See this picture? This an inside look at the mentality of so-called adults masquerading as gaming journalists on the Internet these days.

If we want to make any sort of headway whatsoever; if journalists in this industry want to earn even the tiniest sliver of respect from journalists in other entertainment venues, things need to change. Rapidly. A bunch of kids – or 30-year-olds acting like children – running their own blogs and playing pretend, are not journalists, and yet, they get more attention than the real professionals. …why? The spectacle of it? There are plenty of fine, ethical, talented journalists in this industry; I'm absolutely positive of it, and they work for all sorts of places, ranging from GameSpot to IGN. But they're all being overshadowed by those who bring us all down, day by day, bit by bit. As some of our readers know, my roots actually lie in music and comedy journalism for newspapers, which means I was among the group that would often look down on gaming journalism. At the time, it always irritated me…until I became Editor-in-Chief here and saw, with a heavy heart, why we are the subject of much derision and mockery at places like the New York Times.

It's because the level of immaturity is through the roof. It's because nobody actually reads a single solitary word outside of the headline. It's because those who follow the news are only interested in generating petty, adolescent arguments in forums, all for the sake of maintaining and enhancing an all-encompassing superiority complex the size of Wisconsin. Everyone has to prove they are the lone voice of reason, and they are the definitive voice on any given subject. Eventually, it all subsides into name-calling and other ridiculous behavior, which is another reason why gamers and fans are often stereotyped as childlike. But those within the industry can't really help that; what they can help is how they conduct themselves on a daily basis. If you consider yourself a legitimate journalist and you consider your publication a legitimate source, words like "fanboy" absolutely cannot be in your repertoire. This leads me to the most frustrating aspect of this business.

When I was writing for the papers, I'd do features that included interviews with musicians and comedians and the like. In the feature, I would put forth what was said, and why readers might be interested in buying a ticket to the show. …not once did I ever receive any feedback from any reader in circulations of hundreds of thousands that said something like, "oh, you told me to go tot he Anthrax concert. You must be an Antrhax fanboy." At no point did they look at the name of the newspaper I wrote for and say, "yeah, no wonder you would say that. You write for 'such and such.'" This never happened. I was dealing with adults . Now, I write something about how the PlayStation 3 has left a lot of the hate behind due to its more positive image thanks to an influx of software and a better Network, and the snap assumptions begin to flood. I'm being addressed and countered by people who haven't the slightest clue who I am or what this site stands for. This isn't the schoolyard , fellow so-called "journalists."

It matters not that I took the job at PSXE as a gig, which has nothing to do with my personal gaming preferences. I shouldn't have to explain that in a quarter-century of gaming, I've only played games I've wanted to play on whatever console they ended up being on. I shouldn't have to say I've owned both the Xbox and the Xbox 360, or that my favorite system of all time is the SNES. Nor should I have to continually defend the name of PSX Extreme as a legitimate news site. The content should speak for itself…but this is exactly the point. In a normal print publication, the content would speak for itself. People would actually read what's in it. You could search this site until you're blue in the face. You'll find editorials of me taking Sony to task on a number of different issues, how I think the PS3/360 may be the best gaming combo ever, and more literary pieces involving complex topics like the storyline of MGS4. You'll see us bash the bad games and praise the good ones and our news is news; both bad and good, regardless of the situation.

I'm a journalist and a writer. That's it. I'm really sick of having to deal with people who live their lives vicariously through a virtual wasteland of infantile arguments and rampant hostile negativity. If you have a legitimate gripe, I'll gladly give an ear. We do serve the reading public, after all. But when those who are supposed to be "colleagues" behave no better than the kids who bash on everything they can find, the industry suffers. The problem? I suppose it's this- far too many of those who say they're "game journalists" actually have zero experience or training in the field. Nothing whatsoever. They're just gamers with access to a computer. And that's why we won't ever be taken seriously. It's just depressing.

P.S. Many props to the readers here at PSXE, who are both informed and civil. We've worked hard to keep the community this way, and I really can't thank them all enough. It's cheesy, but we really do feel like a family around here now; I don't mind talking about my own life in public editorials, either. And like I said, there are indeed plenty of great gaming journalists out there. But my point remains.

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Xra897
Xra897
11 years ago

…….fanboys…….

