The Florence Effect: Fanning the Flames of Change in Games Journalism

If you care, or have ever cared, about the quality of games writing you read, the events of last week are essential to study and understand.

They begin with Robert Florence doing his job. On 24 October, Eurogamer publishes his regular “Lost Humanity” column, entitled “A Table of Doritos”. It’s a devastating piece, inviting games writers to take a hard look at how some of their actions are perceived by a wider audience and calling for a bit of self-reflection in the system. Threats of legal action from Lauren Wainwright, a writer named and quoted by the piece, result in the article’s amendment, Florence’s resignation, and ignite the flame of a debate that’s still smouldering away today.

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