical, just not illegal.It should not be okay for the me to be cheated just because it's legal and almost every piracy argument ignores that aspect of it.When it does get brought up, the staunch defenders of the "law" and those not paying attention keep coming back to how wrong piracy is, how much it supposedly costs(even though real thieves aren't customers), and every other aspect that ignores just how much the industry itself is responsible for the problem. Even pirates admit they are doing something wrong, the problem is they don't care because they've been cheated too much. Look at the OP.