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(Polygon)   Bobby Kotick wanted to buy his way out of bad Activision-Blizzard news by taking over the likes of PC Gamer or Kotaku. Now that would have been a problem with ethics in games journalism   (polygon.com) divider line
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2022-01-19 12:12:44 PM  
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2022-01-19 12:21:14 PM  
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2022-01-19 12:52:57 PM  
I think the entire gaming world would love for Microsoft to fire him for cause and dare him to lawyer up against them
 
2022-01-19 12:55:48 PM  
I'm sure GamerGate will throw their full might into taking down this cancer on the industry... just as soon as they finish one more session of Muslim Murder Simulator.
 
2022-01-19 1:01:04 PM  

Gubbo: I think the entire gaming world would love for Microsoft to fire him for cause and dare him to lawyer up against them


It might be a tad bit difficult for Microsoft to fire Kotick, cause or no cause, considering the whole "not actually employed by Microsoft" thing he's got going on right now.
 
2022-01-19 1:03:39 PM  

King Something: Gubbo: I think the entire gaming world would love for Microsoft to fire him for cause and dare him to lawyer up against them

It might be a tad bit difficult for Microsoft to fire Kotick, cause or no cause, considering the whole "not actually employed by Microsoft" thing he's got going on right now.


You're aware of what I mean
 
2022-01-19 1:05:41 PM  

King Something: Gubbo: I think the entire gaming world would love for Microsoft to fire him for cause and dare him to lawyer up against them

It might be a tad bit difficult for Microsoft to fire Kotick, cause or no cause, considering the whole "not actually employed by Microsoft" thing he's got going on right now.


He will work for them as CEO once the deal goes through, but as a majority shareholder he has probably agreed to leave once they're done with the paperwork. A half-billion dollars is pretty good incentive to give up the reins.
 
2022-01-19 1:08:42 PM  
Was he trying to put womz in video games? I hear that's a big deal for some reason.
 
2022-01-19 1:09:48 PM  
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Juc [TotalFark]
2022-01-19 1:13:29 PM  
There's not really any ethics in game journalism. never was.
yeesh.
I remember giving reviewers booze at demos so that they'd be too smashed to remember any games they saw after ours, and ours would give 'em fuzzy warm memories.

ethics shmethics.

there's actually a couple folks that do real journalism though, they're few and far between.
 
2022-01-19 1:19:48 PM  
If the gaming community had a Legion of Doom, not sure who would be the "leader" but Bobby Kotick would be a founding member.  Just look at the guy.  He has nothing but sinister thoughts coursing through his veins.

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2022-01-19 1:24:02 PM  

Flappyhead: Was he trying to put womz in video games? I hear that's a big deal for some reason.


At least he didn't try to depict them in modest clothing. I'm pretty sure that'll get you 20 years in prison.
 
2022-01-19 1:24:57 PM  

sid244: If the gaming community had a Legion of Doom, not sure who would be the "leader" but Bobby Kotick would be a founding member.  Just look at the guy.  He has nothing but sinister thoughts coursing through his veins.

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On the plus size, roman polanski is looking great for his age...
 
2022-01-19 1:35:56 PM  
I guess the ethics in gaming journalism was the friends that Kotick made along the way
 
2022-01-19 1:38:20 PM  
Kotakus translation of Game Center CX sucked so bad
 
2022-01-19 1:44:55 PM  

Flappyhead: Was he trying to put womz in video games? I hear that's a big deal for some reason.


Look, okay...

Your character can be male, or political
White, or political
Female and built like they were drawn by Rob Liefeld on Molly, or political
Straight, or political
Cis, or political
 
2022-01-19 1:59:10 PM  

Juc: There's not really any ethics in game journalism. never was.
yeesh.
I remember giving reviewers booze at demos so that they'd be too smashed to remember any games they saw after ours, and ours would give 'em fuzzy warm memories.

ethics shmethics.

there's actually a couple folks that do real journalism though, they're few and far between.


Having read Bill Kunkel's book, the coziness between games press and companies was basically baked into games journalism from the beginning.  Having said that, I can't see how owning one games press outlet outright would have made a difference for Activision/Blizzard and Kotick.  The news had moved over to mainstream and within the gaming arena, folks had already taken up sides, so probably would have been a bad use of money.

I'm actually a bit more familiar with automotive journalism than games, but similar relationships with press and manufacturers are there.  When you depend on the people you are covering to buy ads that support your endeavor, conflicts of interest are going to exist.

/Kotick's likely to take a big check to go away
//Couple years away, image rehab and he'll be back
 
2022-01-19 2:20:11 PM  
I mean, quitting would likely improve Activision's public image since Kotick's farking hated by literally everybody, but he didn't think of that, did he?
 
2022-01-19 2:35:09 PM  
James Stephanie Sterling will be having a field day with this.
 
2022-01-19 2:51:46 PM  
What about the clowns who voted for Kotik to be their King Clown? They getting golden parachutes too or did the leopards devour them years ago?
 
2022-01-19 3:50:40 PM  

Myk-House of El: Having said that, I can't see how owning one games press outlet outright would have made a difference for Activision/Blizzard and Kotick.


