IGN Gets Foxy

News Corporation to Acquire IGN Entertainment, Inc. (thanks Frans) is the press release confirming rumors that Rupert Murdock's media conglomerate is acquiring IGN Entertainment, saying the transaction will involve $650 million in cash. Here's a bit on the move:
With the addition of IGN, Intermix and Scout Media to the existing Fox-branded sites, News Corporation's U.S. web traffic will increase to nearly 70 million unique monthly users and more than 12 billion page impressions per month, putting the Company in the top echelon of most trafficked sites on the Internet today. The combined sites will also provide a powerful cross-promotional opportunity for Fox's television and film content and enable the company to more efficiently introduce new products and services using its enhanced web presence.
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Re: Gotta love them liberals
Sep 9, 2005, 06:45
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Re: Gotta love them liberals Sep 9, 2005, 06:45
Sep 9, 2005, 06:45
 
I'd place them between the Lib Dems (now probably a bit centre left) and the Tories (right)
You'd be right to do so, but that's always (in recent times) been the case. But much of their ethos is still left-of-centre. It's sort of like the Democrats in the US - it's possible to see them as right-of-centre-but-left-of-their-opposition. Certainly the more leftist members of the Labour government are kept in check.

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Re: Gotta love them liberals
Sep 9, 2005, 05:12
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Re: Gotta love them liberals Sep 9, 2005, 05:12
Sep 9, 2005, 05:12
 
Centre left. Admittedly a large number of their policies are not as left wing as labour traditionalists would like, and they have taken the Conservatives' patch from under their feet in the guise of "new" Labour, but at heart they still stand for things typical of a left-of-centre party.

Labour are now centre-right; I'd place them between the Lib Dems (now probably a bit centre left) and the Tories (right). That's strictly IMO, of course.

I disagree, actually. I think The Independent is fairly liberal (though so far up its own arse that it's not much fun to read) and The Guardian is also fairly leftist.

Sorry, I should have said the UK TV media Obviously the whole newspaper market goes every which way.

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I told ya! Didn't I told ya?!
Sep 9, 2005, 05:05
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I told ya! Didn't I told ya?! Sep 9, 2005, 05:05
Sep 9, 2005, 05:05
 
I think Rupert Murdoch is a good businessman but that business interests can really run up against ethics in the world of journalism. And that's what IGN is... game journalism. People already think IGN is too soft on game scores, and some people wonder if this is due to IGN's heavy marketing. I mean, they get paid a ton of money to put up massive marketing ads all over their site... and it seems like the scores for some pretty crappy games get softened up because of it.
Giving people what they want is a great way to run a business, but not a news organisation. Because then you just pander to whatever the people want to hear.
I wouldn't be surprised if FOX games and movies started getting better reviews on IGN. Just a few percentage points higher than other game review sites of course... nothing to give away the little game..

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Re: No subject
Sep 9, 2005, 03:15
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Re: No subject Sep 9, 2005, 03:15
Sep 9, 2005, 03:15
 
...its become blatently clear wherein the likes of CBS, NBC, ABC and CNN are coming from. I don't like CBS, NBC, ABC or CNN because my opinion is the same as yours in regards to Fox

That's sweet. Americans bitching about their introverted news sources. There are other viewpoints in the world to get information from. They're all biased to some degree and delight in selling you misery. News isn't journalism anymore, it's entertainment and political posturing. But if your small little view of the planet comes from only the above, you must open your eyes and mind a little bit.

There is something called the 'internet' and you're not restricted to what you see on television as a source of information anymore. Your brain is free to roam, soak up and discard knowlege or piss it out as you see fit, instead of ramming the thoughts of a few idiots on a handfull of network television stations down each others throats.

I'm trying to think of a good analogy for this right now, but I can't. My brain hurts. Something about ants in a forest, but I can't remember.

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As for IGN, most good gaming sites got sucked up long ago. We all know that. I can't remember what IGN was or what it gobbled (recently 3DGamers went down the shitter) but it doesn't matter. IGN has been a piece of crap for years, so it's not like it's a big loss to any of us. OMG. A game site is going to lean a little to the right of American thinking. Billions of clickers are doomed!

At least we have extremeists here.

We should all be very thankfull to whatever things us beings believe in to still have Blues News. Actually we should thank Blue himself instead of some higher power. Enjoy it. We're all very fortunate to have this place to bitch and scream at each other and still feel good the next day. AND even talk about games sometimes.



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Re: No subject
Sep 8, 2005, 23:41
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Sep 8, 2005, 23:41
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Don't watch Fox! Watch the Commie News Network for all your news!

