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JABEE
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(11-01-2012, 06:48 PM)
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Originally Posted by EdwardTivrusky

Ben Lawrence, 2K Games UK PR Manager - He's a funny guy.
At least, i think he's having a laugh.

https://twitter.com/TheMoop/status/263268293106876416
"People made homeless by Hurricane Sandy send their condolences to all those affected by this latest, terrible, heart-rending games scandal."

https://twitter.com/TheMoop/status/261130838941519872
"Hungry for a bag of Doritos and a cool glass of refreshing Mountain Dew. In other news - The British Legion Poppy Appeal was launched today."

https://twitter.com/TheMoop/status/261131595111612416
"Such a small pond of squabbling guppies. Reality check people - NO ONE in the wider world gives a flying **** about games 'scandals'. xxx"

https://twitter.com/TheMoop/status/262886285570605057
"Totally ****ing entering this, it sounds ****ing brilliant! pic.twitter.com/T2p1MXOi"

Thanks to Wile E Coyote over at E.G. for this.

I'm actually from NJ. He can back off his statements. He's just mad that he can't grease the hands of the UK press anymore.
LorDjidane
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Originally Posted by Risible

Holy FUCK do I hate this line of reasoning. I hope he never complains about anything EVER as there's always someone worse off than you. And unlike this cunt, I live in NY and was in the heart of the storm, and I was glad when I got internet back and was able to continue reading this thread.

In summary, fuck right off Ben Lawrence, you juvenile slope-browed moron.

That's just the same level of intelectual integrity as those people on facebook with "oh noes people are dying from hunger in africa and this is horrible and if you don't copy this message on your wall you're a monster"... while posting from a brand new iphone 5.
Fistwell
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(11-01-2012, 06:49 PM)
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Originally Posted by Coldsnap

that shit is gross and will end up giving you cancer and killing you.

Halo?
mbmonk
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(11-01-2012, 06:55 PM)
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After soaking in the new game, I am beyond thrilled to be so in love with Halo again, more than I’ve been since Halo 2. Halo 4 is a masterstroke everyone can and should celebrate, and its two guaranteed sequels instantly make the next-generation Xbox a must-own system, with Halo 5 its most anticipated title. Halo has been rebuilt. It has been redefined. And it has been reinvigorated. The Xbox’s original king has returned to his rightful place on the throne.

The bolded just seems weird to be included. I am struggling for the words to describe it. Already talking about the next xbox as a 'must own'? The public doesn't even know what the next xbox is. Much less if it's a must own.

I can't find the proper words to express it. Maybe I am just incorrect on the matter.
Delusibeta
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(11-01-2012, 07:10 PM)
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Interestingly, I don't think this has been posted yet. [Disclaimer: via GRcade, via /v/]
Makonero
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(11-01-2012, 07:13 PM)
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Originally Posted by Delusibeta

Interestingly, I don't think this has been posted yet. [Disclaimer: via GRcade, via /v/]

Good find! Yep, no wonder Kotaku hasn't spoken up officially about this yet. They need to clean house.
McBradders
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(11-01-2012, 07:15 PM)
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Dude edits videos, does that count?

I mean... I dunno man, I just dunno. Starting to feel more uncomfortable here.

IGN review; huge, massive problem.

Video editor with swag; not sure.
Jackpot
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(11-01-2012, 07:18 PM)
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Originally Posted by Delusibeta

Interestingly, I don't think this has been posted yet. [Disclaimer: via GRcade, via /v/]

To make it harder to avoid.

Did Totilo ever comment specifically on what he did with the AC3 swag like other critics did?
Gomu Gomu
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(11-01-2012, 07:20 PM)
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I am so glad that after a week, we are getting to actual improvements. I know this whole thread and this issue hasn't radically changed everything. But I think the progress that's been made is much more than we could have thought. I mean just look at the posts a week ago. We were saying this subject is surely going to be buried at this point, and nothing and no one is going to change.

