Posted on December 18, 2011
I have been converted!
No longer do I believe GameSpot to be the better resource for all things video games. At least, not the more trustworthy one.
There was the whole situation with Jeff Gertsmann, who reviewed games for the site forever and was canned for giving an honest (in other words, “bad”) review of Kane and Lynch: Dead Men. The game happened to be a sponsor for the site in the weeks leading up to its release, and it was more than just a coincidence he was “let go” after giving the game a low score.
I let that one slide, even though it didn’t really seem fair. After all, I’m tracking my entire video game collection on GameSpot, something I can’t seem to do anywhere else.
Anyhow, a glitch was recently uncovered in the new Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword that would make the game un-finishable. By that, I mean that if a specific sequence of events occurs within the game (by trying to complete the game “out of order” from the storyline), Link won’t be able to proceed to the next objective. The player would then have no choice but to restart the game entirely
A full (mostly negative) article was posted at GameSpot, basically stating “not sure how this could happen in this day and age, but Nintendo says ‘don’t worry about it'”.
About five years ago, a slightly more aggravating glitch reared its ugly head in Zelda: Twilight Princess. I won’t delve into details, as the video below describes it pretty well!
This was a pretty serious muck-up, but I never saw a thing about it at GameSpot. Being concerned about it at the time, I looked it up elsewhere on the interwebs, and found a few websites confirming what was happening. It never affected what I ended up thinking about the game when I bought it a month or two later, but I did make sure to avoid the glitch.
The site’s sponsor for a week or two back in ’06 before its release? Twilight Princess.
Interesting… Skyrim, which I have almost no interest in, but somehow keep hearing about, has almost crippling graphical issues on the PS3 edition, yet that gets no coverage. Skyward Sword gets lampooned for a glitch that only shows up if you do a specific sequence of events.
What was GameSpot sponsored by for a few weeks last month?
Ahh, right. Skyrim. Not Zelda… I see a pattern.
I have converted to IGN-ism.
I will return to video game memories very soon! Worry not!