There are indeed legitimate concerns to have about games journalism. By far… BY FAR… the biggest source of these is the issue of funding. If you want good quality games journalism, someone has to be willing to pay games journalists grown-up salaries. More often than not, especially online, the money comes from advertising revenue paid for by the same big publishers that they are supposed to be writing about. This is a conflict of interest. It’s been so long since I read IGN that I genuinely forget they exist sometimes. As businesses these organisations have certain responsibilities to their employees (and, to a greater extent, shareholders) and it’s inevitable that they’ll conservatively support the people who pay them. Perhaps I’m oversimplifying things? AH WELL!
The fact that so much focus has been on the issue of two people having sex, instead of the ongoing multi-million dollar financial mechanisms that compromise the integrity of most professional games websites, speaks volumes. As the ‘debate’ shifted from simply harassing Zoe to crusading over JOURNALISTIC ETHICS, other connections between writers and developers who are friends, or who have lived together, were dug up by armchair detectives combing through old blog posts and twitter streams. And as this turd of a conspiracy theory has curled its way out onto the pig balls of public debate, it’s also worth noting that the journalists and developers being accused of collusion are all being linked together because of their association with ‘social justice’- nobody gives a fuck about Geoff Keighley’s personal life, or who Reggie Fils-Aime is playing golf with, but any tweet that provides trolls with another half-arsed excuse to try and get Patricia Hernandez fired has traction.
IT IS OBVIOUS THAT THE ISSUE OF ‘JOURNALISTIC ETHICS’ IS BEING USED TO CAST A VENEER OF LEGITIMACY OVER WHAT IS, AT ITS HEART, A CAMPAIGN TO ATTACK ‘OUTSPOKEN’ GAME DEVELOPERS AND JOURNALISTS.