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Re: Here by Thanks, Jason 01/24/2021, 11:50am PST
Ichabod wrote:

He specifically says he does not do that. You're dinging him for something he doesn't do.

Unless I am wrong and Tom Chick does do mock reviews and then regular reviews. If that's the case I am wrong. I am not attacking you.

He takes money for a mock review from a company, then goes on to write reviews of other games from the same company he took money from. Gets money to mock review FF15, doesn't impact the Metacritic score because he "recuses" himself, then goes on to slam Shadow of the Tomb Raider with a one star rating, impacting its Metacritic score. So now it's like, gee, I wonder if Square Enix realizes there's a big fringe benefit to hiring Tom to do a mock review of their next big release. Dan Hsu said mock reviews can pay up to ten times the going freelancer rate. Sill chump change for a large video game publisher, and worth it to buff the Metacritic score some.

And when he gives a glowing review to a Rockstar game or crap like Agents of Chaos, you have to wonder if got a larger payday for a mock review he did for that publisher.

To reiterate, he has been continuing to do mock reviews all these years. He said he did one for Anthem, if you hold you nose and search the Qt3 forums you might find him admitting to doing the same for other big titles.

Regarding "recusal": when there's a conflict of interest with a jury member, judge etc. your defense attorney does not need to prove anything about the state of mind of that person. They are gone before the trial begins, and if it's discovered afterwards it's a mistrial.

You think it's bad that a guy that was dying of cancer that probably had to pay out of pocket for his health insurance and was in debt up to his eyeballs took money for a mock review and then didn't stop writing reviews for games released by that publisher for the rest of his life? Do you think he should permanently stop reviewing Square Enix games because they gave him money once for a different game? Is there a certain percentage of employees that need to remain at Square Enix for you to be satisfied that they are "off limits" to Tom Chick? What if they got sold a few times like Atari? Have you thought this through or do you juts hate Tom Chick?

If he's such an in-demand video game analyst who really needs the money, there's a very ethical solution: Keep doing mock reviews, and if he still wants to share his thoughts on a video game, he can do so without scoring it on Metacritic. Leaving him mostly free of any charges of impropriety, 'cause an old freelancer who goes back to the CGW days is not exactly a big influencer with the kids these days. If his scores have nothing to do with why he gets hired, it shouldn't be a problem, right?
Jason Schrier at it again with another "What Went Wrong" by Mysterio 01/21/2021, 5:46pm PST
    From the outlet that claimed China hacked microchips in Apple hardware by No Pulitzers for that one 01/21/2021, 11:47pm PST
        Schreier is terrible. by The Grim Sleeper 01/22/2021, 6:04am PST
            Wait 'till game journos finds out about Japanese work culture by Mysterio 01/22/2021, 2:28pm PST
                Falling over yourselves to defend a 6/10 game NT by to own the game journos 01/23/2021, 6:41am PST
                    Re: Falling over yourself to defend a 0/10 journo NT by Jack Bauer 01/23/2021, 9:38am PST
                        The one thing Schrier is good at is cataloguing gaming dumpster fires NT by Don't take it away from him 01/23/2021, 10:35am PST
                            He also confirmed that Tom Chick takes payoffs to NOT ding Metacritic scores NT by Thanks, Jason 01/23/2021, 12:12pm PST
                                Where is that? by Kirahu Nagasawa 01/23/2021, 7:24pm PST
                                    Here by Thanks, Jason 01/24/2021, 2:11am PST
                                        Re: Here by Cantbot 01/24/2021, 2:23am PST
                                            He needs scores to elevate gaming discourse with his brilliant contrarian takes? NT by Thanks, Jason 01/24/2021, 2:31am PST
                                        Re: Here by Ichabod 01/24/2021, 10:31am PST
                                            Re: Here by Thanks, Jason 01/24/2021, 11:50am PST
                                                What you say makes sense. NT by Ichabod 01/24/2021, 2:50pm PST
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