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Gaming Journalists Acting Entitled? Get Outta Here.

DragonKnight | 359d ago
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**UPDATE** Adam Sessler confirms he was whining about not getting a PS4 in advance of the launch to review it, thereby confirming his drama queen status and the name Madam Sessler. Video is found here....

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

Unless you've been living in a cave on Mars with your eyes shut and your ears plugged, you've undoubtedly heard about the "internet explosion" that started on Twitter with Madam, sorry Adam, Sessler being a drama queen about something allegedly being so serious that it affects his livelihood.

Click on this link for an idea of how and where this started.

http://n4g.com/news/1381488...

The story started out so completely vague and nondescript with Adam Sessler acting like it's the end of his career and that he's considering other employment options. A relatively small amount of others made similar comments such as Marcus Beer who no one cares about anyway.

Basically, there are like 3 gaming journalists making a huge stink about this and LITERALLY NO ONE ELSE! But it's gotten to the point where "insiders" are claiming overheating issues already, as evidenced here...

http://misterxmedia.livejou...

The general consensus however seems to be that the biggest issue, which is eluded to by Marcus Beer, is that Sony isn't giving free, early PS4s to some of the journalists who obviously think more highly of themselves than Sony or gamers do. The situation also seems to be that Sony has opted to hold a staged review event in New York and has invited journos to that, which some don't like. What's conveniently ignored is that Microsoft have placed a similar review embargo without an event, but hey who cares about that right?

The meat of this blog is that journalists like Madam Sessler and his ilk who are complaining about this are just entitled brats who think they are somehow owed free, unfettered, early access to products simply because they are paid to give their OPINION about the product in what will either be a glorified ad for the product, or a vanity filled denouncement of it like their word is gospel.

NEWSFLASH: As a game journalist, you ARE NOT in the industry, you REPORT ON the industry. You have no entitlements, no special rights. You are, for all intents and purposes, a regular opinionated person who either went to school on how to get paid to tell your opinion and suckered someone into paying you to do so, or (in the more modern era of gaming jounalism) someone with a camera and a youtube channel that people watch, or even a glorified blogger. You're not important, and despite the vain ascertation that you're doing a public service and protecting consumers, you're not entitled to free stuff just because you feel your opinion is somehow worth more than someone else's.

There are plenty of reviewers out there who buy, out of their own pocket, the products they intend to review. AngryJoe is perhaps the biggest example of someone who spends his own money and works really hard to get COMPLETE (meaning he actually plays most, if not all of the game) reviews out in a timely manner. Now, does this mean that he gets them out as soon as someone with early access? Of course not. Does that matter to anyone NOT looking for hit driven income? Nope.

People like AngryJoe also have far more integrity and trust built up from gamers due to the fact that they aren't being bought off by free product with the expectation of a favourable review, or the fear of being blacklisted for violating review embargos.

You want to review the PS4, nothing is stopping you from putting down the cash to buy one and review it. Only the weak minded gamers of the world need to read early reviews to tell them what to buy. If there are problems with the console, rest assured that said problems will be posted on forums everywhere, and either refunds or replacements will be the result of said issues. That may suck in the end, but it has the added benefits of no one being beholden to the vice grip gaming journalism has on the gaming industry, as well as being far more trustworthy.

One of the worst problems with this non-issue, beyond the melodrama, is that these journos aren't even complaining about regular PS4s. They want debug units under the claim that they want to test out 3rd party external capture devices free of HDCP protection, a feature that won't be available to users at launch and is thus ultimately pointless to discuss until it is available.

I personally believe that not sending out debug units to every journo that thinks too highly of themselves that demands one is a brilliant move by Sony. Why? Well, even though there is no 100% guarantee that this won't happen anyway, sending debug units out only to trusted sources creates a better chance that some journo who is a hacker, or who has a hacker friend, won't use the debug unit to crack open the unit and begin the process towards pirated software, of course under the guise of "homebrew applications."

We've seen this gen with the PS3 that "insiders" can't be trusted and that's why the PS3 was eventually cracked for piracy after 4 years on the market. Do you think Sony wants that to happen even before the console is launched? I don't.

