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I would do that too. Getting paid to troll would be awesome!



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1 billion on marketing is nothing for a company as large as EA.



Viral marketers are everywhere, even here on VGC. Some are just better than others.

I still remember one corporate shill of VGC's early days, a guy who went on and on about how important powerful hardware is and how wrong the Wii is. Xbox and 360: good. PS3: good. N64 and GC: good. Wii: bad, bad, bad. Then stof more or less jokingly called him out on being a viral marketer and the next thing that happens is that the guy has a huge meltdown.

Some people who defend dishonorable practices of companies are just trolls (or got brainwashed by viral marketers), but others really get paid for it.



Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

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Honestly it amazes me that there are even people using forums that still don't know this kind of thing happens and is fairly common practice. I mean seriously you can pay people peanuts to do this for a job. Having just say 5 people who are posting 8 hours a day on ALL the major sites etc for one game is easily doable. It doesn't take a lot to steer the direction of a conversation and not long to make a post. If you have a few people you can even create consensus, influence thumbs up and downs etc.

Just recently on a game forum for NG3 there was a poster that was a reasonably new account, never posted on any board except the NG3 one, never posted anything negative, was often the first to post when new articles went up, spun negatives into positives etc etc. Talked about how excited they were for the game none stop. I pointed out that this was probably someone being paid to post this and got called paranoid by people. Then the account literally stopped posting on the forums the day the game released. After it was released (surely when you would want to discuss the game for how excited you were!) and actual gamers had it and were discussing it they simply disappeared and went from constant posts to zero.



Turkish says and I'm allowed to quote that: Uncharted 3 and God Of War 3 look better than Unreal Engine 4 games will or the tech demo does. Also the Naughty Dog PS3 ENGINE PLAYS better than the UE4 ENGINE.

Carl2291 said:
Companies do this a lot.

I remember a MS guy on GAF got caught out trolling Sony. Its quite funny really.


We actually had a MS shill here too. http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/profile/54330/boneitis/



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Carl2291 said:
Companies do this a lot.

I remember a MS guy on GAF got caught out trolling Sony. Its quite funny really.

Are you referring to the Forza team hating on Gran Turismo or is there another incident?



Call of duty hate on internet. That explains it. Sells 25 million copies and yet so much hate. 



RolStoppable said:

Viral marketers are everywhere, even here on VGC. Some are just better than others.

I still remember one corporate shill of VGC's early days, a guy who went on and on about how important powerful hardware is and how wrong the Wii is. Xbox and 360: good. PS3: good. N64 and GC: good. Wii: bad, bad, bad. Then stof more or less jokingly called him out on being a viral marketer and the next thing that happens is that the guy has a huge meltdown.

Some people who defend dishonorable practices of companies are just trolls (or got brainwashed by viral marketers), but others really get paid for it.

Do you get paid for it or do it for free. :P



RolStoppable said:

Viral marketers are everywhere, even here on VGC. Some are just better than others.

I still remember one corporate shill of VGC's early days, a guy who went on and on about how important powerful hardware is and how wrong the Wii is. Xbox and 360: good. PS3: good. N64 and GC: good. Wii: bad, bad, bad. Then stof more or less jokingly called him out on being a viral marketer and the next thing that happens is that the guy has a huge meltdown.

Some people who defend dishonorable practices of companies are just trolls (or got brainwashed by viral marketers), but others really get paid for it.

ethical question of the day being are the trolls who honestly believe this or the viral marketers who are just doing what they're paid to do more at fault?



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If only they spent that money and effort into making their games better... they wouldn't need to do this at all.



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