Robert Florence has stepped down from Eurogamer because an article he wrote about games journalists and PR was edited due to complaints from people in the article.

It's hard to explain, much easier to read, so here you go. This is the unedited version, with the removed parts in bold:

One thing that sticks out for me is that journalists for reputable news organizations can't accept extravagant gifts from anyone involved in the material they're writing about. Is it ok for a gaming journalist to accept a PS3 from someone with a new game coming out that they'll surely be writing about?

jdodson   Admin wrote on 10/26/2012 at 04:29am

Hey panicked, thanks for posting!

My original comment was so long it hit the limit so ill write a redacted version of it, simpler, less words. :D

Ultimately Ill post a follow up to this because its an important happening and I think illustrates why "game journalism" isn't objective and totally broken. How can it serves Gamers when the forces of money choke out honest dialog.

Maybe Robert was out of line? Maybe he was just being honest and hit a nerve that caused some people to fear for their money pile getting smaller? The reason why "game journalism" is broken is because more often than not, its the latter.

Which part-in why Cheerful Ghost exists. Because I believe normal people's thoughts on gaming is more important than paid journalists in gaming.

But you don't have to take my word for it, get the latest highly reviewed title by any old mega game site and it should be fun right? I mean they are the experts and it had a 8.8 rating? That means a totally great game! If you are not scared for your $60 going right into the toilet then you and I both admit "game journalism" has issues.

Jacob_Richardson wrote on 11/01/2012 at 11:17pm

This is a HUGE issue to me. It's more then just money as well. There are so many bias's that factor in you'd think it was a political review. There are some sites that review japanese games horribly simply because they are japanese. Lost planet 2 was a breath of fresh air compared to a CoD or more recent shooters and it received extremely critical reviews. It was made by capcom.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 11/02/2012 at 02:53am

Yep, me too. Its not bad for a site to make enough money to pay the bills, but big media game sites take it too far and sacrifice too much.

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