Over the past few months, I’ve actually wondered if, for at least a week or so, I’ve been suffering from videogame addiction. It may seem like a very odd thing to say – because it is, really – but I want you to know that when I say it, I don’t mean to belittle the struggles against more documented addictions that a great many people face on a regular basis. Addiction can manifest itself in different people, and in different ways.
All this time, I have been reviewing games and other media the wrong way. When we write reviews, we always seem eager to whack some number on the end of it – what we never seem to do is think about what that number actually represents. Recently, I have been doing this a lot; inspired by a comment from a friend of mine in response to our BioShock Infinite review.
A wee while ago a well-known website broke an embargo relating to a swanky trailer for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, and there was a bit of a fuss about it. I never read into it in too much detail, but it got me wondering what the point of an embargo actually is. So “everyone’s on an even keel” and so “everyone gets a good chance of coverage at the same time” apparently.