Plus Bobby is way out of date.

You pay off streaming influencers now for positive press.

Plus in the past you didn't need to pay off gaming press for positive coverage. Any kind of negative coverage of something popular was met with the same frothing outrage typically reserved for making a female character's breast size smaller. People don't want criticism, they want someone to validate their views.
 
2022-01-19 4:02:11 PM  

Juc: There's not really any ethics in game journalism. never was.
yeesh.
I remember giving reviewers booze at demos so that they'd be too smashed to remember any games they saw after ours, and ours would give 'em fuzzy warm memories.

ethics shmethics.

there's actually a couple folks that do real journalism though, they're few and far between.


The reason we know about abuse in the games industry is due to ethical games journalists. You don't think mainstream reporters care about such things, do you?
 
2022-01-19 4:17:16 PM  
I mean, PCGamer?  Really?  I doubt they have any room left in their mouth for Kotick, what with Tim Sweeney and Epic currently filling it.  Unless Kotick is into that, in which case, please proceed.
 
2022-01-19 4:18:06 PM  

Hawk the Hawk: James Stephanie Sterling will be having a field day with this.


Thank God for them.
 
2022-01-19 4:48:33 PM  

readymix: I mean, PCGamer?  Really?  I doubt they have any room left in their mouth for Kotick, what with Tim Sweeney and Epic currently filling it.  Unless Kotick is into that, in which case, please proceed.


Pretty much this. And Kotaku? The owners of G/O Media would gladly take a lump sum of cash in exchange for telling the staff to STFU about certain topics. There's a reason Deadspin quit en masse.
 
2022-01-19 5:45:39 PM  

Shakes999: readymix: I mean, PCGamer?  Really?  I doubt they have any room left in their mouth for Kotick, what with Tim Sweeney and Epic currently filling it.  Unless Kotick is into that, in which case, please proceed.

Pretty much this. And Kotaku? The owners of G/O Media would gladly take a lump sum of cash in exchange for telling the staff to STFU about certain topics. There's a reason Deadspin quit en masse.


Now that I think about it, I am guessing Bobby picked these two as his examples because the two companies have a proven track record of taking these sorts of deals, or at least being amenable to dropping any pretense of journalistic integrity if the price is right.
 
2022-01-19 7:49:47 PM  

readymix: Now that I think about it, I am guessing Bobby picked these two as his examples because the two companies have a proven track record of taking these sorts of deals, or at least being amenable to dropping any pretense of journalistic integrity if the price is right.


What journalistic integrity? All these websites are thinly veiled advertisements and always have been.

Is Car & Driver journalism? Entertainment Weekly? This isn't The Economist we're talking about. These sites are inherently devoted to promoting things for you to buy, not in their ads, but as their main offering. Asking anything else from them is absurd.
 
2022-01-19 8:18:05 PM  

Juc: There's not really any ethics in game journalism. never was.


A few of them were ethical. You could tell by the enemies they made in the games industry.
 
2022-01-19 8:20:33 PM  
I stopped buying Coke products when I learned that slimy piece of feces was on their board of directors. I refuse to give money to anything he is involved with.
 
2022-01-19 9:22:20 PM  
Gaming boycotts do not work, because gamers as a collective group have about all the teamwork and collective long-term memory as a group of fruit flies.

Some gamers:
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The rest of gamers:
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2022-01-19 10:53:40 PM  

Dr. Nick Riviera: Gaming boycotts do not work, because gamers as a collective group have about all the teamwork and collective long-term memory as a group of fruit flies.

Some gamers:
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The rest of gamers:
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Ugh, right, there is a diablo 4 at some point attempting to drop.  Yaaaawwwwn.  Almost as boring as the Starcraft 2 expansions, I bet.
 
2022-01-20 4:19:24 AM  

sid244: If the gaming community had a Legion of Doom, not sure who would be the "leader" but Bobby Kotick would be a founding member.  Just look at the guy.  He has nothing but sinister thoughts coursing through his veins.

[i.kinja-img.com image 356x200]

\Please add additional members to this newly fashioned LOD - Gaming Edition


He looks like the sort of self-satisfied asshole who buys an NFL franchise to impress other douchebags (because he sucks at golf and yachts make him seasick).
 
2022-01-20 11:50:25 AM  

Juc: There's not really any ethics in game journalism. never was.
yeesh.
I remember giving reviewers booze at demos so that they'd be too smashed to remember any games they saw after ours, and ours would give 'em fuzzy warm memories.

ethics shmethics.

there's actually a couple folks that do real journalism though, they're few and far between.


Wow, you're willing to just openly admit to being profoundly dishonest.
 
Juc [TotalFark]
2022-01-20 12:34:34 PM  

austerity101: Wow, you're willing to just openly admit to being profoundly dishonest.


profoundly dishonest? That's a bit harsh. I wasn't lying or being sneaky about it.
the reviewer folks would even get cranky if we forgot to order alcohol.
they'd get cranky if we skimped on the rest of the spread too actually, the way to a journalists heart is through his/her stomach/liver I believe is the saying.
 
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