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Bleszinski steps up press assault, calls foul on Japan tech story

Wednesday, 9 June 2010 08:16 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Update: Looks as though Cliff was misquoted. Hit this for Future’s apology.

Original: Epic’s Cliff Bleszinski has claimed a CVG story constructed around Xbox World 360 quotes is “fabrication,” branding the piece “internet tabloid,” the second time in less than two weeks the developer has publicly hit out at a games site.

CVG said the developer had told the UK mag that, “technically, Japan just can’t keep up with the US.”

Bleszinski appears to be claiming Xbox World 360 magazine has completely misquoted him.

He tweeted:

Internet tabloid alert: I said *nothing* about Japan not being able to keep up with the US regarding tech. #fabrication

Bleszinski then added:

There are plenty of existing and upcoming Japanese titles that look amazing. I have nothing but the utmost respect for those devs.

If this “journalism” continues devs will only be able to recite fact sheets verbatim.

Websites intentionally publish misquotes and out of context pullquotes to create forum flamewars which generates traffic and profit.

Here’s another technique: you can say *anything* as long as you put a ? after it. ;)

This is the second time in the last two weeks Bleszinski has aimed accusations at the press, claiming a comment made in an interview about the “hideous” children in Heavy Rain was a “joke” after VG247 contributor Joe Anderson focused on the snippet.

VG247, directly linked from Bleszinski’s Twitter page by the man himself, was, again, branded “tabloid”. Bleszinski also used the word “press” in inverted commas, apparently in relation to VG247′s output.

Bleszinski and the rest of the Epic chaps will be showing off Gears 3 and Bulletstorm at E3 next week. Best make sure you back up those recordings, “press” types.

Thanks, Destructoid.

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21 Comments

  1. 52pickup

    More Americans blasting other devs,seriously haven’t they got anything better to do.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. ybfelix

    Pat surely works hard for a tabloid editor :D

    #2 5 years ago
  3. dirigiblebill

    I see red when people put journalism in inverted commas.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. DrunkGorilla

    So, first bash japanese games industry then pretend He said nothing and accuse the press of misquoting him? An admirable example of coherence indeed…
    Seriously, those american developers should stop trash-talking about who is the best and who is not; they are ridicolous; do they maybe want the industry to conform to their production standards and call the rest “a bullshit”?!
    And why developers who became famous for three or four valuable games think to have arguments to utter that they are undoubtely far ahead of anybody producing and publishing videogames in Japan?
    After the Bioware people, I have to add even this Bleszinsky on top om my “offensive shit-talkers” list…

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Mike

    Fucking child, grow up. You can’t say as the developer of a massive first party Xbox 360 franchise that Heavy Rain, a highly promoted PS3 first party game has ugly kids without the games press picking up on it.

    If you expect otherwise, you should go back to school. YEAH BABY!

    #5 5 years ago
  6. TimClark

    There’s an element of truth in complaining about hit-whoring and headline-bending, but the more insidious element (to me anyway) is that ‘celebrity’ developers (seeing as we’re throwing around the quotation marks) increasingly expect to have things entirely their own way, and shite the bed about anything other than the most cap-doffing, vanilla reporting. Aside: I received an email over Christmas from a high ranking flak complaining that quotes from an interview we’d run were being twisted and misused to generate sensational headlines online. “Something needs to be done about the internet” I was told. Good luck with that, King Canute.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Blerk

    Games reporting is a bit tabloidy. But what isn’t these days? Did Cliff only just notice? :-D

    Did he actually mention what he did say?

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Old MacDonald

    Well, VG247 certainly is a tabloid. The hideous children-post is a good example of that. It’s not news, it’s just some stupid quote blown out of proportion to get hits. If you don’t like being branded a tabloid, stop acting like one so often.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Malmer

    Love VG247, but I can’t do anything but agree with Old MacDonald. I come here for news, not flame wars. Respect to Bleszinski för his comments on the matter. He definitly has a point.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Superfrog

    “Well, VG247 certainly is a tabloid. The hideous children-post is a good example of that. It’s not news, it’s just some stupid quote blown out of proportion to get hits. If you don’t like being branded a tabloid, stop acting like one so often.”

    This.

    Nevertheless it’s fun reading tabloid stuff from time to time. ;)

    I just wish VG247 would stop splitting topics from self-published(!) interviews into multiple separate news posts for the sole purpose of getting more hits.

    Other than that, keep up the great work!

    #10 5 years ago
  11. scratchy69

    He needs to properly get a refund from his media training agency.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Gekidami

    The months leading up to Gears 2′s release were insane, i can understand if it was actually related to the game but most of the ‘news’ was just casual quotes from Bleszinski about any old crap.