And on a more personal note, after this thread, I know who to trust and follow and who to stop trusting and stop reading/listening/watching their stuff in the gaming media.

Originally Posted by EdwardTivrusky

Ben Lawrence, 2K Games UK PR Manager - He's a funny guy.
At least, i think he's having a laugh.

https://twitter.com/TheMoop/status/263268293106876416
"People made homeless by Hurricane Sandy send their condolences to all those affected by this latest, terrible, heart-rending games scandal."

https://twitter.com/TheMoop/status/261130838941519872
"Hungry for a bag of Doritos and a cool glass of refreshing Mountain Dew. In other news - The British Legion Poppy Appeal was launched today."

https://twitter.com/TheMoop/status/261131595111612416
"Such a small pond of squabbling guppies. Reality check people - NO ONE in the wider world gives a flying **** about games 'scandals'. xxx"

https://twitter.com/TheMoop/status/262886285570605057
"Totally ****ing entering this, it sounds ****ing brilliant! pic.twitter.com/T2p1MXOi"

Thanks to Wile E Coyote over at E.G. for this.

Wait a second, this looks familiar....



Yup, a bunch of PR and press buddies circle jerking each other.
spirity
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(11-01-2012, 07:27 PM)
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Originally Posted by EdwardTivrusky

Ben Lawrence, 2K Games UK PR Manager - He's a funny guy.
At least, i think he's having a laugh.

https://twitter.com/TheMoop/status/263268293106876416
"People made homeless by Hurricane Sandy send their condolences to all those affected by this latest, terrible, heart-rending games scandal."

https://twitter.com/TheMoop/status/261130838941519872
"Hungry for a bag of Doritos and a cool glass of refreshing Mountain Dew. In other news - The British Legion Poppy Appeal was launched today."

https://twitter.com/TheMoop/status/261131595111612416
"Such a small pond of squabbling guppies. Reality check people - NO ONE in the wider world gives a flying **** about games 'scandals'. xxx"

https://twitter.com/TheMoop/status/262886285570605057
"Totally ****ing entering this, it sounds ****ing brilliant! pic.twitter.com/T2p1MXOi"

Thanks to Wile E Coyote over at E.G. for this.

It goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway. Yes, there are far more important world events than what we are discussing here. And no, 100% of your time does not need to be dedicated to tackling, discussing or even thinking about said events.

He's putting a lot of effort into making light of this, and if his intent is to make me feel guilty about the way things are going down, he's not succeeding. Much the opposite, in fact. I think arrogance and belligerence isn't very smart right now.
conman
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(11-01-2012, 07:36 PM)
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Originally Posted by EdwardTivrusky

Ben Lawrence, 2K Games UK PR Manager - He's a funny guy.
At least, i think he's having a laugh.

https://twitter.com/TheMoop/status/263268293106876416
"People made homeless by Hurricane Sandy send their condolences to all those affected by this latest, terrible, heart-rending games scandal."

https://twitter.com/TheMoop/status/261130838941519872
"Hungry for a bag of Doritos and a cool glass of refreshing Mountain Dew. In other news - The British Legion Poppy Appeal was launched today."

https://twitter.com/TheMoop/status/261131595111612416
"Such a small pond of squabbling guppies. Reality check people - NO ONE in the wider world gives a flying **** about games 'scandals'. xxx"

https://twitter.com/TheMoop/status/262886285570605057
"Totally ****ing entering this, it sounds ****ing brilliant! pic.twitter.com/T2p1MXOi"

Thanks to Wile E Coyote over at E.G. for this.

So what does this say about someone who's actual job is gaming PR? Would you like some cognitive dissonance to go with that dissonant cognizance? What an ass.
stephentotilo
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(11-01-2012, 07:38 PM)

Originally Posted by Jackpot

To make it harder to avoid.

Did Totilo ever comment specifically on what he did with the AC3 swag like other critics did?

