We’ve read some completely dishonest bullshit in our time, but Carl’s of the Carl And Pam website has taken his Reverend Jimmie Jones routine to his disciples that will lap up anything he tells them to new extremes.
Sims 4 is in deep doo-dah – only the most blinkered will say otherwise as the magazine full reviews are starting to appear in the likes of PC Gamer and are being less than complimentary – damning with faint praise without outright pasting it because PC Gamer like all gaming magazines is heavily reliant on advertising revenue.
PC Gamer gave it 79% and called it the best version of Sims ever (after an article chewing it out – go figure!) – yet that’s less than the worst Sims 3 review got on its release, and less than PC Gamer gave Sims 3. The Metacritic average for Sims 4 is a woeful 70% – again being bested by Sims 3 on 86%.
So what is someone like Carl – who makes money out of selling Sims products from his website – to do about it?
Oh, straight out of the Reverend Jimmie Jones book of paranoid fantasy – concoct a story about some sinister anti-EA plot behind the scores from disgruntled gamers doing it to protest about EA.
That being the case, the Battlefield 2 series ought to be plagued with single star votes on Amazon after they withdrew tech support (whilst still selling box sets of the game) and online game play over the summer – forcing the community to resurrect its servers from scratch.
How is it faring?
Still getting positive reviews and only a smattering of low votes.
How does Sims 4 stack up?
The point is if you go through the one star voters, what comes out is the overwhelming sense of disappointment. This is no ‘ideological’ vote down, this is disgruntled users who feel cheated having paid a very high price for the game in the first place.
Next comes Carl trying to repackage Grant Rodiek’s hollow threat that there will be no Sims 5 if we don’t buy the current shitty effort, as well as spindoctor those damning Metacritic ratings – omitting to mention they’re a full 16% weaker than Sims 3‘s
But behind it, there’s a thinly veiled ‘sit down, shut up or else!’ from Carl, talking about those slamming the game doing ‘damage.’ What about the damage to people’s bank balances – in some cases two month’s worth of what would be their entertainment budget? It’s not as if people can trade in the game at their local gamecentre to even get some credit for another game off it – EA saw to that as part of a cynical way to boost sales.
He also jumped on the whole ‘gamer’ smear nonsense that’s the fashionable corporate excuse for dismissing consumer flak:
For this to be written by someone whose website depends exactly on those sort of ‘gamers’ to begin with – those highly focussed on a particular game or series – is astonishing, as is his ‘gamers who attack franchises they care about only do damage’.
It’s arrogance and thinly veiled contempt to think gamers should be slavishly devoted to a franchise and unstinting in praise. Even fans of a sports club will criticise when the team performs badly. That’s not ‘damage’ – that’s reminding the club who is paying their wages at the end of the day. EA is not entitled to our money as a God given right merely because it has Sims slapped on the front of it.
But if you really want an example of what a completely dishonest huckster Carl has turned into in his grub around for a cut of the Sims 4 lucre, you only have to read the following:
‘We don’t allow negative discussions on our Forum…’ but on the last paragraph ‘perhaps you would like to vote on our Forum.’! So on the one hand you’re as mindlessly blinkered as the very one-star Amazon voters you dismiss on ideological grounds, yet you expect people to come and vote on your forum, with no real guarantee that you won’t simply fiddle the vote as you have a vested interest in keeping everything sounding sunshine and lollipops to the extent you censor real discussion about the game.
Your dwindling gang of flower children Carl make keep drinking your Kool Aid – but the rest of us hope you damn well choke on it.