Xra897
Xra897
11 years ago

……..fanboys
sometimes in order to understand a certain point you gotta view it from a different angle

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

Read it all* πŸ™‚

I agree, anyone who owns a website and is a gamer always has the urge to "review" games and talk 'bout consoles. And then they think that they're actually journalists since they're "reporting news."

I think the worst thing is when pass off they're "reporting" as actually being factual. Or even worse when they challenge real journalists.

The worst thing of all is that labels will always be thrown at us gamers. All due to the immaturity of the new generation of gamers who connect to a computer and act as immature as any 10 year old.

I'll say this, Playstation has been around way longer then XBOX. Playstation has history and has for the most part always been the example of greatness as far as gaming consoles go.

So all these cheap ass 360 fans can go to hell for all I care for.

Just I admit my PREFERENCE for ps3 but on the other hand I do not bash the 360 every single day of my life. In fact if I ever say anything it's stuff that is actually TRUE, such as the horrible RROD issues the Microsoft infected its consoles with.

jlch777
jlch777
11 years ago

Keep the good writing and i will keep the good reading!

Riku994
Riku994
11 years ago

Lol, this is why I love this site, it's a great place where fanboys aren't allowed to exist. Keepup the great work Ben, more power to ya.

txgamer
txgamer
11 years ago

Great article I agree with it completely.

natho86
natho86
11 years ago

if you keep writing like this ben then i will keep coming back.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

Oh by the way, I've finally realized how bad of a decision it really was for Sony to take out Backwards compatability.

Recentely been playing some of my fave ps1 games. Tried them on ps1, then on ps3….

^It looks 10 times better when played on ps3(mainly 'cause it shrinks the screen down to fit the game's true resolution).

But anyway BC is really important. So they should definitely bring it back.

Hexen
Hexen
11 years ago

really.. you don't mind playing with the black bars every where?I get what you're saying thought.

mexgeo86
mexgeo86
11 years ago

I agree too that the lack of Backwards Compatibility wasn't a good move. However, given the PSN is still growing, it wouldn't surprise me to see Sony release software or even an emulator download that would allow for BC. At least I would hope they consider doing it πŸ˜›

sunspider13
sunspider13
11 years ago

Agreed. One of my friends wanted to borrow a PS1 game so he took a look though my collection. Anyone remember Omega Boost, the other game made by the makers of GT? My friend picked that and I was floored by how much better it looked on my PS3.

Crudii
Crudii
11 years ago

I don't comment here as the forums seem to work better for me now but I'd just like to say that Ben in such instances only one thing comes to mind; Ignorance is Bliss.

I chose to ignore such self proclaimed journalism and would advise the rest to do the same but in a world like this it just ain't gonna happen.

You just keep up your end of the deal and keep the REAL news and unbiased editorials comming and maybe one day people will realise the difference between professional journalism and fanboys.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

Well, dammit, I hear ya. It makes me sick when I see people who try to put themselves in the same league as a lifelong gamer when they can't even see how closed minded and dickheaded they are being about the whole industry. How anyone who mildly supports one platform over another for totally reasonable reasons is maligned as a "fanboy" hey we aren't perfect and gaming gets us excited and sometimes we rant.

But by God at least everyone here tries to keep it civil and all family like.

Ben, I think the true fanboys lash out at you because they aren't allowed to voice their unfixably biased opinions on this site so they do it elsewhere. You and the mods do a fine job of keeping this place decent and I feel damn glad that I ever found it in the internet wasteland because it and it's forums are where I make my gaming discussion home.

Crudii
Crudii
11 years ago

Off Topic:

Hey World is that Squall I see? NIIICCEEEEEE..:p I just recently had the urge to play it again but couldn't get far as I got some work to do..Maybe I'll get back to it if I still feel it after the works done..or maybe not :s…lets see.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

I'll open my repressive old fanboy self old man, Squall was the dude that I was 99% the exact same as when this game debuted. Reluctant, relationship-stupid, and stuck in a leadership role I didn't want, the only good thing about it was the awesome hair πŸ˜›

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

I'm playing as Squall again! Started FFVIII…second time through; haven't played it since the game came out. Lovin' it. πŸ˜‰

Tim Speed24
Tim Speed24
11 years ago

@World

It's great to read from you and others on this site everyday and I do agree with Ben that this site does kind of have a "family" vibe about it.

