Remember when you were a child and nothing mattered more than your favourite game being better than someone else’s favourite game? Well, the nerdlingers who used to have those fights have grown up to make games of their own, and are now brawling online to ensure their work is counted as the best.
Internet detective GatoFiasco has discovered that an engineer at BioWare actually bothered to give Dragon Age II a perfect 10 on Metacritic’s user reviews. The numerical praise was accompanied with some flowery text, including:
Anything negative you’ll see about this game is an overreaction of personal preference. For what it is, it is flawlessly executed and endlessly entertaining.
A rogue employee getting a little too excited about his or her work is understandable, but EA has remarkably defended the review. The company likened the act to Obama voting for himself in an election. That comparison doesn’t quite stand up to FTC guidelines, which note that user reviews of this nature are likely to be influenced by employment and should include disclosure of the relationship to the product’s maker in order for readers to determine the credibility of the review.