Why Sales Figures Matter – Article

I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter recently from high level journalists that, with the next generation (now the current gen), sales figures mean little. The biggest example I’ve heard so far is from a brilliant investigative journalist over at Giant Bomb by the name of Patrick Klepek, the man who originally found out that Microsoft was going to pull a U-turn on the always-online DRM policy. In his most recent podcast, he states that:

“We don’t have enough information; NPD releases fewer and fewer bits of data every single year because the publishers have wrestled that control away from NPD. Steam releases precious little data about PC sales, and what this allows video game companies to do, and valve is culpable in this as well, is paint their own narratives.

We don’t have enough information to actually accurately talk about any of this, and that’s what's frustrating, because people are so quick to grab the first piece of data that fulfils their own personal narrative; whether it’s the console war, or a game that they’ve bought that they wanna validate that it’s sold really well. We just don’t have enough information to make any of those arguments, so that’s what makes any of these arguments so God damn frustrating; it's cause you’re arguing over nothing, cause the games industry has systemically removed every piece of information that allows us to even make a credible data-driven argument about the state of the games industry.”

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Sony Trademark “Entwined” and “Kill Strain” – News

Sony have trademarked Entwined and Kill Strain. As always with trademark filings we don't actually know much, other than that they are for games, or to be more precise:

"Computer game software; Downloadable computer game software via a global computer network and wireless devices; Video game software"

You can view the trademark for Entwined here and for Kill Strain here.

Source: [NeoGAF]

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Josh Cartu: Ferrari Parking Only

As if his garage wasn't perfect enough, race car driver, Josh Cartu has added a new Ferrari 458 Speciale to his collection. In a photo Cartu shared on his Facebook page recently, the new 458 Speciale is sitting next to his Ferrari 458 Italia AND his Ferrari F12.

If you had the choice, what Ferrari would you take for a day?

Josh Cartu Ferrari 458 Speciale

Here's another photo Cartu shared of himself sitting in the 458 Speciale.

Josh Cartu Ferrari

Source (Facebook)

Shout out to Daniel for the tip!

Could Retro Studios be Working on the New Zelda for Wii U? – Article

While we know that Eiji Aonuma and his team at EAD are hard at work on Nintendo's next Legend of Zelda console title for the Wii U, could Retro Studios be lending a hand with some of the development duties for what some have called Nintendo's most ambitious title yet? 

It's no secret that many a fan has speculated such a theory before, and just recently in an interview Retro neither confirmed nor denied what they were working on currently, even when asked point blank about a possible Zelda project.  But while this is all based on past rumors, when aligned properly, there are signs that point to such a theory being a possibility.

Back in 2012, rumor had it that Retro was tasked with developing engines for Nintendo's then brand new console, as well as helping other developers implement them. Supposedly, even Epic Games was very impressed with what they saw.

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Top 5 News Stories of the Week – Article

It can become difficult to digest all the juicy tidbits of information that surface each week, so now I'm here to present them to you. This is the first edition of the Top 5 News Stories of the Week, a weekly series where I present five of the biggest news stories of each week. The stories are listed in no particular order.

Remember that there is a lot of gaming news every week and there is no way all of it can be covered, so if something is missing from the list that you wanted to see, apologies in advance. This is just a small sampling of some of the bigger news stories this week.


The Last of Us: Remastered Edition Finally Announced

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USA Preorders Chart, 12 April 2014 – Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS4)

Overview

There are two games in the top 30 to be in its final week: Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (PSV) and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS4).

Three games have 200,000 or more pre-orders, down from four last week, and the top eight has 100,000 or more pre-orders, down from 10 last week. No games added 20,000 or more pre-orders, down from one last week and one added 10,000 or more, the same as last week.

