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Regarding Gaming Journalism: Please Ignore News That Isn't News

Recently, we've started to notice a nasty trend popping up in our world of video game journalism, and it certainly isn't helping our image. Yes, we understand there are still children out there, pretending to be journalists as they sit in their parent's basement skipping another English class at the community college. This hurts us terribly, and the professionals get lost in the depressing shuffle.

As a general rule, a news reporter of any kind isn't allowed to have an opinion. No opinion of any kind is allowed in anything they write; that is reserved for editorials. Now, we at PSXE are in violation of this rule all the time and we freely admit it, because we wish to connect with our readers on a more personal note from time to time. However, we're also not telling you to believe our opinion is news, because it never is, as there is no fact in opinion. And yet, regarding Blu-Ray, all we've seen over the past month is a ton of doomsday articles supposedly produced as "news," and yet none include even a single solitary shred of official statistics to back up their argument. Take this crap from GamerTell, for instance. The headline is clearly that of a news article, and it tells the reader that at some point during the Consumer Electronics Show, a speaker or representative stood up and made that statement (or one similar). There would be examples of - for instance - a Microsoft executive, issuing numbers that prove Blu-Ray is a sinking ship, and it could "take down the PS3 with it." There would be quotes, source citations, etc, etc, etc.

Instead, several completely random statistics are thrown in so the author can make his own opinion (as idiotic as it is) sound like fact. And GamerTell is hardly the only video game "publication" guilty of this recently, because I see it at every turn. The worst part is that many of the readers out there can't differentiate between real news and fake news. This makes things go crazy. In reality, Blu-Ray is far ahead of DVD after two years (comparing the first two years of each format), and Blu-Ray sales were most certainly up during the holiday season. In fact, they've continued to rise at a fairly steady rate since HD-DVD went down. PS3 sales continue to rise, all of Hollywood is now on the Blu-Ray bandwagon (that's what killed HD-DVD, if you will recall), and there's really no stopping it now. Of course, as DVD is the entrenched format, it will stick around for quite some time, but in no way is Blu-Ray "in jeopardy." The economy has forced a slowdown in product purchases, which is why Blu-Ray player sales were slow in the past few months, but that's hardly an indicator of doom for the format.

In short, Blu-Ray is fine, the PS3 is fine; both continue to rise, and Sony has no intention of discontinuing either. They'll both be around for a very long time, so please, ignore the non-news. Read the articles carefully. See if the headline is even remotely reinforced by the content. And please, if you're not a journalist, don't act like one. Just go do your little blog somewhere and stop pulling the rest of us down with you. You're the reason gaming journalists still don't get any respect, regardless of how hard the real professionals try to polish the image.

P.S. This, right here?  It's an editorial.  Loaded with opinion.  Not news.  GET IT?

1/9/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (36 posts)

Shatterday
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 10:54:12 AM
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OMG.... I think I get it?

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pavlovic
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 11:01:44 AM
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But you at PSXE never give your opinion as a fact. That makes this a great site. You act like people and like gamers,not only as a journalists that think that they have the truth.

I'm tired of reading articles saying that the PS3 is dead and that Sony might cancel it's production... based on what? So far the PS3 is having a very good momentum that I think will go better this year.

And yes, I prefered to watch my movies in HD and 7.1 audio... that BD for

EDIT: Just finished reading the GamerTell article... and it's full of bullsh¡t

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GamerKid123
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 11:07:54 AM

I second uh.... ALL of that. (^)

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Deleted User
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 11:08:29 AM
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"LG Electronics has announced a new line of high-definition television that can connect directly to the Internet without a need for any set-top box. It will be able to use video on-demand services including the aforementioned Netflix."

That is new to me. Not trying to say that its some big point on anything, just trying to show the article isn't a waste of time.

"Estimates by Digital Entertainment Group put 10.5 million American homes as Blu-ray equipped. At the beginning of the year, its anticipated figure was nearly 15 million."

I don't think that is as important as the article suggests. Blu-ray is now in combat with digital download. Lets face reality there.

Its also commonly suggested that MS supported the HD-DVD to be something of a straw man. Something to make people unsure they would go blu-ray. Good thing they didn't put it in the console. I'd never have gotten one this generation if they had and it had lost.

But, back to the point I was trying to make. Right now, digital download is not in any place to replace digital media. I am reluctant to believe this will change in the next 3-5 years. This is time that blu-ray will have to burrow its way into peoples homes before a next generation of consoles is released.

