June 29, 2015 8:18 PM | Sean Flint
Last week, I wrote up a brief preview of The Tower, which is a survival horror game that is currently seeking funding through Kickstarter. In the article, I praised the game for its interesting concept and entertaining mechanics. Upon publishing, I was informed through the comments that the game was, in fact, a fraud and that the developers were apparently attempting to scam players into thinking that the game was more than it actually is. I've looked into the issue, and decided to publish a brief update to my original article, which I've removed to prevent the game from receiving any additional press.
A brief synopsis of how I learned about The Tower: I received a press email concerning the game, directing me to the Kickstarter and providing a playable "teaser" build. After taking a look at the Kickstarter, I thought the concept sounded interesting, and although I'm not a huge fan of survival horror I decided to tackle it anyway.
The build provided was marketed as a short teaser that was just a small chunk of what we can come to expect from the full game. This teaser showcased a game that I found to be fairly interesting and enjoyable, so I went ahead and published my thoughts on what I played of the game.
Unfortunately, I failed to extensively research the game to learn about its fraudulent origins, as well as to hear the communities feedback regarding the game, which led to me publishing a preview that was not only incorrect, but that offended those who had experienced the false advertising firsthand.
My ignorance on the game, and failure to research it properly led to an inaccurate article, which is not what I consider to be good journalism. I'd like to formally apologize for the incorrect information provided in the article, and ensure everyone that I will be extremely vigilant in researching which games I tackle in the future.
I'd like to thank everyone who notified me and participated in the comments, as I would have been completely oblivious of the game's true origins otherwise. Again, my apologies for providing content that is not up to the standard of the website, nor to my own personal standards.
It was also stated that it was unfair for true developers who do not manage to get their game featured on the site, so I'd like to apologize to them as well. Again, I will be vigilant about my coverage choices in the future.
Thank you all for taking the time to read this article, and I hope you will continue to enjoy the content that we all work hard to provide you on a daily basis.