I am writing this blog entry to inform all of our readers (and potentially, fellow press associates) about a situation I was involved in not long ago. I don't think I've ever been so disgusted over the actions of a development team. More specifically, this is to make you aware of the sheer unprofessionalism of the Calaris team.
26th November 2010; By KnucklesSonic8
First I'd like to draw your attention to the rubbish behaviour exhibited towards Daan this past summer. On August 22nd, Daan alerted me to a comment that was posted on the Info Video for Warmen Tactics found on his YouTube channel. A user named 'onslaught50' posted: "This NintenDaanNC or whatever is [a] liar. I guess he is trying to protect some crappy games developed by himself."
Then on Daan's video review, the same user made the comment that Warmen Tactics was the "best WiiWare game", and said Daan's review was "crap". Then, he called Daan a "cheap liar", and said he was "writ[ing] lies for [a] few bucks". For some reason, he suggested that Daan was bribed to review the game and give it a bad score.
PirxCaptain' decided to attack gaming website Nintendo Life, saying they were misleading people away from a good game. And that set me off too. As I looked at both their subscriptions and favourites, I started to piece things together. It seemed as though they had created a network of YouTube accounts to try to put their game in a good light when, in fact, it didn't deserve to be. This whole ordeal made me think even less of Calaris.
Now you may be wondering why I'm bringing all this up a few months later in November. Two months ago, I reviewed Space Trek (one of their WiiWare titles) and it ended up receiving a score of 05/30. Prior to the review getting published however, we discussed the possibility of a review opportunity when the game first came out. Sebastian from Calaris offered us Paypal funds, but for some reason, he said "[they would] send $20 for the game". That first statement puzzled me, but as I read further down the email, he made the questionable comment that he would "send [me] some extra money if the review will be fair".
Two months went by and during the first week of November, I recieved an email from Paypal saying they were investigating a Paypal reversal. Apparently, Sebastian "asked his or her bank to reverse the payment for the... transaction". The first thing I did was examine details surrounding the case, then I proceeded to send him an email hoping to confront him about it. The email I sent highlighted that he was "cognizant of the fact that [he was] going to send [that] much money, even after I specifically stated that sending that much would not be necessary", and that his behaviour was very unprofessional. After sending off the 7-paragraph message, he replied with a one-liner message: "Just return stolen money stupid thief". Needless to say, I was rather taken aback that he went to that level.
I deemed it as important to let others know about the disgraceful actions Calaris has been involved in. I can assure you we will never have anything to do with them again.
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