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Helium - pay to write reviews???
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 9:34 am    Post subject: Helium - pay to write reviews??? Reply with quote

I stumbled on this, what I thought was, quite odd website. Publishers pay money to get reviews written. Now, that isn't unusual in itself, but normally it's a 'back door' process where you might pay for some advertising to help 'support' the site. Not that i've ever done that!! I just know it goes on.

However, this site makes it completely explicit. Publishers pay money and submit a 'product', writers sign up for free and either get a small cut based on how many times their work gets read or if they are good they get get a specific payment.

Starscape ended up on a casual games portal run by Oberon Media who are pretty big. As it isn't a casual game it didn't do very well and I didn't think Oberon had made any particular effort to market it. However, it looks like they paid some money to get some reviews written on here.

Very odd and disjointed to read them, swaying wildly from worst game EVER to this game ROCKS!! It demonstrates why paying people to review things is a bad idea (even professional journalists sometimes). The reviews are all over the place. I think you need people who are passionate about the field, people who understand. The point of a review is for someone who may not be an expert or be familiar with what is available, to gain insight from someone who IS and that can write from experience.

Surely nobody would trust anything written here? Odd.

http://www.helium.com/items/1130782-downloadable-game-review-starscape-by-oberon-media

http://www.helium.com/items/1129399-starscape-game-reviews

http://www.helium.com/items/1127868-games-never-to-try

http://www.helium.com/items/1130445-starscape-game-review

http://www.helium.com/items/1131441-starscape-review

http://www.helium.com/items/1131792-starscape-by-oberon-media
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