How Broken is Game Journalism? An Analysis of Three Gaming Sites

Joseph Jackmovich of gamrFeed analyzes 161 articles from Kotaku, Destructoid, and Joystiq in order to determine the quality of gaming journalism.

He focuses on the problems of misleading headlines, sourcing, sexism, and other topics.

How does your favorite gaming site stack up?

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TheGameLlama2513d ago

Totally expectable though... :/

Cevapi882513d ago

only tip of the iceberg, if you ask me

LORD-PHOENIX2513d ago (Edited 2513d ago )

this article comes from vgchartz..

CrzyFooL2512d ago

Is run by Sonic the Hedgehog!!


ChrisW2512d ago

A better question might be, "How broken is N4G?"

mikeslemonade2512d ago

How broken is gaming journalism? They give GT5 a 86.17 avg. score. That is straight up broken if you ask me.

MegaPowa2512d ago


That's not broken its just an honest review. Something we need more around here.

HolyOrangeCows2512d ago (Edited 2512d ago )

LOL, they took some of the worst sites to examine possible.

Not to mention, this is made by VGchartz.

Edit: Nice article. Not that I needed this article to know, but LOL @ Kotaku; they're full of crap.

anh_duong2512d ago

new year's resolution for journalist:

stop screwing the readers by over-rating games.. under rating games is not so bad but over rating games is spineless because it screws the people who you ought to really look after

stop prostituting yourself to the games publishers.. for example, stop reviewing games and have adverts for the game on the same page..

stop inciting fanboyism

start playing the games properly before reviewing the games

stop making up news using fictitious sources

impossible tasks?? well we can always wish..

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CrzyFooL2513d ago

those pie charts are HAHlarious.

pixelsword2513d ago

How did my favorite site stack up?

Those three aren't my favorite; not even close.

Godmars2902513d ago (Edited 2513d ago )

Ironic that this is coming from vgchartz who's stories - and numbers - get questioned as much if not more than Kotaku.

Do you work at vgchartz? Submitted this story? Cause those are the only reason I can think of that someone would call my my comment trolling.

Everytime someone posts numbers from vgchartz, PS3 or 360, the other side calls BS. Its a sad annoying fact of this site.

Duke_Silver2513d ago (Edited 2513d ago )

And this has what to do with anything in the article? quit trolling.

EDIT: you changed what you originally said, but you're still trolling, this is from gamrFeed, one of the sub-sites of VGchartz, not the numbers site. How does whining about numbers make any sense?

I'd like to see one instance of anything that gamrfeed does that is worse than "OMG HERE IS A CELEBRITY NEXT TO AN X-BOX" posted as news from Kotaku.

EDIT: I did not post this story, I just got annoyed by folks brushing this aside without reading it, the guy supported his ideas pretty well. instead I see folks going "lame" I actually really like that site and their news blog is one of the better ones out there. these guys get put on NPR, wall street journal, are cited on guiness world records, and fanboys still whine....

Godmars2902513d ago

I read up to the Sterling quote but didn't feel like going over the whole essay.

He's right, gaming "journalism" is wholly compromised, but that nor NPR using them doesn't their rep *Here*. 360 fanboys are going to complain about their PS3 number and PS3 fanboys are going to complain about their 360 numbers. Me, I wonder why it takes their number site months to change console numbers after they've been publicly announced by their companies. And they never seem to match up or even come close.

I'm just annoyed that in accusing me of trolling, of stating the obvious from a site who's reputation isn't perfect, that you're trolling. That the only point of your comment was not only to troll, but to whine because you're a fanboy of that site.

Surly at the very least you have to appreciate that irony...

Duke_Silver2512d ago (Edited 2512d ago )

@ Godmars

that's fine - I fully accept the fact that calling you out was basically counter-trolling, but if you parrot off crap others say without reading an article you are no better than the other patrons of a site in which you so eloquently condemn:

"Everytime someone posts numbers from vgchartz, PS3 or 360, the other side calls BS. Its a sad annoying fact of this site."

I could care less about the popular opinion about a site the writer is from, what I am "whining" about is a general mentality of folks that can't be arsed to read a damn article on here, and seem to share the same opinion just for the sake of "fitting in".

also you keep bringing up "numbers" from this sites sister site, what he crap do they have to do with an article like this, your just finding justification for your post.

ssdninja2512d ago

What's even better is that this article is actually a semester-long final project. Considering I have nothing to do with the numbers of vgchartz, it's even separated further by being something produced not originally intended for the site at all. I wanted to get the research out there so I decided to publish it.

Ironic? Or just jumping to conclusions?

WharenPeace2512d ago

I'm merely curious, why did you not focus on the bigger sites, like IGN and Gamespot (especially since they portray themselves as actual game journalist sites)? I don't think I've ever seen either of the gamer blogs hinting that they were not biassed (or I could be wrong)?

visualb2512d ago

yeah I agree its ironic. but if i'm not mistaken VGChartz is kind of blog based? (ala WordpresS) so anyone can write an article?

I could be wrong...point being, the article does have a point

as I've said, VGCharts loses all credibility when talking about sales or itself.

in this case, it does have a point, and although the chart lacks actual evidence, its pretty obvious:

KOTAKY, DESTRUCTOID AND GAMESRADAR ARE JOKE SITES - they can NEVER be taken seriously. they are retarded blogger fanboys like most users on this site.

if you haven't figured this out by now you are new to gaming websites.

ktchong2513d ago

Haven't paid attention to gaming in a long while.

Let me guess: a high-profile PS3 exclusive has just been released, and it's been receiving less-than-stellar review scores. So now it must be the bias and fault of the "journalists".

Something still stays the same.

Cratos87802513d ago (Edited 2513d ago )

"Let me guess: a high-profile PS3 exclusive has just been released, and it's been receiving less-than-stellar review scores. So now it must be the bias and fault of the "journalists"."

What has Gran Turismo got to with this article, troll?

Duke_Silver2513d ago

Reading Comprehension FTL!

visualb2512d ago

"Haven't paid attention to gaming in a long while. "

it shows....keep it that way please =| you aren't contributing anything positive.

and next time, read the article instead of being a ***** *** *****

Ponurasky2513d ago

Gaming journalism is broken beyond words. They even shouldn't be called "journalist" in the first place.

Ilikegames762512d ago

More like fanboys masquerading as journalists.

NJShadow2513d ago

What a great write-up! OK, now this is one example of gaming journalism done right. Granted, it has to do with other sites, but this was an excellent read!

suicidalblues2513d ago

Totally agree. One of the best articles written in months.

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