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Publishers giving review copies is generally regarded as fine, the problem is when they also give 'gifts' or special/legendary edition copies and the like. IE every Saints Row, every call of duty game, every gta game, halo, gow, etcetcetc.
Anonymous

blazingpelt:

loltaku:

Remember that time the Kotaku contributor ebayed the Special Edition swag he got with his review copies?

Good times.

How about when they also give $500 worth of in-game currency so the reviewer never realizes how bad the microtransactions really are?

loltaku:

I have generally avoiding even mentioning Anita, mainly because she’s not a journalist she can say and make anything she wants, but what the fuck.
I went through her site and youtube, and I still cannot find any content other than her Tropes vs. Women videos. Which are already paid for. She got 158,000 dollars to make them. It was kind of a big deal.
So, why is she asking for monthly contributions? And why is she asking for them through her own personal site, where, unlike Patreon,
Nobody gets to see how much she’s receiving a month, allowing transparency
Nobody gets to see whom is contributing money to her
And there’s no way for her to offer more content if certain goals are met.
And while I’m at it, let’s look at the text on her donation page.

All Feminist Frequency videos are available on YouTube to watch and share for free without any advertising. We are a 501(c)3 non profit charity and we rely on generous donations from viewers to make these educational videos possible.

Do you mean the videos you were paid 158,000 dollars to make, are making at the most glacial pace imaginable, which are also the only content you’ve produced?

loltaku:

I have generally avoiding even mentioning Anita, mainly because she’s not a journalist she can say and make anything she wants, but what the fuck.

I went through her site and youtube, and I still cannot find any content other than her Tropes vs. Women videos. Which are already paid for. She got 158,000 dollars to make them. It was kind of a big deal.

So, why is she asking for monthly contributions? And why is she asking for them through her own personal site, where, unlike Patreon,

  • Nobody gets to see how much she’s receiving a month, allowing transparency
  • Nobody gets to see whom is contributing money to her
  • And there’s no way for her to offer more content if certain goals are met.

And while I’m at it, let’s look at the text on her donation page.

All Feminist Frequency videos are available on YouTube to watch and share for free without any advertising. We are a 501(c)3 non profit charity and we rely on generous donations from viewers to make these educational videos possible.

Do you mean the videos you were paid 158,000 dollars to make, are making at the most glacial pace imaginable, which are also the only content you’ve produced?

What do you think about the idea that gaming journalists are gonna all get together at the end of PAX and announce a term to replace 'gamer'?
Anonymous

loltaku:

That would be a strong contender for the funniest thing in the world. I cannot imagine a single thing that would make them out to be bigger clowns, and reveal just how laughably juvenile the entire industry is.

Fucking propeller beanies would materialize on everyone there from the sheer magnitude of pithy childishness that would be on display.

Can you imagine, like 40 people on stage, 25-30 of them being balding white dudes with beards, announcing that from now on gaming enthusiasts should call themselves ‘Digital Art Fans” or something equally cringe worthy? I’m having to choke back laughing thinking about it.

loltaku:

This is Joystiq’s ethics page.

This should be the starting point for gaming site ethics policies.

It covers many of the points I have mentioned.

Staff members may not accept travel, accommodations or gifts of any nature from a company or representative that has direct interest in our editorial content without public disclosure. Joystiq does not accept airfare or hotel accommodations for its staff from companies or representatives hosting an event that requires transportation and accommodation. Any deviations from this policy will be expressly made public on a case-by-case basis.

And although not specifically mentioned in the policies, the effect of them is that Joystiq contributors cannot support kickstarters or patreons because they may have to report on them.


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The reason why I’m submitting this here is because of the example screenshots included on the app’s page lol

Stumbled upon this awesome Chrome extension that allows you to open links through DoNotLink by right clicking on them. You can install it here

The reason why I’m submitting this here is because of the example screenshots included on the app’s page lol

loltaku:

Wow, it’s fucking nothing.
Y’know, I didn’t expect anything to happen to Grayson. There’s definitely wiggle room there that he maybe didn’t do anything wrong. It’s at least ambiguous enough that firing him is a bit too much. Would I have dropped his ass? Probably. But I can at least understand not doing so.
But Patricia Hernandez was living with and (possibly?) in a relationship with someone she was regularly covering, without disclosing that information.  That’s way over the line. Using your position to give someone you’re living with exposure and coverage is borderline trying to use it for personal profit. Then boasted about it. Patricia Hernandez should have been fired, period.
"A site that feels bullshit free and independent, y’know, other than all the bullshit and the massive ads next to articles about the same thing"

loltaku:

Wow, it’s fucking nothing.

Y’know, I didn’t expect anything to happen to Grayson. There’s definitely wiggle room there that he maybe didn’t do anything wrong. It’s at least ambiguous enough that firing him is a bit too much. Would I have dropped his ass? Probably. But I can at least understand not doing so.

But Patricia Hernandez was living with and (possibly?) in a relationship with someone she was regularly covering, without disclosing that information.  That’s way over the line. Using your position to give someone you’re living with exposure and coverage is borderline trying to use it for personal profit. Then boasted about it. Patricia Hernandez should have been fired, period.

"A site that feels bullshit free and independent, y’know, other than all the bullshit and the massive ads next to articles about the same thing"

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