Now, I’m sure this happens a hell of a lot more than we ever find out but Harmonix- Rock Band 4’s developer- has been caught out leaving outstandingly positive reviews for their own game on Amazon.
Discovered by the unrelenting force of Reddit, users started snooping around the 5 star reviews and discovered, through the posters wish lists, that their real names matched those of folk that worked on the game. Destructoid was quick to reach out to Harmonix about the whole fiasco, with the developer responding somewhat casually.
“Harmonix has clarified its internal policy about posting reviews of our own products on retail sites, and we’ve asked that existing reviews be edited to identify Harmonix employees or be removed entirely,” Harmonix said in a statement. “While we believe the reviews posted by a few employees were sincere and without ill intentions, as a studio we don’t believe these are appropriate actions. We appreciate the feedback from the community, and take our relationship with our fans seriously.”
Some of the reviews have now been edited to reflect that the poster is an employee of Harmonix, with more and more now popping up making light of the whole situation.
I was going to attempt to write this story almost completely in song lyric references but that proved to be harder than I thought. So in the immortal words of Ween, gosh Harmonix, it looks like ‘You Fucked Up’…I’ll leave now.