The ironic thing is that we've all seen the journos write articles about how we, as gamers, act like spoiled entitled children when we have a problem with things like Mass Effect 3's ending, and yet here they are acting far more entitled and spoiled than any of us could ever be because they aren't getting free PS4s a minimum of a week before it launches.

Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft should all stop giving out free product to reviewers, as should all 3rd party developers. They aren't entitled to free product because they aren't IN the industry, they report on it. Once you see a reviewer feel like they are being ignored, you get to see what kind of reviewer they really are and the end result is that they can't be trusted either way. Force them to buy the product they want to review. Their opinion is no different from anyone else's so they don't deserve special treatment.

Madam Sessler and the rest of the crying gaming "journalists" are really only thinking about their ad revenue money anyway, and don't give a damn about "informing consumers" of potential problems. If they weren't, then who tells the consumers about problems first wouldn't matter so long as the same problems are being reported by multiple sources.

The integrity of gaming journalism is so lacking, one could be forgiven for asking if it ever existed to begin with.

Pintheshadows  +   359d ago
'People like AngryJoe also have far more integrity and trust built up from gamers due to the fact that they aren't being bought off by free product with the expectation of a favourable review, or the fear of being blacklisted for violating review embargos.'

This paragraph couldn't be any better. I agree with you entirely. Freebies for a supposed critic immediately destroys any credibility they held.
NewMonday  +   359d ago
don't remember any bruhaha when Halo 4 held a staged review event

an who was taking part? Arthur Gies

could it be hypocrisy?!
Angels3785  +   359d ago
What bugs me about Adam Sessler is not only his huge ego and sense of entitlement like everything he says needs to be heard and that he is protecting the consumer with a false sense of legitimacy, but his psudo-intellectual style reviews and white knight actions against things HIS PERSONAL POLITICAL views reflect. You are reviewing games....no one cares what you have to say about the world. Not only that but he (like many reviewers is getting things FOR FREE EARLY.

Lastly I was just about to say the same about Arthur Gies...but his integrity has always been questionable...just like the multiple reviews that are whining now. Its almost like they don't like getting their free stuff.....watch them go on strike or threaten reviews....or possibly doc reviews.

They are all total hypocrites..."OH a HALO?!?!? REVIEW EVENT???? NIIICEEEE!!!! A sony review event.....the world is over"
Godmars290  +   359d ago
But isn't MS known for giving out $2k gift swag?
metalgod88  +   359d ago
Angels, I actually enjoy listening to Adam Sessler. Sometimes his opinions are bit one sided, but overall, I enjoy hearing what he has to say. I feel that because he's been a part of the gaming media for so long, he is entitled to say whatever he wants about a game, or a company, or an idea.

None of us are forced to listen to him, but I for one would rather listen to him than 3/4 of the rest of the gaming media because I know that whatever he has to say is honest and true.
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Bimkoblerutso  +   358d ago
Nice article, and ironically I feel like gaming journalism HAS to move in this direction to keep it's integrity.

Perhaps Adam Sessler wanted to join the cult without drinking the Kool-aid, but that's just not how things operate. Things CAN'T operate like that.

It is impossible to preserve any semblance of integrity when you are essentially being bribed with free stuff. Both sides have to feed off each other for that symiotic relationship to flourish.
TheoreticalParticle  +   358d ago
"Freebies for a supposed critic immediately destroys any credibility they held."

This isn't a black and white issue. It's not like the moment Logitech gives a reviewer a free t-shirt the critic's integrity is totally lost in terms of reviewing Logitech stuff.

I'd say that it probably ERODES their ability to be professional, but it's not like getting free things instantly makes them a shill.

Furthermore, this only really works if the developer keeps working the press contact. Otherwise, what'll end up happening is that they just end up taking everything for granted, and the same level of freebies will become meaningless.
Fireseed  +   359d ago
Ok I'll explain something that clearly you do not understand as made evident by this comment right here:

"One of the worst problems with this non-issue, beyond the melodrama, is that these journos aren't even complaining about regular PS4s. They want debug units under the claim that they want to test out 3rd party external capture devices free of HDCP protection, a feature that won't be available to users at launch and is thus ultimately pointless to discuss until it is available."

