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Atrayo 1st October 2010 01:26 PM

Trojan Promos For Game Writers, When They Cover Games
 
Hi All,

I just came across this nifty 2 page article over at "Ars Technica" where they show pictures of outlandish exclusive gifts (promos) to game writers. Where game publishers send to them a game copy for review, weird items often accompany the game title.

Link to the article.

Quote:

$200 check for Dante's Inferno

While anyone who reviews games has been accused of bribery at some point when readers don't agree with the final score (An 8? For this game? HOW DARE HE!) it's rare that a company just sends the press a check. EA's gimmick with Dante's Inferno was sending out a series of items that corresponded to the seven deadly sins, and the $200 check was for greed.
Quote:

Brass knuckles... that ended up being illegal


The press pack for EA's Godfather 2 included a few surprises, including a cigar, some matches, a thin wire for choking fools... and, of course, brass knuckles. Brass knuckles that ended up being illegal in many states.

EA later described them as "novelty" brass knuckles and sent out mailers asking for them to be returned. The wire was apparently totally fine.
We've heard of the conflict of interest often facing game writers at magazines or websites. When a game publisher showers them with gifts or takes them out on a all paid trip to a publicity stunt location. Which harkens back to scummy lobbyists showering gifts on our politicians, but that's another story.


This article from "Ars Technica" shows the lengths that a game publisher is willing to go. Where reputable game journalists may be hard pressed to turn down such gifts. Which many of them gladly just turn around and donate the promo's to charity.

Game Journalism as a discipline is ethically still in its infancy at best. We have no formidable game journalistic institutions akin to a "New York Times" or name your trusted news source. With ethics comes standards, and right now its still a "Wild Wild West" in game journalism.

Ned 5th October 2010 10:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Atrayo (Post 2916742)
Game Journalism as a discipline is ethically still in its infancy at best. We have no formidable game journalistic institutions akin to a "New York Times" or name your trusted news source. With ethics comes standards, and right now its still a "Wild Wild West" in game journalism.

One day The Older Gamers could be that 'formidable game journalistic institution'.

:)

delushin 10th October 2010 06:55 PM

Considering the games industry value now to ten years ago ... even with a number of well known websites dealing out information, reviews etc I am defiantly keen to invest (to start off with) time in building / becoming part of a group that can deliver down to earth words!

Please any toggers out there PM me if you are looking for people :)

Snott 14th October 2010 02:32 PM

I think to get credible information and perspective, you need to have columnists for each individual area of gaming - much like a newspaper. It seems like many are trying to over to broad a scope with too few people. Or something.


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