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Gaming Websites NOT for the Gamers

December 14, 2009

You think my title is a complete contradiction to our website DualShockers? Well it is, because I think that video game websites aren’t for gamers. What for? Yes, okay gamers get some news from gaming here and there. But besides that, they only come to argue anyway because “they know everything about games ever.” Who I think gaming websites should be targeting are parents. That’s right parents who can actually put some use into reviews, instead of the obnoxious amount of “this game cannot be a 10!” that spews out after every blockbuster that releases, EVEN when the reviewer clearly states, “this by all means does not make this a perfect game.” We don’t need these reviews, maybe to get a vague description of a game we may be interested in. But I’ve gone out, made the right decision (you know the ones I make myself?) and bought 7.0 rated games and loved it. I know what I would like and not like. So, where am I going with this? Oh right, parents. Parents if you hear me, start visiting video game websites!!

This is all coming from seeing NPD numbers of the Nintendo DS version of Bakugan Battle Brawlers. This game was the number 2 best-selling title on Nintendo DS for Q4 2009, and number 5 across all systems in the month of November 2009. Are you kidding me? This game that has gotten mediocre scores across the board and that I gave a 2/5 stars to, has sold this well in the hot holiday months. There are three things wrong here. I’m wasting my time, companies are being advantageous, and kids are dumb (sorry kids reading).

Writing reviews, I feel like I’m doing a service for all of you. What is the gosh darn point of writing a review if the game is going to sell great anyway. Yeah, I made another contradiction just now. Yes I buy poorly reviewed games sometimes, but I know what I’m doing. Bakugan is a kids’ game, and they need our guidance… the parents I mean, who are buying these games for their kids. It hurts me when I see kids on line with their Mom at GameStop holding a copy BMX XXX (Okay, maybe not that game, but pretty bad games). If parents were just looking at some game websites, this game would have never sold this well, and in turn not have disgraced our loving and pure industry.

Now let’s get to the companies who makes these kind of games. Companies should have some class. An example I’m going to make is Pokémon. Sure, the games have become stale and formulaic (in my opinion), but they are still very good games. Pokémon could easily make so much money with a crappy game, because kids would just eat it up. But no, they chose to have some class and respect the buyers. And this goes for movie game developers and other crappy game developers. Have some class give them some decent games!! As far as kids go. They just don’t know what they want and are in complete denial mode 24/7. Your game sucks, stop telling your friends you like it and believing that they’re good games. They’re not. I’m sick of seeing kids running around me with bad games that I never even heard of before.

In closing… Mom and Dad… look at our website and other websites. Your kids deserve good games!

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François Chang

Working on the DualShockers staff as both an editor and community manager since late 2009, François is absolutely no stranger to the videogame industry. He is a graduate from the City College of New York, and has his Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising. His next step is to obtain his Master's degree at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Before starting his career, François has been gaming since the age of 2 with Super Mario World, and he has never looked back since. Gaming may be his profession, but it has always been his passion.

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