HDCP is the technology preventing people from copying direct stream footage of BluRay movies into an easier format and share them. However it has now been applied to games on the PS4. Sony has stated that they will patch the console in the future in order to remove it and people have shown it's still clearly possible to record the footage. HOWEVE and this is a BIG freakin however, if you accuire the footage from some form of workaround it is still illegal to post ANYWHERE and by ANYONE. Essentially what this means is that there will be no footage of a game released unless it is under Sony's direct say so. What this essentially means is that for any review of a game the media sites will have to rely on canned and already released footage. Saying that the removal of HDCP is "a feature that won't be available to users at launch and is thus ultimately pointless to discuss until it is available" is incredibly naive. Journalists and reviewers depend their livelihood on the fact that they will be able to freely distribute footage in order to showcase games to consumers. Now keep in mind, that my opinion on what I beleive their all upset is completely speculative until one of them comes out and confirms why they are upset. As with this blog. But HDCP at launch basically means their will not be game reviews for any of the PS4s games until the patch is applied.
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OrangePowerz  +   359d ago
PS3 is using the same HDCP and reviewers use capture hardware since 7 years to record videos from the PS3.
DragonKnight  +   359d ago
I know what HDCP is, which is clearly why I mentioned that the ability to record using 3rd party external capture devices will not be available at launch. I thought that was obvious.

What's naive is the fact that you think Sony won't grant permission to journalists to use means to show footage of a game for review purposes. That's part of the review process and Sony has no reason to not allow that footage to be used, nor is it illegal to post footage for review purposes. The HDCP regulations are the same as any copyright regulations, meaning the Fair Use clause still applies so long as it's for critique or review purposes.

This is a non-issue, and whining because you're not getting a debug unit is ridiculous. Debug units are capable of more than just simple HDCP circumvention and Sony is definitely in the RIGHT to not hand them out to just anyone. Anyone who believes that journos are entitled to a console that can basically be made to pirate games, and that they should be entitled to it before the console even launches, is naive and quite frankly stupid.

**EDIT** @OrangePowerz: PS3 can use component capturing though. You only get up to 720p resolution, but it's not violating HDCP since that is only on HDMI.
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GentlemenRUs  +   359d ago
Screw HDCP, I just use a HDMI splitter which somehow strips to the HDCP from it.

That and with a HDPVR2, I'm able to stream/record anything I like in 1080p :D

I have been over the last week.
OrangePowerz  +   359d ago
Developers also need debug kits and they are more important than some reviewers.
DragonKnight  +   359d ago
Developers are more important than all reviewers. All... of...them.

Plus, who said developers aren't getting debug units? Serious question.
OrangePowerz  +   359d ago
I`m sure they are getting debug kits, but they can never have enough of them and need a high amount of units so I can imagine there would be still devs that would like more.
OrangePowerz  +   359d ago
Those "insiders" are making stuff up ;)
GentlemenRUs  +   359d ago
These crybabies need to grow up...

Who needs a Dev Console when you could get a simple HDMI splitter which strips the HDCP out of the line.

I would like free stuff but I never get free stuff and I know that...
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DragonKnight  +   359d ago
The problem with that method is that it's actually illegal.
GentlemenRUs  +   359d ago
Over in the US yeah but I think it works differently here in the UK.

The code for HDCP has been cracked so many times that no one cares anymore ^_^
dedicatedtogamers  +   359d ago
I have no sympathy for these "journalists", especially when these are some of the same people who basically said "Stop complaining about the XBox One and just bend over, crybabies".

Oh, oh, but NOW you guys get all upset when a huge corporation doesn't do things that you want? You don't say...
Ravenor  +   359d ago
Good blog Dragonknight, though to be honest I went from having a lot of respect for Sessler to zero a long time ago. The God of War stupidity was just mind numbing.