Games in Final Week Before Launch

Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (PSV) added 3,597 pre-orders for a grand total of 48,568. Expect first week sales in the USA at retail to be in the 60,000 to 80,000 unit range. Expect the game to sell between 200,000 and 300,000 units lifetime in the US at retail.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS4) added 13,793 pre-orders for a grand total of 41,360. Expect first week sales in the USA at retail to be in the 50,000 to 75,000 unit range. Expect the game to sell between 200,000 and 400,000 units lifetime in the US at retail.

Major Performers in the U.S. – Week Ending April 19

Titanfall (X360) sales are expected to drop to around 80,000 units in its second week on sale.

Kinect Sports Rivals (XOne) sales are expected to drop to around 20,000 units in its second week on sale.

LEGO The Hobbit (X360) sales are expected to drop to around 10,000 units in its second week on sale. The PlayStation 3 version is expected to drop to around 6,000 units. The PlayStation 4 version is expected to drop to around 5,000 units. The Xbox One version is expected to drop to around 4,000 units.

Overall hardware and software sales are expected to remain within 10 percent of the previous week.

Other Hot Games – In Order of Release

 Watch Dogs Pre-orders - PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360

Watch Dogs (PS4) added 7,929 pre-orders, down from 8,875 last week, for a total of 247,706. The Xbox One version added 3,373 pre-orders, down from 3,990 pre-orders last week, for a total of 179,315. The Xbox 360 version added 2,340 pre-orders, down from 2,671 last week, for a total of 113,261. The PlayStation 3 version added 1,933 pre-orders, down from 2,203 last week, for a total of 103,385. The game is seven weeks away from launch in the USA, May 27, 2014.

 Mario Kart 8 Wii U Pre-order Figures

Mario Kart 8 (WiiU) added 6,384 pre-orders, up from 5,686 last week, for a total of 83,658. The game is seven weeks away from launch in the USA, May 30, 2014.

Notable mentions: Destiny (PS4) added 4,250 pre-orders for a total of 264,999. Destiny (XOne) added 3,527 pre-orders for a total of 229,508. The Elder Scrolls Online (XOne) added 3,139 pre-orders for a total of 70,117. The Elder Scrolls Online (PS4) added 2,668 pre-orders for a total of 60,936.

Requests: Super Smash Bros. (3DS) added 1,009 pre-orders for a total of 18,455. Super Smash Bros. (WiiU) added 900 pre-orders for a total of 6,878.

If your favorite game isn't in the top 30, leave a comment requesting which game you want to see and the most requested games will be added in next week's article!

The Top 30 can be seen below or click here to go to the USA pre-orders page.

