PCGMedia is a really simple operation.
On reviewing: We believe that video-game critique isn’t merely a matter of opinion – and by extension, not everything is subjective. Whilst we admit that playing through a game is a subjective experience, you can read our reviewing policy to understand how we asses titles. The most important thing to us are the following aspects:
The games primary mechanics are the key focus point, everything else comes second.
- Did the game achieve what it set out to do? (This eliminates accusations of ‘pretentiousness’ plaguing the internet).
- How is the game mechanically? If ambitious, did it pay off? Do the core mechanics work? After that:
- If applicable, how well fleshed out is the story? If appropriate: does the depth reflect the tone, dynamic, and game-play?
- Does the cost of the game reflect the polish? For instance, we would “cut slack” on titles that cost less, but excel on the foundations or core mechanics. If AAA titles are buggy, rushed, or mechanically awkward, they would receive more criticism.
- How well does the title function within its genre, or sub-genres? Iterative titles do not necessarily mean bad titles.
- Are the micro-transactions fair, or does it turn the game into a gambling addiction? Are the micro-transactions giving anything to the experience, or are they taking things away in order to maximize profit?
- Most importantly: was title title created to sell well, then forgotten? Or created to be loved, enjoyed, and cherished.
Give as much detail as possible, as honestly as possible. If a preview presentation is unintelligible, or showing the product in a bad light, strict review must be implemented prior to publication, in order to see if, ultimately, publishing the preview materials would be in the best interests of everyone, including the gaming community.
We strive to write exciting and lengthy previews, understanding both the games developmental life so far, and the intent of the publishers or developer. Once we’ve understood the product, we’d like to discuss whether or not it has the framework to achieve what the developer had intended, ultimately elucidating on its success so far. Previews are about potential - we refuse to treat them like reviews. They are designed to illuminate, not educate.
Our news has been written to inject quick, easy to read, trustworthy information into your gaming diet. More often than not, we’ll provide some insight and analysis on the biggest stories. We dislike sensationalism, and will often deliver both sides of the coin. If original content: we never print out of context.
Our editorials have been written to provide incisive commentary and perspective on gaming issues. We often write as a retort to popular opinion, if we see it as ‘bandwagoning,’ and are known for criticizing games journalism as an industry where viable. We’re also not afraid to criticize developers and publishers for bad business ethics. We try to keep things real, and don’t subject ourselves to ‘bandwagoning’ or sensationalist hype. You can always count on us for a logical, concise discourse on all things gaming related. We also retain a creative right to swear, especially when we’re really angry, or deprived of coffee.
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- You directly insult one of our team, and it lead to even more self esteem issues 10 years down the line.
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- You appear to think Star Wars is science fiction, and not merely fantasy that just so happens to be set in space.
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