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GameTrailers Editor-in-Chief Laughs Off Reaction

Shane Shatterfield, Editor-in-Chief, answered the calls for an official response from angry members to the crisis looming over GameTrailers' reputation. Finding the issue "hilarious", the bemused Editor reiterated that there was no bias involved (naturally) and showed signs of frustration with the vocal PlayStation community, saying they "have their controllers in a bunch.

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Meus Renaissance3112d ago

Hello there,

I don't want to waste your time and I hope by the end of this message you won't feel disappointed. I'm aware that you most probably have been contacted several times by now over this issue about the video comparisons but I just wanted to state my viewpoint on this and I'd love to hear back from you on it.

I agree wholeheartedly with the logical approach GameTrailers take in capturing the video of the consoles in that they use the same method for both. I understand the connotations of choosing to do it that, however, when such a method compromises the look of the game - then does it not defeat the purpose of a comparison, which is to see multiple subjects at their full capability and judge them upon that?

I disagree with your comment that "most PS3 owners wouldnt know about this". Although most likely quite alot would not have been aware of the RGB option, you must realise most PS3 owners on the general spectrum wouldn't be watching video comparisons anyway. Those who do are mainly hardcore fans who want bragging rights or just to decide which version of a game to get; so those who are complaining about this are most likely aware of the option otherwise you would not have gotten such a massive reaction to it. And those who did not, now know the difference that this RGB option brings which leads me to my final point...

There has been a lack of faith with journalism credibility in recent times in this industry, and PS3 owners have usually been the ones most vocal about that and unfortunately GameTrailers is now seen by many as a questionable source because of this misunderstanding. My personal opinion is that your explanation seems more related to a comparison of the consoles than the actual games as they do them injustice *you cant be comparing games in all honesty if you readily accept that the results may not be representative of the actual game*. RGB doesn't just add colour, it improves the contrast and sharpness which helps show the textures.

If you feel that there is still a demand for this videos, even though they won't be accepted by many now, I'd like to suggest that there be disclaimer at the start of the video simply stating the settings on the consoles used. Many times I have watched videos/comparisons of the games I own and I'm shocked to see them looking so "washed out" and poor; and I feel that any comparison made in the future will be either dismissed, frowned upon, or hotly disputed.

You have to do something about this or you lose an entire fanbase from your website, who'd be more than happy to spread bad-word of mouth across the gaming community.

I enjoy GameTrailers for all the media it provides and I sincerely hope we never see the day that this is blown out of proportion and you guys becoming a hate figure. As I said before, in our times, people are sensitive to what they read and hear from game journalists.

Thank you,
Meus

Lucreto3112d ago

I fully agree with everything you just said. I hope they will have the disclaimer from now on.

TheTwelve3112d ago

Word, Meus. Bring the Ruckus.

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Marceles3112d ago

"Although most likely quite alot would not have been aware of the RGB option, you must realise most PS3 owners on the general spectrum wouldn't be watching video comparisons anyway. Those who do are mainly hardcore fans who want bragging rights or just to decide which version of a game to get; so those who are complaining about this are most likely aware of the option otherwise you would not have gotten such a massive reaction to it."

Such a good sentence man...trying to make comparisons for the general PS3 owner when the general non-hardcore owner don't even look at the comparisons. I hope it really got through to him how much it didn't make sense from that standpoint.

toughNAME3112d ago

that was really well written good job

I'd give you a bubble but...come on...seriously...10?

Meus Renaissance3112d ago (Edited 3112d ago )

Wow I just realised I have 10 Bubbles. I always have the limit was 9. Thanks for the support everyone!

jcgamer3112d ago

wow, great post, and well written...I think this is the first time I've seen 10 bubbles!....GOOD LAWD...how about 11?! You goin' for the N4G world record?...LOL...

Pain3112d ago

But i hope he dose and the fix therr screwup.

Cuz By NO means am i a dumb Tech whore, rbg+super white where set on my PS3 hours
afters i opened my box.

Marceles3112d ago

lol yeah I noticed that too. I counted yours and mine about 10 times to make sure I wasn't going crazy haha...good job

*remembers Meus never playing a Final Fantasy, looks at Auron avatar, takes away bubble* just kidding :)

bigshynepo3112d ago

Your letter was so much more professional than the responses received from Gametrailers.com already. I think this "Shane" goof needs to stop being so clearly bias towards the Playstation 3.