I don't think I did. This is a screw-up, especially if you're being absolutist about what should be done with swag. In this case, it seems I failed to communicate clearly what my expectations were with swag. That's on me, no one else.

When folks were talking about the flag earlier this week, I was going to comment specifically about how much I disliked the letter, but then I realized that I couldn't remember what happened to the flag, which I figured was either still in the office in the wooden box it came in or given away (not publicly, by the way, because I've always felt that that is as much a free ad as anything else). We'd been sent two flags, and I can't recall where either wound up. Granted, with a flag, disposal is more of a hassle than with other stuff. The bigger point is that this reminds me to remind my team about our swag standards. It's not a standard if we don't enforce it. My error. I've asked Chris to take the flag down and we'll find a way to get rid of it.

We get sent a ton of stuff, and dealing with it is a pain in the ass. Many will say: "Then just tell people you don't want it." It's a little more complicated than that, but that's ultimately the right response. I'll have more on swag, among many other issues, when I run my full piece when Kotaku is restored.

Frankly, I'm glad this was caught because it helps me see where we had a blind spot. You can still take my answers to that Q&A as the standards I believe are proper.
KingItachi
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(11-01-2012, 07:39 PM)
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Originally Posted by EdwardTivrusky

Ben Lawrence, 2K Games UK PR Manager - He's a funny guy.
At least, i think he's having a laugh.

https://twitter.com/TheMoop/status/263268293106876416
"People made homeless by Hurricane Sandy send their condolences to all those affected by this latest, terrible, heart-rending games scandal."

https://twitter.com/TheMoop/status/261130838941519872
"Hungry for a bag of Doritos and a cool glass of refreshing Mountain Dew. In other news - The British Legion Poppy Appeal was launched today."

https://twitter.com/TheMoop/status/261131595111612416
"Such a small pond of squabbling guppies. Reality check people - NO ONE in the wider world gives a flying **** about games 'scandals'. xxx"

https://twitter.com/TheMoop/status/262886285570605057
"Totally ****ing entering this, it sounds ****ing brilliant! pic.twitter.com/T2p1MXOi"

Thanks to Wile E Coyote over at E.G. for this.

This is just sad.
I'm an expert
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(11-01-2012, 07:40 PM)
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Throw. the. swag. in. the. fuckin. dumpster. The. end.

Also fire your video editor.
conman
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(11-01-2012, 07:41 PM)
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You're winning some genuine fans, Stephen. Keep it up.
Gomu Gomu
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(11-01-2012, 07:43 PM)
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Originally Posted by stephentotilo

I don't think I did. This is a screw-up, especially if you're being absolutist about what should be done with swag. In this case, it seems I failed to communicate clearly what my expectations were with swag. That's on me, no one else.

When folks were talking about the flag earlier this week, I was going to comment specifically about how much I disliked the letter, but then I realized that I couldn't remember what happened to the flag, which I figured was either still in the office in the wooden box it came in or given away (not publicly, by the way, because I've always felt that that is as much a free ad as anything else). We'd been sent two flags, and I can't recall where either wound up. Granted, with a flag, disposal is more of a hassle than with other stuff. The bigger point is that this reminds me to remind my team about our swag standards. It's not a standard if we don't enforce it. My error. I've asked Chris to take the flag down and we'll find a way to get rid of it.

We get sent a ton of stuff, and dealing with it is a pain in the ass. Many will say: "Then just tell people you don't want it." It's a little more complicated than that, but that's ultimately the right response. I'll have more on swag, among many other issues, when I run my full piece when Kotaku is restored.

Frankly, I'm glad this was caught because it helps me see where we had a blind spot. You can still take my answers to that Q&A as the standards I believe are proper.

Can't wait for your article. And Kudos for this post.
Heathbar
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(11-01-2012, 07:50 PM)

Originally Posted by mbmonk

The bolded just seems weird to be included. I am struggling for the words to describe it. Already talking about the next xbox as a 'must own'? The public doesn't even know what the next xbox is. Much less if it's a must own.

