Saturday, February 25, 2012

Bad Review

It was bound to happen and it did.  Knowledge Illuminates got a bad review, but its not a bad thing at all.  I've been involved with writing on and off since the mid 80's and had my share of both good and bad reviews and some I wasn't sure which they were.  Brendan Falconer over at the Knights of the Black Banner blog (love the name of his blog) did a review of Knowledge Illuminates.  He gave is a D, but please take a moment to go read if you're interested.

Like I said in the comments I'm sort of surprised it took so long for someone to do a negative review on Knowledge Illuminates.  We gamers are not short on opinions.  But sometimes we do try to encourage one another without pointing out the faults.  I know I am guilty of this.  I'm used to taking criticism from all my other writing experiences and I don't take it personally.  Most people liked my adventure and I'm sure there are more than a few like Brendan did not like it.

 A bad reviewer is one that bases his opinion on hearsay, doesn't do his homework or makes comments that aren't related to the product he is reviewing.  When I see one of those I just ignore it because its not based on anything.  It's just an idiot ranting.

Brendan's review was based on the material he's purchased and read.  His faults were based on what was in and not in the adventure.  And for that I respect his honesty and appreciate him taking the time to review.  And I see his points.  I may not agree with all of them, but most of them I do.

I think negative reviews of a product should be a good thing as long as its done well, doesn't get personal and its based on the actually product.  I think we all do this when we searching out a new product on Amazon, I know I've done it recently when I was buying a new printer.  I read all the one star reviews before I read any of the others.  Some of the comments were just dumb of course, but the one star reviewers who took the time to explain why they didn't like it was more enlightening than all the five star rah rahs.  Of course you want to see a bunch of 5 star reviews for anything you buy, but I almost guarantee you learn more from the one star.

I want to thank Brendan again for taking the time to review Knowledge Illuminates and like I told him I hope he likes my next offering better, if I can ever get it out.  His review is on my Knowledge Illuminates page with all the rest.  I think its just as important, if not more important than the others.