Prankster Proves How Bad Games Journalists Are, Made up Next-Gen Xbox Rumor Storms the Web

Playstation Lifestyle: I haven’t tried to hide my contempt for how a lot of the games journalism media is run, with that cleverly-linked hyperlink taking you to a list of my favorite rants – teaser: expect another attack on Forbes and the industry that listens to their drivel by the end of the week. This time, however, I didn’t even need to say anything, someone else has done it for me.

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Sev2832d ago

Crazy that someone would go to such lengths to fake game sites, but even crazier that they all fell for it.

The list of sites covering it doesn't surprise me at all.

Unfortunately, games journalism is very competitive, so it leads to unsavory situations like this.

mandf2832d ago (Edited 2832d ago )

Sev people make up sites all the time just to bash a product it's called viral marketing. It has happened this entire gen. Finally someone did it to expose what has been happening. To those that don't think it happens a lot, I got a boat and island to sell.

calis2832d ago

"Sev people make up sites all the time just to bash a product it's called viral marketing"

Viral marketing?

jadenkorri2832d ago

if people didn't already know video game journalists are such a joke, they got to lift up that rock they been living under and connect it to some ethernet wire.

SolidStoner2832d ago

everyone who visits N4G knows that!!

kneon2832d ago (Edited 2832d ago )

The real problem is that most game journalists aren't really journalists. If they were then more of them would have ethical and quality standards that would reduce the amount of crap we see.

More often than not they are crappy, semi-literate bloggers with horrible grammar and apparently no awareness of the existence of spell checkers.

BX812832d ago

I'm not sure what they fell for here. If they listed it as a rumor then it's just a rumor not news. I also agree with some of them not real journalist. Hell it's hard to even find a real journalist on the big name news channels.

kneon2832d ago

Even if you do call it a rumor it's all in the delivery. If you clearly point out it's a rumor and objectively report it as such then that's fine. But too often that's not what we see. We see people ranting, raving and overhyping to the point that they forgot that it's all just a rumor.

And yes even the mainstream media have deteriorated, and it's all because of the hits. They are often so afraid of being the last to report something big that the normal journalistic standards are ignored just to make sure that they get enough hits on their web site.

UnholyLight2832d ago (Edited 2832d ago )

While I understand what the prankster dude has to say about "integrity in journalism" or whatever, I find it incredibly stupid to go to such great lengths as he/she did to write a big long article because they are pissed off about rumours.

It's all just silly and a bit hypocritical. To be honest I actually enjoy the rumours, I have enjoyed all the debates, heated though they may be between Microsoft and Sony fans but IMO it has helped pass the time. This wait has been so long, there's no doubt in my mind why the rumour mill would be running so rampant. Somewhere the Execs of each company are having a laugh because some of the true specs are probably out there somewhere. That or they are having a laugh because we have no idea how awesome the new consoles are going to be.

wsoutlaw872832d ago

what great lenghts, writing an email? The fact is a website shouldn't just put out what ever some idiot says and call it a rumor. If i say the next playstation will be called the ps6 that doesn't make it a rumor and it should not be written as news. What is the point of reading your site if its full of what ever garbage you can find and I know none of it is backed up by any fact. An email is not a source, what is it there first day on the internet.

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DigitalSmoke2831d ago

Competitive journalism isn't excactly whats going on, not even the slightest since journalism demands a water tight foundation.

Every single site who posted news from this guy on their main page should be DELETED from anybody's list right away.

These are the sites that hype you up for the next best thing, or downplay something you might very much like, their opinions are gabage.

miDnIghtEr20C_SfF2831d ago

LMAO, of course a PS site thinks they're above all others. PS lifestyle has been running next gen rumor stories as well.

Bunch of hypocrites.

Rumors are just that, rumors. Until the truth comes out. People need to stop crying about rumors.

edgeofsins2831d ago

Thankfully hiphopgamer no longer floods n4g.

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Wedge192832d ago

Wait wait wait.... so you're telling me that you can't believe everything that you read on the web??

kma2k2832d ago

gees didnt you see the commercial about this? If its on tv & the internet its obviously true :)

Nevers2832d ago

I heard this guy won a 100,000,000 internet points from Bill Gates for this too ;)

NYC_Gamer2832d ago

It's because many gaming sites are hungry for hits and don't check the original source of rumored info

mandf2832d ago (Edited 2832d ago )

Those sites you speak of make up the info. Then they claim they are protecting the source when there is no source.

There are only a few legit sites today that have staff that speak directly to developers. Most sites steal info from the legit sites. Go read submissions to this site half of them have no staff what so ever. Gamespot, Ign, Eurogamer have a staff for research. The rest are hurt fanboy teenagers taking potshots at a system they don't have.

NYC_Gamer2832d ago (Edited 2832d ago )

These huge sites that been around for years should know better than to run an article with no real legit source.....Instead of doing real journalism they are worried about web traffic/hits..There is no excuse for this sloppy state of journalism when it comes to a multi billion dollar industry..

matgrowcott2832d ago


It's incredibly easy to talk to developers. Getting them to talk back on a subject not pre-approved or even getting a reply on something they don't deem beneficial to current products is much, much harder.

I can tell you that researching something akin to an unannounced game or system specs (or even an unannounced feature of a previously announced game) basically boils down to "Is there any credence to this rumour?"

And then silence.

I don't approve of making things up, but the reason rumours are such an important part of our industry is because we rarely get anything else worth reporting on.

rainslacker2831d ago


I agree. The thing with game development though is that generally it doesn't happen fast. Everything is known going in for the most part, and releasing all the information at once means that there is too long a time where the talk of the game goes dormant because there's nothing new.

It used to be that we'd wait a month or so for new information with our subscriptions, but today everything has to be 24/7, so too much filler is added in while everyone tries to stay on top. Same thing happens with the mainstream media as well, and it's made journalism go more towards opinions, rumors, and speculation, as opposed to real news.

You and I had this conversation last summer, basically we agreed there is an audience for it, so it will probably not change anytime soon.

Murad2831d ago

Gamespot, IGN and EuroGamer have all been known and exposed at one time or another to give bad information, and give review scores based on the developers paying them. You my friend need to understand that before you make quick assessments of other peoples work. GiantBomb, and a great deal of other sites do not do the same.

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TrendyGamers2832d ago

Probably the 'pranksters' first word when he saw the initial post pop up.

iNathan2832d ago


Tomorrow: Xbox Live is Dead
After Tomorrow: Ps4 is Doomed
Saturday: Sony shoud kill Vita
Sunday: Wii U dead in EU

jjb19812832d ago

The vita? Noooooooooooooooooooo....

BeAGamer2832d ago (Edited 2832d ago )

Viva La Vita

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