I can't find the proper words to express it. Maybe I am just incorrect on the matter.

Yeah, seems like some overzealous promotions rammed into a review. Definitely not in the best taste.
Oxx
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(11-01-2012, 07:52 PM)
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Just when I thought this thread was going to die down.
I'm an expert
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(11-01-2012, 07:53 PM)
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Originally Posted by Oxx

Just when I thought this thread was going to die down.

Kotaku will never stop feeding the flames. I'm sure if we dissected their past we'd find insane bullshit. Same with any other site. At this point, ugh, fuck them all. Download bombcast on itunes and ignore everything else.
Makonero
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(11-01-2012, 07:53 PM)
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Originally Posted by stephentotilo

I don't think I did. This is a screw-up, especially if you're being absolutist about what should be done with swag. In this case, it seems I failed to communicate clearly what my expectations were with swag. That's on me, no one else.

When folks were talking about the flag earlier this week, I was going to comment specifically about how much I disliked the letter, but then I realized that I couldn't remember what happened to the flag, which I figured was either still in the office in the wooden box it came in or given away (not publicly, by the way, because I've always felt that that is as much a free ad as anything else). We'd been sent two flags, and I can't recall where either wound up. Granted, with a flag, disposal is more of a hassle than with other stuff. The bigger point is that this reminds me to remind my team about our swag standards. It's not a standard if we don't enforce it. My error. I've asked Chris to take the flag down and we'll find a way to get rid of it.

We get sent a ton of stuff, and dealing with it is a pain in the ass. Many will say: "Then just tell people you don't want it." It's a little more complicated than that, but that's ultimately the right response. I'll have more on swag, among many other issues, when I run my full piece when Kotaku is restored.

Frankly, I'm glad this was caught because it helps me see where we had a blind spot. You can still take my answers to that Q&A as the standards I believe are proper.

It's honesty like this that makes me hopeful. Can't wait to see the article. Good work.
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(11-01-2012, 07:55 PM)
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Originally Posted by Festwill

Halo?

No, obviously Geoff Knightly.
EdwardTivrusky
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(11-01-2012, 07:56 PM)
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Originally Posted by conman

You're winning some genuine fans, Stephen. Keep it up.

Indeed.

Don't fire the video editor though.

Perhaps most of the swag could be auctioned for Child's Play, Games Aid or similar? I'm sure the relevant companies wouldn't have an issue with that.
Lactose_Intolerant
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(11-01-2012, 07:58 PM)
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Originally Posted by worldrevolution

Kotaku will never stop feeding the flames. I'm sure if we dissected their past we'd find insane bullshit. Same with any other site. At this point, ugh, fuck them all. Download bombcast on itunes and ignore everything else.

This is the wrong response. Giant bomb is any other site too.
Safe Bet
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(11-01-2012, 07:59 PM)
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Originally Posted by Coldsnap

Anyone else holding off on buying Halo 4 because of the Doritos Mnt dew stuff?

You forgot to mention the Pizza Hut® Halo 4® Stuffed Crust® Special Edition Pizza®
Fistwell
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(11-01-2012, 08:04 PM)
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Originally Posted by conman

You're winning some genuine fans, Stephen. Keep it up.

Yeah, good on him.
TunaMarshmallow
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(11-01-2012, 08:09 PM)
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If any of these uneducated (pseudo-)media folks were even 10% interested building a public facade of credibility -- nevermind building *actual* credibility -- they would have a blanket, no-exceptions policy against swag of any kind.

Example: What goods do we accept from publishers and developers? Builds of games and peripherals (for review and preview purposes, strictly). Period. That's it.

It's not complicated.

But this is the games "media".

