My RANT on Companies and "Reviews"
by, 06-28-2011 at 04:05 PM (1513 Views)
So, it's been about three summers since I've gotten into reviewing things for the video gaming scene. I've been working for many many shops, and most of them are pleased with my performances. Lately however, I've began to really question why I'm still doing these reviews. There's no point. Lately, whatever I review is frowned upon for the content.. I'm not going to blame the shops. They're making money. I get that.
But what I fail to understand is WHY they expect me to review these items in a biased manner! I know you guys need sales, and all, but what these shops are asking me to do is BOTCH my opinion and bias my reviews to make THEM look like they're angels. What the fuck do I do? Please the people? Please the companies? I thought my God damn goal was to inform the people! What happened to that?! I don't care that the economy is in a downspin. It's not like your damned shops only carry one type of item. You sell tons of things that should makes sales easy! You sell all these accesories! I'm simply trying to lead the people in the right direction! Yet you think that I am going to destroy your sales for being honest? I'm trying to tell the people reading the stupid review that there's better out there. If you read between the lines, I say it's good for a basic user, but noooo, apparently everyone needs spoon feeding and wants everything cut clean for them. I'm sorry, the way I've been raised and the way your companies want me to write the reviews is totally in violation of my virtues. I've been raised to leave an honest opinion. If it's good, I'll say it's good. If it sucks, I'll say it openly, like these R4 clones. They suck, and no one should use them. Better invest in a better team with reliable support. What I WILL NOT stand for is lying to the people to make a company's sales better. I warned EVERY shop that if it's bad, I'll state my opinion.
Basically, what do I do!? Do I please the company or please the people? If I can't find a balance, I quit. I don't want to write about something if I have to lie about it.
Whew, what a rant. Any opinions? I'd love to hear them.