Game Journalists Are Incompetent Fuckwits

Cutting straight to the point!


Its my all new favourite website.

 
A website that has been appearing in my twitter feed with some regularity over the last few days. The site is run by a gentlemen called Ben Paddon (never heard of him either!). I won't bother going into an explanation of what the site's purpose is as its blurb does a fine job of explaining that on its own.
 

 A catalogue of the stupid, incompetent, and generally retarded things gaming journalists say and do.

I dedicate time every day to scouring gaming news sites for dumb shit. More often than not I find it on Kotaku, where "random crap that pops into my head" qualifies as genuine journalism for some reason.

Make no mistake though, Kotaku is not his only target (just the largest and most plentiful) as if you take some time to read through a couple of pages you'll find content from plenty of other well known sites such as Destructoid, Games Radar, Joystiq etc making an appearance. I've spent a good couple of hours reading through a lot of the material on GJAIF and in between the odd fit of laughter I've found myself genuinely shaking my head in despair more often. Largely at the sheer stupidity from some of the so called 'professional' members of the video game press who work for well known publications. I can't help but feel certain individuals and established publications bring a note of shame to their peers and to the institution of journalism in general due to a complete lack of or extremely low standards of quality in their work.
 
So seeing a site like this where the critics find themselves put under the spotlight and criticised really does shed some light on the overall quality that we, the simple minded reader, have to put up with. While also in an odd way providing a brilliant arena to name and shame the biggest culprits and hopefully by doing so help maybe raise the bar a little over the standards of quality expected from members of the gaming press.
 
So what do you make of a site like GJAIF? Is it just a cheap way to throw jabs at the gaming press or is it perhaps a more subtle way of naming and shaming individuals and/or publications that continue to spew out crap on a daily basis? 
 

 I'm not sure this has any real connection to the content of this blog. But it does still make me chuckle none the less!
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Edited by Hamz

Cutting straight to the point!


Its my all new favourite website.

 
A website that has been appearing in my twitter feed with some regularity over the last few days. The site is run by a gentlemen called Ben Paddon (never heard of him either!). I won't bother going into an explanation of what the site's purpose is as its blurb does a fine job of explaining that on its own.
 

 A catalogue of the stupid, incompetent, and generally retarded things gaming journalists say and do.

I dedicate time every day to scouring gaming news sites for dumb shit. More often than not I find it on Kotaku, where "random crap that pops into my head" qualifies as genuine journalism for some reason.

Make no mistake though, Kotaku is not his only target (just the largest and most plentiful) as if you take some time to read through a couple of pages you'll find content from plenty of other well known sites such as Destructoid, Games Radar, Joystiq etc making an appearance. I've spent a good couple of hours reading through a lot of the material on GJAIF and in between the odd fit of laughter I've found myself genuinely shaking my head in despair more often. Largely at the sheer stupidity from some of the so called 'professional' members of the video game press who work for well known publications. I can't help but feel certain individuals and established publications bring a note of shame to their peers and to the institution of journalism in general due to a complete lack of or extremely low standards of quality in their work.
 
So seeing a site like this where the critics find themselves put under the spotlight and criticised really does shed some light on the overall quality that we, the simple minded reader, have to put up with. While also in an odd way providing a brilliant arena to name and shame the biggest culprits and hopefully by doing so help maybe raise the bar a little over the standards of quality expected from members of the gaming press.
 
So what do you make of a site like GJAIF? Is it just a cheap way to throw jabs at the gaming press or is it perhaps a more subtle way of naming and shaming individuals and/or publications that continue to spew out crap on a daily basis? 
 

 I'm not sure this has any real connection to the content of this blog. But it does still make me chuckle none the less!
Posted by The_Laughing_Man

What are some of your fav ones hamz? 

Edited by Brians
@Hamz: I'm a little confused. Is this a call for the quality of journalism within the games industry to improve? 
Maybe more enthusiast places should be transparent with that?  Or perhaps because the expectation of bad journalism isn't so ingrained in the public due to the youth of the industry it's easier and more apparent to mock.
Posted by Meltac

Is the GB crew on there?

