-

Jump to content



Photo
- - - - -

Are there video game reviews done by the HTF like the DVD reviews?


This topic has been archived. This means that you cannot reply to this topic.
77 replies to this topic

#1 of 78 OFFLINE   David Galindo

David Galindo

    Screenwriter

  • 1,264 posts
  • Join Date: Mar 30 2003

Posted November 16 2003 - 04:04 PM

Just wondering, but probably not since this is not a video game forum...

#2 of 78 OFFLINE   Travis Olson

Travis Olson

    Supporting Actor

  • 936 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 07 2001

Posted November 16 2003 - 04:27 PM

I think a few members have reviewed games in the past, but never officially by HTF.

#3 of 78 OFFLINE   Jay Mitchosky

Jay Mitchosky

    Producer

  • 3,740 posts
  • Join Date: Sep 06 1998

Posted November 17 2003 - 01:24 AM

Is this of interest to you guys? Would you like to see a couple of qualified reviewers for this forum? They would be designated with "official" review threads. Perhaps something we could pursue.
"The computer had attained consciousness, only to reject it, claiming it was too unstable an operating system."

#4 of 78 OFFLINE   Keith_R

Keith_R

    Screenwriter

  • 1,179 posts
  • Join Date: Jun 16 2001

Posted November 17 2003 - 02:01 AM

Quote:
Is this of interest to you guys? Would you like to see a couple of qualified reviewers for this forum? They would be designated with "official" review threads. Perhaps something we could pursue.


I think it's a good idea. As a matter-of-fact I was thinking of the same thing the other day.
-Keith-       


#5 of 78 OFFLINE   David Galindo

David Galindo

    Screenwriter

  • 1,264 posts
  • Join Date: Mar 30 2003

Posted November 17 2003 - 03:11 AM

I'd love to do a Xbox review of Counterstrike on Friday, and if you like my style of writing, perhaps I could be a HTF videogame reviewer Posted Image

Sounds great Posted Image

#6 of 78 OFFLINE   JamesHl

JamesHl

    Supporting Actor

  • 813 posts
  • Join Date: May 08 2003

Posted November 17 2003 - 04:09 AM

I would be interested in contributing if something like this were to start up.

#7 of 78 OFFLINE   Matt Butler

Matt Butler

    Screenwriter

  • 1,921 posts
  • Join Date: Jun 23 2001

Posted November 17 2003 - 05:46 AM

Id be interested as well. I did write reviews for a local DVD site for a spell. Ill link you to my reviews if you'd like.
My Blu Rays
http://www.blu-ray.c...ol...=Dj Matt B

Favorite films of all time in no order
1. Zodiac 2. Dawn of the Dead (1978) 3. The Good The Bad and The Ugly 4. Blade Runner 5. The Warriors 6. Dark Knight 7. The Godfather  8. Bullitt 9. Experiment in Terror 10. Raiders of the Lost...

#8 of 78 OFFLINE   Tyler DJW

Tyler DJW

    Stunt Coordinator

  • 169 posts
  • Join Date: Aug 13 2002

Posted November 17 2003 - 06:32 AM

I think it's a great idea too. I would love to see reviews from the same perspective I enjoy them. Good gameplay and a good hometheater experience.
My DVD Collection
XBOX GamerTag: MumbleyJoe

#9 of 78 OFFLINE   Jason Quillen

Jason Quillen

    Supporting Actor

  • 623 posts
  • Join Date: Nov 01 2000

Posted November 17 2003 - 07:54 AM

Quote:
Is this of interest to you guys? Would you like to see a couple of qualified reviewers for this forum? They would be designated with "official" review threads. Perhaps something we could pursue.


I think it sounds like a really good idea.

And I guess I'll offer to do reviews as well. I do a ton of writing as a history major, and have done some TV reviews over in the TV forum just for fun, but never anything official - but I'd love the opportunity to try.

JQ

#10 of 78 OFFLINE   Morgan Jolley

Morgan Jolley

    Lead Actor

  • 8,149 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 16 2000

Posted November 17 2003 - 08:47 AM

I strongly support this too. Very good idea.

#11 of 78 OFFLINE   David Galindo

David Galindo

    Screenwriter

  • 1,264 posts
  • Join Date: Mar 30 2003

Posted November 17 2003 - 09:33 AM

Perhaps there should be 2 Xbox reviewers, 2 PS2 guys, 1 Gamecube and one GBA reviewer...

Just throwin around some ideas.

#12 of 78 OFFLINE   Allen>B

Allen>B

    Agent

  • 39 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 25 2003

Posted November 17 2003 - 10:47 AM

Why limit?

Best review gets the official nod no matter who makes it.

#13 of 78 OFFLINE   Morgan Jolley

Morgan Jolley

    Lead Actor

  • 8,149 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 16 2000

Posted November 17 2003 - 11:04 AM

Why not make the review threads for games more like the ones for movies than those for DVDs? Everyone posts a review of their own opinion.

#14 of 78 OFFLINE   Jay Mitchosky

Jay Mitchosky

    Producer

  • 3,740 posts
  • Join Date: Sep 06 1998

Posted November 17 2003 - 11:11 AM

Quote:
Why limit? Best review gets the official nod no matter who makes it.

If we have a couple of dedicated reviewers it becomes more of a known quantity. There would be an expectation to provide reviews on a timely basis as opposed to them randomly filtered in. And they could be written in a standardized format for more consistency.

