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Konami and Famitsu don't rike Kotaku
April 26, 2010 09:20 am
I guess Kotaku Japan will cry over Peace Walker, too.
If you recall, Kotaku's Brian Ashcraft "exposed" the fact that Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is involved in crosspromoting with Famitsu and that Famitsu gave Peace Walker a 40/40 in a review. Using these admittedly suspicious facts Ashcraft concluded that even if the game is actually really good, the Famitsu review "needlessly dirties up what could very well be a great game." Interestingly enough, while the article reeked of bitching and conspiracy theories, the only legitimate point he made was apparently the only point he was trying to make:
"The issue isn't whether or not the game deserves a 40 -- something that seems to go over the heads of so many readers. The issue is that Famitsu did not make a full disclosure."
Despite the article sounding more like an attack on the fact that Famitsu had the audacity to review the game rather than a genuine (but ironic) criticism of the lack of a full disclosure, Kotaku's Japanese counterpart thought the article was pretty fucking cool and translated it. Famitsu was not hamuring it at all and sent them a letter calling them fags or something, I dunno. Konami was even less kind, informing Kotaku Japan that they decided to retcon their invitation to a Peace Walker launch party. Ashcraft's response? More conspiracies:
"So, Kotaku Japan was contacted by both Famitsu and Konami. Both taking issue with the post. In the same day. What a kwinky dink. And it might simply be a coincidence."
Still, like last time, Ashcraft makes a good point. It does seem pretty damning for Konami and Famitsu to pull shit like this. Why not a simple e-mail telling Kotaku why Ashcraft's accusation might be under false pretenses, if such is the case? Why not make a rebuttal statement like the OFFICIAL KP BADASS Kenichiro Imaizumi did when some kids incorrectly claimed MGS4 had a budget of $60 million? Konami and Famitsu instead ended up making themselves look quite guilty.
If I were Ashcraft though I would try to get in touch with Konami and try to explain that the article was entirely about providing full disclosures and that I decided to run with the conspiracy theories to generate controversy and site hits. After all, if "so many readers" think you're simply slamming the game, maybe Konami felt that way too? The title of the article, "Do Not Trust This Magazine's Review Scores", doesn't help either. It seems like Ashcraft won't bother clearing things up though.
"It doesn't matter if Kotaku Japan cannot go to some Peace Walker PR event. What does matter is that this seems coordinated, insidious, even."
SOURCE: Kotaku, Ron!n
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