Posted by BeachThunder
@Meltac said:

" Is the GB crew on there? "

"No results for "giant bomb" :o
Posted by Meltac
@BeachThunder:  Thank god! =D
Posted by The_Laughing_Man
@Briguile said:
" @Hamz: I'm a little confused. Is this a call for the quality of journalism within the games industry to improve?  Maybe more enthusiast places should be transparent with that?  Or perhaps because the expectation of bad journalism isn't so ingrained in the public due to the youth of the industry it's easier and more apparent to mock. "
Think about the Nier thing with Justin. How so many people just accepted " I give Nier a zero" 
Posted by ClownDetective

Dude yes. Games journalism sucks. So do games journalists. They deserve to be called on their suckiness.

Posted by Willy105

Game journalists are more entertainers themselves than journalists, because that's what the audience demands of them.
 
Smart, serious game journalists kill their own work, because they aren't very entertaining.
 
It's why Fox News is beating CNN in ratings. Fox News is entertaining, CNN is not.

Posted by ArchScabby

This site sucks, so far nothing I read has seemed stupid except to the idiot writing for the site.

Posted by FLStyle

Bookmarked. Thanks for the heads up Hamz.

Posted by Brians
@The_Laughing_Man:  I appreciate that, he had some frustrations with the game that would have unfairly directed his review of the game. I don't think it was about his review as much as it was why he declined to write a real review. If he had taken his frustration of the section and wrote a review it would have been pretty negative and not helped. Reading a review after hearing about a gameplay that took over an hour would've been more upset to me honestly.
Posted by HandsomeDead

It's an industry made for idiots so it seems about right that most of the journalists are too.

Posted by Rinkalicous

The first one I saw was this; 
 
Players will have to tackle the Drone Army of Morcubus but I don’t know why I’m telling you this because you’ve stopped reading already. Oh just read the f*cking press release or something, you don’t need me to repeat all the bollocks when EA can just do it firsthand.     
 
That's not badly written/stupid/incompetent at all! It's hilarious and entertaining, just like game sites should be, in my opinion. Did it make the site because it's not Serious Face enough or something? Personally, I believe it shows better writing skills and more creativity then you'd ever find from the journalists that this site classes as 'competent'.

Posted by AhmadMetallic
@ArchScabby said:
" This site sucks, so far nothing I read has seemed stupid except to the idiot writing for the site. "
Yeah... just a guy catching any slips or mistakes (barely) and commenting like a wise ass... always a bad thing to act like you're perfect.
Posted by Rinkalicous

Wait I'm not done. I just read some more, and I've decided to write a new feature. It's called 'Stuff that Rink finds on that one site Hamz posted that is poorly written to the degree of being hypocritical, as judged by Rink himself'. Catchy, I know.
 
Episode one: 
" at least half a dozen different gaming news sites beat you to the bunch. Once again, you lose." ~ That guy from that site
Maybe you shouldn't be condescending when you can't even correctly quote common sayings? The correct saying is 'Beat you to the Punch' That's 'Punch', as in 'Falcon Punch', 'Punch that guy in the face' or 'Don't drink the Punch as it has been spiked with raw heroin, bro'.   
 
Tune in next week, folks.

Posted by HandsomeDead
@Rinkalicous said:
" The first one I saw was this; 
 
Players will have to tackle the Drone Army of Morcubus but I don’t know why I’m telling you this because you’ve stopped reading already. Oh just read the f*cking press release or something, you don’t need me to repeat all the bollocks when EA can just do it firsthand.      That's not badly written/stupid/incompetent at all! It's hilarious and entertaining, just like game sites should be, in my opinion. Did it make the site because it's not Serious Face enough or something? Personally, I believe it shows better writing skills and more creativity then you'd ever find from the journalists that this site classes as 'competent'. "
It's a guy being a dork and trying too hard to be amusing so instead seems smarmy. I don't get how it's either entertaining or hilarious. He could have at least had the balls to not censor himself so not to look like he was writing for 14 year olds.
Posted by Yummylee

Don't really find any of it funny. Most of it is just him trying to be a wise ass. Who recently has a strong vendetta against Nick. O.o
Posted by nanikore

He's just finding the slightest mistakes in the articles and being an asshole.  

Posted by rateoforange

I've said it before: games journalism is not really journalism. It isn't the Washington Post; it's Tiger Beat.