Pos Game Weeks to Launch Weekly Change Total
1
Gamewise Wiki for Destiny (PS4)
Destiny (PS4)
Activision, Action
N/A 4,250 264,999
2
Gamewise Wiki for Watch Dogs (PS4)
Watch Dogs (PS4)
Ubisoft, Action
7 7,929 247,706
3
Gamewise Wiki for Destiny (XOne)
Destiny (XOne)
Activision, Action
N/A 3,527 229,508
4
Gamewise Wiki for Watch Dogs (XOne)
Watch Dogs (XOne)
Ubisoft, Action
7 3,373 179,315
5
Gamewise Wiki for The Order (PS4)
The Order (PS4)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Shooter
N/A 1,233 117,889
6
Gamewise Wiki for Watch Dogs (X360)
Watch Dogs (X360)
Ubisoft, Action
7 2,340 113,261
7
Gamewise Wiki for Destiny (X360)
Destiny (X360)
Activision, Action
N/A 1,313 105,587
8
Gamewise Wiki for Watch Dogs (PS3)
Watch Dogs (PS3)
Ubisoft, Action
7 1,933 105,318
9
Gamewise Wiki for Dying Light (PS4)
Dying Light (PS4)
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Action
N/A 1,196 83,891
10
Gamewise Wiki for Mario Kart Wii U (WiiU)
Mario Kart Wii U (WiiU)
Nintendo, Racing
7 6,384 83,658
11
Gamewise Wiki for Driveclub (PS4)
Driveclub (PS4)
Sony Computer Entertainment, Racing
N/A 683 82,247
12
Gamewise Wiki for The Sims 4 (PC)
The Sims 4 (PC)
Electronic Arts, Action
N/A 1,131 74,048
13
Gamewise Wiki for The Elder Scrolls Online (XOne)
The Elder Scrolls Online (XOne)
Bethesda Softworks, Action
12 3,139 70,117
14
Gamewise Wiki for The Elder Scrolls Online (PS4)
The Elder Scrolls Online (PS4)
Bethesda Softworks, Action
12 2,668 60,936
15
Gamewise Wiki for Halo 5 (XOne)
Halo 5 (XOne)
Microsoft Game Studios, Shooter
N/A 413 53,616
16
Gamewise Wiki for Watch Dogs (PC)
Watch Dogs (PC)
Ubisoft, Action
N/A 827 53,183
17
Gamewise Wiki for The Crew (PS4)
The Crew (PS4)
Ubisoft, Racing
N/A 1,460 49,418
18
Gamewise Wiki for Destiny (PS3)
Destiny (PS3)
Activision, Action
N/A 706 49,182
19
Gamewise Wiki for Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (PSV)
Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars (PSV)
Atlus, Role-Playing
1 3,597 48,568
20
Gamewise Wiki for Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS4)
Wolfenstein: The New Order (PS4)
Bethesda Softworks, Shooter
6 2,719 46,678
21
Gamewise Wiki for Dying Light (XOne)
Dying Light (XOne)
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Action
N/A 674 45,125
22
Gamewise Wiki for Kingdom Hearts III (PS4)
Kingdom Hearts III (PS4)
Disney Interactive Studios, Role-Playing
N/A 297 43,031
23
Gamewise Wiki for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS4)
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS4)
Square Enix, Role-Playing
1 13,793 41,360
24
Gamewise Wiki for MLB 14 The Show (PS4)
MLB 14 The Show (PS4)
Sony Computer Entertainment America, Action
12 8,045 39,397
25
Gamewise Wiki for Prey 2 (X360)
Prey 2 (X360)
Bethesda Softworks, Shooter
N/A 29 37,533
26
Gamewise Wiki for Wolfenstein: The New Order (XOne)
Wolfenstein: The New Order (XOne)
Bethesda Softworks, Shooter
6 2,220 36,773
27
Gamewise Wiki for Dying Light (X360)
Dying Light (X360)
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Action
N/A 725 34,387
28
Gamewise Wiki for Tom Clancy's The Division (PS4)
Tom Clancy's The Division (PS4)
Ubisoft, Role-Playing
N/A 353 32,784
29
Gamewise Wiki for Final Fantasy XV (PS4)
Final Fantasy XV (PS4)
Square Enix, Role-Playing
N/A 248 30,800
30
Gamewise Wiki for EA Sports UFC (PS4)
EA Sports UFC (PS4)
Electronic Arts, Sports
10 4,281 30,629

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A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. Outside, in the real world, he has a passion for the outdoors which includes everything from hiking to having received his B.A. in Environmental Studies. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com.

Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/251585/usa-preorders-chart-12-april-2014-final-fantasy-xiv-a-realm-reborn-ps4/

Xbox One vs Wii U � VGChartz Gap Charts � March 2014 Update

Welcome to the VGChartz Gap charts. The charts will be updated monthly and each article will focus on a different gap chart. The charts include comparisons between the 7th generation and 8th generation, as well as comparing the 8th generation consoles. All sales are worldwide, unless otherwise stated.

Xbox One vs Wii U – VGChartz Gap Charts – March 2014 Update

XOne Vs. Wii U Global:

Gap change in latest month: 332,429 – XOne

Gap change over last 12 months: n/a

Total Lead: 1,803,386 – Wii U

Xbox One Total Sales: 4,199,749

Wii U Total Sales: 6,003,135

In the fifth month on sale the Xbox One closed the gap between it and the Wii U shrunk by another 332,429. The Wii U currently leads by 1,803,386 units. The Xbox One needs to average 200,376 units per month more than the Wii U to pass it by the end of the year.

