That Vazquez Dota 2 article was surprisingly honest. It's nice to see someone actually examine their play in a MP game without just blaming other players or the developers. I feel the same way about playing Puck (I'm like 1-10 or something ridiculous).
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Conflict of interest in Journalism = Bad, Personal Harassments because of this = Bad, the fact that this was censored and people in leadership positions largely ignored it = Bad.
The real downer of GamerGate is that almost everyone involved directly was fanning one side of the fire or the other. In the midst of all of that, the whole point got lost in a barrage of emotionalism rather than professionalism (the lack of which started this whole thing).
You know what would be great? An article actually talking about whether journalists can write about good friends/romantic friends games without disclosing it. Or an article about how a man can get merely accused of rape and it's posted on game sites while a woman admits to it in a conversation and it's fine. Or an article about how some of the most famously antagonistic gaming communities are working together through what's been happening recently.
But I guess we'll just settle for tweets, censored forums, and vague allusions to anything that happens. If you don't want to cover it, that's perfectly at your discretion. Alluding to the situation without elaborating is taking advantage of the situation and leaving people in confusion. You could write plenty of articles that don't include specific people and completely avoid the "personal issues" but then things might actually change for the better.
@pimblycharles: Jeff Green was on the podcast not too long ago as well as Brad Muir to replace GB's Jeff and Brad. I think it was one of the first one's Vinny hosted.
[EDIT] Found it: http://www.giantbomb.com/podcasts/giant-bombcast-11-12-2013/1600-671/
I'd really like some discussion from the Chris Wager article. It would be particularly interesting to hear the guys discuss it on the podcast.
As for my thoughts, I think the main reason there's such a large disconnect is the compulsion of large sites to cover EVERYTHING that comes out. For example, if Jeff and Vinny actually reviewed the sports games they played on quicklooks, they would be doing the games a huge disservice. Likewise, most sites just give the review to someone who played last year's release for a week and hasn't touched it since. The "all things to all people" approach has turned reviews into meters of hype and production value because that's all reviewers can gauge before they move on to the next project.
The article on Pewdiepie completely misses the point. It's like saying, everyone that hates on Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus is just jealous of their success. No, most people are angry that such terrible people are given that much success. If you want to be overly offended about "Diversity" and such, Pewds is literally just shouting slurs and making rape jokes for "entertainment."
@video_game_king: I would say both composition and grammar were pretty substandard.
Reading way too into mechanics that are primarily used as throwaway jokes and trying to use them as an example of societal change is something that would impress no one outside of Tumblr.
No healthy relationship anywhere in the world works as an "open relationship" as the author is describing. It doesn't matter if you're straight, gay, or some other designation. Denying reality is unhealthy and not to be encouraged.
That more specific enough for you?
The blog on Saints Row and heteronormativity made me facepalm quite hard. First of all, it was written by someone who would fail High School writing. Second of all, most of the content was reading way into things that weren't even close to the intentions of the developer. Lastly, it comes off as extremely unhealthy when the author is talking about how great it is you can "romance" whoever you want and nothing matters to the other characters and then implies that's how real life should be. Overall, I struggle to understand why this was highlighted other than the wishful thinking of the title. I can't even sure Patrick read it before linking.
With all that negativity out the way, I really enjoyed the Jon Bois, Tim Colwill, and Richard Moss links.