In a thread on Disgaea, Jason McCullough was complaining about the strategy guide, which led Apekid to post a defense of strategy guides. Which got me going. Since most of you couldn’t care less about Disgaea, I thought I’d start a new thread:
Here’s Apekid’s full post. Quotes follow:
Also understand that we’re often given extremely short deadlines* on beta software and many game bits are added after the guide author has completed the book and the book has gone to press.**
I don’t know who you are or what strategy guides you’ve written, but you’re doing a great job of making a case for why the entire cottage industry of strategy guides is a bullshit scam to rip off gamers. If this is the best you can do to “defend your brethren”, it speaks volumes about your business.
- I was given 12 days to write the entire guide for Brute Force earlier this year.
Why on earth did you take the job then? I haven’t seen the guide, but I can’t imagine I would be happy shelling out $20 to you and your company after you plowed through a beta of the game in 12 days and cranked out whatever you cranked out.
** I once had a game company change the location of about 40% of the items in a game after they had approved the entire book manuscript and we had gone to press.
And your name is still on that book? Let me guess, you still work for them? And you’re coming here to tell us this? That’s tantamount to me announcing, ‘Hey, guys, I was given three hours to review Master of Orion 3! And, ha ha, you suckers read my review and trusted my judgement. Isn’t it tough being me?’
I don’t mean to be hard on you – like I said, I don’t know you from Adam – but official strategy guide writing is some of the lowest of the low, in my opinion. It’s delegated to hacks who don’t love the games they’re playing and are just in it for a quick buck, so it’s rife with errors, misinformation, and half-assed research. Thanks for reinforcing what I’ve hated about it all along.