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First and foremost, a review is written for the benefit of the audience and not the creator. Thinking that the criticism within a review isn't valid because it isn't sympathetic towards the creator is remarkably silly.

author=Corfaisus
What sparked this?

The "Is there something wrong with me? Am I just not a good dev?" thread.

If I'd posted there then people would've likely taken my argument and applied it to the specific example that thread is referring to, which I have absolutely no interest in.

First and foremost, a review is written for the benefit of the audience and not the creator. Thinking that the criticism within a review isn't valid because it isn't sympathetic towards the creator is remarkably silly.

author=pianotm
I also agree. Reviews are for the audience, but it's equally ridiculous to think that the game dev shouldn't be among the review's audience. If a review goes too far, any good points can be lost in the showboating. At this point, the review is useless to both the dev and the audience since the review is simply trying to be a piece of art in its right and is merely using the subject to try and prop itself up. The review becomes biased and unreliable since you cannot know if the reviewer is giving an honest opinion or simply playing to the masses.

The developer may well be part of the audience, but that doesn't mean the review needs to attempt to help them make their game better. If that's what developers want from reviews then what they actually need is a beta tester, not a reviewer.

All reviews are biased by definition.

Reviews are art in their own right.

Reliability has nothing to do with style nor temperament.

I just won first place in the Halloween Contest!

Oh, I thought you meant here. Nevermind.

I just won first place in the Halloween Contest!

Oh. I thought you meant here. Nevermind.

I have somehow landed on a "rich persons" mailing list

Rich Men's Network

I just won first place in the Halloween Contest!

There was a Halloween contest?

Great. Now that the Monopoly game is back at McDonalds for a limited time only, now every time that I walk by a McDonalds now, and see Mr. Monopoly’s smiling face staring back at me, I’m then reminded of “my particular version” that still isn’t finished

I feel the same way when I see riots on the news.

"I thought I was a creator, I'm here just hanging around. Got my messiah impression, I think I got it nailed down..."

author=Dyhalto
I thought you were talking about someone on RMN.
I think you know who I'm talking about.
I'm pretty sure you do.

Not really.

I just love this song, and I think the album it comes from is one of the best albums I've ever heard, if not the best outright.

author=Craze
ugh stop i was on a brand new kick for like two weeks last month and i finally got clean

I'll never get clean. Not complaining, though...

"I thought I was a creator, I'm here just hanging around. Got my messiah impression, I think I got it nailed down..."

'TWAS I WHO SOLD SUNLIGHT! (Selling Sunlight review shenanigans)

author=Sooz
My review is that I don't understand how selling sunlight can be considered a viable retail strategy.

Well, tanning shops basically sell fake sunlight...