Keep up the good work and writing PSX.

Deadman
Deadman
11 years ago

@tmster
toatally agree withe the family vibe deal onthis site even though I dont know anybody personally Im constatly refering to people I reply to or read posts from as friends to realife friends and family. Its why I keep coming back

AntDC
AntDC
11 years ago

@WorldEndsWithMe

About Squall being "relationship-stupid", you're not kidding. I think this quote about the prospect of Rinoa being his girlfriend sums it up pretty nicely…

Rinoa: Are you serious!? Squall!? I'm gonna take it seriously.

Squall: I'm serious.

Rinoa: Woo. I'm speechless.

Squall: …I'm seriously joking.

Oh no he di'int!

Insanity
Insanity
11 years ago

I think I'll send this masterful piece right on over to the folks at Kotaku and Gameplayer. πŸ™‚

Dehshizknight
Dehshizknight
11 years ago

Been a long-time follower of this site but didn't register for commenting until a few days ago. And as the days go by, I'm starting to comment more and more because of great reads like this.

Keep up the great work, PSX Extreme!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

welcome to the show

Reccaman18
Reccaman18
11 years ago

So long as you keep doing what you have been for all these long years, you will continue to have our support. I think that speaks for everyone here. You and Arnold are the sole reason I stopped going to IGN and I haven't looked back since I came here about 2 years ago.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

Similar story…

Once they gave Heavenly Sword a 7 or so they really lost me right there. Not only that, their whole reporting became one sided and kinda dull.

They're actually one of "ok" multiplat websites.

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

I've been reading PSXExtreme ever since I bought a PS2 because it focusses on the system(s) I own.

I even voted against Xbox Nerds because I wanted this site to remain focussed on PlayStation.

However, IGN is one of the few "multi-plat" sites I still read, mainly because they have a PS3 "front page". I recently gave up on their sister-site GameSpy because they were STILL showing the PS3-hate.


Last edited by Fane1024 on 5/8/2009 4:55:07 PM

SerichA
SerichA
11 years ago

I really liked this piece, it recaps on what real gaming journalism is all about. The cycle of these forum posters just repeats–new ones just come up to ***** about their own opinions excessively, and the older ones simply leave, understandably. No other mediums fall into this abyss, or so I would see it. Honestly, I can't handle the content of most videogame forums, but there are exceptions here and there. Thanks for keeping this place well-maintained; though it would seem it keeps itself that way sometimes. This place is undeniably on the right track.

Hexen
Hexen
11 years ago

To me this site definitely stands out from all of the other gaming sites that I have visited in the past.Here there is no one cursing each other out and no fanboy fights.Every one that comes in here shares rants,opinions and ideas in a civilize manner the way it's supposed to be.So I believe some journalist should use you as an example on how game journalism is supposed to be done.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Nice Piece Ben.

::applause::

Keep reading folks. Reading is amazingly educational. Not only do you learn about the topic, and the writer, but you improve your own vocabulary and grammar through your exposure to quality prose. In this day and age quality writing is at a premium, in some fields it's rarer than hens teeth.

Unfortunately I don't believe that the situation will improve any time soon, we are in a transitional phase where traditional print journalism is fading in the face of the immediacy of the internet, and the flicker of a video screen. I'm not sure where the future is, but I know one thing, the immediacy of news aggregation and RSS feeds does nothing for journalistic integrity or quality analysis.


Last edited by TheHighlander on 5/8/2009 12:54:53 AM

Oyashiro
Oyashiro
11 years ago

This is why we keep coming back πŸ˜‰

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

Beautiful.

b3mike
b3mike
11 years ago

Kotaku is by far the worst. You need to audition to become a member and be able to post, WTF? It's like they have a way to find out if you're an Xbot or not just by scanning your pc through your IP or something. And naturally if you're not then you're not welcomed in their community. Okay that was kind'a random but I just had to let it out lol

baseballdude_
baseballdude_
11 years ago

"It's because those who follow the news are only interested in generating petty, adolescent arguments in forums, all for the sake of maintaining and enhancing an all-encompassing superiority complex the size of Wisconsin."

