By now, it’s no surprise to everyone that Duke Nukem Forever wasn’t the game that critics expected it to be. With low scores and very bad reviews floating around the internet, the Public Relations that handles the marketing of the game tweeted, “Too many went too far with their reviews… we r reviewing who gets games next time and who doesn’t based on today’s venom.” – Jim Redner of the Redner Group.
After an hour of his last tweet last night, Jim sent out a mass email to every publications (including us) on their list and apologized on what he said on Twitter. He mentioned that his opinion is not in behalf of 2K Games or Gearbox but only to his own. He asked for forgiveness to every reviewers and called his act as error in judgment.
Reading the reviews of other publications on the internet, some went too far with their reviews. I can clearly understand what Jim felt and maybe his statement on twitter was just an outburst of emotions.
Blacklisting a publication is pretty common between journalist and the PR but what’s weird is for them to call out on the publications publicly. Below is the email that he sent out. You be the judge.
We still have to do a review of Duke Nukem Forever. Expect it this week!
Negative Reviews for Duke Nukem Forever Can Lead to a Ban,
I would like a quick moment of your time to humbly ask for your forgiveness. I made a major error in judgment. I acted out of pure emotion without any thought to what I was saying. It is with a sad heart that I come to you now asking that you forgive me. I posted a Tweet this evening saying that I was reviewing The Redner Group’s policy for future reviews of video games based on today’s Duke Nukem Forever scores. I must state for the record I was acting on my behalf. 2K and all other clients had nothing to do with my comment. I want to be very clear that this came through me and was in no way affiliated with any of my clients especially my former client 2K.
Though I didn’t name names, I did say that I thought some reviews had gone too far in tone. Meaning, that the tone of some of the reviews was poor. I respect the scores, it had to deal with the tone. I was unable to properly convey that in 140 characters. But that it beside the point. We are all entitled to our opinions regardless of score, tone or meaning. My response was a juvenile act on my part. I know better and my emotion got the best of me. I have worked very hard on this project. I want it to succeed. I just got upset and acted out.
I believe we are all allowed to voice our opinions and that opinions by their very nature are correct. Many of you quickly pointed out my error in judgment. For that I thank you and apologize.
I truly respect what you do. You have helped me achieve a little bit of success in this industry. I depend upon you. Your coverage is of the utmost importance to me. You have helped me secure coverage for all of the projects that I have touched. I have tried to treat you all with respect, dignity and honesty. Tonight I threw that all away, and I am extremely sorry.
The video game industry is an industry that I love. I have tried to dedicate myself to this industry. Tonight I failed the industry.
With much respect, I hope that when we meet again you will be able greet me with a smile and without malice. I will gladly do the same.
I am truly sorry for what I did. I know better than that. If I have caused you any issues, now or in the past, I apologize.
Best of luck,