I would like to note when I speak of disc format VS digital download I speak only in terms of games.
"There is good and bad news for Sony there. An estimated 8 million of the Blu-ray homes are PS3 owners. But at least some of those owners would be hardcore gamers that would have purchased the console without Blu-ray."

This is true, which is why blu-ray dvd sales are the more important factor. Something, admittedly, I have not looked into for quite some time.

The opposite holds to that... The movie person wanting a blu-ray player and getting a PS3, a point I am sure many will bring up.

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Troy Powers
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 11:36:40 AM

"There is good and bad news for Sony there. An estimated 8 million of the Blu-ray homes are PS3 owners."

Hmmm...that would indicate that only 8 million PS3s have been sold, as every PS3 has blu-ray capabilities. I'm sure at last count there were about 20 million PS3 sold. Or does the author meant that each of these 8 million homes has 2-3 PS3s?

I'm no mathematical genius, but...something isn't adding up here. If he's going to start throwing out numbers, they should at least be believable.

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Deleted User
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 11:43:55 AM

Troy, read the whole paragraph.

"Estimates by Digital Entertainment Group put 10.5 million American homes as Blu-ray equipped. At the beginning of the year, its anticipated figure was nearly 15 million. There is good and bad news for Sony there. An estimated 8 million of the Blu-ray homes are PS3 owners. But at least some of those owners would be hardcore gamers that would have purchased the console without Blu-ray."

That paragraph speaks of America. 10.5 million blu-ray players. 8 million of which are PS3s.

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Troy Powers
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 12:10:08 PM

Damnit! You're right. My bad.

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Random_Steve
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 1:59:54 PM

Not your day is it troy lol

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ps92117
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 11:18:57 AM
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lol this happens everyday but sometimes is not a bunch of kids like washington post or something love calling ps3 sinking ship , but none make me more mad than g4tv they just love hating the ps3 except for adam but his choice for goty got me dissapointed

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 12:13:43 PM
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I keep my "Journalism" to the forums :)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 12:22:04 PM
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Seriously though, the bottom line of that article gives it away as Bull:

"This week could tell us whether that marriage will be more akin to Will and Jada Pinkett Smith or Britney Spears and K-Fed."

A lame pop culture comparison like that could only come from an ignoramus.

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Deleted User
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 12:37:38 PM

I somehow missed that when I read it first time. I don't even know what the f that means.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 2:08:48 PM

Its a very bad comparison of how the fate of blu ray is "married" to the fate of the PS3.

I find it most interesting that the rise of Blu Ray means the decline of the DVD, and yet no one mentions how the 360 is tied to the fate of a dying medium.

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ps92117
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 12:25:30 PM
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downloaded information vs physical media well , if i am not mistaken pioneer is planning on releasing a 400gb bd in 2010, if that where to become the standar there woul be no way downloaded information could compete , to have an internet speed that could download that much in a logicl amount of time it would need to be a very expensive internet, plus storing all that much informatio in a single hardrive is not realy apealing to me even with the new 4 terabyte harddrive it is just too much data, and technology is always improving so in a decade or so tb will become the new gb and there will be disk capable of storing penta bytes and hopefuly ps5 will be out

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Deleted User
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 2:52:57 PM

Lots of people fall for this trap. Assuming that the sole problem is how much space is available to developers. Not so.

Developers get paid a salary, and there are huge costs to developing games. Especially so this generation. Its going to rise next one. Developers can't afford to spend 6 years worth of time to use up that space. The publishers and shareholders of a company will want to see a game being released and money come in.

Heck, we already see too often a case of games being rushed to be out for the holidays. Think that will change thanks to more storage being available? I certainly do not.

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Scarecrow
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 12:26:03 PM
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Other than psxe, the only other site I trust is psu.com so I'm covered.

Don't need to read garbage from 1up, Gamespot, IGN, etc.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 12:26:35 PM

Ironic. I was just talking to one of the guys at PSU.

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Deleted User [Administrator]
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 12:41:13 PM

I only trust eurogamer. They sometimes get reviews wrong, like giving MGS 4 an 8, so it seems at times they try to be controversial.

People here would like them for giving LBP best game of 2008. Followed by Fallout 3.

Never checked out 1up. Problem with Gamespot and IGN is that the usual review scale starts with 7.

