Do reviews actually work in convincing you to buy or not buy a game? I've heard and read a lot of interesting arguments for and against reviews lately, and it seems most of the time people don't read reviews to make a decision, they only read them to validate or re-enforce a decision they've already made. I'm definitely one of them. I hardly ever read reviews before I've bought a game, only after I've bought the game - which seems a bit silly really, but it can have the effect of validating my purchase if I'm sitting on the fence a bit. Most of my purchasing decisions are based on how much a game is talked about, gameplay videos and other bits of information from places like Wikipedia. It's just something I've been thinking about lately, as I've just started a gaming blog to just write about games, but I've been struggling with reviews. Should I bother or not? If I don't read reviews why should I write them? So I ask you, gaming people. Do reviews have a point anymore? How else do you make a decision?