I agree that there are trolls and fanboys out there who will defend anything and not allow for any other opinions, but not everyone who disagrees with something being reported on falls into that category, because it's also true that we are frequently being presented with information of questionable accuracy.
I can't comment on what was happening at VG247 during the DRM issues because I wasn't regularly visiting here then, but I can tell you that most of what I read about it was innacurate, unfair, unconfirmed theory presented as news, and regurgitations of forum troll comments.
Much of the blame for that does go to Microsoft. They designed it badly, communicated it badly, and defended it VERY badly. But regardless, there is still a responsibility that falls on the journalists to check facts, ensure accuracy and retain the trust of the readers. During DRM we were told by trusted sources that you could not trade games, could not sell them, could not play them at a friend's house, and various other things that were not true at all.
This isn't just a gaming thing, it's happening in journalism as a whole, where it seems priority goes to posting news that is mere minutes old over posting news that is factual, and the attitude is if it's wrong they can always post an update later. In years gone by it would have been scandalous for a news organization to print anything without checking facts first, but we have come to accept that, and say "Shit happens."
I guess what I'm saying is while there are trolls and know-it-alls out there, not everyone who says "I'm not buying it" fits the bill. Thinking for yourself is not evidence of trollhood. Evidence of trollhood would be as follows:
you just need to look at last line in recent article. not the body text but closing 'what do you think' comment.
ps and pc articles all positive. anything ms related end with 'isnt it shit'
dont pretend. attitude from all writers is obvious
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