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Submitted by doctorstrange 600d ago | opinion piece

Another Day in Games Journalism: OXM’s Magic Fingers, The PS4′s Totally Confirmed Contacts

Sigh, here we go again.

Contrary to what my recent spate of aggressive anti-crappy gaming website posts might suggest, I’m not a particular fan of airing dirty laundry. It’s embarrassing for the industry that it even needs to be mentioned, and it clutters up PSLS with articles like this when I’d rather be bringing you news. But it’s necessary if games journalism ever wants to improve.
-PSLS (Culture, Next-Gen, PS3, Xbox 360)

ftwrthtx  +   600d ago
Isn't that plagiarism at some level by OXM?
doctorstrange  +   600d ago
Essentially, yup.
ftwrthtx  +   600d ago
Is there no recourse?
doctorstrange  +   600d ago
Nope, as long as they technically don't copy the wording they can claim that they also found the same scoop, just 7 hours after
nukeitall  +   600d ago
@doctorstrange:

I didn't read the OXM article, but for all we know it could be a co-incidence. OXM is a huge publishing house after all.
doctorstrange  +   600d ago
@nukeitall

As the writer of the original scoop, I can say there was no way in hell it was a co-incidence. It's not a time-sensitive scoop. The data was on the internet for months, I dug it up and then hours later they use the *2* separate sources that I found, choosing the same quotes and more.
nukeitall  +   599d ago
@doctorstrange:

You as the author of the article, has no bias at all....

Even though the chances are small, co-incidences do happen. The chance of people winning the lottery is damn small, but people do.

Perhaps you should go buy a lottery ticket! =)
dbjj12088  +   600d ago
I think it happens all the time. There are also plenty of bot sites that just repost stuff.
doctorstrange  +   600d ago
Bots a bots, these are paid journalists
bunt-custardly  +   600d ago
I don't think it's plagiarism, but as the article states there should be some acknowledgement given to the source. This is the Internet, where stories get passed around and regurgitated all the time. However, with any publication worth its salt, some common courtesy should be employed at all times.
arabiensoldier  +   600d ago
here I thought I was lazy trying to study for these finals but come on OXM really?
can't wait for Playstation Orbis..
Obnoxious_Informer  +   600d ago
This is ridiculous, it paints all gaming journalists in an unprofessional light. Really sickening.

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