The Xbox One launched in North America and Europe on November 22. The Wii U launched in November 2012. The Wii U has sold 6,003,135 units to date, while the Xbox One has sold 4,199,749 units.

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A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. Outside, in the real world, he has a passion for the outdoors which includes everything from hiking to having received his B.A. in Environmental Studies. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com.

Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/251584/xbox-one-vs-wii-uvgchartz-gap-chartsmarch-2014-update/

Dark Souls ‘Mod God’ Applauds Dark Souls II PC Port – News

"Mod God" Peter "Durante" Thoman, who took it upon himself to write code to improve the Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition experience on PC, was asked by PC Gamer to evaluate the release of the Dark Souls II port. Overall, he was pleased:

"Dark Souls 2 on PC is a massively improved effort compared to its predecessor. It renders at any resolution a given system supports, its framerate varies smoothly up to 60 FPS, it performs well even on modest systems... and it comes with a wealth of graphical options."

He explained that the worst offenders from the original Dark Souls port - the resolution and framerate - were completely solved. Textures, models, even small touches which allow the player to scroll through menus with the mouse wheel, impressed Durante and "make it obvious that the game was truly developed with PC in mind."

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Walking Dead Season Two Will Be Available for PS Vita on April 22nd – News

Telltale Games has a history of announcing release dates within a few days of launch. Yesterday's announcement was no exception. 

If you have been waiting to enjoy The Walking Dead: Season Two on your Vita, your patience has been rewarded. On April 22nd, you can download the first two episodes of The Walking Dead: Season Two from the PlayStation Store for $5 each - or purchase the season pass for the game and save 20%. 

We have been enjoying the new season of The Walking Dead so far on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. Feel free to check out our reviews for Episode One (All That Remains) and Episode Two (A House Divided).

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Elder Scrolls Online Duplication Bug Ruining MMO’s Economy – News

With The Elder Scrolls Online having been released for a few weeks now, you'd have thought any truly game-breaking bugs would have been patched out by now.

Alas, it turns out that players are exploiting a bug that allows them to duplicate any item that they wish, with many players now having billions in gold, effectively destroying the MMO's economy and causing many legitimate players to worry that the servers will be reset.

The bug is worrying, as it can accidentally be used by legitimate players as well as those who try to abuse it, meaning that if Zenimax Online prosecutes any players using this bug, they may annoy a large majority of their player base.

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Lewis Hamilton’s New Mercedes SLS Black Series

Microsoft: Xbox One Shipments Top 5 Million Units

Microsoft has announced that shipments for the Xbox One has topped five million units worldwide. This announcement comes one day after Sony announced the PlayStation 4 has hit seven million units sold.

Microsoft has also stated that the Xbox One sold 311,000 units in March in the US, according to NPD. Titanfall was the bestselling game, but Microsoft, Electronic Arts and Respawn have not provided exact figures.

"The new generation is off to a strong start, with global Xbox One sales outpacing Xbox 360 by more than 60 percent at the same point in time, a true testament to your love of console gaming," said Xbox corporate vice president Yusuf Mehdi. "Even more important to us is how much fun you are having on Xbox One. It's amazing that Xbox One fans are spending an average of five hours per day on Xbox One and collectively have totaled more than one billion hours of time spent in games and apps on the console."

"We're also thrilled to see your use and enjoyment of the latest features and apps we have released as part of our regular system updates. In particular, we broke new usage records with the number of unique Twitch broadcasters in the first week of availability," Mehdi continued. "Of course, we're just getting started with this generation and the months ahead will bring several announcements we think you'll love.

