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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


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.

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.

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.

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.


Pokimane releases her own Fedmyster document to “put drama to rest”

Published: 30/Nov/2020 2:01

by Theo Salaun


Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys has conclusively responded to recent leaks about OfflineTV drama from Federico ‘Fedmyster’ Gaytan. In her own extensive document, the popular streamer shares her side of the story with texts and other sources.

The drama surrounding Fedmyster and the OTV house bubbled, then simmered, then boiled back up with a thorough document which was leaked, then shared by Fedmyster to give his side of the story. 

Fed, who has been accused of numerous improprieties, used texts and messages to provide evidence of his perspective and show some humanity. In the end, he tried to clarify for the public that the matter was resolved: “We both made mistakes and have owned up to them privately. I hope everyone reading will try to move on from all this as we certainly have already.”

But Poki immediately appeared perturbed by the leaked document, which included flirtatious messages between them as a means of demonstrating that Fed had been led on. In a brief Twitch stream, she noted Fed’s “manipulative” behavior and discomfort with private messages being leaked publicly.

Now, she’s gone a step further and shared her own doc to share her side of things and hopefully shut down any more need for gossip.

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Pokimane and Fedmyster’s relationship is a long, complicated one.

In an 11-page document, including pictures of messages between herself and Fedmyster, as well as with other people, Poki clarifies context and attempts to remove biases that she felt Fed had pushed.

While understandably uncomfortable with private conversations being leaked, the streamer indicates that she is compelled to share her side because of Fed’s document: “Looking back, I would’ve done a lot of things differently, and know for a fact that neither of us handled the situation perfectly. However, our private convos heavily lacked context, and I’m not okay with how they’re being misrepresented.”

In one such example of giving context, she explains how one of the more egregiously received examples of flirting was actually misconstrued to suggest that she wanted to be alone with Fed in a hotel room.

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Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys
A screenshot of Poki’s doc shows how Fed’s leaks lacked context.

Unwilling to be abdicated of responsibility for the complicated relationship, Poki asserts that she regrets many of her messages and actions.

Similarly, she contends that Fed’s “feelings are valid and a good reminder to me that what one person thinks may be going on in a friendship, don’t always match up with the other person’s expectations.”

The document tackles every issue brought up in Fed’s document, including the two’s relationship as well as drama with Yvonne, OTV, and Jodi.

But, ultimately, these are private matters and the additional context simply proves that Fed’s account may have misled in that it failed to account for other perspectives.

Poki’s hopes are that this new context will finally help “put drama to rest.”