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On Gaming Journalism Scandals and Where to Go From Here

Ray Porreca of Entertainment Buddha writes: "From a simple ethical standpoint, this is inherently something that should never have been done. I am not condemning industry insiders from different outlets discussing topics with one another, but recent events have proven that this is far from the truth. The moment that numerous members of highly-frequented publications begin to adopt the same practices and choices of what to cover (or not cover) all credibility is lost."

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HAMM3RofBUDDHA1491d ago

Well written and valid points. Shame that this stuff happens.

Dee_911490d ago

True he does have valid points however

"The moment that numerous members of highly-frequented publications begin to adopt the same practices and choices of what to cover (or not cover) all credibility is lost."

Isn't necessarily true.The issue or lose of credibility happens when these journalist and editors from various sites actually assemble and decide what to cover and not cover as a whole.Because its known within journalism that it is indeed sometimes necessary to withhold information or news. Where do we go from here? Exactly where its headed, to more independent gaming sites.Even if these sites like Kotaku and Polygon continue to flourish it wont be the same.. People have already stopped taking those sites seriously, now it will be on a much large scale, and their core audiences will not be gamers but instead "SJW's" and internet feminist that will only care until all of the attention is gone.

febzilla1491d ago

this a great read and where gaming journalism can go from here.

Software_Lover1490d ago (Edited 1490d ago )

People are so concerned about gaming journalism which I never cared about. I don't put too much stock in reviews and never really have. I like hands on. If a game passes the "it looks good test" from videos and what have you. Demos (even though those are getting scarce). Etc Etc.

Now where I have a problem with "journalism" is in the actual news: Fox, NBC, ABC, CNN, etc. We aren't getting news, just soap operas and reality shows masquerading as news outlets too keep our focus from reality. That is a different topic, for a different day, for a different group of thinkers, on a different site.

edit: I can understand the concern if gaming is your passion. My passion for gaming has faded over the years so maybe I'm just not thinking its as big of an issue as it really is. I keep thinking ............ they're just games. I do understand how journalist can lie and persuade purchasing practices among the majority.

Venemox1490d ago

"Now where I have a problem with "journalism" is in the actual news: Fox, NBC, ABC, CNN, etc. We aren't getting news, just soap operas and reality shows masquerading as news"

you're clearly very out of touch with the current state of video game journalism. That applies just as well to gaming journalism as it does to the news channels you mentioned.

Kotaku, Gamasutra, Polygon, Destructoid and many more, has gone the same path. Countless articles covering everything from "check out the sexy butt on this watermelon" to "straight white men is the biggest problem with the industry."

It's a sick industry that needs a reform.

LightofDarkness1490d ago

The difference between video game "journalism" and actual journalism is that, in the grand scheme of things, video games journalism simply doesn't matter. That's the short answer.

No journalist is going win a Pulitzer for their coverage of Gamer Gate. As inflated as the topic was by those it mattered to, it's not nearly on the level of scandal that its namesake, Watergate, actually was. Gaming journalism is and can only ever be at the level of any enthusiast magazine you care to mention. Like car magazines, electronics magazines, etc. The entire "journalism" industry that surrounds gaming only exists to sell you things. That's it. They're not there to expose corruption and fight the machine, they're employed to sell you products made by their corporate benefactors. The onus is on YOU to be discerning enough to cut through the hype and not be a little corporate sheep. Gaming journalism is not going to change and adopt a set of stringent journalistic standards because frankly it doesn't need nor deserve them. They're videogames. A luxury entertainment product. Not a public service or a matter of life and death.

That's the cold, harsh truth about videogame "journalism." It isn't actual, investigative journalism and it doesn't need to be. And it NEVER will be.

Dee_911490d ago

@LightofDarkness
Okay well we aren't talking in the "grand scheme of things" we are simply talking about gaming journalism.I hate when people try to make something seem insignificant by comparing it to something else completely unrelated to the point.
News and journalism isn't only about fighting the machine, exposing the truth and selling you things.Its also about reporting objectively on things going in its respective community.Gaming journalism as of late from major sites like Kotaku and Polygon, have been doing exactly what major news outlets have been doing.They are pushing political agendas, not checking facts before reporting, and only helping people they are involved with.No matter how small it may seem compared the irrelevant grand scheme.Journalistic ethics are and should always be required on ALL facets of journalism.

snowbearder1490d ago

Well written. Cleared up some of the questions I had about the whole mess.