"The team will continue to deliver regular improvements and new features based on your feedback through frequent system updates," added Mehdi. "Many more games are on the way with titles like Sunset Overdrive and Project Spark, many new games coming to Xbox One through the ID@Xbox program, and many more entertainment experiences. We can't wait to share more games with you in June at E3."

Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/251583/microsoft-xbox-one-shipments-top-5-million-units/

PS4 vs Wii U � VGChartz Gap Charts � March 2014 Update

Amazing Spider-Man 2 Postponed on Xbox One – News

If you have a pre-order for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on the Xbox One then we have some bad news for you. Gamershonesttruth noticed that customers are receiving e-mails explaining that their pre-orders have been cancelled. Shortly after that they noticed that the game was no longer listed for the Xbox One on Activision's website.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Activision confirmed the 'postponement' of the title for the Xbox One in a statement:

"We are working with Microsoft in an effort to release The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game on Xbox One. Currently, the game will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and the PC on 2nd May, 2014 as previously announced."

So, as things stand, there will be no Xbox One version of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

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Titanfall Developer Doesn’t Know or Care if it Makes a Profit – News

In a recent interview with Gamespot, Titanfall producer Drew McCoy said that he doesn't really care if the game makes a profit or not; he's simply happy to have made a game he enjoys playing:

"I don't know if it's making a profit, I don't know if it's meeting sales expectations. I don't really care.

I care that I worked on a game that I can sit down and enjoy playing. The fact that people enjoy it and it has made enough that we [get to] continue supporting it as a studio, that’s to me a success. We make games because we love them and we want other people to play them with us.”


McCoy didn't comment directly when asked if he feels that his game has pushed other developers of major franchises in the FPS genre (basically, Call of Duty and Battlefield) to think differently. But he did say that he hopes it's made designers want to try something new:

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Titanfall Producer Doesn’t Know or Care if it Makes a Profit – News

In a recent interview with Gamespot, Titanfall producer Drew McCoy said that he doesn't really care if the game makes a profit or not; he's simply happy to have made a game he enjoys playing:

"I don't know if it's making a profit, I don't know if it's meeting sales expectations. I don't really care.

I care that I worked on a game that I can sit down and enjoy playing. The fact that people enjoy it and it has made enough that we [get to] continue supporting it as a studio, that’s to me a success. We make games because we love them and we want other people to play them with us.”


McCoy didn't comment directly when asked if he feels that his game has pushed other developers of major franchises in the FPS genre (basically, Call of Duty and Battlefield) to think differently. But he did say that he hopes it's made designers want to try something new:

This is an excerpt from the full story which was originally featured on gamrReview, read the full version here - Titanfall Producer Doesn't Know or Care if it Makes a Profit - News

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS3) – Review

I had not played Final Fantasy X or its awkward sequel, Final Fantasy X-2, since I was a Senior in high school. While Tidus and Yuna's original adventure in Spira has always stood out to me as one of my favorite gaming experiences, I was unsure how the title would fare now, several years later. The original announcement of this remastered collection was actually one of the driving forces behind my decision to purchase a PlayStation 3, but as the game loaded into my console I could not help but wonder if my adventures in Spira would still be as momentous as they were many years ago. 

zanarkand

Final Fantasy X takes place in the world of Spira. While seemingly beautiful and calm, there is poignant element to the world. The majority of the citizens of Spira follow the teachings of a religion known as Yevon. By following the teachings of Yevon, including abstaining from the use of machinery, they hope to one day be free from the terror caused by the whale-like beast known as Sin. Unable to kill Sin for good, the people of Spira send a group of Guardians and a Summoner to the various holy Temples around the world with the goal of banishing Sin for a 10 year period known as "the Calm." 

