American McGee and Eurogamer Clash Over the Issue of Review Scores

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In the last few hours, American McGee, well-known for the Alice series of games, posted a status on his Facebook displaying his dislike of how had reviewed Alice: Madness Returns, joking that he doesn’t care what Europeans think of him stating; “Seriously, it’s not a big deal. Just gives me something to post about on my Facebook page so people have something to talk about”.

However, what started as a simple rant on his Facebook soon escalated into a heated discussion with the Editor-in-Chief of as well as few other Eurogamer writers. This talk then culminated with posting up a news piece entitled “American McGee Attacks Eurogamer
The subject of reviews and scoring systems is always being discussed by all sorts of people in the gaming industry. The main questions being; are reviews any good if they are based off opinion and is giving a game a number a good thing to do since one gamer’s trash is another gamer’s treasure. It is a difficult and delicate topic to cover in the sense that if a website, like ourselves, states that reviews etc. are negligible in the grand scheme of things, it brings into question; what is the point of even writing them. But on the over hand, consumers like to get an idea of what they will be purchasing and trust specialist’s reviews to give an honest and balanced analysis and do seek out such opinions. Not to mention that some companies in the industry award bonuses/base the product on various review scores (like Metacritic) meaning that scores can make or break games which is wrong.
Here at VGU we always strive to give games a fair review and hope that you, our readers, find our content enjoyable but also helpful and well written. We also hope American and can sort out their differences as soon as possible.
  • iota-09

    btw,the main reason it became a discussion it’s due to how he started talking about eg uk but involved as well,if he never mentioned us out of context,this would have probably passed unseen…

  • Leon Scott Kennedy

    I’m a reader and user of To me it sounds more like Mr. McGee didn’t mind his own words, prior to spitting them.