Not too long ago, there was a video that was leaked on the internet that showed gameplay from The Order: 1886. The video was five hours long and was suppose to be a speed run of the game. Instead of actually reporting on the game itself, the only thing they reported on was the video(which seemed to carry over to many reviews) and didn’t ask question if the game was good or not. Now the media has again done a disservice towards developer Ready At Dawn, by making it seem that the company wants to pull ads from sites who give the game bad scores.
To give you context, the first preview for the game was hugely negative. They said the game didn’t run well and that it was pretty much broken. Before the game was even out the game was leaked on youtube sharing 5 hours of gameplay of the game. The press only covered the game being shown and that it was 5 hours long. There weren’t a lot of people who were critical of this video, they reported is as news and wanted to get hits.
Now we have a controversy, where many in the media have again blown a story and headline out of per-portion for clicks by holding Ready At Dawn responsible for something one person said while at the same time purposely miss misconstruing the message posted. Simply put, a developer was frustrated with the reviews and said:
It also must be pointed out that this person has no say when it comes to review copies of games that can be sent or not and he does not have the position to pull ads from the company either. The press has no problem creating the story and make a clickbait headline. Many press were quick to add the #GamerGate hashtag to these pieces, which perked the interest of several people who in turn actually FACT CHECKED the stories. These sort of tactics have been quite popular lately in the press and media as a whole to gain attention. Where did it all go wrong; where the press feels justified in creating stories (mostly harmful), rather then actually reporting on real one? Let us know your thoughts below.