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No subject
Sep 8, 2005, 21:48
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Sep 8, 2005, 21:48
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some real left wing class being displayed here; encore
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Murdoch
Sep 8, 2005, 20:43
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Murdoch Sep 8, 2005, 20:43
Sep 8, 2005, 20:43
 
Quote from, Columbia Journalism Review, August 2002

Murdoch uses his diverse holdings...to promote his own finacial intrest at the expense of real news gathering legal and regulatory rules, and journalistic ethics. He weilds his media as instruments of influence with polticians who can aid him, and savages his competitors in his news columns. If ever someone demonstrated the dangers of mass power being concentrated in a few hands, it would be Murdoch.

This comes from what many consider the most prominent journalism school, oh they are considered nonpartisan as well.


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Re: Gotta love them liberals
Sep 8, 2005, 19:56
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Re: Gotta love them liberals Sep 8, 2005, 19:56
Sep 8, 2005, 19:56
 
Have you ever noticed how Riley and random.thought never post at the same time. They are the same troll!!!
Wow, that's a new low of stupidity even for you.

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Right wing wackos
Sep 8, 2005, 19:51
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Right wing wackos Sep 8, 2005, 19:51
Sep 8, 2005, 19:51
 
Love this thread. Really brought the right wing nut jobs out of the woodwork to air their lies, and feeble attempts at spin.

My 2 favorites so far:

- The claim that Fox airs more liberal guests than the other networks air conservatives. That's a bald faced lie, and there are studies which show in point of fact that Fox has a huge bias in the guests it allows on. (See a few posts down where one is mentioned, or google for it, they aren't hard to find).

- The claim that Fox is unbiased and all other networks are just left leaning. You aren't fooling anyone. Check this:

"A winter 2003-04 poll by the Program on International Policy Attitudes consistently found that members of the public whose primary news source is Fox News had a higher rate of misperceptions about Iraq than viewers of any other news source.

Two-thirds of Fox viewers, for example, wrongly believed that a link between Iraq and al-Qaida had been found, while only 16 percent of PBS/NPR viewers and listeners and 40 percent of print-media readers shared the same misperception.

In addition, 33 percent of Fox viewers believed that weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq, in contrast with 11 percent of PBS/NPR viewers and 19 percent of ABC News viewers."

Either Fox news is biased, or conservatives are a bunch of flaming idiots. Take your pick.

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Re: Disillusion-ist
Sep 8, 2005, 19:09
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Re: Disillusion-ist Sep 8, 2005, 19:09
Sep 8, 2005, 19:09
 
TangledThorns: maybe your reading comprehension needs to be improved?

Too late for no child left behind? because I think you were.

His statement was conditional, if a person blindly follows the conservative line (ie fox news viewer) that person should watch outfoxed, he didn't say anything else about other people watching it or rewatching it.


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Re: Gotta love them liberals
Sep 8, 2005, 17:40
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Re: Gotta love them liberals Sep 8, 2005, 17:40
Sep 8, 2005, 17:40
 
Are you saying the Labour government is left wing?
Centre left. Admittedly a large number of their policies are not as left wing as labour traditionalists would like, and they have taken the Conservatives' patch from under their feet in the guise of "new" Labour, but at heart they still stand for things typical of a left-of-centre party.

IMO 'liberal' quite possibly wouldn't mean a political bias anyways
You're completely right, though it's often used as such, and not necessarily wrongly so. It is often the case that conservative political parties are for liberal markets (free markets, little intervention) but certain other liberties may be repressed (gay rights being the obvious one, but cf any of the other classic disputes).

Although I don't think UK media is particularly 'liberal' anyway.
I disagree, actually. I think The Independent is fairly liberal (though so far up its own arse that it's not much fun to read) and The Guardian is also fairly leftist.

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Re: Disillusion-ist
Sep 8, 2005, 17:33
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Re: Disillusion-ist Sep 8, 2005, 17:33
Sep 8, 2005, 17:33
 
Anyone who tows the ultra conservative line blindly needs to do TWO things , read the BOOKS of David Brock ( ex-right wing point man )and watch the documentary "Out-Foxxed"....if THAT doesnt change your perspective that BOTH sides are totally and completely full of shit , nothing will....I pick and choose my stance from issue to issue on my own , towing the line is bullshit !( AND , Murdoch is the William Randolph Hearst of our lifetime , a jingoistic TOOL !)

The fact that you mentioned watching Outfoxed shows how much you are a tool of the left. Keep reading and watching the advocacy of the left and you'll forever maintain your dependant thinking of group thought. Same goes for the right.

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Disillusion-ist
Sep 8, 2005, 17:13
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Disillusion-ist Sep 8, 2005, 17:13
Sep 8, 2005, 17:13
 
Anyone who tows the ultra conservative line blindly needs to do TWO things , read the BOOKS of David Brock ( ex-right wing point man )and watch the documentary "Out-Foxxed"....if THAT doesnt change your perspective that BOTH sides are totally and completely full of shit , nothing will....I pick and choose my stance from issue to issue on my own , towing the line is bullshit !( AND , Murdoch is the William Randolph Hearst of our lifetime , a jingoistic TOOL !)


