PressSpotting: The May Round-Up
Our columnist looks at game-news headlines this month, including Headline News' Glenn Beck, Donna Mei-Ling Park, and the mysterious Surfer Girl.
You hate us... you really hate us!
It's not too often that a whole category of "game journalists" gets specific attention from the mainstream media, but it did happened earlier this month when conservative Headline News commentator Glenn Beck called all video game bloggers "losers.". The dismissive tone continued on Beck's radio show, where he stereotypically maligned bloggers, and all gamers, in fact, as reclusive shut-ins living in their parents' basements.
This wasn't an unprovoked attack, mind you. Beck was reacting to a host of blog posts that took him to task for an on-air tirade against Grand Theft Auto IV, which included commentary from the game press' favorite lightning rod, Florida attorney Jack Thompson.
What's interesting is not so much the defensive, schoolyard tone of Beck's comments, but more the fact that he felt the need to address the thoughts and feelings of these game blogger "losers" at all. Beck can claim all he wants that he "could care less about video games," but by merely mentioning the blogger reaction on his show, Beck showed that the chatter has entered his consciousness and, moreover, that he feels it's worth a portion of his limited airtime to address. As with the massive online reaction to Fox News' Mass Effect controversy, this episode shows that the online games press can get attention when it acts with a unified voice to decry the worst offenses of mainstream media portrayal of games.
R.I.P. Surfer Girl With the recent shuttering of popular rumor blog Surfer Girl Reviews Star Wars, it seems like a good time to see if any of her rumors actually ended up being, you know, true. Fortunately, a poster over at NeoGAF has saved us all a lot of effort by compiling a comprehensive, sourced list of Surfer Girl's rumors and their various truth statuses.
Thus far, Surfer Girl's record stands at 33 "true" rumors, 21 "partially true" rumors and 16 "false" rumors; a pretty good record as far as rumor-mongering goes, and one that seems to show that the mysterious author behind the site had access to some line of insider information. That said, her confirmed record is dwarfed by the nearly 200 rumors that are still listed as "unconfirmed," including some dating all the way back to September 2007. This discrepancy highlights the real trick to being a successful rumor-monger: namely, predicting stuff that will only be proven right or wrong far, far in the future. Besides coming off as amazingly forward-looking at the time of the prediction, this strategy has the added bonus of allowing people to forget all about the prediction if and when it's eventually proven wrong. It's win-win!
Sony made a bit of a ripple earlier this month with a trademark registration for Qore, a service that will supposedly be "providing interactive online magazine and entertainment services in the field of video games" according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The posting would seem to suggest that Sony is planning to follow the lead of the Wii's Nintendo Channel, using the PS3's online functionality to get their corporate message directly in front of the gamers that want it.