Hey everyone, I recently went down an Internet hole when I realized I hadn’t heard from Phil Kollar. For those that done know, Phil was, I believe, at 1up before moving over to Game Informer and finally ending up at Polygon. I knew Phil mostly from the videos he did at Game Informer, which I thought were really good. But I sort of lost track of him when he went to Polygon. It turns out, he was involved in some form of sexual harassment, seems to have been quietly let go from Polygon, and now looks to be doing some form of consulting, away from public view.
This led me to consider accountability in games press. I remember having a similar thought when all the Nick Robinson stuff came out. He was discussed by the press, but if you were to compare the coverage of his actions by the press to, say, Alison Rapp, I don’t think there’s even a comparison. Or to, now, Randy Pitchford.
There are exceptions to what I’m about to say (ex; Filip Miucin), but it feels like the games press either has more freedom to talk about the transgressions of folks outside of the press bubble or simply don’t give the transgressions of fellow press as much attention as those who work in development and/or publishing. Do others out there have a similar impression? Should the press be more public with airing the transgressions of fellow press with the same vigor as they do of those in development and publishing?
My personal take is that I don’t think they are as vocal as they should be and public accountability should be had for those that have a public persona. If, say, Phil did transgress as it seems he has, that should be made as public and as easily accessible as his videos on Game Informer. Accountability is one of the best ways to curb bad behavior.