Report: Atari sues game site for publishing review without permission
Atari is reportedly suing game review website 4player
after it published a review of its latest Alone in the Dark
game without permission.
As the site did not receive a copy of the game from the publisher, Atari believes 4player
obtained it illegally and seeks undisclosed restitution. 4players
says the game was legally leaked to it from a retailer. It awarded AiTD
68 percent, a grim total on the industry standard "7 to 9" rating scale used by gaming journalists.
There is a pinch of salt
element at hand: 4player
's denunciation of Atari has all the accouterments of a standard-issue internet drama play. Fidgit
's Tom Chick describes it as "a website with a sense of entitlement instead of an early review copy
If its version of events is true, however, it's the latest example of publishers' increasingly aggressive attempts to determine how the gaming press covers its products. In the run up to the release of its latest blockbuster, Konami presented reviewers with early-access contracts that told them not to report certain aspects of the game
– after they'd already given them access. Late last year, Gamespot
fired longtime staffer Jeff Gerstmann
after he panned Kane and Lynch
, whose publisher had paid for a site-wide advertising campaign at the site.
It's not limited to gaming, either: Websites covering rock mainstays Metallica
were ordered to pull reviews of their latest songs
asked one editor why they comply, and the answer was direct and to the point: because his writers were in danger of losing access
Atari versus press freedom
(Machine Trans) [4players.de via Wired: Game|Life
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