GAME JOURNALISTS, BUY YOUR OWN FUCKING SHIT

CONGRADULATIONS, YOU WON!

I was going to make another Hass’ Office (I haven’t done those in forever, but would you believe that I’m saving my last Hass’ Office as a “END OF THE YEAR” special?)

So instead, here’s an article that NONE OF YOU WILL READ and won’t get anywhere.

And of course, I am talking about VIDEO GAME JOURNALISM AGAIN!

As I’ve said time-and-time again, game journalism is a joke. It’s either pointless hype for shit you don’t need, or it’s becoming less factually based and more “personality based” (with the case of let’s plays). In the hopes of building traffic.

GAME JOURNALISM

Now recently, as in today, I saw Jim Sterling give his thoughts about this very subject. It’s worth a watch, just in the interest of “fair and balanced”. But allow me to say – GAME JOURNALISM HAHAHAHHAHAH!

No seriously, Sony (and I’m gonna assume Microsoft) give away consoles all the time to the press for no other reason than for publicity (Hey remember when everybody who showed up at the Microsoft Press Event got an Xbox 360 after watching some weird cirque du soleil performance?)

“Gaming Press” get free video games, with the intent to review them, in an effort to generate publicity. They aren’t handing out games because they actually give a shit what you think. They just see the traffic on the site, and having for that one instance the words “MY VIDEO GAME 2k14” on it might generate some sales.

But anybody and everybody could really get video game consoles, if they lie about it. The same way many people could just get into E3 by just having a tumblr account and write up fake game reviews. Don’t ask me why “sxephil” went to E3 a few years or this internet reviewer who reviews old video games went to a game convention to cover new video games. I don’t know what the fuck.

But it’s that same level of “Wait, What The Fuck?” that everybody should be seeing in the industry. Many game journalists complained about not getting a console before launch, many are upset about not being able to BUY a console, and some even have to BUY video games – I mean what the hell game companies. My job is to play video games, and you’re telling me I have to BUY the console and games? FUCK THIS BULLSHIT!

If you are a reviewer or cover video games for a living, I feel that you shouldn’t be any different than the consumers you are marketing yourselves to. The people who read your website, watch your stupid videos and “Rate, Comment, Subscribe” have to buy these games and consoles on launch day, why shouldn’t you?

Video Games are expensive, but I don’t think AMC Theaters are comping tickets to movie reviewers. I don’t think Direct TV is giving away their service free for TV critics. Why the fuck should Game Journalists be “princesses” and get stuff before everybody else, because they are special little snowflakes?

Granted, movie reviewers might get asked to attend advanced screenings, and television critics might get a dvd/bluray featuring that night’s episode in advance. But generally, these are big name people just for the purpose of generating hype. (or as everybody loves to call it “BOX QUOTES” – the things you see in ads and marketing to sell the “MUST SEE EVENT”)

Oh, you don’t have an Xbox One or Playstation 4? Neither do I. It’s not my job to cover video games for a living, but hey it’s a swell enough hobby to write about how fucked up it is. But your job as professional hype machine for yourself and dumb consoles doesn’t mean you don’t have to pay for shit… if that is your ‘job’.

If you’re covering sports, you might end up having to pay for live events or watching the game on television.

If you’re covering food, you might actually have to end up paying for the check at the restaurant.

If you’re covering cars and tech, you might actually get to “play with” the items, but they are only a rental, and you’ll have to give it back when you’re done.

So journalists, stop bitching about what you don’t have. And how you have to “buy” consoles and games on launch day.

You’re not different than anybody else. Because as it turns out, people have different tastes in games than most reviewers. Sure, maybe the guy from IGN loved this game, but you might hate it. Maybe this one guy from Giant Bomb hated a game, that you actually thought was excellent. It doesn’t matter, because ultimately – the best reviewer for yourself, is you.

Tastes are different from person to person, and ultimately you have to decide on what you like. Ignore what everybody else says, regardless of how many subscribers, followers and “likes” they have. Just play games that you wanna play, pay the $60 (or wait til they are on sale) and move on.

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2 thoughts on “GAME JOURNALISTS, BUY YOUR OWN FUCKING SHIT

  1. rayjay99 says:

    Journalists just don’t care. They get paid to not stand in line for a new console. all I can do is drink Mtn Dew until I get an Xbox one

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