(ETA - Embarrassed by homophone. Edited quickly. Oh god.)
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(11-01-2012, 08:11 PM)
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Originally Posted by Lactose_Intolerant

This is the wrong response. Giant bomb is any other site too.

Oh, sure they are. But I like them better than the rest, so, they get my very tiny, pointless vote instead of the other sites. Go me.
Freeza Under The Shower
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(11-01-2012, 08:14 PM)

Originally Posted by worldrevolution

Throw. the. swag. in. the. fuckin. dumpster. The. end.

contests, how do they work?

(suggestion: gamingswaggifts.com, dealt with without names (anonymous), entry open for all outlets looking to give away and not be burned for it. Problem solved, no ebay shenanigans required)
Safe Bet
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Requesting a no-swag, no-frills review package from publishers would be too confrontational.

Obviously...

;)
chickdigger802
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Octoberkast 2012 Part 8 around 15min mark

- Brad and Jeff from GB talks about stuff that was somewhat covered by the bombcast and other examples, and whitta pitching in from his work with walking dead.
I'm an expert
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(11-01-2012, 08:18 PM)
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Originally Posted by Zeitgeister

contests, how do they work?

(suggestion: gamingswaggifts.com, dealt with without names (anonymous), entry open for all outlets looking to give away and not be burned for it. Problem solved, no ebay shenanigans required)

Meh, I don't care about contests since I never win. Also, takes time away from the journalists doing journalism. Game kit comes, throw everything but the game in the garbage. Seeing a pic of the video editor for a gaming review site's room covered in AC swag is fuckin disgusting. My stomach actually turned at that.
inky
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(11-01-2012, 08:24 PM)
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Originally Posted by Lime

I originally posted this in the Halo 4 review thread, but I find it relevant to the topic of this thread. It's IGN's Ryan McCaffrey, who apparently seems to *really* like Halo 4:

Here's the link to the review if you don't believe your own eyes: http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/11/01/halo-4-review

Yea, I read that yesterday. My English Lit High School teacher would not be pleased. You know, it's easy to dismiss hyperbolic bullshit like that and I don't really know if he really feels that way about the game, but man, whatever happened to critical thinking skills.

The worst part is, reading over that Halo review thread, how people are accepting the tone just because it says what they want to hear. At this point I'm not really surprised why some journalists think so badly of us gamers like they do. I mean the ones that put a little more effort into what they write and do, when they read the reaction to reviews like this. It's shameful where people will go, and how nuts they will act due to a number given to it.

I know reviews are more purchasing advice than deep analytical pieces of the game, but you'd think people who are deemed professionals would know the difference between a hype driven hyperbolic review, and a sensible look at what could possibly be one of the best games of the year. I think some of us are very happy keeping the review environment the way it is, and we foster it, giving these kinds of reviews a big big chance to thrive and keep coming.

If we are going to demand stuff from them game journalists, some introspection is required too I think.
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(11-01-2012, 08:26 PM)
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Update: Added Brad Shoemaker 1-2, Pocketgamer, Brad Lawrence, Stephen Totilo 20


Current articles/videos/podcasts
Wings over Sealand (Stuart Campbell) articles (second article has early summary) 1 2 3
John Walker's (Rock Paper Shotgun) blog (start with Games Journalists, And The Perception Of Corruption, includes guest post by Rab Florence)
TotalBiscuit
Jim Sterling
Penny-Arcade 1 2
Gamasutra
Forbes
Worthplaying
GiantBomb
Jason Lauritzen editorial and GAF post
RPGCodex writes an excellent summary
Destructoid
BoingBoing
TheSixthAxis
EDGE article that was written a few weeks ago
PlayerOne Podcast
Eurogamer's Tom Bramwell (editor who edited Rab's column) about the last few days
Rock Paper Shotgun official stance
The Guardian and a funny thing related to the article
Giant Bombcast
VG247 on their new ethics statement
Video Games Interactive
Kotaku
Pocketgamer
Videogamer.com

