Games Journalism! Wainwright/Florence/Tomb Raider/Eurogamer/Libel Threats/Doritos

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What measures should we put in place to protect us though? We HAVE to come up with something that stops this. Perhaps a panel that gives a seal of approval to trusted sites who don't mix business with friendship. On this panel would be important key figures who aren't CORRUPT like Cliffy B and Shigaru Miyamotor and VINCENT INGENITO, you kjnow, REAL people we can trust.
Only if the man myth and legend David Jaffe gets to oversee said pannel.
 
Like I said, at a point the debate has to be had as to where and when we draw a line between a critic and a journalist. Most "games journalists" don't actually do any journalism; they're critics. Roger Ebert isn't a journalist, he's a critic. He even says so himself. There is a difference, and it's a line we should draw, as what's expected of the two is different, too.
I think it's a line that's fairly easy to draw in a case-by-case manner, it's easy enough to figure out whether or not someone does any journalism, people are just lazy. Example: Patrick Klepek is clearly a gaming journalist. Jeff Gerstmann is clearly not.

This isn't even writers' faults, they know damn well what their jobs entail. It's on us- NeoGAF in particular is fucking awful when it comes to using calling anyone who writes about video games "game journalists".
 
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What measures should we put in place to protect us though? We HAVE to come up with something that stops this. Perhaps a panel that gives a seal of approval to trusted sites who don't mix business with friendship. On this panel would be important key figures who aren't CORRUPT like Cliffy B and Shigaru Miyamotor and VINCENT INGENITO, you kjnow, REAL people we can trust.
Have you been drinking?
 
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Under PCC code and libel law, Florence is entirely in the clear on this one. A public quote from twitter is subject to criticism. This even includes the questions of if she is fit to practice or not due to her public quotes. She hasn't got a leg to stand on. If she makes a public statement that is directly quoted. Then she puts it in the public domain and gives the people the right to analyse and criticise her statements. Politician's quotes on twitter are subject to the same and thanks to the Leveson inquiry, so have Journalists (ex-NOTW editor Neil Wallis in particular) and the right to ask is she fit to practice.

It's the threat and high cost of libel lawyers which is making Eurogamer group back down, however. And if you have been a fan of the esteemed organ, Private Eye, over it's lifetime. You know that the threat of a libel suit is used to stifle criticism as the high cost of fighting it is not worth it to a significant amount of publications (Usually accompanied by a letter from everyone's favourite libel solicitors, Carter-Fuck). Which leads to them backing down.I can't imagine Eurogamer group produces the amount of profit needed to fight such a case.

But then ideally Eurogamer should have cited the precedent of Arkell Vs Pressdram, 1971 in response to her because she doesn't have a leg to stand on but money is money.

"Cash Rules Everything Around Me" - Old Staten Island proverb
The problem is that by not fighting it EG has lost a talented contributor as well as credibility. Are those not worth anything to them? Going forward, anything I see from EG will be viewed with a very doubtful/skeptical eye. I mean talk about editorial weakness. What else will/have they caved on?
 
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a lot of people here dont seem to like polygon but ...

if you go here https://www.theverge.com/ethics-statement you can read this
"Our writers will not accept gifts (including food and drinks) in excess of $50 in value.."

Compare with:

Trion were giving away PS3s to journalists at the GMAs. Not sure why that's a bad thing?
"Gaming journalism" still has some maturing to do.



well.....


edit : wrong sentence
How is this commendable? They shouldn't be accepting gifts period.
 
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So idiots are already attacking her for being female instead of a liar and idiot?

Looks like she's already won the battle.
What?

Nice attempt at deflection.

In an internet of millions there is always going to be a few idiots but the vast majority of people who comment on this are not attacking her for being female. They are attacking her for being a paid shill.
 
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Robert Florence ‏@robertflorence

I'm sure you understand that, with it being amended, I have to step down from doing the columns. Thanks if you ever read any of them.
Wow :(

This shit has just gotten out of hand now,a nd everything he said was true ;_;
 
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Kill Screen strongly backing Florence: "In any other field of journalism, the idea of a journalist being forced out because of a story about fully documented near collusion between journalists and PR would be absolutely anathema."

http://killscreendaily.com/headline...lorence-forced-leave-eurogamer-telling-truth/
Eurogamer is in a fucked up situation.

