Re:THIS is the kind of thing that GamerGate is about (Score:?)
by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 14, 2014 @10:07AM
Actually most game websites that publish reviews feel that embargoes are a GOOD thing.
They make money on traffic. Traffic is driven by reviews. Review traffic only lasts a day or two at best. Embargoes allow them to get games early and spend time to write a good review, rather than rushing through a game to try to get a crappy review up in the first hours after launch.
I think all the sites that I've read (Kotaku, Polygon, and Wired) agree that embargoes that last until after the game is launched are disingenuous (at best) on the part of the publishers, but all of them are philosophical about the system and seem to think it works well in most cases.
Savvy consumers can read the tea leaves. If there are lots of advance reviews the publisher is confident in the game. If there are NO reviews then most likely it's a dog.