Destructoid reviews are actually pretty good too.

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ps92117
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 2:36:11 PM

i am also into psu , i saw another joshua360 in g4tv he was more extreme though wonder if it is same person

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 2:42:15 PM

PSU forums are full of 360 fanboys.

@ps92117 I'll bet it is, he was pretty extreme when he showed up here until Ben put him in his place.

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Fane1024
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 5:39:14 PM

@ Ben

That's coincidental, not ironic.

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Banky A
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 11:43:42 PM

Ayyyyye. I saw the exact same Joshua360 fanoboy guy on G4TV and I was gonna' eventually share that info here LOL.

What happened to JoshuaAdams360 though? Are they related?

:P

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Deleted User
Saturday, January 10, 2009 @ 2:26:25 AM

Naw wasn't me. The only other forum im at is the Xbox forums.

That is odd tho. I now have copycats haha.

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rell
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 12:56:53 PM
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psxextreme, and psu, opm. I trust

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LCF
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 3:52:47 PM
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Doom everywhere for Sony is what has been popping all over the net,yet watching the Vids from the CES in Vegas shows that Sony is still pumping money into their R&D (flex screen t.vs,amazing).To me that is showing Sony will be around for a long ass time.

The real question that should be flying the net is,can microsoft be trusted? Considering what just happen with their new Jasper motherboards overheating in front of thousands of people displaying their new Halo game.Goes to show microsoft is not keeping their word of fixing a issue they knew about before the launch of the X360 in 05'.Yes I've seen the display case that X360 was in.It was designed by microsoft just remeber that.How can you trust microsoft from not doing it again on the next system?

IBM are making PC's that are completely free from using microsoft products.Gee wonder why.

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Deleted User
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 4:10:24 PM

I would like something in the form of proof on that Jasper stuff. I haven't heard anything of the sort.

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Advent Child
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 4:42:08 PM
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Well I know that right now in my town Blu Ray Discs are the hottest item... literally people are stealing them faster than anything else in town.

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cell9899
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 6:20:33 PM
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Dont get me started with GamerTell, those guys could not post anything good for the industry if their lives depended on them.

Oh and for the record, Ill never, ever purchase a movie on DVD, if its not BluRay im not buying it. People got to seriously stop living on the past and embrace technology.

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cell9899
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 6:25:01 PM
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@Pushtrak

Im sorry but Eurogamer are a bunch of bitc**s too. Any one that Gives Metal Gear Solid 4 and 8 for no specified reason, but rather a confusing rant, does not deserve my respect as a gamer.

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BikerSaint
Friday, January 09, 2009 @ 10:04:50 PM
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Damn, after reading that article at GameTell, I thought I was in an new episode of Sienfield.....

Plenty of....."Yada, yada, yada!"

and....."Much ado about nothing!"

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Scarecrow
Saturday, January 10, 2009 @ 3:32:16 AM

lol

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Ogibillm
Saturday, January 10, 2009 @ 11:11:03 AM
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right now blu-ray discs are still expensive. you're going to pay $30 for a new release, and half that for its dvd counterpart.

but that's the way it was for dvd when it first started out. eventually as production costs came down and competition went up dvds really became cheap.

right now i only have a handful of blu-ray discs (300, Dark Knight, Firefly, and Planet Earth)but when prices begin to drop i expect i'll stop buying dvds (nearly there already) and exclusively buy blu-ray.

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BikerSaint
Saturday, January 10, 2009 @ 8:43:10 PM
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Ogilillm,
Just an FYI,
Get on Amazon's email sales list cause they send me alerts EVERY DAY on current Bluray Discs,
Some as low as $17.99, other times, lots of great buy 1, get 1, or at other times... buy 2, get 1 free.
Unfortunetly, I don't have a PS3 just yet to take advantage of all their BD deals

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Thinker
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 2:44:42 PM
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Here's a well-written piece on Blu-Ray by one of my favorite movie reviewers: http://www.reelviews.net/php_reelthoughts_template.php?identifier=546

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BikerSaint
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 4:59:38 PM
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Geeezzzz, He should've just went ahead named the article "What I want out of downloading in the future", and not even use the word Bluray,in his title(there's about only 2 sentences about BluRay in his whole article).

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PixelCritic
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 6:44:45 PM
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Ahem:
http://ps3.ign.com/articles/793/793843p1.html

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