I’ve posted a 1UP blog entry that clarifies the Metal Gear Solid 4 review embargo situation that has caused so much half-informed discussion on the ol’ Internet. It’s funny… if I had posted it a few weeks ago, or if whoever leaked info to Stephen Totilo had kept quiet and never caused this to flare into a raging forum debate topic, I probably would have posted a far more fiery commentary. As it is, though, the situation has been blown massively out of proportion. The assumptive leaps and fanboy rage have far outstripped what the situation actually merits. Worst of all, it threatens to overshadow our actual MGS4 reviews! That would be a shame, because I think my EGM and 1UP reviews for the game are among the best I’ve written. Yes, it’s all about me, me, me. (Fine, fine… Matt and Andrew wrote really excellent alternate opinions, too.)
Honestly, though, while NDAs like this are discouraging and occasionally demoralizing, I’m no longer upset about this little kerfuffle, because it’s inspired me to get the hell out of the PR-flack-driven game review business. I’m not sure exactly what that means in practical terms yet, but the upshot is that I’m determined not to have to sign any more legally-binding gag orders in order to write about something so trivial as video games. This is escapist entertainment we’re talking about, not the future of mankind or something. Seriously.