So the Gators have not convinced me, in the slightest, that it’s about ethics in game journalism, but I was reading this article (which is seriously interesting in its own right) and I read that phrase for the umpteenth time and I realized: Is it that important? Is it even close to death-threat level important, even putting aside for a moment that a movement about ethics should maintain a reasonable set of them?
See, gaming journalism isn’t even entirely new. We have had people covering sports for well over a century, at least. It’s a little different because participation and spectation are different activities, but the core of the issues are the same: These are leisure activities, and the lack of real consequential impact from these activities (compared to other topics covered by journalists, like crime and punishment, war, poverty, etc.) is going to breed a certain coziness. Look at sports, for example. Most of the newscasters are fans, with clear favorites, and most interviews with players and coaches are pretty softball affairs.
Or look at Making. Half the process of making is acquiring the right tools and materials. Flip through any magazine or publication about making and the ads for tools and products, as well as the reviews, can tend to blend together fairly seamlessly. Hell, I’ve even seen an ad for a product in the same issue of a magazine featuring its creator in an article. Yet there isn’t the same call for “ethics in Maker journalism.” Why? Is it because the other communities don’t have the same high standards? Or is it because it’s not really that important?
ETA: Link to article.