Old (but still relevant) articles/videos/podcasts
Rab Florence (the guy who started all this) criticizing games writing since 2008
An old episode of CGW Radio discussing Gerstmann-gate
Old Gamasutra article on the influence of PR
Old GFW radio bits
1up YoursShawn Elliot and Shane Bettenhausen

Comments from the industry
Shawn Elliot - 1 (aegies is Arthur Gies of polygon.com) 2 3 4 5 6 on the psychology of PR etc
and some more Arthur Gies - 1 2 3 4 5 and some replies 1 2 3
Jeff Green on the way it actually works, and another post, an another
ShockingAlberto on his view as a former games writer
Jason Schreier (Kotaku) - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 and many more
N'Gai Croal initial reaction on Twitter
Chris Schilling (freelance) likes both people involved and so doesn't want to write about it
Danny O'Dwyer (Gamespot UK) on why his site won't cover this (audience is not interested) - 1 2 3
pastapadre on being shunned by the industry
Stephen Totilo (Kotaku) doesn't think this is an important story (has changed his mind about that part, read post 9). Wants to focus on good games journalism, this prompted a pretty funny picture and a comment about it, then Stephen Totilo enters the thread 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 (ignore the comment on 18, couldn't find a direct link to Totilo's comment) 19 20 (in reply to this
Weekend Confirmed 1 2 3
Syriel on his experiences of PR
Jeff Gerstmann short comment on swag
Christian Donlan and Simon Parkin of Eurogamer want to change how they do things[/QUOTE]
Nert on his experience as PR in the tech industry 1 2
John Walker (RPS) on why the site won't cover it (they did anyway) like his blog did
Rab Florence tweets
Jeff Gerstmann 1 (1 is from Tumblr) 2 (2 via EternalGamer, highlights some other stuff) 3 4 5 (3-5 are comments by Jeff in this thread)
Christian Spicer
MaxwellGT2000 talks about his experiences as a writer for a small site that got bigger
Dave Long 1 2
Brad Shoemaker 1 (in reply to this) 2
Brad Lawrence (2K games UK PR)

Comments from others
GillianSeed79 and firehawk12 on how journalist do criticize their peers
voodoopanda highlights that the issue is not in any way black or white
Snowden's Secret comments on gaming press reactions
Zissou weighs in

Other relevant/interesting links and examples of PR
Examples of various press kits
The 3DS comes to GiantBomb
Letter sent to reviewers from UbiSoft along with their press copy of Assassin's Creed 3
How Rockstar handled the reviews for GTA4
Battlefield 3 review questionnarie
Safe Bet
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(11-01-2012, 08:29 PM)
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Other than requesting it not be sent..

I'd have a third-party auction the stuff for charity.

Collectors get access to the merchandise.

Charities receive much needed funding.

WIN WIN
Stinkles
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(11-01-2012, 08:29 PM)
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Originally Posted by TheSeks

No, obviously Geoff Knightly.

Kiera Keighley.
EternalGamer
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(11-01-2012, 08:59 PM)

Originally Posted by stephentotilo

I don't think I did. This is a screw-up, especially if you're being absolutist about what should be done with swag. In this case, it seems I failed to communicate clearly what my expectations were with swag. That's on me, no one else.

When folks were talking about the flag earlier this week, I was going to comment specifically about how much I disliked the letter, but then I realized that I couldn't remember what happened to the flag, which I figured was either still in the office in the wooden box it came in or given away (not publicly, by the way, because I've always felt that that is as much a free ad as anything else). We'd been sent two flags, and I can't recall where either wound up. Granted, with a flag, disposal is more of a hassle than with other stuff. The bigger point is that this reminds me to remind my team about our swag standards. It's not a standard if we don't enforce it. My error. I've asked Chris to take the flag down and we'll find a way to get rid of it.

