Two unrelated and rather depressing stories about journalism

Charles Arthur on Heat magazine’s offensive stickers:

But what drove Heat to such a massive misjudgement? This is a magazine that used to know its readers, and when I used to pick it up, the feeling I got was that it didn’t think its readers were cruel. But this was cruel; heartless; thoughtless. It lacked compassion.

So what’s happened to Heat? Competition.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun on the apparent firing by CNet of a veteran games writer. His crime? Giving Kane & Lynch a less than stellar review:

Our very reliable source tells us that while Gerstmann wasn’t the most popular man with the CNET owners, it was his Kane & Lynch review alone that saw him fired. You see, Eidos had just spent huge, huge amounts of money securing massive advertising across the site, skinning the entire front page with K&L commercials, along with running gimmick adverts allowing readers to cut their own K&L trailers. So a 6 wasn’t exactly the mark they were hoping for.

3 thoughts on “Two unrelated and rather depressing stories about journalism

  1. rutty says:

    I think saying Heat Magazine deserves to be labelled “journalism” is pushing it a bit far ;)

    Either way, whoever came up with that sticker is a poor excuse for a human being

  2. tm says:

    Am I the only person who thinks it’s a bit strange to fire the guy for lowballing your sponsor, but only after actually publishing the low scoring review?

    I mean if you care enough to ditch someone over it, then surely you can do that, then drag some other hack into your office and effectively say: review this game and think about happened to your predecessor before submitting a score.

    Actually I’ve just read the recent edits on rock, paper, shotgun and they seem to be thinking along these lines too…

    I guess I’m cynical enough to be believe someone would do that – but not enough to believe that they’d do it so stupidly.

  3. mupwangle says:

    Penny Arcade were on about this the other week. Their take on it is that they won’t accept advertising for a game unless they are given a playable version of it and it looks good.

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