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Re: Gotta love them liberals
Sep 8, 2005, 17:00
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Re: Gotta love them liberals Sep 8, 2005, 17:00
Sep 8, 2005, 17:00
 
Have you ever noticed how Riley and random.thought never post at the same time. They are the same troll!!!

BBC news website is cool but I'm on first name terms with the peons who answer the email because of their ignorance and bias. And yet it's still the best news site out there. I dip into CNN just to see how they're distorting the truth. As for Fox/Sky - puhlease...

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Re: Gotta love them liberals
Sep 8, 2005, 16:40
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Re: Gotta love them liberals Sep 8, 2005, 16:40
Sep 8, 2005, 16:40
 
Not wanting to burst the bubble of a good post, but Sky is owned by Fox, which explains the sensationalism...

I realise that (don't get me started on the shite newspapers Murdoch owns - see next para ;)), but Sky News is however still bound to the same code of conduct as the BBC et al (i.e. that of fairness and neutrality). As a foreign station, FOX news is, of course, not (although it can be censured, as it was by the ITC over the Hutton affair).

I think the likes of the Sun (as newspapers aren't regulated in the Uk for fairness) illustrate what Sky News would be like if it wasn't for the ITC.

Well... I think it is probably true that the BBC is, generally speaking, more liberal than the US media. It's not raving commie, of course, and it's not as pro-government as shitrags like the Daily Mail would have you believe, but it is more central than US cable news networks.

Are you saying the Labour government is left wing? I'd kind of like to distinguish between left wing and liberal, I think; I think there's a clear difference in that liberal (in it's true sense, not the bastardized sense used in US politics) is normally a component of left wing rather than the whole... IMO 'liberal' quite possibly wouldn't mean a political bias anyways (in its broadest sense it's simply pro-change/freedom, which isn't inexorably solely linked to left wing ideology as per US or UK). Although I don't think UK media is particularly 'liberal' anyway. At least not from my own perspective...

Oh, and I agree that Channel 4 gives excellent, in depth coverage. It's probably the most detailed news programme I've seen... IMO Channel 4 is best for news, then the BBC, then ITN and finally Sky News/Channel 5 news.


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Re: Gotta love them liberals
Sep 8, 2005, 16:06
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Re: Gotta love them liberals Sep 8, 2005, 16:06
Sep 8, 2005, 16:06
 
is the press release confirming rumors that Rupert Murdock's
Murdoch, n'est pas?!

The hot coffee minigame IS an interactive porn game
Don't be silly. No it's not.

That's a very poor attempt at a response.
Well... I think it is probably true that the BBC is, generally speaking, more liberal than the US media. It's not raving commie, of course, and it's not as pro-government as shitrags like the Daily Mail would have you believe, but it is more central than US cable news networks.

Besides, Channel 4 news is the one to watch in the UK. Great news show IMO.

America doesn't want news - it wants entertainment disguised as news, and agrees with their line of thinking, no matter how fucked up it is...
Bingo.





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Re: Gotta love them liberals
Sep 8, 2005, 16:03
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Sep 8, 2005, 16:03
 
In the UK, the BBC (and the likes of ITN and Sky News, although the latter has always struck me as somewhat sensationalist)
Not wanting to burst the bubble of a good post, but Sky is owned by Fox, which explains the sensationalism...

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Re: Gotta love them liberals
Sep 8, 2005, 15:33
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Re: Gotta love them liberals Sep 8, 2005, 15:33
Sep 8, 2005, 15:33
 
"Your comments were far more than a little twist. Granted, so was my initial comment on this buyout of IGN, but I never claimed otherwise. :)"

Exactly! Besides, how many in here really give two-cents about IGN or GameSpy and their vile Fileplanet anyways? I myself could care less is the Chi-Com's bought out IGN and turned it into a Hello Kitty Worldwide news and network. Its honestly nothing to get excited about at all.
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Re: Gotta love them liberals
Sep 8, 2005, 15:20
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I think what we can all agree on is that network news is total fucking garbage. News is presented as entertainment rather than information to increase understanding.

Exactly. Every one of them tries to pander to the most people...

America doesn't want news - it wants entertainment disguised as news, and agrees with their line of thinking, no matter how fucked up it is...



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Re: Gotta love them liberals
Sep 8, 2005, 15:18
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Sep 8, 2005, 15:18
 
I like how I can put in a little right wing twist though and everyone goes into a tizzy, you guys helped make me laugh today, I needed that. That's one of the things I love about Blue's News! I'm just having a tough day at work so I tend to go overboard just a bit.

Your comments were far more than a little twist. Granted, so was my initial comment on this buyout of IGN, but I never claimed otherwise.

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