We get sent a ton of stuff, and dealing with it is a pain in the ass. Many will say: "Then just tell people you don't want it." It's a little more complicated than that, but that's ultimately the right response. I'll have more on swag, among many other issues, when I run my full piece when Kotaku is restored.

Frankly, I'm glad this was caught because it helps me see where we had a blind spot. You can still take my answers to that Q&A as the standards I believe are proper.

Kudos to you guys. My respect for both you and your site just went up significantly.
EternalGamer
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(11-01-2012, 09:00 PM)

Originally Posted by Safe Bet

Other than requesting it not be sent..

I'd have a third-party auction the stuff for charity.

Collectors get access to the merchandise.

Charities receive much needed funding.

WIN WIN

I just think the better solution is that gaming websites try to just not get involved with swag at all whenever possible. Turn down what you can, send it back, refuse to accept it, etc.
Foxtastical
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(11-01-2012, 09:08 PM)
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Good to read some of those responses Stephen, I appreciate the honesty.
EternalGamer
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(11-01-2012, 09:09 PM)

Originally Posted by Lime

I originally posted this in the Halo 4 review thread, but I find it relevant to the topic of this thread. It's IGN's Ryan McCaffrey, who apparently seems to *really* like Halo 4:

Here's the link to the review if you don't believe your own eyes: http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/11/01/halo-4-review

We should start a list of words that automatically qualify you as an unpaid PR shill and not a credible, professional reviewer such as "a triumph," "new standard in the genre," "jaw dropping," "masterpiece" etc.
LorDjidane
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(11-01-2012, 09:09 PM)
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Originally Posted by EternalGamer

I just think the better solution is that gaming websites try to just not get involved with swag at all whenever possible. Turn down what you can, send it back, refuse to accept it, etc.

As some of them said, they don't ask for it. When you receive some swag, you want them to return it. Yet that would take some of their time, some of their money... they'd be victims of the PR system. And that would emphasize the "well fuck it let's keep this in this storage room" and enhance the hostility towards them.
clockpunk
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(11-01-2012, 09:16 PM)
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Originally Posted by EdwardTivrusky

Perhaps most of the swag could be auctioned for Child's Play, Games Aid or similar? I'm sure the relevant companies wouldn't have an issue with that.

Just wished to say how much of a good idea I think this is.
Foxtastical
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(11-01-2012, 09:18 PM)
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I've been checking out some of the links that I missed before, and the 1UP Yours with Shane talking about MGS4 is absolutely fascinating. I'd love to hear his response now to what he said back then. It really feels like an amazing example of the rationalization process involved with cognitive dissonance.

Also I'm now listening to the Octoberkast with Jeff Green. Good stuff, his perspective is sorely missed.
ultron87
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(11-01-2012, 09:20 PM)
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Originally Posted by EternalGamer

We should start a list of words that automatically qualify you as an unpaid PR shill and not a credible, professional reviewer such as "a triumph," "new standard in the genre," "jaw dropping," "masterpiece" etc.

This would suggest that it isn't possible for a game to be any of these things.
RaidenZR
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(11-01-2012, 09:36 PM)
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I finally caught up to the end of the thread. Wow.

So, I haven't seen a ton of people speak on it but the last couple of pages (with all the Geoff photoshops and needless junkfood craving jokery) were very off-putting to me. So much good work and respectable, civil discussion has been going on between the readers and writers here that those kinds of posts (phrasing this as 'doritosgate' seriously bothers me) just seems very trashy, not to mention counter-productive.

