Adam “The sky is falling!” Sessler
I used to respect him as a game journalist, I really did. I used to watch X-Play all the time back in the day (I love you Morgan Webb!). I watched that show back when it was on Tech TV, before G4TV even existed (I also watched it on G4).
Lately he's lost all credibility and any respect he once had from me. I knew he was always biased in favor of Xbox, but that never bothered me. Everybody has a preference, even people with all consoles have that one that they hold a little more dear. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that, it all comes down to personal preference and experiences with said console. But lately I'm wondering if it's just a matter of simple preference or something more, but I digress, I'll get into that later. Let's get on with this rant..
It started with his FUD, doom and gloom twitter freak-out. You are a journalist, it is your job to provide us as the consumer with information that others in the industry might not be willing to share. People follow you on twitter and youtube and everywhere else that you want to give us info. If you have some kind of issue that doesn't effect us or that you don't want to openly speak about then don't post vague things that can incite paranoia or uncertainty in your fan-base without at least shedding some light for them on the issues at hand. It's not fair to keep us, your supporters, in the dark. I understand there are some things that don't need to be said to us, but that's just it, then don't post it on SOCIAL media for the whole world to see.
These are things that should have been shared between you and your peers privately. You also posted just barely enough info on the ordeal that everybody knew who it was that you were having issues with, while also being so vague and depressing that it actually seemed like a legit thing to be worried about. That is also not fair as it leads to uncertainty in a company's practices, when nobody actually even knew what issue was in the first place.
Then the hypocrisy and contradictions ensue. At the Screw Attack convention after E3 he openly stated how important 1080p 60fps is, he mocked consoles for not having this as a standard. Just the other day he posted a new video called “Resolution Gate” about how resolution and what-not doesn't really matter because he's seen games that were 720p that he wouldn't be able to tell if they were 1080p or not. A total contradiction of what he said right after E3...
Something doesn't add up, I was hoping when he released his next video he would clarify that things with Twittter and what-not got blown out of proportion. I was hoping he would earn my respect for him as a journalist back. Instead I got nothing, he acted like nothing even happened and on top of it totally contradicted something that he was so passionate about earlier this year. The hypocrisy was staggering. I actually wonder how his reaction would've been if it would've gone exactly this way, but from the other side. I genuinely wonder if he would've openly, even blatantly, criticized Sony for this if the shoe was on the other foot.
These events have actually made me wonder if there is more than just a simple little bias or preference for him. I mean look, his show was called “X”-play, the website he works for now has this as a logo: http://cdn.shopify.com/s/fi...
Now, what does a green “X” conjure up in your mind as far as consoles go? Now I admit, I might be reaching here and I might need to take off my tinfoil hat, but after everything that's gone down lately I legitimately question whether he just prefers Microsoft or whether he's a paid shill.