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Article on 'gaming' the App-Store

08-26-2009, 08:55 AM
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Article on 'gaming' the App-Store

I read Slashdot(/.) a lot and came across an article that interested me it referenced the following article.

It's about a PR firm (mentioned in the article) that has interns posting positive 5-star ratings for the clients of said PR firm thus making the app appear better than it is.

The reason I mention it here is because a) we're all avid iPhone app news followers and b) the story mentions the interns also have posted glowing testaments to these same apps on forums and message boards...

From the article: "[PR firm] employs a small team of interns who are focused on managing online message boards, writing influential game reviews, and keeping a gauge on the online communities."

a few of the games represented by this PR firm have been:
HydroTilt XL
BubbleHead
Enigmo
Toy Bot Diaries 3

Please don't think I'm accusing any members of TouchArcade specifically, however I wanted the community to be aware that this 'appears' to be happening and if you desire to read the article for yourself it is linked above.

SeanIvy

Sean Ivy - Graphic Artist/3d Modeler
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Last edited by SeanIvy; 08-26-2009 at 09:22 AM.
08-26-2009, 08:57 AM
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I apparently fail at using search.

http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=23211

Sean Ivy - Graphic Artist/3d Modeler
Beta Tested: Townrs Defenders 1.1,
Beta Testing: Townrs Defenders 1.2, Hybrid, Ninja Jump, Arcane Duel
08-26-2009, 08:58 AM
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if your talking about game devs paying people to give their apps good reviews, then its already been posted. otherwise, good find

edit: oh u already realized lol
08-26-2009, 09:08 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SeanIvy View Post
I apparently fail at using search.

http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=23211
Quote:
Originally Posted by playn View Post
if your talking about game devs paying people to give their apps good reviews, then its already been posted. otherwise, good find

edit: oh u already realized lol
He's being specific about the people on toucharcade that could or could not be hired by these people.

Made that a while ago for AquaGlobs .
08-26-2009, 09:21 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Justinth View Post
He's being specific about the people on toucharcade that could or could not be hired by these people.
The reason I brought it to touch arcade is because of this, however it was from the same article.

Sean Ivy - Graphic Artist/3d Modeler
Beta Tested: Townrs Defenders 1.1,
Beta Testing: Townrs Defenders 1.2, Hybrid, Ninja Jump, Arcane Duel