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  • twishart - July 7, 2010 8:33 p.m.

    I find professional reviews more valuable than friend recommendations - these guys are paid to examine a game both objectively and subjectively. The trick is to find a reviewer on the site that you generally agree with, and go with his or her recommended library. It absolutely makes a difference in what games I purchase - in many cases, it's the deciding factor. I picked up SSFIV based on Elston's review alone - no one else I knew really played it, or could weigh in on whether the bonuses were worth it. It's probably my most significant game purchase this year.
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - July 7, 2010 8:11 p.m.

    @ventanger I don't think it would be a stretch to say that telling someone that something is good can influence them into believing that it is. The power of suggestion is well documented. I wish I'd paid more attention in my college psychology class, because then I'd have something more significant to say.
  • ventanger - July 7, 2010 8:10 p.m.

    Oh, and Plants vs Zombies is AWESOME.
  • ventanger - July 7, 2010 8:08 p.m.

    Doesn't this also mean that most people can't make up their own minds on whether a game is good or not, or more generally, have personal tastes so fickle that perception of quality or dissatisfaction can be simply INSISTED into existence? Not trying to knock reviewers, just looking at the other side of the study. It would certainly explain popular music.
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - July 7, 2010 7:46 p.m.

    Yes, that's also an article.
  • db1331 - July 7, 2010 7:42 p.m.

    http://www.gamesradar.com/f/would-you-buy-a-game-that-scored-7-out-of-10-or-lower/a-20100625142024497096

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