A quick laugh here and there to lighten the mood isn't horrible, but the flood of cheap shots starts to stain the relevant contributions.
Shinta
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(11-01-2012, 09:36 PM)

Originally Posted by EdwardTivrusky

Ben Lawrence, 2K Games UK PR Manager - He's a funny guy.
At least, i think he's having a laugh.

https://twitter.com/TheMoop/status/263268293106876416
"People made homeless by Hurricane Sandy send their condolences to all those affected by this latest, terrible, heart-rending games scandal."

https://twitter.com/TheMoop/status/261130838941519872
"Hungry for a bag of Doritos and a cool glass of refreshing Mountain Dew. In other news - The British Legion Poppy Appeal was launched today."

https://twitter.com/TheMoop/status/261131595111612416
"Such a small pond of squabbling guppies. Reality check people - NO ONE in the wider world gives a flying **** about games 'scandals'. xxx"

https://twitter.com/TheMoop/status/262886285570605057
"Totally ****ing entering this, it sounds ****ing brilliant! pic.twitter.com/T2p1MXOi"

Thanks to Wile E Coyote over at E.G. for this.

Wow, somebody sure feels threatened.
Dennis
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(11-01-2012, 09:38 PM)
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Originally Posted by EdwardTivrusky

Ben Lawrence, 2K Games UK PR Manager - He's a funny guy.
At least, i think he's having a laugh.

https://twitter.com/TheMoop/status/263268293106876416
"People made homeless by Hurricane Sandy send their condolences to all those affected by this latest, terrible, heart-rending games scandal."

https://twitter.com/TheMoop/status/261130838941519872
"Hungry for a bag of Doritos and a cool glass of refreshing Mountain Dew. In other news - The British Legion Poppy Appeal was launched today."

https://twitter.com/TheMoop/status/261131595111612416
"Such a small pond of squabbling guppies. Reality check people - NO ONE in the wider world gives a flying **** about games 'scandals'. xxx"

https://twitter.com/TheMoop/status/262886285570605057
"Totally ****ing entering this, it sounds ****ing brilliant! pic.twitter.com/T2p1MXOi"

Thanks to Wile E Coyote over at E.G. for this.

So what he is basically saying is that his own job is meaningless.

And what the fuck at the Hurricane Sandy remark. What a fucking asshole. Show me one poster who at anytime indicated that this issue is even remotely as important as a natural disaster.
EXGN
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(11-01-2012, 09:40 PM)

Originally Posted by inky

Yea, I read that yesterday. My English Lit High School teacher would not be pleased. You know, it's easy to dismiss hyperbolic bullshit like that and I don't really know if he really feels that way about the game, but man, whatever happened to critical thinking skills.

The worst part is, reading over that Halo review thread, how people are accepting the tone just because it says what they want to hear. At this point I'm not really surprised why some journalists think so badly of us gamers like they do. I mean the ones that put a little more effort into what they write and do, when they read the reaction to reviews like this. It's shameful where people will go, and how nuts they will act due to a number given to it.

I know reviews are more purchasing advice than deep analytical pieces of the game, but you'd think people who are deemed professionals would know the difference between a hype driven hyperbolic review, and a sensible look at what could possibly be one of the best games of the year. I think some of us are very happy keeping the review environment the way it is, and we foster it, giving these kinds of reviews a big big chance to thrive and keep coming.

If we are going to demand stuff from them game journalists, some introspection is required too I think.

There are a lot of people around GAF that give reviewers shit when the new hotness isn't rated 10 out of 10. I remember people flipping their shit when Eurogamer gave U3 an 8/10, but I think a year removed, many Gaffers would agree with what was criticized about the game.
joeygreco1985
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(11-01-2012, 09:53 PM)
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This is fucking infuriating
Delusibeta
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(11-01-2012, 10:02 PM)
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Meanwhile, Nintendo Gamer sells out to A. G. Barr PLC.

(He is right in Mountain Dew being gut-rot, however. Also I never knew Barr distributes Orangina and Rockstar in the UK)
TheSeks
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(11-01-2012, 10:03 PM)
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Originally Posted by Stinkles

Kiera Keighley.

Oh, Frankie... *laugh track* ... That cancerous growth in your pants from her is not cancer. *laugh track*

Edit: Also since you're reading this thread: You happen to have any inside stories you can share about the process for OXM since you were there when it launched?

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