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Iwata's Final Message and What This Means To Me

Recently, Nintendo published their newest Corporate Social Responsibility report for 2015, which features the last message that Satoru Iwata left behind before passing on. This report is incredibly interesting and shows a lot of unique insights into a company that takes a very different approach to gaming – by focusing on the inner child in us and making gaming fun.

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alti1165d ago

I don't want to take anything away from your sentiments, but I don't want to give them infinite credence either. If I want to know what one person thought, I'd read the comments [see: this comment].

I miss the days when journalists had peer reviewed work and shared perspectives amongst a team, or at least references to established material. You touched on a release from Nintendo but it's not really a fact check that adds body to your article. Rather, it's reiterative of your topic which leaves it moot on the criteria I "bicker" [see: article] about.

But what do I know? This is just my opinion. But, at the same time, it is in the comment section, where I believe a single entity's sentiments should be left.

Discuss topics amongst the team that helps run your site and share that until you foster a member with well-known credentials. A sort of Greg Miller, Jeff Gerstmann, or even an Angry Joe. Some face we can trust because their reputation lies in their lines. Not some Joe Shmoe whose sentiments can be entirely ignorant and evil, yet forgotten by the time a new post is made.

Concertoine1165d ago

I would agree if the author acts like his sentiments warrant this "infinite credence", or if his opinion even mattered more than anyone else's, but he doesn't.

Personally, i think the format of this article works. It is a personal reflection on a man's death and its potential impact, it doesn't need to go through an assembly line of other people.

alti1165d ago

You not minding it is a testament to what journalism has become. It's okay if you don't see the problem in this, but, if I'm taking time out of my day to read anything, I want to assure the source / writer is credible, and that it will provide to me a new, enlightened perspective. Not evidence of some random opinion floating in the ether.

I'm not trying to stop this type of writing, but only influence where it's left. There's no reason the author couldn't write this in a comment on a news post about the information Nintendo released regarding Iwata.

Doesn't anybody WANT to learn new things when they read? (the dislikes say no, and idk why) We don't peruse articles because we have a desire to practice reading. We want to know new things, and authors today just don't get it. I feel like if no one ever said this, we'd continue down this road of opinion-article after opinion-article. It is, to me, a cluttering of the internet that needs a bit of curbing, especially in the cases where it is potentially speaking for a website as a whole.

I would have no problems if it was formed like, "We here at NintendoEnthusiast think blah blah blah," because then we can attach some responsibility to the writing to influence our respect for the site. When it comes from some random who happens to write so publicly, we can excuse things as "just the writer's opinion" and not a reflection of the intent of the site as a whole.

Again, save it for the comments.

Metallox1165d ago

Well, what the author wrote feels like a column, and it is just right. It doesn't need extra information and it doesn't require to be written by the members of the website, because it's just that, a column.

However, I appreciate what you are saying because it seems like columns are basically the only content gaming websites offer. There aren't many editorials nor more detailed articles that include new information we can learn.

The "articles" that are sometimes written are short and sometimes are just news pieces with different formats. I agree on this part.

Rather than eliminating columns, I think gaming websites definitely must include more variety in their content, and hence, they must do more reasearch, so they can behave like real journalists.

GamerProfessionals1165d ago

We intend to. I look at this particular piece as a hybrid. It's a news blurb but I wanted to talk about it and reflect on the material at hand. It felt genuinely intriguing to read and it was a matter of me offering feedback. Editorials though - unique content - that's what I work best with. It just takes time, for obvious reasons. ;)