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New site takes Game Journalists to task for…well…everything!

By Rob James | 10 May 2010 | Editorial | , , , , | 2 Comments   

[Game Journalists are Incompetent Fuckwits is] A catalogue of the stupid, incompetent, and generally retarded things gaming journalists say and do.

Ben Paddon is many things: writer, blogger, background actor, and so on. But even he’ll be the first to tell you: video game journalist, he is not. That is why he’s the best candidate to call out every video game news organization for every grammatical error, factual misrepresentation, snarky comment, and unforgivable short cut that crosses his path.  And his new website, “Game Journalists are Incompetent Fuckwits”, is designed specifically with that purpose in mind. No website is too big or small.  Kotaku, IGN, Destructoid, they are all fair game. And his goal, well it’s pretty simple: to remind people that journalism requires effort.

“I realised recently that while bad jokes rub me the wrong way, the cold and sterile nature of the gaming news sites who take the whole thing incredibly seriously (specifically I’m talking about Edge Magazine) annoys me even more. I want gaming journalism to be consistent, good, but above all fun. Fun for the reader, and fun for the person writing it.”

One of his biggest pet peeves: websites that prefer to copy and paste press releases instead of actually writing articles about them. Other offenses include lofty, unqualified claims, attempts at levity that come off as idiotic, long-standing typos or grammatical errors, and people who accuse him of being a hypocrite for being a ‘reporter’ of ‘reporting’.

As you can probably guess, Paddon’s site has rubbed more than a few people the wrong way, something that has forced him to redefine what his site will and won’t focus on. But despite the angry mobs, he’s stuck to his guns and has even picked up a good number of fans along the way (including yours truly). In all honesty, with journalism becoming a running joke in the video game industry as a whole, why not have someone sticking his neck out there to highlight just how ridiculous some of the stuff that is written really is? I mean, seriously, does anyone care that Zhang Ziyi is breaking up with her fiancé because he’s got a gaming problem? Is that really news?

And just so you don’t think he’s being a prick simply to be a prick, Mr. Paddon has already mentioned that some websites, like the stellar and totally unflappable GiantBomb.com, deserve praise rather than ridicule specifically because of articles like this one. I mean, when Giant Bomb calls your ass out, you best pay attention, son.

At the end of the day, what really separates “fuckwits” from other video game sites out there…is that it’s unique. It’s critical of everything because it has to be. And when everybody is saying the exact…same…fucking…thing…isn’t it nice that someone is saying what he really feels?

Keep fighting the good fight Ben, we think you’re pretty fucking kick ass…and totally ‘competent’.

P.S. – As a small nugget of irony, whether in response to “GJAIF” or not, there is another tumblr account dedicated to the best examples of internet video game journalism.  Just goes to show not everything is crap-olah!

Link: “Game Journalists are Incompetent Fuckwits”

2 Comments

  1. Posted by Daniel Boone on 02 August 10 at 5:59pm

    After recently watching him take someone to task on GJAIF for having posted something stupid to his personal blog, without first bothering to check whether or not he was a journalist and thus appropriate fodder for his site, I’m not sure that’s his goal after all.

    For as much of a dick as Ben often comes across, it seemed to me up until that point that he was only being so abrasive because he was truly passionate about the subject. However, I had to question whether or not that was truly the case after seeing him use GJAIF to highlight something that was said by someone who all accounts suggest isn’t a journalist. After all, isn’t this the guy who owes a great deal of his notoriety to regularly highlighting it when Kotaku goes off the subject of games? If his site’s purpose is to take game journalists to task for the stupid things that they say and do, then why the unholy hell does he think that his readers ought to give half a squirt of piss about what some random guy posted to his personal blog? Why would he risk coming off like a hypocrite, unless his interest never truly was with rehabilitating videogame journalism to begin with?

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