notplayed.com started out as a review site for games and films.
it was an idea once by a bunch of people working in the industry, who were frustrated with gaming press as well as over hype of games often months or years before launch. we wanted to have a sarcastic and fun take on that.
since then many of us have split to new companies and continents and so reviews have stagnated, but some of us feel it is still a good way of voicing industry related opinion. particularly when industry insight contrasts with outside perception. notplayed.com can act as a voice for the developer, often bound by company contracts to not post opinions publicly.
we encourage people to contact us, to let us know what bugs them, to give us ideas for articles. we only have 1 rule here: anything you tell us needs to be backed up evidence. we do not slander.
none of us involved expect this to be the next big thing. but it feels good to have a place where we can say how the industry is sometimes, and voice our opinion on some hot topics.
we might still do some reviews in the future, and for those the following is what we go by:
we do not distinguish between entertainment products that have been released, are still in development or have been cancelled.
the only rule we have here: the reviewer MUST NOT have played the game or seen the film.
obviously this is meant to be a bit tongue in cheek, however we do research each product carefully and view all available material before writing a review. the review is entirely based on trailers, articles, screenshots and other media released during the hype period before the launch or just after the launch of a game or film.
we also sometimes review games and films that have been launched recently or even have been available for some time, but even then we base the entire review on material that can be found on the web or in magazines.
who are we? a bunch of gamers and game developers. we work in the industry.
why do we do this? 2 reasons really: a. publishers these days bombard customers with material eons before the product is released in order to generate hype and b. we don’t have much faith in main stream game and film reviews.