Your Opinions Don't Matter?

Game News: Your Opinions Don't Matter?

Researchers don't think user opinions matter; what do you think

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  • Cole5 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Sir Cole!

    2 years ago

    Personally I usually avoid Metacritic, they are paid off, But things liek Gamepro (are they even around anymore?) Usually was upfront

  • Rocktober FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    If i'm buying off steam i always take a look at the reviews before making my final desicion

  • jmb83 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    I choose my games from only a handful of categories that can really be divided two ways, one that tells an immersive enjoyable story or fun on a pick up and put down style. Usually I test this by trying a demo of a game and ignore the critics all together. They don't know me and I don't know them, how the hell would I know if we have the same taste in games?

  • denDAY04 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold B.Eng IT

    2 years ago

    Mostly official information--I know what genres I like and what games I have the time to play. But I definitely use user reviews more than professional ones.

  • devilito666 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    Are you doing research about our opinions, about researchers not caring about our opinions.

  • St0ner1995 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold curl -sL bit.ly/rt-hi|sh

    2 years ago

    Hi Meg!

  • TxManiac64 Maniac

    2 years ago

    -3 brownie points to Meg for using non-canon DBZ(GT) SSJ4 reference.. SSJ4 doesn't exist looooseeerr. I'll pretend she meant SSJG and go on about my life.

  • Cole2999 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    Sorry, but this is not entirely true. Obviously the studies are a blanket statement that doesn't necessarily... whatever, I literally got bored of writing this sentence.

    Anyway, probably the biggest factor in what games I buy on Steam is based on the User Reviews. That doesn't stop me from buying "Somewhat Positive" or even "Mixed", though. But for the most part, I only buy games below "Mixed" if they're under $2.

    The second biggest factor is if it's on sale. I am extremely more likely to buy a game I'd have otherwise paid no attention to if it's on sale. Hell, I've spent almost $150 (fuck car payments) on Steam games in the past month, and I've probably only played 5 of those games. None of them were more than $15, and only a few more than $10.

    Which is my third biggest factor. Since I currently only have a laptop, I stick to games under $10 for the most part. Generally, they're less resource-intensive, plus I'm really getting into the pixel-art indie genre (Kingdom - $10, Gunpoint - $10, Moonstrider (bought because of the demo at RTX <3) ~ $6).

    Anyway, I just droned on about why you should downvote my comment. Stuff. Just came back from a 5 hour twilight shift at UPS, tired and bored. And sore.

  • Seome72 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    I'll skip a game with bad reviews. I don't have time to play many games so if its generally good reviews, I'll look at everything from gameplay to hard core user comments - mostly ignore the details of professional reviews on those case.

  • Ceiphr ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    2 years ago

    wait... are you reading this comment right now? 0_0

  • Calekai FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    I can't even remember the last time I based a decision on professional reviews, or even sought them out.

  • dandandan

    2 years ago

    Didn't assassin Creed have a Negative launch Thanks to the impact of Assassin creed unity...Opinions don't matter. Bad opinions matter.

  • DigitalVirus927 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    Mostly get my info from The Patch, Dude Soup, and RT Podcast. And if i'm on the fence i wait for AH to play it.

  • Balarush FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Kneel.

    2 years ago

    Opinions matter the most. Not particularly of one person to another, but many focused on a particular thing. If opinions didn't matter, Destiny would still be the lacklustre game it was at vanilla. Opinions and outcry forced a change, you don't get that if they don't matter.

  • forgottenlor FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    I can think of three categories of gamers of significance for this area of study.

    The first category is the hard core gamers. These people piece together information from a variety of resources to make their decision. They're the guys who tend to go out and buy games on midnight launches and purchase several AAA titles every year. This includes every person on the Patch. This group would have very diverse approaches and very comprehensive one and it's very easy for word-of-mouth to come out as the leader from the pack

    The second category are the (not-hardcore) gamers. They enjoy video games, buy a few each year, but don't keep up with the press on all the games unless it's a series they're passionate about. Many of them were formerly hard-core gamers but time reduced their ability to play games at the same level. Because of this, they have fewer sources of info and go to things they trust more frequently. Word of mouth is huge..... if they have people to talk to and they're less likely to have online friends to have those discussions with so it's who they know in real life.

    The third category are the casuals. They don't look at professional reviews, have no idea who to trust, and are entirely dependent upon other people's opinions. This group has been largely scooped up by the tablet and phone markets where the user rating systems are front and center and they don't need to look for reviews. Also, a good tip from a friend makes for an easy addict

    Each category is larger than the last and will spend a smaller percentage of their disposable income on games - though stats suggest that this still ends up resulting in more revenue from the latter groups than the former. Which of these categories the study looks at will create MASSIVELY different results and the very natures of a study would change the way they look at it. Polling someone leads to subject bias. Supervised selection leads to situation bias (the second category is often forced to time constraints so might have difficulty emulating it in a controlled environment).

  • Bighippie FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Some Guy In AZ

    2 years ago

    The reviewers opinion doesn't really matter to me because we are different people and have different tastes. Although I kinda Trust Lawrence

    • dandandan

      2 years ago

      You will Trust in Peak or no one, good sir

  • Dum8kid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    I prefer to make an informed decision based largely on examples of gameplay, but also on developers and producers histories, quality of narrative, and then lastly word of mouth. Someone telling me their opinion on a game doesn't tell me MY opinion of a game. Just look at Darksouls buggy mess, full of hackers, and the overall difficulty would make most "professional" reviewers give it a garbage review, but I love it and it will always hold a place in my heart.

  • ReckonBallZ Watcher on the 4th Wall

    2 years ago

    Sorta like homeowners vs LIBOR. Gnome sane, gnome sane?!?! Yeah ya do!

  • TheGhostOfCake FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 years ago

    Mainly base game purchases on past performance, how much I enjoyed the last game in the series etc. and of course what the know says about it :-)