Divergence Online calls for an indefinite moratorium on ‘gaming yelp reviewer bullshit’

    
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Still waiting for Valve to approve Divergence Online for its inevitable Steam early access release? Stained Glass Llama’s Ethan Casner is too. While we all tap our feet impatiently, he’s penned a rant against “gaming yelp reviewers“:

The “gaming yelp reviewer bullshit” has got to stop. We get way too many requests every single day from people offering to give us a good review on steam in exchange for free game keys. […] Any requests made to Stained Glass Llama for the intention of getting free keys will be summarily ignored. Any “repeat” requests, threats, or offers from so-called “reputable” reviewers, streamers, whoemever, offering a favorable review in exchange for free stuff will go on a nice little list that I’m building up of “sources you trust for reviews which offered to give me a blanket good one in exchange for free stuff,” to be dispensed to your own community if and when I feel like it, assholes.

If everyone who has asked for a free key in the last two weeks had contributed to our IndieGoGo, not only would it have not failed but the game would be substantially more complete right now, so our loyalty and willingness to “do favors” extends entirely to those who actually helped us get where we are, both in the past, present, and future. You buy the game = We give substantial shits about your well being and will aspire to do everything in our power to reward your generosity. Those are our people; Not the legions of wannabe PewDiePies who feel 1,100 subscribers makes you an authority in anything.

So pretty much this. It hopefully goes without saying that Massively OP does not trade positive coverage for keys. Or do reviews. Or use Yelp.

Casner reiterates the weekend’s big news: that the launch of the game is awaiting Valve’s final round of approval and that the delay from January 1st in unintentional and unwelcome. He further discusses the game’s core biomes and optional “synthetic” characters, who are challenged with special hardcore/hardmode gameplay forbidding them to wear armor.

The game is known best to our community for its Star Wars Galaxies influences and its community-inspired goal to implement a consensual PvP server. Casner told us back in September that while his game does appear to use some non-Star-Wars assets that are exceedingly similar to SWG’s, his counsel has advised him he’s “miles away from any legitimate infraction” and doesn’t fear Disney’s legal might.

Source: Dev blog. Thanks, Kinya!
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Vagrant Zero Rozyn “The first order of business in any MMO is now to check to see if you can disable/hide the chat box entirely.”
Sadly you almost never can, you just end up shrinking it to the point to where you can’t really read it.

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I bashed this game on the last article for stealing game assets. (Even though it’s from a dead game.) But I gotta admit, I applaud the hell out of the developers for telling the imbecile “reviewers” of the internet to summarily go **** themselves.

If they ever replace the assets they stole with their own, I’ll buy a copy of the game just because they said this.

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I understand the sentiment.

But who still gives much credibility to crowd reviews?  Unscrupulous companies, not just gaming, can hire firms to pollute ratings.  And reviews seem to be moved far more by Internet / Social Media flash mobs than the actual product.

The more I read from EC, the happier I am that I shall not be playing any of his games.

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agemyth melissaheather It’s _mine_ and all you dang kids need to get off my lawn, dagnabbit! :)

Vada_G
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Hmm.. I didn’t ask for a key, I dropped $200 on this POS because I loved SWG. 

IMO, Mr. Casner is simply laying the ground work for the bad reviews to come.

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I have no interest in this game but if folks are really trying to get in that way, it’s totally good with me to point ’em out. Shed some light on that BS!  There’s way too many suspect reviews out there that I have to wade through to find out if a new/upcoming game is worth my time.

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Vagrant Zero Rozyn If you can’t see the difference between the owner and leader of a gaming company who’s asking for money acting this way and your run of the mill WoW player then… well.. I can’t even start to make a point.

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A Dad Supreme Yes, victim blaming is always nice, m8.

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Karl_Hungus Dystopiq  Broseph did you actually read the article you linked? Here…here’s an excerpt:

http://www.facebook.com/fappythedolphin, a mascot for a http://stopmasturbationnow.org/, says the company is losing business because of Yelp reviewers.

“Before being listed on Yelp we had no problem going around the country speaking to elementary school children about the dangers and consequences of masturbation. Now, with our poor reviews on Yelp, people are beginning to question our morals and ethics, like that is so important. Just because I have been http://newsexaminer.net/crime/christian-anti-masturbation-mascot-arrested-public-masturbation/ and each case was pardoned by the Governor, doesn’t mean our federal funding and government support had anything to do with it. With the assumptions made by Yelp reviewers, they are causing deadly self-rape addictions in this country to continue and in the end it is Big Masturbation that wins. Such a shame.”
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What form of demonic entity possessed you into thinking this was a legitimate news story? :p

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SoMuchMass WoOpin Siphaed  You right about his favorite games being dead? Is this a sexual position involving a corpse? I’m lefting this conversation right now.