Eurogamer blacklisted by 2K Games

An especially poor review of Duke Nukem Forever might have caused a major gaming web site to be cut off from media contacts from the first person shooter's publisher 2K Games. Tom Bramwell, the editor-in-chief of Eurogamer.net, posted word on his Twitter site that, "We are blacklisted @2KGames and it seems to be standard practice." In a later response to a question, Bramwell seems to confirm that part of the ban includes no access to review copies of upcoming 2K Games' titles directly from the publisher.

He states, "We'll continue to review 2K games if we think our audience is interested. We had to buy Duke to review it, will for BioShock etc." He later adds, "No bad blood here - it would be handy if they gave us access but it's not the end of the world. I still like the people." Eurogamer gave the just released Duke Nukem Forever a score of 3 out of 10.

This move comes on the heels of 2K Games firing a third party PR firm for the game, The Redner Group, after its head Jim Redner made a threat on his Twitter page to keep future review copies games from some journalists who posted especially critical reviews of Duke Nukem Forever. Redner later apologized for his actions but 2K Games sent out a statement announcing the firing of The Redner Group, stating, "We have always maintained a mutually-respectful working relationship with the press and do not condone his actions in any way."

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Darth Radeon said,
I say we boycott Duke Nukem Forever, the truth must prevail.

From what i can see they rated MW2 9/10, besides the bugs and poorer MP customizability the game is basically identical to DNF.

The truth must prevail indeed, i wonder how a game like that can score that high

Lamp0 said,

Because they liked it? As did many people.


So that says they are unprofessional reviewers. Professional won't push his own preferences.
A fundamental rule of journalism - journalist should analyze both sides, not pushing his own views.

We have such site in Russia - Absolute Games. It's well known for such unprofessional reviews. Like a one iRacing fan reviewed rFactor to 35/100, while reviewed GT Legends and RACE (commercial rFactor mods) to 92 and 80 respectively. Or another one RPG and arcade lover reviewing non RPG games with conclusion it's not like my favorite RPG, so...
So it's common when their reviews differs from user rating by 10-20 point out of 100.

I mean look at eurogamer's review. It's a crap. They definitely have a plot against the game or might be publisher.

So i'm with 2K on this. They doing right. No professional reviewers, then no games for reviews.

Windsinger said,

ironically enough, she would be an improvement over what we have now.

Really? The same Palin that can "see Russia" and therefore has international experience? And you think THAT would be an improvement!?!? BWAHAHAHA!!!!

Windsinger said,

ironically enough, she would be an improvement over what we have now.

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. We already had 8 years of a Moron-in-Charge and look what happened to the entire nation.

And you want to complain about the guy who is stuck paying the check and cleaning up the mess?

Windsinger said,

ironically enough, she would be an improvement over what we have now.

I hope your trolling; the alternative is that you're as dumb as Palin.

/keep ringing those bells

excalpius said,
And you want to complain about the guy who is stuck paying the check and cleaning up the mess?

If 'paying the check and cleaning up the mess' translates to spending our tax monies, making no decisions, and doing absolutely nothing about anything... then yes, I would like to complain.

anyhoo, so a PR firm overstepped their boundaries and got fired... and this is news how? anyways, the 'bad blood' that he said didn't exist was based on other things they did, not just the Duke review... which was crazy to say the least. Someone over there had a hard on against all things Duke, or the company (hint-hint)... and it showed.

Mountain Dew said,
Read your own article before posting.

The guy already said they had to buy their own copies of Duke, which means their blacklisting took place BEFORE Duke came out.

Fail article failed before it was even out of the first paragraph...

Where did you get your information from? Just because they had to pay for DNF doesn't mean they had to pay for previous titles. Heck, maybe 2K Games forgot about Eurogamer or knew it was so bad that they didn't want to send out a lot of copies. They do that with movie screenings with critics.

briangw said,

Where did you get your information from? Just because they had to pay for DNF doesn't mean they had to pay for previous titles. Heck, maybe 2K Games forgot about Eurogamer or knew it was so bad that they didn't want to send out a lot of copies. They do that with movie screenings with critics.


Did you even read the news article, the first paragraph stated a bad review of duke nukem might have caused Eurogamer to be blacklisted, but the quote from Eurogamer in the next paragraph said that they had to buy their review copy of duke nukem. So they were banned BEFORE duke nukem review.

Jenson said,

Did you even read the news article
Do you have reading comprehension problems? The Twitter post and Neowin article are clear: after the bad review, Eurogamer was informed they were blacklisted by 2K for future games. It doesn't matter if they were given a review copy prior to that or not.

boogerjones said,
Do you have reading comprehension problems? The Twitter post and Neowin article are clear: after the bad review, Eurogamer was informed they were blacklisted by 2K for future games. It doesn't matter if they were given a review copy prior to that or not.
Comprehension problems seem common here.

The fact they had to buy a copy of Duke Nukem to review implies they were already blacklisted at that point, therefore implying they were not blacklisted BECAUSE of their Duke review.

TCLN Ryster said,
Comprehension problems seem common here.

The fact they had to buy a copy of Duke Nukem to review implies they were already blacklisted at that point, therefore implying they were not blacklisted BECAUSE of their Duke review.

But the first paragraph says that "An especially poor review of Duke Nukem Forever might have caused a major gaming web site to be cut off from media contacts from the first person shooter's publisher 2K Games" and "In a later response to a question, Bramwell seems to confirm that part of the ban includes no access to review copies of upcoming 2K Games' titles directly from the publisher." This is implying that it happened now.

I think before we blame" reading comprehension" problems on everyone here, the story needs to be cleared up by the author.

schizo_ said,
The game sucks even by today's standards yet it will still make millions. I don't see why it's different than other games.

Yes by today's standards but this game was released with 90's standards. I think that is the big problem here.

ShiFteDReaLitY said,
Yeah any Call of duty game seems to get 9/10 at most reviews, although there was a few that rated it bad. The reviewers who think games like black ops and MW2 are how shooters are supposed to be, clearly don't know games at all. Not defending any game here just saying if i want to see if i like a game.. i play it first, if i cant do that then ill see what friends say or what not.

But... but it's a hyper-realistic shooter!!

Cannot wait for BF3 C:

Personally I think Duke is a poor game overall but people should review it for what it is rather then taking shots at it and gloating (ref. read the Gamespot review). That said, publishers need to chill out and realise that it's a crap game, and though it's a nice miracle it came into being after all it's not fair selling it as the real thing for 60 bucks. It's not a 60 bucks game - it's a 24.99 bucks game for fans only. I played it for 2 hours at a friend ah it was like 'ah, good old days, LAN parties, come get some'. But 2 hours later I've already forgotten about it.

This grandfather clock doesn't tell me the time in china, nor does it light up. So it obviously sucks.... That is basically how all reviews about this game have been. No one can seem to remember the process and hell this game went through, and the decade it was made for. But yes, let's just keep comparing it to the newest of the new...

So they make a terrible game and get butthurt when people document how bad it is? Sounds like someone's throwing their toys out their pram a little.

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