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Old 06-14-2010, 03:06 PM   #3801 (permalink)
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So...uh..did anyone else just watch a room full of game journalists accept a bribe?
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Old 06-14-2010, 03:25 PM   #3802 (permalink)
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So...uh..did anyone else just watch a room full of game journalists accept a bribe?
Gaming has become similar to lobbying.
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Old 06-14-2010, 03:33 PM   #3803 (permalink)
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Old 06-14-2010, 03:37 PM   #3804 (permalink)
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What are you talking about?
Microsoft showed off the (urg) 'kinect' motion control thing. It was god awful but then they announced the new 360 Slim and gave everyone in the room (mostly game journalists) a free one.

They essentially just bribed everyone in games journalism with a $300 piece of hardware that isn't out yet and everyone fucking cheered like school girls being ejaculated on by the Jonas Brothers.
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It's a sad world for us geeks...
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Old 06-14-2010, 05:52 PM   #3806 (permalink)
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Giving them to a charity like Child's Play would be the only graceful move. I've been saying as much to them, as we all should, even if it achieves nothing.
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Old 06-14-2010, 07:22 PM   #3807 (permalink)
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Giving them to a charity like Child's Play would be the only graceful move. I've been saying as much to them, as we all should, even if it achieves nothing.
Saw the exact same thing. It's a very disheartening sight.

However, this isn't anything new - except for, maybe, the publicity and brashness of it all. Video game journalism has always been something strange to me, but it's shit like this that makes me remember why I stopped visiting IGN, Gamespy, blah, blah, blah.

On that note, can anyone in this thread suggest a website or whatever that reviews/previews games in a more honest and ethical way? I'm not being a jerk off, I'd really like to know a couple. In b4 Ars Technica (decent site)
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Old 06-14-2010, 07:31 PM   #3808 (permalink)
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Saw the exact same thing. It's a very disheartening sight.

However, this isn't anything new - except for, maybe, the publicity and brashness of it all. Video game journalism has always been something strange to me, but it's shit like this that makes me remember why I stopped visiting IGN, Gamespy, blah, blah, blah.

On that note, can anyone in this thread suggest a website or whatever that reviews/previews games in a more honest and ethical way? I'm not being a jerk off, I'd really like to know a couple. In b4 Ars Technica (decent site)
The presentation of it was the worse thing. Sending a review build is different from giving you a 'gift'.

The PC Gamer/Rock Paper Shotgun guys are what videogame journalism should be but outside of PC gaming there's Gamasutra. 1up and Eurogamer are usually better than the most.

EDIT: oh and Shacknews. How did I forget about Shacknews?
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Old 06-15-2010, 08:14 AM   #3809 (permalink)
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Isn't the new 360 basically just a prettier old one? I have a feeling that if I was a videogame journalist I wouldn't give a shit if I got a free one.
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Old 06-15-2010, 08:33 AM   #3810 (permalink)
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Isn't the new 360 basically just a prettier old one? I have a feeling that if I was a videogame journalist I wouldn't give a shit if I got a free one.
I think the only changes are a larger hard drive (something I don't need), wireless support without needing an adapter (something else I don't need) and Kinetic "ready." (don't care)

But with a slick Alienware-esque design!

I think I'll stick with my current one.
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