We could look at a couple of scenarios as to how best it would work. Perhaps someone assigned to console games, another to PC? Or one to each for Xbox, PS2, Gamecube, and PS2. Throw in your ideas as to what configuration you think would work best. There would be a technical expectation as well - gameplay aside people are interested in the graphics and sound, online play where applicable, etc. So potential reviewers would have to have a capable surround rig and monitor with online access. Special consideration would be paid to those who regularly have access to titles prior to release. It would be great to get the jump on street dates.

Those who are interested can e-mail or PM me directly.
"The computer had attained consciousness, only to reject it, claiming it was too unstable an operating system."

#15 of 78 OFFLINE   John_Berger

John_Berger

    Screenwriter

  • 2,489 posts
  • Join Date: Nov 01 2001

Posted November 17 2003 - 11:37 AM

I'd say one to each platform. That way the reviews can be isolated to someone who knows what to expect from that platform. To have any person spread cross pltforms will invariably lead to platform-vs-platform comparisons, and we all know how well that goes over in this place.

I am interested in the PC obviously, and my affiliation with another web site (not my own since it's obviously not related to gaming) can get me some inroads to software companies. I've received pre-gold game software for review in the past. Be aware that I'd likely have to share the reviews between HTF and the other site, if that's not a problem.

My only real request if this goes through is that all review threads SPECIFICALLY mention the platform in the title, such as

OFFICIAL MAX PAYNE 2: THE FALL OF MAX PAYNE (PC) REVIEW

or

OFFICIAL REVIEW (PC) - MAX PAYNE 2: THE FALL OF MAX PAYNE

That way if the same game gets reviewed on multiple platforms (which I do believe will be of interest particularly for games that have different features based on platform), there will be no confusion as to which thread is for which specific review. I can already see a review for a game on a console + PC and the replies that say, "But [version] has these features!"

#16 of 78 OFFLINE   Jay Mitchosky

Jay Mitchosky

    Producer

  • 3,740 posts
  • Join Date: Sep 06 1998

Posted November 17 2003 - 11:52 AM

Excellent suggestion by John re: format of thread title. I think platform-specific reviewers makes sense for the reason you indicate above. To play Devil's Advocate, however, the one problem I see is having the same titles reviewed up to three times.
"The computer had attained consciousness, only to reject it, claiming it was too unstable an operating system."

#17 of 78 OFFLINE   Jason Quillen

Jason Quillen

    Supporting Actor

  • 623 posts
  • Join Date: Nov 01 2000

Posted November 17 2003 - 12:22 PM

Ok, bear with me here - is there a way to manipulate the post order in a thread?

For example, say Max Payne 2 came out last week and John did a review for the PC version and makes a thread called "OFFICIAL REVIEW (PC) - MAX PAYNE 2: THE FALL OF MAX PAYNE".

Then a week later the XBox version comes out, and I do a review for it. Instead of starting a new thread about the XBox version, would it be possible to move my review to the first response of John's original thread and then just edit the title to "OFFICIAL REVIEW (PC) (Xbox) - MAX PAYNE 2: THE FALL OF MAX PAYNE"?

That way we could cut down on the number of threads, keep the threads organized with the reviews always coming before responses / questions / comments, and make it easy to see which versions of a game have been reviewed.

Sorry if that was confusing - studying for the GRE I have on thursday has turned my brain to mush tonight.

JQ

#18 of 78 OFFLINE   Jay Mitchosky

Jay Mitchosky

    Producer

  • 3,740 posts
  • Join Date: Sep 06 1998

Posted November 17 2003 - 12:36 PM

Quote:
...is there a way to manipulate the post order in a thread?

Not that I know of. Unless we close off the thread to open discussion. In other words post the review and lock it. People can read it in the same manner as, say, Gamespot (ie. non-interactive). Then have a separate separate discussion thread. So ultimately there would be a single thread compiled with reviews for PC, Xbox, PS2, and/or Gamecube.
"The computer had attained consciousness, only to reject it, claiming it was too unstable an operating system."

#19 of 78 OFFLINE   Larry Talbot

Larry Talbot

    Second Unit

  • 388 posts
  • Join Date: Jun 08 2003

Posted November 17 2003 - 12:43 PM

This is a great idea and perhaps long overdue. I get tired of reading Xbox game reviews online where the reviewer doesn't bother to mention (or simply isn't aware) that a particular game doesn't support 480p, or, in some cases, even DD 5.1...
Game reviews tailored for a home theater audience interested in high quality audio and video along with gameplay would be GREATLY welcomed...There are several sites that review DVDs from a home theater perspective, but almost no sites that treat video games the same way. With games approaching films in terms of effects and sound, it is about time they were treated equally on those terms by reviewers.

#20 of 78 OFFLINE   JamesHl

JamesHl

    Supporting Actor

  • 813 posts
  • Join Date: May 08 2003

Posted November 17 2003 - 03:20 PM

As to the issue of reviewing the same title for different consoles: comparative reviews should be done by the same person, or not at all. You won't know if the difference in ratings is subjective to the person or due to actual differences in the versions of the game, at least as far as general look, feel, and play. It would be nice to note differences in online implementation and such though, all that would be required there is a little research.


Back to Video Gaming



Forum Nav Content I Follow