" As a game journalist, you ARE NOT in the industry, you REPORT ON the industry." Also that is something Jeff Gerstmann says a lot and I can't agree more. Journalists who cover any industry are spectators, they are not an active part of it.
TransientDreamer  +   359d ago
"People like AngryJoe also have far more integrity and trust built up from gamers due to the fact that they aren't being bought off by free product with the expectation of a favourable review,"

When a publisher sends me a game to review, the agreement is that I will play the game and provide a fair and objective review in a timely manner. It could be a negative or positive review. Anyone who feels obliged to skew their review in a positive light just because they don't pay for review copies has no integrity as a critic.

"or the fear of being blacklisted for violating review embargos."
You talk about a reviewer willfully violating a review agreement like it's a bad thing.
DragonKnight  +   359d ago
"When a publisher sends me a game to review, the agreement is that I will play the game and provide a fair and objective review in a timely manner. It could be a negative or positive review. Anyone who feels obliged to skew their review in a positive light just because they don't pay for review copies has no integrity as a critic."

One, your experiences weren't what the comment was about. Two, no one can verify your experience, or know the kind of publishers you deal with. Three, your experience isn't universal. Final, my comment was a general statement about why people trust reviewers who actually buy the product, and take their time to review the game properly.

"You talk about a reviewer willfully violating a review agreement like it's a bad thing."

It is when their reviews are skewed due to the fear of a blacklist, which could cripple their livelihood. You say you review games and yet can't grasp that basic concept?
TheoreticalParticle  +   358d ago
""You talk about a reviewer willfully violating a review agreement like it's a bad thing."

"It is when their reviews are skewed due to the fear of a blacklist, which could cripple their livelihood. You say you review games and yet can't grasp that basic concept?""

You don't seem to understand the term "embargo", as it relates to game reviews. A reviewer gets given a copy of the game early. The publisher tells them that in exchange for the review code, they have to agree not to post their review of the game until a pre-determined date.

This would have no bearing on the score, and the only point it would cause a reviewer to fear being put on a blacklist is if they specifically violated the terms of the agreement that they agreed to. So long as they don't publish the review early, they have nothing to fear from an embargo agreement.
admiralvic  +   356d ago
@ DragonKnight

In my experience, publishers generally don't make a big deal of things. Just this week someone I knew reported a "serious issue" and was told by the developer that he was actually mistaken and the glitch, was actually him doing something wrong. There was no threat, there most likely won't be any black listing, it was a simple "Yeah, please correct your article because you're wrong..." message.

"It is when their reviews are skewed due to the fear of a blacklist, which could cripple their livelihood. You say you review games and yet can't grasp that basic concept?"

Ironically, it's the opposite that sites fear. To get blacklisted, you really have to try and piss people off. You're not going to get blacklisted because you didn't "get" Beyond: Two Souls, but you might get blacklisted for breaking the embargo (depends what, how long and a bunch of other things) or review it improperly. Like when I saw a guy give Pokemon Rumble U a 2/10 and two of their paragraphs were about how Canada didn't get the NFC figures. Personally, I want to know why you would want the NFC figures (which cost more money) for a game you think is basically unplayable, but thats the type of shenanigans that will get you blacklisted.

So what is the opposite? Pissing off fan bases. Since fans are the people who actually affect their livelihood, it's not uncommon for people to "give the benefit of doubt" and review popular games with something of a bias. I've seen it get so bad, that the EiC of a site I wrote for flat out tell me he hated the Borderlands franchise, but Borderlands 2 still magically came away with a 9/10. However, these things will differ from site to site and company to company. Needless to say, there are people out there more than willing to do dishonest things to get ahead (like my former site gave The Walking Dead GOTY because they thought Telltale would hype the award).
TransientDreamer  +   358d ago
"One, your experiences weren't what the comment was about."
Obviously. What's your point? Your blog is not exempt from responses in the comments.

"Two, no one can verify your experience, or know the kind of publishers you deal with."
What reason would I have to lie? None.

"Three, your experience isn't universal."
I didn't indicate that I thought it was.

"Final, my comment was a general statement about why people trust reviewers who actually buy the product, and take their time to review the game properly."
Receiving a game from the publisher doesn't negate the ability to review it fairly and properly. That's my point.

