We're Polygon involved in a scandal whereby it was revealed they were on the Microsoft payroll?
Yeah but Kotaku is another one that is allegedly on the Microsoft payroll.
Doubt either one is.
Gamespot's demonstrated how this "pay" for reviews sh*t works.
Eidos threatened to pull ad revenue from Gamespot as a result of his review, and though this kind of thing is relatively common in games journalism, the nascent management team panicked and decided that Gerstmann was unreliable
I'd a.ssume it's an unspoken word sort of thing now. Publications will select the most review friendly writer for big games. Game publishers will increase the per click and per view ad price from the cent to the dollar if the review was good.
Kotaku highlights Gamespot's as well.
Altogether, Gamespot is a load of sh*t.
at the average review scores of the most popular review publication sites.
Gamespot has reviewed the second most amount of games and their scores are way below average (by five or more points). It wasn't like this before Jeff's firing.
Edge and Eurogamer's review cures are historically low. If you like a tough critic, they're the ones to shoot for. Not Polygon. They're too much of an upstart to be trusted ATM.