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Gametrailers: GRID video blunder was a “mistake”

Tuesday, 13th May 2008 07:23 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Speaking to Joystiq, GameTrailers’ EIC, Shane Satterfield, has gone on the record to say that the borked comparison video that compared PS3 footage to PS3 footage – while claiming one was the 360 game – was a simple error.

“It was a mistake in our post-production process,” he said. “After we captured the footage from both versions, some of the footage of the PlayStation 3 version of the game was incorrectly placed in the bin for the Xbox 360 footage. Our video editor on this particular project is not a games person and completely overlooked the fact that he had the wrong footage in the wrong place.”

As we said at the time, shit happens. More through the link.

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20 Comments

  1. DrDamn

    Still doesn’t do it for me. Seems they set out to prove a point by comparing good crashes to shit crashes. Also very poor is that they then handed over the footage to an editor who “isn’t a games person” to effectively put the “article” together.

    Bottom line is that there was never an intention to compare like with like.

    #1 7 years ago
  2. patlike

    I’ve got to be honest, I’d be flat-out amazed if this was intentional.

    #2 7 years ago
  3. DrDamn

    There is some deception in there – there can’t not be. The vids they ended up including show the PS3 has just as big crashes as the 360 version – so what was the point in creating the vid/comparison in the first place if not to stir up interest and get hits? At the very least a staff member thought there was a difference and then set about “proving” his theory by whatever means necessary.

    #3 7 years ago
  4. patlike

    It’s pretty much standard to compare version now though, isn’t it? You can’t blame them for trying to generate traffic, I don’t reckon. But yeah, the crashes were hardly the same. It wasn’t the best thought out thing in the world, really :)

    #4 7 years ago
  5. DrDamn

    I can blame them for trying to generate traffic through deception or even just stupidity. :). Yes it generates traffic but comparison pieces and constant non-stories designed to fan flames have been detrimental to EuroGamer IMO.

    #5 7 years ago
  6. patlike

    Do you really think the comparison stuff’s a problem on EG? Can just skip over it if you don’t like it, surely?

    #6 7 years ago
  7. DrDamn

    It’s not the content itself but the people it attracts to the comments threads. They then spill over into other threads and very few are not filled with pointless trolling and flamefests.

    Providing comparison is a useful service, but what would actually be useful is if EG just updated existing reviews with a short comparison piece at the end and let people know they’d been updated.

    #7 7 years ago
  8. patlike

    Interesting…

    #8 7 years ago
  9. morriss

    But then the comments for that small news section saying “review-x” has been updated will just be filled with the same types of comments. I reckon it’s better to keep the idiots all in one place myself.

    #9 7 years ago
  10. DrDamn

    They don’t stay in one place though. Once rivalries have been established people will follow others around the other comments threads – clicking on user and then recent comments helps this “flame-stalking”.

    #10 7 years ago
  11. Blerk

    Yeah, the EG comments section is basically dead to me now. Nobody comes to discuss, everybody just comes to shout louder than everyone else. Those comparison articles absolutely do not help, indeed the positively encourage it.

    #11 7 years ago
  12. morriss

    They wouldn’t be so bad if the PS3 actually won a few every now and then. Blame Sony. :)

    #12 7 years ago
  13. Psychotext

    Blerk: They fantastic for seeing the trolls in their true environment though. You can lose about a third of the comments through ignores. =)

    #13 7 years ago
  14. patlike

    Blerk: You still use the forum a lot though, right?

    #14 7 years ago
  15. Blerk

    Not half as much as I used to since this site opened. :-D

    #15 7 years ago
  16. patlike

    “My work here is done.”

    ;)

    #16 7 years ago
  17. DrDamn

    Same here as Blerk. Used to use EG forum/comments a lot more but have been driven to find more pleasant places to get my gaming info. Like here for example :-)

    #17 7 years ago
  18. patlike

    That’s very good to know. I just hope it doesn’t get “corrupted” as it gets bigger.

    #18 7 years ago
  19. morriss

    It’s what comes with success and is largely unavoidable. for any site to be successful you need thousand of people visiting each day. You unfortunately can’t pick and choose who these people are.

    if you start banning the kids, they’ll simply move on and go somewhere else which is bad for business.

    #19 7 years ago
  20. patlike

    I’m anti-ban. I don’t like it. The only reason anyone would get banned is if they were making the site literally unusable.

    #20 7 years ago

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