“As to the quote bill, I'm basing it on what I see and read, or rather don't see and read. As in sharp criticism, investigative journalism, and stories that actually dare to challenge a publisher every now and then.”
Good grief, what obnoxious ivory tower thinking. There’s plenty of fine investigative journalism and criticism in games reportage. Look at Eurogamer, Edge, Gamasutra – hell, even Gawker Media and IGN on occasion, despite their respective reputations. Gawker published a wonderful piece over the weekend about trolling on Reddit, for instance, and Kotaku is the site that broke Modern Warfare 3 wide open. IGN ran an interesting, divisive series on political correctness a few months back. Naturally, pieces of this kind are outnumbered by the rote news stories and asset drops, but that’s because they take time to produce and there has to be something to fill the gap. In that respect, print definitely has the advantage over online coverage.
“You can only write so many sunshine stories, so many interviews run by PR handlers, and so many editorials that defend the industry before people smell a rat.”
And I can only read so many blanket, unprovable, polarising insinuations before I begin to suspect that the people who write them aren’t especially interested in contributing to a discussion.
“No industry is that squeaky clean, and the games industry much less so.”
Agreed. But throwing a tantrum on Twitter is the wrong way to go about probing the depths, and I'm not about to reward such behaviour with coverage. Notwithstanding our differences, Rich is a brilliant writer and reporter - one of the best. If he's sincerely of the belief that "Future is bent", now's the time to put those skills into action.
“I think most journalists in most other fields, would feel hard pressed to counter if one of their own accused them of widespread dishonesty.”
Good for them.
Mike - I’m sure many people would read a story titled "Drunk ex-games journo takes unsubstantiated sideswipes at Future” but that doesn’t make it a story worth reading.