Hmm, Ben…I'm trying to decide if there's a hidden message in there and if I should be offended or not. πŸ™‚

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Nope, just a general comment. πŸ™‚

OriginalSin
OriginalSin
11 years ago

I've been reading editorials and reviews on this site for nearly 3 years now… I only registered a while ago and started posting comment and so on. But I decided to stick to PSX for a couple of very good reasons.

Firstly all the other sites I use to go to was blatantly a "fanboy" site. Didn't matter if it was towards the Xbox,Ps3 or Wii, it was just obvious they favored a certain platform above any other. And therefor I would never get a truly objective review or story that wasn't out to "hurt" the competition.

So the reason I finally registered here was because of the way you guys (Ben,Arnold and John) report on things. I really think you guys are objective and honest about what you write. So I know you call a spade a spade. Therefor I trust your reviews and enjoy your editorials.

You even say when the competition has something great. This is a site dedicated to Playstation, but you still told the truth by saying you have a 360, and that you think Gears 2 rocks. I respected that even thou this is a Playstation site. But you didn't bash Gears 2 just because it was on Microsoft's console. Stuff like that go far with the RIGHT people reading it.

That brings me to my next point. The people on this site is awesome in my opinion. Everyone here especially the more regular posting members are really informed and also not bias or blatantly fanboy. Sure they obviously have their favorite but they "keep it clean" if I can call it that. They write good comment and make very good arguments when needed. And almost every day there is someone or some comment that really make me laugh…

Okay enough now, not trying to l*ck your d*c*s or make you all teary eyed… My point is just that I can come to this site read good articles, reviews, laugh and just be relaxed on a site that I enjoy without nearly having an aneurysm because there is an argument about "how crap MGS4 is and how it's a movie and not a game…blah blah F****** blah".

Not saying all the other sites are like that and sure they have some talented journalist there as well, but unfortunately their reputation also got tarnished by one or two individuals that give journalism a bad name… What makes it even worse is that those hand full of individuals make it hard on ALL gaming journalist on ALL (Gaming) sites.

This situation will most likely remain a problem. These days like you said Ben, almost anyone can write and have a forum or a blog but that in itself creates that problem. So for the really uninformed or young readers they might get to this site or blog and take that persons word as "God", and what he/she says MUST be right. they don't know any better. But still that is what they will then believe…

Okay I'll stop now. I have the habit of yapping on and on…. Should have been a writer πŸ˜‰

Banky A
Banky A
11 years ago

Gooood rant πŸ˜‰

"Okay I'll stop now. I have the habit of yapping on and on…. Should have been a writer ;)"

Should've, would've, couldn't – didn't

=D

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Thank you very much. Posts like these are the reasons I love to do what I do, and a great example of my "P.S." in the article. πŸ™‚

OriginalSin
OriginalSin
11 years ago

You see that's why I didn't become a writer πŸ˜‰

hehehe.

Off Topic:

I probably WOULD'VE if English was my first language, but sadly it's not. And I've noticed that things get spelled and said differently in English depending on the country. Weird.

OverlordZero
OverlordZero
11 years ago

Wow really good article
off topic
did anybody else hear about the Eurogamer Darkfall review. They gave it a 2 and only played 2 hours most of it in the character creater. That is really messed up huh

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
11 years ago

I have just joined this website as a member after watching your articles and discussions for many months.

Finally!!! A smart and well thought out place to discuss video games. I was sick of seeing so many biased sites, comments, reviews, etc. against the PS3 when it was uncalled for.

I love that many people here appreciate PS3 for what it does right AND appreciate the Wii and 360 for what it does right as well. No more flaming fanboy comments about how Halo is the greatest game ever or how the PS3 sucks at everything. I think I will feel right at home here.

OriginalSin
OriginalSin
11 years ago

OverlordZero : You see that's what I mean. That's also why I like coming to PSX as they will give a proper review of every game they play. They won't just have a quick look at it at say ah it's not for me and rate it a 2.

Even if the game wasn't their "type" they will still rate it according to a system. Gameplay, Graphics,Sound and all that. they won't just rate it low if it's a game they usually don't play.

Now you get people like that. they play it for 2 hours in creation mode as you said, and then rate it a 2 because they don't like it but they never looked at what the game had as a whole… Now someone goes and reads that review and then doesn't buy the game just because of that. Who knows that person might have actually really enjoyed that game.

