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.
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.