The Dirty History of Games Journalism

Games journalism is dirtier than you ever could've imagined. This timeline is based on http://www.tiki-toki.com/timeline/entry/343871/Corruption-consumer-hate-and-bad-journalism-in-games-journalism/ and created to provide a faster rate of updates. All links and the timeline itself are archived multiple times as a protection. Remember that the events listed here are only the ones that have leaked to the public. Click "find out more" on the events to open the primary source.

IPHONE GAME REVIEW SITE SELLING FAVORS

Want an expedited review service? That'll be $50.

NCSOFT PROMOTES TABULA RASA WITH ZERO-G RIDE FOR JOURNALISTS

Each ride was worth at least $5000 per person.

EDGE MAGAZINE DECLARES THAT THE AGE OF THE HARDCORE GAMER IS ENDING

EDGE writes that the days of the hardcore gamer are over.

POLYGON DOES SELECTIVE REPORTING ON GAYMERX CONTROVERSY

The record is later set straight.

DESTRUCTOID WRITER SUSPENDED FOR OUTING FRADULENT FUNDRAISING

Allistair Pinsof outs a trans woman who claimed to be fundraising for a life-saving operation but was actually using it for a sex reassignment operation. He is then suspended. Further evidence later comes up that people from various outlets colluded on the issue, something that is potentially very illegal.

JOYSTIQ EDITOR JUSTIN MCELROY LITERALLY RUNS AN "I RAGEQUIT" REVIEW

Instead of actually reviewing the game (Nier) and writing about it, he drops a few short paragraphs about how it was hazardous to his sanity.

JEFF GERSTMANN FIRED OVER KANE AND LYNCH REVIEW

Jeff Gerstmann was fired from Gamespot for giving a less than glowing review for Kane and Lynch: Dead Men after its publisher Eidos threatened to pull advertising from the site.

TRIP HAWKINS THREATENS GAMEPRO OVER PORTAL RUNNER REVIEW

Trip Hawkins threatened to pull advertising from GamePro after Portal Runner received an unfavorable review.

DRIV3R IS GIVEN BLATANTLY HIGH SCORES BY FUTURES PUBLISHING

Threads discussing it on the GamesRadar Forum are eventually deleted, though too late to hide the news that 9/10 reviews were given to an unfinished game.

IGN REVIEWER GIVES FOOTBALL MANAGER A 2/10 BECAUSE IT WASN'T LIKE FIFA

Yes, and then came the justified backlash.

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