As with many games in this genre, Final Fantasy X's story is littered with an agonizingly touching love story. The game's protagonist - Tidus - and Spira's most adored summoner - Yuna - quickly connect with one another. Over the course of the 80 hour story, the two of them develop a close bond and ultimately fall in love. To keep in-line with the game's appetite for tragedy, however, is the fact that Yuna, like all summoners, is destined to die in her battle against Sin, and Tidus may be less than he appears to be. Their love for one another fuels a divergence from Yevon's usual path towards defeating Sin, and makes for one of the Final Fantasy series' best plots, as it touches on religion and politics in an interesting way. 

tidus yuna
Final Fantasy X does what many games in this genre fail to do, and that is to balance out the cut-scenes and various gameplay elements. There is a perfect mix of combat, exploration, and story development through dialogue and cut-scenes. It also does a great job at mixing things up just when you think you have everything figured out in the world of Spira. 

The series' combat system has evolved a lot since the days of Final Fantasy X. However, the simple turn-based system still stands out to me as one of the best in the series. While it is a seemingly basic turn-based system, there's plenty of added depth which makes FFX's combat fun to engage in. Swapping out characters mid-battle is done with quickness and ease, allowing you to get the appropriate team for the right situation. Each character in the game has their specified role in battle, Tidus being the quick and agile fighter, Yuna the white mage and summoner, Lulu the dark mage, Auron the brute force fighter, and so on. 

Leveling up is also a little bit different here; whereas there are no levels per se, experience goes towards points on the game's intricate Sphere Grid system. By earning points gamers can move their character around the Sphere Grid and unlock new abilities and increase their attributes. Each character has a standard, mostly pre-determined path on the Sphere Grid, but users can choose to alter those paths by using unlockable spheres to take their character down a whole new route. This feature enables characters like Yuna - normally a healer - to turn into a tanky fighter, if you so choose. This remake also introduces the Expert Sphere Grid, which deviates from the traditional and locked version, allowing even more fine-tuning. 

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Big Cash Big Cars & Big Cats

EB Games Expo 2014 Taking Place October 3-5 in Sydney – News

EB Games announced today that the EB Games Expo 2014 will take place on October 3-5 in Sydney at the Sydney Olympic Park. They also confirmed that a number of major publishers will be attending, including Activision, EA, Nintendo, Sony, Ubisoft, WB Interactive and Microsoft. The addition of a new pavilion for this year's expo will expand the event's space to 35,000 square metres.

Debra McGrath, EB Games National Brand, Events and Engagement Manager made a statement about this year's expo:

"Whether you're a gaming enthusiast or someone who just likes to play with your family, you'll be spoilt for choice over the weekend. We've kept everyone's favourite events and live shows from last year and planning heaps of new exiting content that will make this year's EB Expo the biggest and best ever."

EB Games Expo tickets are going on sale beginning April 24 at 10 AM AEST. The prices range from $39.95 for daylight or twilight general admission up to $199 for a single day Express Gamer Pass. 

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VGRHQ Launches, Highlights the Best Video Game Reviews on the Net – News

As a member of the legion of video game review writers that are on the internet, it's nice to hear the occasional piece of positive feedback - it helps to keep this hobby turned part-time job from becoming a burden instead of bringing you joy like it should.  

Well now there's a site designed solely to commemorate the best of the best when it comes to video game reviews. Think of it as a Metacritic-esque review site, but where Metacritic puts various reviews together into a single score, VGRHQ attempts to discern which review for a given game was the best.  

Obviously I probably wouldn't be writing about this particular site if a member our staff hadn't just seen some recognition from VGRHQ. To that end I'd like to congratulate our old staffer Matt Ashbaugh for his Minecraft review getting some justified accolades. Remaining informative while writing a review completely in verse was truly a feat of writing that I don't think anyone else on staff was capable of pulling off, and I'm glad to see the VGRHQ crew agree.  

So if you're looking for a place to talk about video game criticism on a level higher than "you suck", want to read some of the best pieces of video game criticism out there, or have seen a particular review you feel merits the spotlight and want to suggest it to the VGRHQ team, you might want to check out VGRHQ.com.

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