Go Back   The Older Gamers Forums > TOG Member News > Podcasts

Podcasts TOG Podcast - Public Forum

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 1st October 2010, 01:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
Elite - Post: 2703
 Atrayo's Avatar

Post 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.
__________________
Atrayo's Oracle Blog Site & Facebook Fan Page.


Last edited by Atrayo; 1st October 2010 at 01:31 PM.
Atrayo is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 5th October 2010, 10:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
Ned
Public Forum Coordinator
Guru - Post: 11366
 Ned's Avatar

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Atrayo View Post
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'.


Last edited by Ned; 5th October 2010 at 10:49 PM.
Ned is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10th October 2010, 06:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
Deadly - Post: 1512
 delushin's Avatar

Happy
Default

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
__________________
Seeds 2 Freedom

True to type organic, heirloom and open pollinated seeds, join the revolution against modified foods and enjoy the taste of home grown food.

Grow fresh, eat fresh!
delushin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th October 2010, 02:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
Elite - Post: 4186
 Snott's Avatar

Default

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.
__________________
Trying out ArcheAge... liking it...
Snott is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT +11. The time now is 09:57 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.3.0