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Complete unrelated to the actual Elder Scrolls Online game, I have been considering GameInformer's exclusivity for this reveal. Obviously, all opinions aside, we can agree that this is a big deal announcement. How did GI get such exclusivity?
I've been wondering, what could GI promise to gain such a huge article? But then, I went to http://elderscrollsonline.com/, which I think is the official website for the pending MMO? If you visit it, at the very bottom is a link to 'The GameInformer Hub'. Really?! Plenty of other sites have articles on this new, PC gamer, mmorpg. Com, etc....but they aren't linked on the official website like GI?
My predictin for the GI article, when it releases, if will glowing with positivity and excitement. No honest reservations regarding the deviation from the type of gameplay that is the hallmark of the single-player games. Completely devoid of honest journalistic objectivity.
Taken with the fact that anyone who signs up for a GameStop club card gets a free subscription to GI mag, it really got me wondering about the true nature of this magazine. So, I will just ask you guys the obvious question:
Is GameInformer anything more than an advertising platform for GameDevelopers? Can you really look to this magazine for an objective look at future titles? Is it a conflict of interest for a magazine that write game reviews to have this degree of integration on the official website of a game who's developers also advertise within their Rag?
Ok, no tin-foil hats lol I mean, this is not national security here, but it really does seem to cast GI in a compromised light. Do they write fluff articles when granted exclusivity?
Frank 'Spankybus' Mignone
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