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DSOGaming - Eurogamer amends Robert Florence’s article about Geoff Keighley after threat of legal action. Thanks Joao. - Lost Humanity 18- A Table of Doritos.
Standards are important. They are hard to live up to, sure, but that's the point of them. The trouble with games journalism is that there are no standards. We expect to see Geoff Keighley sitting beside a table of s***. We expect to see the flurry of excitement when the GMAs get announced, instead of a chuckle and a roll of the eyes. We expect to see our games journos failing to get what journalistic integrity means. The brilliant writers, like John Walker for example, don't get the credit they deserve simply because they don't play the game. Indeed, John Walker gets told to get off his pedestal because he has high standards and is pointing out a worrying problem.

Forbes - Video Game Journalist Robert Florence Leaves Eurogamer After Libel Complaints.
Where does journalism end and unwitting advertising begin? I actually ask myself this question a lot, because a lot of the time I write very positive and hopeful things about gaming – because I love video games, and deep down I obviously want as many of them to succeed as possible.

These are hard questions and they don’t have simple answers, but they’re important questions to ask.

John Walker's Electronic House - An Utter Disgrace.
And what the above proves is not only just how moronic UK libel laws are, where someone can’t directly quote a person and then point out possible misinterpretations that could arise from it, but also how deftly our broken system can be used to silence not only discussion, but also criticism.

When a journalist feels they have been misrepresented, even if this so-called misrepresentation has arisen from their having been directly quoted, the response should not be to demand it be removed. The response is to offer to write a response column, or to publish a response in any of the public outlets to which they have access. To do anything else is to be an enemy of journalism, deliberately stifling discussion, and going out of one’s way to ensure further discussion is feared.

16. Re: Op Ed Oct 26, 2012, 08:16 Creston
Jivaro wrote on Oct 25, 2012, 21:48:
Is it the journalists or the publishers/websites that are the problem though? Seems to me that people still go to school and learn they always have....but when they go out to get a job the whole system is setup around putting the gaming industry on a nice soft fluffy pedestal.

I can guarantee that the large majority of gaming "journalists" have never gone to journalism school. They're just fans of gaming who write about games, get offered a job somewhere, and suddenly they are game "journalists." (It's kind of the same thing actual journalists keep (rightfully) accusing news bloggers of.)

The same Lauren Wainwright posted an article on her own website about how to "break into the 'industry'" and she linked to a video made by a PR monkey from one of the big publishers. It was a long video, so I didn't watch it, but apparently it boils down to "write gushing stuff about a publisher's game, and they'll hook you up with one of their bought-and-paid-for publications."

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