I used to think that people who reviewed and reported on games actually liked them. Not only was I wrong, I’ve been proven wrong several times. We’ve seen a lot of the big names in the industry who are supposes to have a passion and an interest for games going after gamers and games themselves, to fulfill petty grudges or to cover their egos. Instead of reporting on games objectively, they’ve come out to collude and try force their own political view on the audience. Not only that, these people have clearly shown that they’re not ethical as real journalists.
I will go through a few examples of people in the industry who claim they’re gamers and love gaming, their actions and what they say are showing us something completely different. Adam Sessler for example:
I think chemical weapons dealers have a more tolerable consumer base than videogames. I am truly embarrassed for this industry.
— Adam Sessler (@AdamSessler) November 6, 2013
This isn’t the only time someone like Sessler has said some pretentious, reprehensible, stuff. There was also a statement he made some years ago regarding doxxing together with Jim Sterling (note the applause):
This isn’t the only person going after their own audience or just others in the industry. We have Ben Kuchera going after Eric Kain as well:
I’m not going to give Forbes the traffic, but laughing at a price point because a game is easy to steal is pathetic.
— Ben Kuchera (@BenKuchera) January 29, 2013
We also have a former editor of Gamespot and current employee of Giantbomb that willingly blacklisted Kevin Dent. William Usher covered this pretty well and in depth here.
These are just few examples of people who proclaim to love this form of art and entertainment, who claim to be advocates for games and gamers, Yet everything they do says otherwise. They’re unethical and have no problems talking down to not only colleagues, but gamers and consumers as well. Journalists like Adam Sessler and Carolyn Petit have put their own political agenda into reviews. Where it has no place at all. Not only were they inaccurate, they didn’t even get the game right. It’s events like this that have caused the current rift between gamers and games media. The industry is suffering from these people who have no issue being unethical and putting petty politics into their reporting. Not only that, as i’ve linked above, they’ve actively done this in actual reviews, instead of being competent critics, they salivate over big names or their pet projects. If there is any proof that we can not trust journalists, there is the evidence.