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Girlfriend Reviews hits back at “paid” The Last of Us 2 review claims

Published: 3/Jul/2020 22:45

by Brent Koepp

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Popular gaming YouTubers ‘Girlfriend Reviews’ hit back at trolls claiming they were “paid” for their positive review of The Last of Us Part 2 after Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann praised it.

Despite receiving overwhelming praise from critics upon release, The Last of Us Part 2 has been embroiled in backlash from fans who are angry at its story. The Sony title was even review-bombed on Metacritic.

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YouTube channel Girlfriend Reviews faced criticism after the game’s creator Neil Druckmann praised their critique as a “must-watch” on Twitter. On July 3, the gaming duo hit back at trolls.

Girlfriend Reviews first launched in 2018, and their unique style and POV has made them a rising voice for criticism in the gaming industry. The duo is made up by Matt, who edits and write the scripts, and Shelby, who narrates and creates commentary.

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Their nine-minute video essay on The Last of Us Part 2 dropped on July 1 and gave an in-depth analysis that even received praise from the game’s creator Neil Druckmann. “This review is extremely articulate, funny, and moving. A must watch after you finish the game,” he tweeted.

However not long after, the couple began to receive a flood of negative comments and harassment.  Some even went as far as to claim that they were paid off for liking the game, which caused the content creators to address the allegations on July 3.

In a tweet from the official Girlfriend Reviews account, the YouTubers hit out at trolls claiming their review was paid. “Sucks to have to say this but we’re getting comments constantly saying we admitted to being paid for our Last of Us video. That’s not true, we were not paid. We bought the game with our own money. No one paid us at any point and we were not blackmailed either,” they said.

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They then followed up with another message and outlined why the claims would be ludicrous. “For anyone who doesn’t know: it is ILLEGAL not to disclose a sponsor. Not only would being caught doing that end our career, but it would be extremely detrimental to a studio secretly paying people for reviews. Not worth the risk for either party.”

Matt and Shelby have been receiving negative comments since first uploading the video on July 1, such as as an angry viewer who called them “garbage” and told them to “kill yourself.” The duo responded to the message with “off to a good start.”

While The Last of Us Part 2 was critically lauded upon release, it’s quickly become a divisive title among the gaming community. The PlayStation 4 release has sparked a wave of backlash online from players who dislike the direction Naughty Dog went with it.

Despite the backlash, Girlfriend Reviews’ critique has been praised by many for being a deep dive into the story’s themes and plot points. At the time of writing, the couple has amassed over 976k subscribers to their channel.

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Overwatch devs make Elon Musk’s dreams come true by buffing Torbjorn

Published: 14/Oct/2020 3:20 Updated: 14/Oct/2020 3:21

by Michael Gwilliam

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UPDATE (October 13, 7PM PT): Mere hours after Elon Musk confirmed that his Overwatch main was Torbjorn, the Overwatch developers released a video showcasing a newly buffed version of the Damage hero, per his request.

Elon Musk asked for a buff to Torb’s turret and that’s exactly what he got. In the same day that his main hero was made public, the Overwatch team fulfilled his requests and gave Torb one of his biggest buffs to date in a hilarious bite-sized clip.

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The video shows Torb’s deployable turrets soaring off the ground. Three of them remained floating in the sky all at once, blasting down any foe that dared to step out on the moon.

It’s no secret that tech billionaire Elon Musk plays video games, but on October 13, he shocked the internet when he revealed his Overwatch main and how he would buff the hero.

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After making a rather random tweet about the “The Illuminaughty” – a clever play on words, YouTuber twomad asked the 49-year-old if he mains Torbjorn in Overwatch.

Regardless of how the weird topic got started, Elon replied saying “um… yes” confirming he does in fact play Blizzard’s hero-based FPS and mains the Swedish engineer.

The unlikely response earned Musk a whopping 26,000 likes. For much of Overwatch’s lifespan, Torb was considered a bit of a joke or throw pick who offered very little benefit on attack.

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However, after a major rework, the DPS has grown increasingly stronger and is actually one of the most viable heroes in the game at all levels right now.

Sadly, Musk didn’t state how long he had been playing Overwatch or Torbjorn for that matter, so it’s possible that he had only played when the hero wasn’t as good or only after the big rework happened.

Even the official Overwatch Twitter account decided to get in on the fun and replied to Musk with a picture of a giant Torbjorn turret on Mars.

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“We’ve been thinking about this for a while,” they captioned the humorous picture. “Call us.”

Furthermore, Musk went on to explain how he would buff Torbjorn and the ideas were interesting to say the least. “Please buff Torb’s turret!” he exclaimed. “Or maybe 2 weak turrets to allow more strategic degrees of freedom.”

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It was certainly an interesting reply and a sign that we could be looking at one of the most ambitious crossovers in history if Overwatch takes Elon up on his idea.

Though it’s unlikely that we’ll see Musk’s ideas make it to the game, but there’s always the Experimental Mode, so it’s possible Elon could end up getting his wish.

Who knows – maybe next time you’re in a game and a player won’t swap off Torb, it may be Elon Musk of all people.