I understand that libels in the UK in particular can be serious business; at the same time, it is also the editor's job to stand behind his writers through thick and thin, unless he is certain that his writer is in the wrong.

Doing otherwise leads to a situation where writers don't quite know if their editors have their backs if they decide to give their honest, candid views on a certain matter, with the constant threat looming that they'll be censored or worse. Total chilling effect at Eurogamer now.
 
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What measures should we put in place to protect us though? We HAVE to come up with something that stops this. Perhaps a panel that gives a seal of approval to trusted sites who don't mix business with friendship. On this panel would be important key figures who aren't CORRUPT like Cliffy B and Shigaru Miyamotor and VINCENT INGENITO, you kjnow, REAL people we can trust.
I bet it is Shigaru Miyamotor who is speeding all of that delicious politice to the backroom of the game journalists secret lairs. Kjnow, I bet that is exactly what is going on....
 

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At our company, any gifts (pens, stress balls, hats, t-shirts) are technically property of the company. There is a small exception when dealing with customers from other cultures in which giving small gifts is customary. Bottom line, legitimate businesses take these things seriously.
But specialist press works differently. There is a semi symbiotic relationship with the products they report on. Eg car magazine journalists are regularly flown out to exotic test drive locations by car manufacturers to review cars, and other subject areas will no doubt be similar
 
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Fun question how does Polygon pay for review copies if they dont take gifts of 50 or more?
I don't know if I'd classify a review copy as a gift, but certainly some "game journalists" could be swayed by the fact that if they don't give a glowing review to said review copy game, they may not get others in the future.

The whole situation is backwards and really a reflection on the current state of the media as a whole. This isn't just isolated to the gaming industry.
 
Fun question how does Polygon pay for review copies if they dont take gifts of 50 or more?
Doesn't count as a gift.

Companies may send games or other products or samples to our editors in order for our staff to review such samples and determine whether we will provide a review of the product on Polygon. We do not accept any samples on any preconditions, such as, that we will agree to provide a review simply because the company sent us a sample. Please note that companies may provide these samples before the product is commercially available, in which case, we may agree to an embargo with the company or its PR firm. This means we agree not to publish the review or associated news until a given time.
Occasionally, we decide to review something which has not been provided to us by a company. In this case, an editor will either purchase the product for themselves (we buy a lot of games), or Vox Media will purchase the product for the team.
 
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This fucking industry man... What a sad day this has been for everyone involved. Robert Florence for not having a job anymore. Eurogamer for not having the confidence in their writer and not having his back. Wainwright for being called out on her public shamelessness and instead of owning up to it and maybe take a look at your work ethics, she threats to sue. For all the self proclaimed game 'journalists' who either defended her or the idea that there's actually no problem with having poor work ethics. For all the people who think this is to be expected and not do or say anything about it. For all the big game blogs, sites and notable game writers that didn't report or touch the story for whatever reason. And finally, for people attacking Wainwright for being female and not dealing intelligently with the situation.

A sad day indeed for this industry.


Some of Roger Ebert's personal ethics guidelines:

"No posing for photos! Never ask a movie star to pose with you for a picture . . . . . . You diminish yourself by asking for a snapshot."

"A trailer is not a movie."

"Accept no favors. For example, if some 'friends' throw you a birthday party at a Vegas joint they hope to fill with movie stars who are your 'friends,' say thanks, but no thanks. That crosses the line, even if the 'Britney Spears of Korea' truly is your close personal friend."

"Keep track of your praise. If you call a movie 'one of the greatest movies ever made,' you are honor-bound to include it in your annual Top Ten list. Likewise, for example, if you describe a film as 'the most unique movie-going experience of a generation,' and 'one of the best films of 2007, and of the last 25 years,' it's your duty to put it in the Top Ten of 2007."

I'd love to see game journos adhere to ANY of these.
Reading this only makes me more upset towards this whole thing.
 
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But specialist press works differently. There is a semi symbiotic relationship with the products they report on. Eg car magazine journalists are regularly flown out to exotic test drive locations by car manufacturers to review cars, and other subject areas will no doubt be similar
And again "legitimate" press does not. That's the key word here. A publication like Consumer Reports does not engage in behavior like this. If you're fine with having your gaming press get free toys and all-expense paid trips, then that's with you. My standards and self respect aim a bit higher.
 
