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Plagiarism in Gaming Journalism Running Rampant

If there's one thing any writer hates, it's having your original material ripped off by anyone else. It's Ethics 101, don't take someone else's ideas and if you must, cite your sources properly. It seems that, as of late, ethics don't matter to many so called gaming "journalists." Over the past year, the cases of plagiarism have been growing rapidly and something needs to be done.

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greyishfox3607d ago

Hear Hear! Give credit when Credit is due!

drunkpandas3607d ago

It's pretty sad, actually, with how many stories are getting ripped off.

dubbalubagis3607d ago

How hard is it really to just link the source? Taking credit for ideas that aren't your own is just wrong.

drunkpandas3607d ago

@dubbalubagis - You'd think it would be easy to do, right?

Blaze9293607d ago

...this is coming from a site with "loot" and "ninja" as a website name.

SaiyanFury3607d ago

Gaming "journalism" is in the tank? I never would've guessed with all of the "PS3 is doomed" and "The PS3 is a Sinking Ship" articles out there. So many of these guys rip each other off it's not even funny. Give credit where credit is due. It's the right thing to do.

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iiprotocolii3607d ago

I've noticed big name sites constantly taking from the smaller sites without citing/crediting the sources. Pretty lame way to do things. It's been getting ridiculous lately.

DailyAddict3607d ago

While I agree with sites needing to stop plagiarizing, to one's argument I'm sort of wondering exactly "what" was plagiarized in this specific situation. For example, nowadays you can't really plagiarize news because NO ONE gets exclusive "news" any more like they use to 5 years ago in this industry. Everything is public and it's sent to everyone. Loot Ninja would have to get their news from somewhere, right? Exactly.

As far as articles, say for example an Editorial, can that really be plagiarized? I mean think about it. Let's say someone talks about how they think Microsoft should make the next console and another site sees that article, agrees with some of the bullet points and writes their own version. Sure, the article itself was not really their idea, but you can't really plagiarize an idea. If that was the case, we'd have a lot of "ideas" that have turned into new products that would be in violation of some pretty big laws.

So, to write an article about plagiarism is sort of foolish because no matter what, there's nothing you can really do about it and there's a very GRAY area when it comes to plagiarism on the Internet.

iiprotocolii3607d ago

Is that those "sites" or "people" you are referring to aren't taking quotes and/or bullets and writing their own version at times; it's been taken word for word. Everyone nowadays does the whole "taking an idea and turning into their own" thing. But when big-boy sites take an exact editorial, news, whatever they should cite it... it's the basics of journalism and writing. Cite your work. If the news is from a source, then state it is so. It's not ok to steal work from another place and make it yours because you're name is bigger. It takes away from the smaller folk trying to get their names out there.

greyishfox3607d ago

True that there are not many real exclusives anymore but that does not dismiss the issue at hand. When there is an exclusive sometimes its very very hard to find who really had the rights in the first place. Site A got exclusive, Site B reported on Site A's findings. Site C saw site B, copied info from site A and kept the word exclusive. Site A should be credited w/active link the whole way through regardless.
Also, if a site receives information via a general press release then they should state/cite as such. Don't dress it up as something else. Nothing I hate more than reading basically the same news on 3 different sites but they all write as if something special was sent to them.
In general when I'm reading I notice there seems to be a lot of copy and paste activity, and if that is the case, then put quotes around it and include the link/citation.

How can the gaming industry and game journalism be taken seriously when things like this are going on?
I fear fanatics, greed, and ego of some sites may be a bad thing for gamers and gaming industry. (No specifics, just a general fear, so no claims of trolling)

InMyOpinion3607d ago

And then there's the ones who make up their own news...

Blaze9293607d ago

Nice one Jenzo. I think we ALL know who

iiprotocolii3607d ago

Good one, Jenzo. Everyone knows that it's the infamous <insert name here>.

drunkpandas3607d ago

That's a whole different topic, but yeah, you're right. Making up stuff to grab sensationalist headline traffic isn't right either.

taz80803607d ago

I am tired of hearing that Sony is making nuclear weapons as an article title and then reading two sentences in to find out it is bogus! Also tired about reading top ten crap as big news!

InMyOpinion3607d ago

I thought Adam Greenberg was the one behind the nuclear weapons. Wasn't that what he wrote in his "E:mail"? ;)

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DailyAddict3607d ago

...better yet, wtf IS a Hip Hop Gamer? As if the he wasn't all ready the dumbest, most stereotypical and ignorant asshat in this industry, people actually watch his craptacular show as if it has some sort of validity.

Quit feeding the stereotype people. His show will never end otherwise.

Blaze9293607d ago

what really gets me is people take dude seriously and believe every piece crap that comes out of literally, thin air on that website.

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