I agree with you that there have been some sketchy reviews out there from sites big and small. But their receiving a game from a publisher isn't the sole cause of that, it may not even be the cause, there may be other reasons. We don't know.

To demonize all writers who receive review product is not fair to those who indeed have integrity and write fair reviews, of which there are quite a few.
DragonKnight  +   358d ago
"Obviously. What's your point? Your blog is not exempt from responses in the comments."

Who said it was exempt from responses? My point is that what happens to you isn't the point.

"What reason would I have to lie? None."

Gee I don't know, to try and undermine the point, to try and make yourself seem important, just for the lulz. You're on the internet and you just asked "what reason would I have to lie?" Are you new?

"I didn't indicate that I thought it was."

So? Does a point being made require your indication?

"Receiving a game from the publisher doesn't negate the ability to review it fairly and properly. That's my point."

Point out where I said that.

"But their receiving a game from a publisher isn't the sole cause of that, it may not even be the cause, there may be other reasons. We don't know."

It is naive to believe that a reviewer that has a relationship with a large publisher can't or won't be persuaded to give favourable reviews with things like free merchandise, review placement on the game box, etc... If your point here was to be Captain Obvious where no one was confused, but you, with what I was saying then you've wasted all of our time.

"To demonize all writers who receive review product is not fair to those who indeed have integrity and write fair reviews, of which there are quite a few."

First, you're once again putting the proverbial words in my mouth. Secondly, I believe you meant to say (though you'll definitely argue) "of which there are quite few."
jessupj  +   358d ago
Good blog.

I imagine Sessler fully expected to be given an early, free PS4 and didn't even bother pre-ordering.

So now he's just found out he ain't getting a free PS4 and will have to buy one like the rest of us 'peasants'. The big problem for him now is that not only does he not get early access, he could be potentially having to wait weeks because pre-orders are completely sold out. That means late reviews and low traffic.

I'd be pretty pissed too, but I would also understand that is was completely my fault for being so entitled.

I am fully expecting his reviews for the entire next gen will to be influenced by this issue, so I will not be reading a single one of one of them unless he proves he can remain professional. He's already proved he can't remain professional, so I won't be holding my breath.

He acts as if getting a free console is his right, when it has always been and will always be a privilege. Sony has absolutely no obligation what so ever to give out free PS4s. I think Sessler needs to take a good hard look at himself.
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steve30x  +   358d ago
Let me guess its alright for gamers to act entitled but then when journalists act entitled its totally wrong.
DragonKnight  +   358d ago
Nowhere is that said. In fact it's more the opposite.
Pintheshadows  +   358d ago
Gamers don't get given free stuff, we have to pay for it.

Are you honestly not seeing the difference here? Do you actually know what entitled means as it seems many saw the word once in a gaming related headline and just ran with it.

Adam Sessler's actions could be the dictionary definition of entitled.

'I'm a game reviewer, therefore I deserve free stuff'.
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e-p-ayeaH  +   358d ago
Twitter can be really anoying sometimes...
NYC_Gamer  +   358d ago
Hmmm....so now the same journalist who call us gamers entitled are crying about no free next gen goodies?
NeoTribe  +   358d ago
Angry joe is my personal favorite reviewer. Even if he never reviewed ps3 games -_-
DragonKnight  +   358d ago
He doesn't have a PS3 and now that PS4 is coming out soon he won't buy a PS3.
Godmars290  +   358d ago
The thing that really got me about that is that he once gave away a PS3, and looked as embarrassed as hell.

And the guy is clearly a PC gamer.
Moncole  +   358d ago
This is yheir job. If they don't get the system befor the release date they can lose money.
TheoreticalParticle  +   358d ago
I don't see how it's Sony's job to provide him with a viable source of income. That's exactly the kind of relationship where a journalist would end up beholden to the publisher.
Moncole  +   358d ago
If Sony wants their stuff reviewed than they have to give them a console and games.
ravinash  +   357d ago
@ Moncole - there are plenty of companies out there willing to review games for Sony or MS...why would they need to give a free console to a single "Youtube" reviewer.
And if you give it to one, where do you draw the line? I tell my mates about what I'm playing, does that make me a reviewer...should I get a free console?