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It's from the quicklook about Skylanders so there is very good reason for the Skylanders figures/portal to be there. Also Jeff bought all those figures and the game. They weren't even sent to him.
I'm sure he knows that. I think he was asking if the similarities were intentional (posing of the toys, the drink, the facial expression) or just a coincidence.
 
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So...

What about Giantbomb.com having good friends at double fine and harmonix... They review the games from both company.

So i guess at the end of the day we can see them as PR puppets from these company?
 
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Some of Roger Ebert's personal ethics guidelines:

"No posing for photos! Never ask a movie star to pose with you for a picture . . . . . . You diminish yourself by asking for a snapshot."

"A trailer is not a movie."

"Accept no favors. For example, if some 'friends' throw you a birthday party at a Vegas joint they hope to fill with movie stars who are your 'friends,' say thanks, but no thanks. That crosses the line, even if the 'Britney Spears of Korea' truly is your close personal friend."

"Keep track of your praise. If you call a movie 'one of the greatest movies ever made,' you are honor-bound to include it in your annual Top Ten list. Likewise, for example, if you describe a film as 'the most unique movie-going experience of a generation,' and 'one of the best films of 2007, and of the last 25 years,' it's your duty to put it in the Top Ten of 2007."

I'd love to see game journos adhere to ANY of these.
Ebert is from a different, more classy time with a higher standard of writing before the internet era deflated the idea of the professional media writer.

I doubt the dudes from Aint It Cool News have such standards. This isn't just a problem with videogames.
 
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But specialist press works differently. There is a semi symbiotic relationship with the products they report on. Eg car magazine journalists are regularly flown out to exotic test drive locations by car manufacturers to review cars, and other subject areas will no doubt be similar
How is flying a writer/journalist/whatever the fuck you want to call them, across the country to review their product, not inherent of a compromise of objectivity? The point here is the intent of the company in question providing the review. If they have no objections to such actions in their ethics policies, than the general public ought to know that any said review should be read with speculation as objectivity is tainted.
 
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This thread became an entirely different thing since I read it this morning. Game critics don't seem to take attack on their credibility very well. The RPS piece was a nice read.

Can someone explain the Hellgate London thing?
 

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Pretty sure the first thing the fine dappers at 4chan will take offense with isn't the attack campaign accusation; but instead the sites name spoken in the same sentence with NeoGAF.

Carry on my brothers from 4Chan, carry on.
Let's just not associate the two. I consider 4chan a cesspool compared to GAF. I want to bathe myself at the mere though of such an alliance.
 
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Good read. I agree with the artical.


Oh and parts of the games press should stop getting so uptight about people rightfully calling out some of the lack of integrity with sections of the gaming press.

Every time something like this pops up and a random writer tries and stand up for there "craft" it just makes them look like a kid who is getting called out by mom and dad for doing something and poorly trying to deny it and shift blame.


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HOLY SHIT THE WRITER HAD TO STAND DOWN AFTER WRITING THIS?


For shame Eurogamer.... for shame.

Some Gerstmann-gate level bullshit right here.

Double edit.

Well I guess the UK's stupid liable laws might have played a part.


Poor guy. Poor form on eurogamers part. They should have just edited the story and called it a day.

I will support this writer in the future.

Fuck Eurogamer. And I dont know anything about Lauren Wainwright but if she actually pushed for legal action because of what that guy wrote then Jesus Christ. Get some ticker skin. Should have saw it as some constructive criticism and just move on.
 
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I don't think it's far to say all game journalist, There are certainly some that don't deserve the respect but there are some that certainly do and keep proving themselves.
It's not fair to say because all of them are NOT "game journalists".

There are different roles that makes up a gaming site: critic, news reporter, etc.

"Gaming journalist" is being used incorrectly way too often and gives wayyy too much credit to the wrong people.

I think it's a line that's fairly easy to draw in a case-by-case manner, it's easy enough to figure out whether or not someone does any journalism, people are just lazy. Example: Patrick Klepek is clearly a gaming journalist. Jeff Gerstmann is clearly not.

This isn't even writers' faults, they know damn well what their jobs entail. It's on us- NeoGAF in particular is fucking awful when it comes to using calling anyone who writes about video games "game journalists".
THANK YOU!

It's up to us to differentiate and address these "video game enthusiast personalities" the appropriate title. As a community we've been doing it wrong for so long.

John Stossel is a journalist... Arthur Gies is not.
Hunter S. Thompson was/is a journalist... Jim Sterling is not.
 
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