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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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  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]

  • Final Fantasy: Record Keeper arrives in the US this spring

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper will be released in the US on iOS and Android this spring, DeNA and Square Enix today. The mobile titles allows players to “relive favorite moments” across all Final Fantasy installments and build a team of classic characters from across the entire franchise. If you sign up for email updates, you […]

  • Battlefield Hardline now available for pre-order, pre-download on Xbox One

    Battlefield Hardline is now available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One. You can pre-order it now from the Xbox Store and once you have paid for it, you can start your pre-download. Battlefield Hardline releases on March 17, and will be made available to pre-downloaders come 12.01am EDT. Check pricing and availability for your […]

  • Dying Light interactive video allows you switch between day and night

    A new video for Dying Light has been released, which allows you to hit the Z key to change between day and night. Titles Life and Death in the Quarantine Zone, the interactive story video showcases how the game changes between day and night. Daytime and nighttime are shown side-by-side but the z key allows […]

  • Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare out on PS3, PS4; PC delayed

    The Havoc DLC for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is now available for PlayStation 3 and PS4. Havoc contains the four multiplayer maps Core, Drift, Sideshow, and Urban along with the AE4 directed energy assault rifle, its custom variant, and the Exo Zombies cooperative mode. You can purchase the DLC separately or pick up the […]

  • Here’s a teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 2

    A teaser video for the second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available, so if you’ve yet to play the first episode, you may want to skip this. Resident Evil Revelations 2′s first episode is out now. Thanks, GamesHQMedia.

  • North American eShop update is full of Donkey Kong games

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Titan Attacks, Donkey Kong Land, Donkey Kong Country and more. eShop on 3DS Ironfall Invasion Titan Attacks! Donkey Kong Land – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 2 – Virtual Console Donkey Kong Land 3 – Virtual Console Luv Me Buddies Wonderland Around the World […]

  • Venture into the Valley of the Yetis next week in Far Cry 4

    The next batch of Far Cry 4 DLC, Valley of the Yetis, releases in March and Ajay Ghale will be tasked with surviving violent cultists and the mythical Yeti. Apparently the cult is looking for a secret hidden in the valley, and Ajay has discovered their motives. The DLC features co-op with a friend taking […]

  • The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack out for Payday 2, has dino masks

    The 19th DLC pack for Payday 2 title The Butcher’s AK/CAR Mod Pack is available on Steam from today. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: 11 new weapon modifications for the AK rifles in the game 11 new weapon modifications for the CAR rifles in the game Four new masks together with their […]

  • Battle Chasers slated for PC, consoles; comic picks up where 2001 storyline left off

    Darksiders creator Joe Madureira and Vigil co-founder Ryan Stefanelli have confirmed a Battle Chasers game and a new comic are in the works at their new studio Airship Syndicate. Speaking to Polygon, Madureira and Stefanelli wouldn’t provide details on the the game, but did divulge it will be an adventure RPG with player-controlled Battle Chasers […]

  • Shovel Knight, Hotline Miami 2 discounted for Sony’s annual Spring Fever Sale

    Sony is hosting its annual Spring Fever Sale which runs for eight weeks and features a new title each week. The sale starts next week on March 3 with the launch of Helldivers. Here’s just a few items included in the sale: HELLDIVERS (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March 3 Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number (PS4/PS3/PS Vita) March […]

  • The gold Super Mario amiibo is a Walmart exclusive

    The Super Mario Gold amiibo which surfaced via a CPSIA certificate earlier this month will be a Walmart-exclusive, Nintendo has announced. The gold-colored Mario amiibo will be released the same day as the Mario Party 10 game for Wii U and will run you $12,96 at 3,000 participating Walmart stores in the US. Along with […]

  • Here’s an overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

    As new gameplay overview trailer for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, culled from the Active Time Report, stream has been sent over by Square Enix. The video provides a look at the history and environments of the Kingdom of Orience; the 14 memebers of Class Zero; the battle system with customizable magic spells; and the ability […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video gives you a look at the game’s wildlife

    A new video shown by Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata during the latest Active Time Report, contains a look at the game’s wildlife and ecology. You can watch the full stream two hour stream through here, or a smaller clip courtesy of GamesHQMedia below.

  • Lionhead ventures into the free-to-play space with Fable Legends

    Fable Legends will be free-to-play when it launches on PC and Xbox One. According to Lionhead, the one versus four cross-platform title borrows from MOBA games such as Dota 2 and League of Legends as it will contain free, rotating heroes which will be added to a roster for a two week period. Once the […]

  • Win! 5 pairs of tickets to the Call of Duty European Championships

    We have five pairs of tickets to giveaway for the Call of Duty European Championships, taking place in London this weekend. The event takes place this Saturday February 28 and Sunday March 1 at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Winners can watch teams will go head to head for a $10,000 prize pot […]

  • Republique Remastered has released on Mac and PC

    Republique Remastered, which was announced earlier this month, is now available for Mac and PC. The game is 20% off through Steam, GOG and the Humble Store for $19.99 until March 4. Thereafter, it will run you $24.99. The Remastered edition contains all five episodes of the game, with 1-3 available now and the remaining […]

  • LA Cops coming to Xbox One in March

    Isometric shooter LA Cops is coming to Xbox One on March 13. Already on Steam Early Access, the game looks like it’s been heavily inspired by Hotline Miami. Walk into a room, open fire, leave bloody puddles in your wake. It’s being published by Team 17. Check out the video below for some 70s cop […]

  • We have $500 of Steam Wallet funds to giveaway!

    We’re giving away 10 Steam Wallet prizes worth $50 each to VG247 readers, courtesy of Bundle Stars. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning $50 Steam credit is to enter your details below. Join the Bundle Stars Steam group for entry in the sweepstake, and gain extra entries for […]