Sony has their list of publishing companies and contacts who will help publish the launch of their console... they do not owe anything to these people.

If Adam does not like falling short of this list, I suggest that he works on his publishing company or what ever you want to call it to the point where he has an established a presence in the publishing community rather than just a big name among gamers.
Baka-akaB  +   358d ago
That's exactly the kind of situation that get us clowns raving about a game , clearly ignoring obvious issues , especially technical ones affecting almost everyone , only to hypocritely "insult" the same game one month later , and revealing his actual and true thoughts about it inadvertently on podcats or other columns.

i've had enough of that , to care anymore about their livelihood and opinions , as it clearly superseeds doing their job right , at least in too many cases for me to try filtering out the bad and good journalists .
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MacDonagh  +   358d ago
I agree with you on the premise of game journalists being entitled on getting free gear. Robert Florence made an article on that particular subject and got fired for it but it does show that there is a problem in the game journalism industry when it comes to free games and free hardware etc.

One thing that I find really concerning is the rumours and possible hardware faults on both consoles. If it is true that they've only been shown PS4 footage at controlled Sony events; one has to be wary of such things because of the previous issues that have occurred in such areas. One can recall the Aliens: Colonial Marines debacle or the Xbox One using PCs at E3 to note that such deceptions can happen.

The DRM thing that is also making it's rounds also makes a lot of sense. It's really difficult for me to believe that the greedy 3rd parties would choose to support a next-gen console with multi-platform releases that have DRM and one that doesn't.

Not to mention the PS4 was also meant to be bundled with the camera attachment which they took out to lower the price; it's not too unbelievable to see that Sony were looking into the same avenue as Microsoft when it came to DRM.

There is also the possibility that this is disinformation being spread by Microsoft to make Sony look less appealing. Something that I wouldn't put by them, considering their involvement with the PRISM program but it all kind of makes sense in a conspiracy theorist sort of way.

Then again; I'm just that type of person.

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sAVAge_bEaST  +   358d ago
Madam Sessler,, Classic.
Erudito87  +   358d ago
Exactly this
Juste_Belmont  +   358d ago
I've never understood why Adam Sessler is held in any regard. I had never heard of him until G4 was on its deathbed and even then I didn't see what the fuss was about him or the channel itself. He doesn't provide anything special to the games industry, he isn't a necessary player in the creation of games, his opinion means no more or no less than anyone else's, and if he does make money by reviewing games then he should have money to spend on a PS4. If his job depends on having one, he should allocate funds to meet that requirement.

If you work for a company, they may provide you with some of the tools you need, but you may also be required to provide your own equipment. If you are self-employed, then it is your responsibility to get the supplies you need to do your job and to make sure your employees have their supplies too, whether they're provided by you or not. Sessler does not work for Sony, Microsoft, or Nintendo, so they are not required to provide him with anything. Sessler works for Sessler, so he should ask him for a PS4.
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mydyingparadiselost  +   357d ago
Did you watch the video you put up for your update? There's no mention of Rev3 not getting a PS4 just him saying that they'll do the reviews if they can get a console, the specific console is never mentioned. If you watch the Battlefield 4 review you'll notice he talks about playing the PS4 version but not being able to give impressions about the Xbone version. You should strive to offer legitimate information if your going to go off on a tirade of entitlement anger.
I agree that journalists shouldn't expect to receive free units just because they want them but at the same time if other places are getting those units early it should be expected that all the major outlets should get them without either company cherry picking who's worthy based on some criteria other than overall views.
LtSkittles  +   357d ago
Also, they apparently recorded the video on friday. Arthur Gies also chimed in and said "nobody that i know of is mad about not getting free PS4s or Xbox Ones."

Rev3Games: This video is not what Adam was talking about over the weekend. We shot this´╗┐ on Friday. -Zac

https://twitter.com/aegies/...
ThatCanadianGuy514  +   357d ago
Madam Sessler.

Love it.That will forever be his name from now.

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