Over the last few weeks that Brad N. has been added to the news team, news has been inconsistent, poorly researched, half assed and often many days behind other news sources. My understanding for why Giant Bomb added Nicholson was so that on days when the team is busy there can be some news articles posted on the homepage. Unfortunately, it seems Nicholson is allowed to post these articles without any review or quality control.
Stating that Nicholson is unprofessional without proper evidence wouldn’t be helpful, so I’d like to give a couple examples:
Starting off the article he admits that he isn’t really a TF2 player and that he isn’t really following the latest updates. That would be fine if that was just his opinion in the comments, but he’s supposed to be writing up what’s going on with the game.
Most of the article was filled with misinformation. His “update” to the news post where he says he “…misunderstood a bit of game jargon” is still not informative beyond that he doesn’t follow the game enough to understand the article he read to post the news story in the first place.
These examples are more of the norm with how Nicholson posts, then the odd ones out. Many of the articles he posts include links to where he got his information – Kotaku, Joystiq, and others. While this is fine and I’m glad he could point to his sources, I’d rather just go there and read it myself, which is something I often do.
The reason I wanted to point these out is that I’d rather have no news, and only hear from the Giant Bomb team when they have something interesting to say, then this style of news. I think many would agree that the reason you come to Giant Bomb is not for gaming news per se, but to hear the opinion of Jeff, Brad S. Ryan or Vinny… and get their take on what’s going on in the gaming world. With news that’s being added by another party – you lose that aspect of what made the news they did post, so great.
I’m not really interested in hearing about a new rock band drum set being announced, I already know that’s coming because I read it elsewhere – I want to hear what Ryan or Jeff think about it. That’s what makes Giant Bomb so great – the site is personality driven.