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Harmonix employees caught leaving positive Amazon Rock Band 4 reviews?

Sam Loveridge


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Harmonix employees might just have been caught leaving positive Rock Band 4 reviews on Amazon.

Rock Band 4 came out at the beginning of October to rather middling scores. However, despite the media's reaction, the Amazon reviews have been largely positive.

But, we now might know why.

It seems like some of the Amazon reviews have been written by the members of the Harmonix development team.

Reddit users screen-grabbed the reviews overnight after spotting them, capturing the full text for each.

Unsurprisingly, some of these Amazon reviews have now been removed.

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The Reddit image highlights that the post were apparently made by Morgan Milado, who acts as Harmonix's legal and music co-ordinator, Richard Cody, an audio quality tester and Shawn Witt, lead character artist.

"We play Rock Band as a family, and the Freestyle Guitar Solo (in addition to being extremely fun for adults) is a great way to get young kids up and rocking. I'm excited that Harmonix is committed to the game as a platform, and can't wait to see what the team adds to the game in the months to come," said reviewer, Chris Foster.

It's impossible to know whether or not this is the same Chris Foster employed as a senior designer at the studio unless Harmonix tells us.

Other names implied by the Reddit feed include Nick Mudry, senior designer at Harmonix and product manager Matthew Nordhaus.

Skewing product reviews on Amazon is done to attempt to boost a product's discoverability, and is a marketing issue with other markets aside from games.

Harmonix has yet to reply to the accusations.

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October 22, 2015, 3:20 pm

A few years ago a competitor of ours created an Android app and two of the three reviews were easily traced back to their employees. For the third there was no evidence either way.

I suspect products with fake reviews are more common than those without. I'm glad to see Amazon taking action elsewhere; they need to keep up the pressure as this is fraud.

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