It basically playing 2 hours of FFVII and saying it sucks and rating it a 3… Or giving Killzone 2 a lower score because it doesn't handle like C.O.D… It's not fact or objective but more of a personal preference. And that's not always good, especially if you're a journalist. Personal opinions is not what it's about. Right Ben?

OverlordZero
OverlordZero
11 years ago

OriginalSin: Exactly thats why i joined this site about a month ago i liked the articles and the reviews they give are honest. I pointed out the eurogamer thing because it seemed similar to what Ben was mentioning in his article.If they gave Darkfall a low score and only played it 2 hours in a character creator how trustworthy are their reviews. Anyway the good Folks at PSX keep up the great articles and honest reviews. P.S. Even after 2 hours of FF7 id still give it a perfect score thats all the time i needed to realize it was awesome(my opinion) lol

thepill
thepill
11 years ago

Ben, keep writing brother, 'cus we like reading. I know exactly who this rant is aimed at and I refuse to give him credit by naming him. People amaze me when the see one thing a person writes or says and they quickly jump on that one thing and use it as a springboard to try to justify their own agendas, instead of looking at the ENTIRE body of ones work. I have read EVERY SINGLE article and editorial you have written over the past year at least, and can honestly say you are, in the words of FOX News, "Fair and Balanced". you can't say anything positive about Sony, or Microsoft for that matter, without being labeled a "FANBOY", well you know what, fine I'm a God damned fanboy. I'm a fanboy of GOOD GAMES, I don't care what multi-billion dollar company builds the box as long as the game is worth playing.

I know there is no shortage of mental midgets ready to climb the proverbial water tower to defend their console of choice, I just wish they would come to grips with the FACT that all THREE consoles have their good points as well as their bad. What appeals to you is just that, and someone else may have different interests, and that's perfectly fine, that's what makes us PEOPLE, and not mindless robots.

These people that HATE on one console over another don't realize that competition breeds new and exciting thing in the gaming industry. If every console fails, except the one YOU like, this industry gets stagnate and will die.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Very, very true. Well, except for the part about this article being directed at one person. It's not; it's directed at all so-called "journalists," but it was indeed inspired by a few recent articles. Or rather, again, so-called "articles." πŸ˜‰

Fane1024
Fane1024
11 years ago

You do realize that Fox News uses the term "Fair and Balanced" ironically?

I'm not trying to get political, but (whatever your perspective) you have to recognize politically-motivated, biased rhetoric when you see it.

I mean, they're trying to characterize Obama as a fascist dictator and a socialist at the same time. DOES NOT COMPUTE.

Talk about fanboys.


Last edited by Fane1024 on 5/8/2009 5:07:38 PM

Godslim
Godslim
11 years ago

Its hard though coz everyone has their fav and will stoop to such stupid levels to defend say their console or whatever…thats the problem with fanboys no matter waht u say u will never change their mind they will follow what they think like a religion

rjmacready
rjmacready
11 years ago

The good content, good writing, and fellow gamers onboard here is why I check this site when I first logon each day, and the last site I check before I go to bed each night.
Keep up the good work Ben, Arnold, and rest of PXE Extreme crew…

Godslim
Godslim
11 years ago

UP THE IRONS DUDE!

Douchebaguette
Douchebaguette
11 years ago

'Tis why I rely on this site. I never read daunting news that pressures against the beloved PS3 & I don't have to hear petty news [supporting any system] that I know is biased and maybe even incorrect.

I used to just google "PS3" in the News section, and of course there would be any proper news from different sources, but sometimes I'd find really bad, biased articles. Obviously I'd question them, but at the time I couldn't help but take in information like that to mind.

Then I joined this site [and bought a PS3] around the same time. I can now read news [and editorials] I'd enjoy reading, knowing it's genuine, whilst playing happily on my PS3, which actually destroys nearly every bad point that anyone said about the system. My days are now good days. Chias, Ben.

www
www
11 years ago

Ben we could do with some names,who are those immature journalists?

BTW once PSX is the only site that keeps backing and speaking the cold hard truth about the PS3 looking the best this year,you're sure to catch flak.Way of the world,"follow the crowd"…."go with the norm",do otherwise and you're an outcast/alien therefore you need to be eliminated.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

No, no. If I'm going to rant about professionalism, I'm not about to name names.