Posted by Jayzilla

What do you expect though from Journalists whose target audience is largely for the under 18 crowd? If you are looking for maturity and journalistic integrity from video game critics, you may be interested in the wrong thing duder.

Edited by Tennmuerti
@ArchScabby said:

" This site sucks, so far nothing I read has seemed stupid except to the idiot writing for the site. "

I concur.
Having gone through 2 pages, the site reads like bad trolling.
Posted by sixghost

Seemed like an interesting concept for a site, but the actual content sucks.

Edited by Ghostiet

That guy didn't really make an incredible discovery when he mentioned Kotaku. I'm still looking for someone who takes those attention whores serious anymore.

Also, the ironic thing is that the author of the site is, himself, an Incompetent Fuckwit.

He treats gaming journalists as REAL journalists - which is the most common mistake, which is pointed out by many gaming journalists themselves. It's like complaining that amateur basketball isn't as entertaining as the NBA - it probably isn't, yet those are basicly two different sports.

GamesRadar: "5 things you didn't know about Gears of War 3. Until now." »

Or until four hours previously when at least half a dozen different gaming news sites beat you to the bunch. Once again, you lose.

How the fucking shit that title can be considered an argument for the writer being an imbecil? COME ON! It's supposed to be witty and give outright what's in the article, and it does its job. It's like complaining that a movie tagline is a cliche like "How far can you go to save someone who you love?". It NEEDS to be a cliche like that - so we know what the movie is about the moment we glance at a poster.

Also, grabbing on petty mistakes and attempts at humor isn't pointing out mistakes that is valuable in any way. It's nitpicking. It's a review - it's supposed to give you info about the game, help you decide if you should buy it or not and occasionally be entertaining. An orthographic mistake is really hard to correct, seriously. I think someone should die because of one - so there goes half of the world's journalists.

(that bit about "bollocks" and "EA" was bad, though)

Seriously, that guy reminds me of those assholes that go watch Star Wars and then conclude that the movie is utter shit. Because you can hear lasers in space, which is impossible in reality. We all know a guy like that. We all want to punch him to death. Hey, look, that guy is a twit - I'm going to disregard his whole writing career by pointing out he wrote "grew" instead of "grown". Blimey, that was hilarious, I should write a blog!

There's a lot to complain about in video game journalism - like in every type of journalism. Many times it's lazy, sold out, attention whoring and painful to read. But this ain't the way to do it.

Edited by Meltac

He's seems like a fuckwitt.

Posted by Vic_Viper
@nanikore said:
"He's just finding the slightest mistakes in the articles and being an asshole.   "

this
Posted by Brians

He is part of a new trend of internet grammar nazi's. I was highly disappointed to see this but his peers are on twitter crticizing people for bad language there. It's stupid and his website just promotes his dickish nature.

Posted by ClownDetective

That website is dumb. Of all the things to call journalists out for, the regurgitating press releases, the lack of any initiative, the bias, the lack of any insight; he chooses instead to comb for grammatical errors. Shame.

Posted by PureRok

Interestingly enough, the journalists themselves like the website, while you all hate it. I find this amusingly ironic.

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Posted by Brians
@PureRok:  It's the motivation I hate.  to pick such a stupid thing to get upset about. It's like the people offended that on a website which restricts your words people use short hand. Just being an editor and saying oh that phrase needed a comma not a semicolon is petty and not worth it.
Posted by Rasgueado

Interesting reactions here. I find it odd that there are those who feel it is alright that people being referred to as "journalists"  can get away with doing a half-assed job. If it is your job to write all day, than at the very least, the mechanical aspect of the job (you know... the writing part) should at least be correct. I'm not even yet taking into account a general lack of research that goes into a majority of these blog posts (a high percentage are press release reductions as it is). Stating my agreement with his point of view however, doesn't mean I want to go to a site that compiles all of the garbage into one place for me to read. I generally don't go around and purposefully ram my nose into heavily soiled litter boxes for enjoyment... the same holds true here. 
 
(I'm almost interested to visit the site briefly just to see how many posts by Jim Sterling pop up. I'm willing to bet there are a lot).

