Up front I will admit that a good part of the reason I am writing this is because the indiegogo campaign for my site is in the final few days (it ends Thursday evening) and the more money we get the more we can accomplish right off the bat (and work has begun, which is why this blog is .wordpress again). Even if the indiegogo campaign wasn’t happening this week or if I wasn’t trying to create a website I would still be writing about this. The level of transparency in this industry is pretty much non-existent except in cases where the people involved aren’t smart enough to even try to cover their tracks.
Now they could just be friends. I don’t know. But they have a “relationship” which Towerfall evidently stresses.
Harmonix is working on a game called Fantasia: Music Evolved. It was previewed at The Escapist today. Take a look at who did the preview.
How is this OK? On what planet is this OK? The thing about this that bums me out the most is that Jim Sterling has becomes one of the strongest independent voices in gaming and works at a site where things like this are permitted. It’s insane. It’s not unprecedented, however.
Albert Penello “leads planning for the Xbox One” according to his twitter bio. Arthur Gies is the reviews editor at Polygon (who got $750,000 from MS to make a documentary, though this does not prove collusion at all, business and editorial tend to stay separate). Last fall this twitter exchange happened.
So this is a high level employee asking two media figures about “what’s going on today” because Gies and Sessler had been vague-tweeting all night about being pissed off about something. What we found out later, through Sessler’s videos, was that they were mad about having to go to a Sony event, on the other side of the country, to review certain games. Arthur didn’t seem to think that asking Albert for his email or a DM to talk about Playstation business was any sort of conflict of interest. Or did he? The tweet was deleted shortly afterwards. “GAF being GAF” though. The drama is somehow your fault, of course.
Doug Bradley here seems to understand that this is… weird. The slight amount of credit I can give to this is that Ryan works in the Xbox department at IGN which doesn’t try to present itself as objective. But, seriously?
The latter two happened a few months ago or more. The Andrea Rene thing *just* happened. This problem isn’t going away. Spread the news of this stuff. I don’t care if you mention me or my site or whatever. We deserve better than this.
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As far as we’ve ever heard none of these people were even told that this behavior wasn’t OK. Maybe it happened behind the scenes, maybe not.
Transparency – we want it.