Officially Corrupt Xbox 360 Magazine: 65,673 (gaining 22,993 readers)
Xbox World 360: 30,296 (gaining 7,113 readers)
“We’re delighted to be leading Future Publishing’s assault on traditional moral values by definitively proving once and for all that honesty is not the best policy,” said a spokesperson for Officially Corrupt Xbox 360 Magazine, yesterday. “These results conclusively demonstrate that lying to our readers, reviewing unfinished code, and awarding artificially high scores in exchange for advertising payments does pull in readers.”
An interesting alternate viewpoint on Future Publishing’s position in the games industry is available over at the Ram Raider’s site. We’ve never taken any money for coverage or high scores (when I’ve overscored it’s been through stupid enthusiasm rather than evil corruption), or reviewed code we’ve been told isn’t okay to review from, and I personally have never lied to the readers knowingly, but I found the article fun and a refreshing take on the games industry. I’d highly recommend clicking through to read the next paragraph after this one… 😉
Burgeoning Ego does not endorse his comments, nor does it condone the language employed or agree with the statements therein. (Yes, I’m really scared of getting in trouble for merely referring to this, but this is fair comment, surely?! I’m allowed to refer to other people’s comments on my magazine, aren’t I? On a completely different note, the paranoiac stress inculcated by living in a seeming panopticon where any misstep might lead to an eternity of pain and suffering could really get a man down, couldn’t it? He says, theorising, apropos nothing.)
(And, no, I’m not the fucking Ram Raider, though I’d like to know who is, just to put me out of my misery.)
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