Posted by Brians
@Rasgueado: I wouldn't mind the website if it was a call to arms to improve the quality of writing about the game industry. Looking at the website it seems to be Ha he spelled gun wrong.
Posted by FirePrince
@Hamz:
FUCK YEAH! 
Another user that likes Yahtzee. 
Damn this site is awesome.
Posted by Turtlemayor333
@sixghost said:
"

Seemed like an interesting concept for a site, but the actual content sucks.

"
 Exactly. He's reaching too far and too often.

Posted by dudeglove
@Hamz:  It's an extremely petty blog and not funny in the slightest. I don't want to state the bleedin' obvious, but resorting to the phrase (and also the title of the whole thing!) "game journalists are incompetent fuckwits" is a massive sign of immaturity. If all he can post is adolescent one-line snickering at the odd slip-up and foul-mouthed raging against Kotaku (and yes, before you ask, I have gone through quite a few of his self-centered posts) yet not propose anything constructive of his own as a retort, then there's little point giving this person the time of day, let alone reading his blog.
 
I'm fully aware that Kotaku is a pretentious wankfest more often than not - Tim Rogers needs to be removed from the Internet, period - but it seems GJAIF fails to realize something about the stuff he's wailing against; the video game industry is part of the entertainment industry - not a source for investigative journalists to go nuts on. Kotaku, 1UP et. al can only work with what they've got. Nearly every video game company keeps schtum about their projects, they don't have spokepersons like the White House, and half the time the companies intentionally leak info about their projects themselves, rather than games journalists actually going out there and finding it out (A good example would be Capcom actually sending a blue boxing glove holding a rose as a way of confirming Dudley's presence in SSFIV).
 
Working in the media myself, I know that there's a huge problem working in such a sphere - can you retain objectivity when all you're doing is writing about video games that companies intend to profit on, or are you just part of the marketing machine? A wonderful example of this, and it'll likely be brought up ad infinitum, would be Gerstmann's departure from gamespot, which unfortunately exposed the industry's elephant in the room to the public.
Posted by KaosAngel

I just lurk forums a week after the game is out and debate it then.  If a large percentage of them are beating the game quick, it's a rent.  But forums help me more than anything else. 

Posted by gakon
@rateoforange said:
" I've said it before: games journalism is not really journalism. It isn't the Washington Post; it's Tiger Beat. "
And I agree.  It ain't journalism.
Posted by Rasgueado
@Briguile: well... someone that posts articles about video games as their primary employment should not--ever--be spelling the word 'gun' wrong. That's a pretty integral word to this medium. 
 
I've stated that my feelings of indifference toward this site mirror yours. My concern is that it doesn't seem very important to a lot of people that there is a certain level of language proficiency that isn't being met by a large percentage of bloggers who are paid to write. If a site can't be bothered to do a base level of copy-editing, how can I be sure that they are properly sourcing and researching their articles? 
Posted by Brians
@Rasgueado:  Just find people whose opinion you trust. Avoid the places where the writing doesn't seem strong. That's what I do.
Posted by Whisperkill

This guy is like some kind of hardcore troll who hates his life...

Posted by Whisperkill

This guy is like some kind of hardcore troll who hates his life...

Posted by TheHT

the few at the top i've read are all lame save for the doom one.
 
@nanikore said:

" He's just finding the slightest mistakes in the articles and being an asshole.   "

mostly this. i'm sure that form of douchebaggery has an audience though.
Posted by MattyFTM

I've just stumbled across this. It's hilarious.

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Posted by Sweep

I'm glad i'm not the only one who often despairs at the ridiculous shit passing for game journalism. Out of interest, has he targeted giantbomb at all? I had a quick glance down the list and I couldn't immediately spot any giantbomb quotes...

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Posted by ArchScabby
@MattyFTM said:
" I've just stumbled across this. It's hilarious. "

Posted by JJOR64

Nice find.   :)

Posted by Blueman
@MattyFTM said:
"I've just stumbled across this. It's hilarious. "

lol 
Posted by LackingSaint

Oh awesome, the world needs more God complex.

Posted by Jazz

Wow..he must have his own server dedicated to the farce that is CVG.

Posted by FluxWaveZ

And here I thought this was a mod attempting to commit account suicide.  
 
I think the concept of that website is dumb.  Its sole existence relies on the mistakes of other websites?  It might be interesting and sometimes comedic, but it's a stupid idea to me.

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