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Kane & Lynch 4

Kane & Lynch

IO Interactive’s Kane & Lynch is a strange game. It is the work of a very talented developer taking a break from their lucrative Hitman series. This clear talent shines through K&L, but primarily through the cracks in the game’s finish. The game that players of Kane & Lynch see before them is an absolutely incredible game utilizing a setting that almost no other game in the current game industry environment utilizes and, on top of that, it’s a setting that IO Interactive not only understands and embraces, but has a great deal of love for. K&L received a strange...

The Game Review Symposium: Review Scores 4

The Game Review Symposium: Review Scores

The first part of the game review symposium is now up and covers the topic of the scores attached to game reviews. You can find it here: http://shawnelliott.blogspot.com/2008/12/symposium-part-one-review-scores.html. If there was any doubt about the usefulness of the symposium before I think the responses to this first part alone should quiet those — though I’d be interested in hearing from anyone that still doubts the value of the discussion. Over the course of a few dozen responses Shawn Elliott, Kieren Gillen, N’Gai Croal, Leigh Alexander, Jeff Gerstmann, and Dan Hsu — among others — debate the finer points of the...

The Game Review Symposium 7

The Game Review Symposium

Before he left his post at Ziff-Davis’ gaming publications (namely Games for Windows Magazine followed by EGM/1Up) Shawn Elliott was one of the best journalists in the game industry. His works at GfW Magazine were always some of the most well-articulated and reasoned pieces to be found in the industry. Elliott’s “claim to fame” in the game industry, though, came through his appearances on the GFW Radio podcast where he, Jeff Green, Ryan Scott, Darren Gladstone, Sean Malloy, Robert Ashley, and more held some of the most entertaining and intelligent weekly gaming discussions in the industry. Now that Shawn Elliott...

The Death of the Death of Game Criticism 11

The Death of the Death of Game Criticism

Supposedly, there’s a problem with game journalism (part one). It’s worth pointing out that if you have an article entitled “The Problem with Games Journalism,” then the tagline of your site best not be “Independent game journalism.” Yesterday, Kotaku published a piece by the site’s Managing Editor, Brian Crecente which is entitled: “Death of Criticism: The Death of (Video Game) Criticism.” The article is a response to a piece written by famed film writer/critic Roger Ebert entitled “Death to film critics! Hail to the CelebCult!.” Ebert’s piece should be considered a must-read; his insights into film criticism and, in some...