Chill out, GAF. Jason Schreier has written some great stuff on Wired, his blog, and even at Kotaku.
The only reason he took so much heat is because he tried to discuss it. It's far better than what a guy like Jim Sterling did with the "oh, you forever nerd virgins got me! LOLOLOLOLOL" type of update.
The thing is, Jason came here about it and inquired about information. I expected things to go well from that. But he quickly went into "I see no proof, you guys are the ones making shit up" mode despite all the posts to the contrary. Perhaps there was some hostility towards him that kicked it into that mode, certainly, but it kind of went downhill from there.
If you want to be pissed about anything, be pissed that somebody with nothing better to do than to dupe a news outlet was successful. Eurogamer could have followed up better, it's true, but if the listings had been pulled, obviously Play.com would have denied that they had existed.
There was no due diligence. At most, it seems there was some e-mails to the companies (which makes little sense, honestly, for proving/disproving this) and then ... checking the other news websites? "Well, they reported it must be legit."
And, again, this now isn't really about that people fell for it. It's about how the reaction to it. "Hahaha, those silly journalists" only went so far; "I'm not wrong until you guys prove I'm wrong, ps bansssss" is the fuel here now.
There's no reason why this needed to blow up into a crazy thread of personal attacks.
Well, unless Monster Hunter, Tales of Innocence R (US), GTA, and Type-0 HD get announced tomorrow. Then this will live on forever.