Killzone 2/Edge Upheaval: Snuffing Out The Flames
First of all, I would like to thank Arnold for his editorial in defense of my stance and character. I certainly didn't ask him to do that, but I definitely appreciate it. Now, I understand the author who has sparked such a firestorm should step up and respond to the backlash, and that's exactly what I'm doing. I believe the readers deserve it.
However, before I do that, because I care far more about this site than I do about what people think of me, let me echo Arnold's insistence that PSX Extreme is not - and never has been - a "fansite." I won't defend it with words here because it needs no defense. Simply sift through any and all content you wish, stretching back a week, a month, or even a year. Go for it; I'll wait. We pride ourselves on delivering up-to-date and reliable news each and every day, and you can even check our review section if you like. We are typically at or even beneath the typical scoring curve for PlayStation platform titles, and above all else, the readers can count on our interaction. Our ever-growing Comments section and freshly rejuvenated forums are indicative of the fact that we always interact with our readers. We appreciate them more than they'll ever know.
So please, don't condemn the site for one article that got blown out of proportion. Take the time to peruse everything we have to offer, and then make a decision. I will personally hand you a bagful of cookies if you can find sufficient evidence that we are in any way different than other popular game sites in how we present our content. Well, the writing may be a bit better. ;) Now, Arnold is also correct that I have never been a "fanboy" nor do I have any intention of becoming one. I do own a 360 and I've been trying to get Arnold to get one, as he stated. I loved Gears. I love the Halo series (I've got 'em all; they're sitting right behind me). I had the original Xbox, too. I handled all the content for Xbox Nerds until we opted to focus entirely on PSXE. I would never have even bought the PS3 on launch day if it weren't for this job. As far as I'm concerned, if a game is good, I don't give one flying fu** if I have to play it on a toaster. Platform loyalty is counter-productive.
As for editorials I've written in the past, again, judge for yourself.
I am most proud of that MGS4 piece, but this is just a sampling of what I usually write for PSXE, and I doubt people will have a problem with any of it. As for the Edge piece, there are two very important facts to consider: 1. I'd say about half the people who slammed us for it didn't even read it. They simply saw the headline and the name of the site and made a snap, rash assumption. 2. The entire point was missed by most. I believe everyone is entitled to their opinion, and while I was taken to task by Variety and other sources for not actually citing anything concrete in their review, that wasn't the point.
2/12/2009 Ben Dutka