<BlazeHedgehog> omg you guys
<BlazeHedgehog> ~game journalism~ is having a meltdown
<BlazeHedgehog> THE STORY:
<Kyoma> plz be about “fuck that loser”
<BlazeHedgehog> A bunch of dudes from other gaming news websites quit their jobs to start their own treehouse with blackjack and hookers
<BlazeHedgehog> This included the founder of Kotaku, several people from Joystiq, etc. At first they called themselves Vox Games but they later renamed themselves to Polygon
<Kyoma> this is why gaming journalism is too busy to report on Diablo 3 head guy bitching out Diablo 2 guy for daring to make an off-hand comment about Diablo 3 in an interview when directly asked about Diablo 3.
<Kyoma> Kotaku doesn’t have journalists.
<TonicBH> at least we’re not bitching at brian ashcraft
<TonicBH> HEY THIS THING TOTALLY LOOKS LIKE A VIDEO GAME THING, BETTER POST THIS SHIT ON KOTAKU
<BlazeHedgehog> Polygon is part of a larger pop culture portal called The Verge and while Polygon gets their website built they have been posting editorials on The Verge
<BlazeHedgehog> so at some point
<BlazeHedgehog> This huge 300 page document gets leaked about Microsoft’s strategy for the future. It details Kinect 2.0, Xbox Smartglass, etc. It’s about two years old but it mentions things that were only just recently unveiled so people think it’s the real deal
<BlazeHedgehog> GiantBomb’s Patrick Klepek tweets that it’s kind of dumb that everybody is treating it as gospel despite having no traceable source as to where it came from
<BlazeHedgehog> Justin McElroy, formerly of Joystiq, who also does a podcast on the side where he and his brothers make fun of stupid people on Yahoo Answers and now is like, EIC at this new Polygon website
<BlazeHedgehog> responds to Patrick Klepek basically calling out NeoGAF for this like it’s their fault
<Kyoma> “Those random forum guys were a poor source so I blame them even though I should have fact checked.”
<BlazeHedgehog> Justin goes on an all-night rant on Twitter about how NeoGAF is deliberately trying to sabotage games journalism by intentionally feeding them misinformation
<TonicBH> oh yeah I remember that kerfluffle
<Kyoma> Gaming Journalism, folks.
<TonicBH> yet I still follow the eldest mcelroy on twitter
<TonicBH> because I’m an idiot.
<BlazeHedgehog> NeoGAF responded in kind with a collective “Bitch, what?”
<TonicBH> well gaf is kinda dickish but not for the reasons justin stated
<BlazeHedgehog> Justin finally ends his piece saying that everybody hurt his feelings and that he refuses to talk abou the subject anymore
<BlazeHedgehog> flash forward to yesterday
<Kyoma> Gaming Journalism, folks.
<BlazeHedgehog> Polygon announces that they are making a documentary about building their website and they put out a trailer for it
<BlazeHedgehog> It is the sappiest bullshit you can imagine. A ~heartfelt~ tale of ~plucky~ individuals who are putting ~everything on the line~ for a ~unique experience~ (read: a videogame website that posts reviews and news)
<BlazeHedgehog> And like some kind of punchline
<Kyoma> And stories about apples that resemble yoshi
<BlazeHedgehog> the last thing you see in their trailer is
<BlazeHedgehog> “Brought to you by: Internet Explorer”
<TonicBH> didn’t ryan davis later post a parody of the trailer
<Kyoma> … . .
<BlazeHedgehog> so now
<Kyoma> I hope so
<BlazeHedgehog> basically the entire GiantBomb staff
<BlazeHedgehog> has posted their own “remixed” version of that Polygon Documentary trailer
<BlazeHedgehog> with different music
<Kyoma> Its kind of dickish to criticize them but I’m glad they have
<BlazeHedgehog> Polygon’s staff, specifically Justin McElroy
<BlazeHedgehog> got really hurt over how everybody was basically laughing at them
<BlazeHedgehog> for their pretentious ass piece of shit
<Kyoma> gaming journalists.
<BlazeHedgehog> that eventually shifted to “ha ha okay guys we’re in on the joke now, yeah it’s funny”
<BlazeHedgehog> Justin McElroy just tweeted this like a couple hours ago
<TonicBH> shit I slept through this apparently
<Kyoma> i do not believe in gaming journalism. as in I do not believe it is a thing that exists. But Giantbomb seems to be the closest to what I can accept as it.
<BlazeHedgehog> and this is the good part
<BlazeHedgehog> because this is ~GAMING JOURNALISM~ at its core
<BlazeHedgehog> Justin McElroy
<BlazeHedgehog> Also: No bullshit: If you’re a developer, and I’ve ever carelessly criticized something you made, I’m sincerely sorry.
<BlazeHedgehog> 4 minutes ago from Echofon
<BlazeHedgehog> “I am sorry for being a critic.”
<BlazeHedgehog> Here’s the original trailer:
<BlazeHedgehog> Ryan Davis’s remix:
<BlazeHedgehog> Vinny Caravella’s remix:
<BlazeHedgehog> Patrick Klepek’s remix:
<TonicBH> vinny :-)
<BlazeHedgehog> Brad Shoemaker’s remix:
<BlazeHedgehog> I do not think Jeff has done one.
<Kyoma> gaming. journalism.
<TonicBH> I want to like games writing. It’s shit like this that makes it hard for me to.
<BlazeHedgehog> Idle Thumbs is the last bastion
I also forgot to mention that after Justin’s big whole “NEOGAF IS THE DEVIL” complaint, it was discovered that literally the entire staff of Polygon including Justin McElroy follows a twitter account that auto-tweets out every single new thread made on GAF. Which, I dunno, maybe that’s just me, but it sounds a little odd.