LJWooly3112d ago

Meus, are you aware that there is a guy impersonating you, called Meus Resistance, who is going around acting like a 360 fanboy in order to disgrace your good name? There seems to be a lot of impersonations lately...

jcgamer3112d ago

I agree, there are a lot of impersonators lately...I can easily spot those tards by their bubble counts...the REAL Meus, Meus Renaissance, has 10 BUBBLES...so NO ONE won't have any problems telling the difference between "the good sir" and "the bad seed"...lol...I'll make SURE "Meus Resistance" (the bad seed...lol) only has ONE bubble so he's REAL easy to spot...or not (user hidden with only one bubble)...lol

VirusE3112d ago

Meus Renaissance I am extremely impressed. That was very well written and you brought up a lot of good points in a very constructive fashion.

I take it you never heard back?

jorellpogi3112d ago

A very intelligent letter. Good job man.

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Hapimeses3112d ago

Well, I found that reply less than satisfactory, and said so at the site:

http://forums.gametrailers....
http://forums.gametrailers....

Really, if they aren't taking advantage of the very features the PS3 was built to provide, what is the point?

Oh, and there are two links because the GT forum has a 10,000 character limit, so I had to split my reply in two to get the whole thing posted.

I was in a verbose mood.

:)

TheTwelve3112d ago

Wow, Hapimeses, another well written letter. You and Meus are tempting me to join that site just so I can join in the fun.

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Hapimeses3112d ago (Edited 3112d ago )

Come and join in -- you are more than welcome. The more voices explaining to GT in a reasoned and cogent fashion why they have misled people, the better; in my view, at least.

:)

TheTwelve3112d ago

Alright, well since I've been invited to do so, I'll do it. Give me some seconds and I'll post here what I message to him...

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TheTwelve3112d ago (Edited 3112d ago )

Alright. Because Hapimeses said so, I wrote this to him in a message:

Dear GTShane,
Though I was never a member of Gametrailers until now, I have seen hundreds of your videos online. Can't help it. You guys are everywhere.

But I want to make a comment on the tone of your "GT Comparison Videos Explained" post. As a PS3 owner, I found your words to be very insulting. So much so, that you seem to be taking the same abrasive siding as the fanboys that you're speaking against.

And come, you do comparison videos for the sake of the fanboys. Your site gets hits based on the controversy between the two sides, and yet here you speak as if you are somehow above it.

If indeed you do these comparison videos simply for the sake of building up consumer knowledge, then you should also make sure to do your best to present the best that both systems have to offer. This is just basic professionalism.

Drama having to do with scandals with websites recently are just showing one thing: although the game industry is making as much money as the movie industry, the former is no where near the latter in terms of professionalism. We seem to still be a bunch of guys who don't have a life and don't care, playing games in the basement and ignoring standards of society. Your insulting post, GTshane, only supports this notion.

In the name of American journalism, which was based on the concept of being as unbiased as possible, I really hope that you work this out. I've definitely benefited from Gametrailers.com throughout the years but unless you at least give a disclaimer with your videos, I won't be able to take this site seriously anymore.

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LJWooly3112d ago

Great job, The Twelve.

If more people write letters as well thought-out as Meus, Happimeses, and The Twelve, then this will surely make an impact.

Come on, these guys, while incredibly well-informed, can't do this all by themselves!!

The Wood3112d ago

keep it up guys +bubbles

liquidsnake3112d ago (Edited 3112d ago )

Very nice letters indeed.

Hapimeses...was it just me or was that GT guy very arrogant. From what I've red of your post, he was constantly twisting and turning all your sentences like he had nothing to say for defense. Haha.

Anyways, nice letters from all of you. I would do the same if my english was better. (Im from Sweden ;) )

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Maddens Raiders3112d ago

'nuff said.

Shane Satterfield is a tool, pure and simple. Gametrailers has completely lost any credibility it had in my mind.

PSWe603112d ago

This whole thing is blown out of proportion, but I guess that Sony fans have to vent their pent up anger. We've taken our fair share of crap when the PS3 launched.

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