    I dont know why but it seems as if the gaming media WANTS to be “tabloid” when its about old CliffyB.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Patrick Garratt

    I’ve mailed Epic inviting Cliff to write an editorial for VG247 on what he feels are the problems with the gaming press at the moment.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Blerk

    That’d be amusing. Even more so if he joins in the comments banter afterwards. :-D

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Malmer

    Patrick: Now that is good journalism. An other option would be to inverview him on the matter, since he might not have the time to write an editorial.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Boris Fett

    VG247 *is* been tabloid on many occasions. Not all the time, but more than it should be. You would have to be crazy to deny it.

    There have been many, many news stories posted on here since the sites inception that have intentionally inflammatory titles that are controversial for the sake of being controversial, that take many comments out of context for the sake of an attention grabbing headline.

    If that’s not tabloiding, I don’t know what is. The site’s news isn’t always like that, but it’s more common than it needs to be. As one person called it above, “hit-whoring and headline-bending”

    Bleszinski is right in that regard, and about internet journalism in general. Most PR and developers play it so guarded and close to the chest for this reason alone.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Mike

    “I just wish VG247 would stop splitting topics from self-published(!) interviews into multiple separate news posts for the sole purpose of getting more hits.”

    /Picard

    Watch the news at 10, or at 9pm or whatever news station you watch. Or even read a newspaper once in a while.

    Both sets of media will lead with a headline based on an exclusive interview. “So-and-so sat down exclusively with BBC News and told us that Margaret Thatcher was a whore.” Then you’ll get the snippet of her saying it, then they’ll say “for the full interview visit our website.”

    Conversely, a newspaper’s leading story will be a similar quote and at the end of the article they’ll say, “full interview with Batman and Robin on page 9.”

    It’s such a standard practice, and always has been a standard practice since the dawn of time, that insinuating VG247 is somehow insidiously doing it to generate more traffic well yeah, of course they fucking are.

    It’s not new. Pat didn’t make it up. Murdoch didn’t make it up. It’s what the news industry is all about. It’s the reason ‘why’ you get people in for exclusive interviews.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Isuru86

    Everytime I see that fool he got that Gun in his Hands…what a Child..

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Boris Fett

    @18 You play video games, one of the most childishly violent mediums around today, and Cliffy is chidlish simply because the *media* is obsessed with using those photos? Okay then.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. The Hindle

    Well Cliff id expect quite a lot of 6 or 7s imo for Gears 3 :D

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Gadzooks!

    VG247 is one of the more restrained games websites and doesnt veer into flamebait territory too often.

    Compare VG247 to Eurogamer. EG is a full on retard factory. There isnt a single shred of journalistic integrity left there. Pretty much every article is deliberately out-of-context or just plain out to incite forum flamewars.

    I believe EG has fallen even below the brown stinky depths of GAF.

    #21 5 years ago

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    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

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  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]

  • PlayStation 4 firmware update 2.50 is now live

    PlayStation 4 firmware update version 2.50 has started rolling out. Reports are coming in saying that Yukimura, PlayStation 4′s firmware 2.50 has been made available to download. The update is clocking in at just 245mb, so get downloading. 2.50 brings with it many new additions, including the suspend/resume feature, backup and restore, accessibility options and […]

  • Harley Quinn DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight is a prequel

    Batman: Arkham Knight’s Harley Quinn pre-order DLC is set before the events of the main game, according to Amazon’s description. Today we learned a few details about the pre-order DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight, namely the Harley Quinn one. According to the description on Amazon, the DLC takes place in the lead-up to the events […]

  • Bloodborne Vicar Amelia summon mystery solved

    Bloodborne players unable to summon near Vicar Amelia: here’s your solution. Bloodborne’s secrets are unfolding by the hour as clever players piece together From Software’s cunning design. Yesterday we reported problems summoning in the Cathedral Ward, before the Vicar Amelia boss fight. It turns out this isn’t a bug – or if it is, it’s […]

  • Steven Spielberg will direct film adaption of Ready Player One

    Steven Spielberg will direct the film adaption of the sci-fi, virtual world, video game themed novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Warner Bros. bought the rights to the film in June 2010 and hired screenwriter Zak Penn to rewrite the previous draft written by Eric Eason, according to Deadline. The book takes place in […]

  • Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets shouldn’t forget about the custom audio

    Here’s a friendly reminder for Bloodborne players with PS4 headsets: be sure to download the Headset Companion App from the PlayStation store if you haven’t already. As previously reported, the game supports a custom Bloodborne audio mode which can be uploaded. It contains custom audio created by developers specifically tuned to enhance the audio. This […]