New Game+ #24

Glitch Please: New Game +: New Game+ #24

Humble Bundle being acquired by IGN has brought up a lot of questions about the ethics of a media outlet being connected with a publisher. How do you feel about this?

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  • EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold House Harkotherin

    4 months ago

    I might get a little salty for this - I would like to blame being awake for 38 hours with a Sunday full of chores, but that's possibly not true. (2 more to go before bedtime.)

    I'm more likely to trust The Know because they have a variety of wildly differing views (one can see something more clearly from several angles than just one) and are open about where they get their stuff - games and news bits - and what is information and what is opinion (and I've gone and verified enough info to feel more relaxed about what's reported here), but I am always highly suspicious of "news" services that handle all other topics, especially politics. Why is it that people seem to trust news services of other topics but become suspicious only with gaming/tech news services?

    There are plenty of examples of when MSNBC, CNN, FNC, ABC, NPR, BBC, CBC, and all the others local, national, and international news services have "modified" their information to support something, just as there are a small handful of high-profile game/tech news sources who have done the same. People will not question the former - taking it at face value (even when the information is little more than witty analogy and not actually any data) but will take the time to question the latter and the effort to find first-hand information?

    It is buyer-beware on all information providers. I feel comfortable with The Know and the topics it covers just like I feel comfortable with O|X and the topics they cover, but it was a slow trust. Those other kinds of news services continue to show that I cannot trust them. I'm having to put so much extra effort on the "information" they provide, only to find that far too many times it's either the wrong story, only half the story missing key information for context, or opinion stated as fact.

    Worse yet: Social media is some people's primary news source when most of it is opinion in the form of witty analogy stated as fact, repeated until people believe it's true.

    "... but they cited an article!" Did you read past the headline and look for sources? Most of the time, I find that people have not.

    Here, I find that they have looked deeper into the information. The Know ain't twitter - unlike certain national news services who cite twitter as their sources (such as cop cars burning during riots here in this city by CNN based on a tweet when no such thing ever happened - no riots - no destroyed vehicles - quietly retracted in the dead of night so that there are people out there who still think we had apocalyptic riots - and people don't question them). O|X is primarily commentary and make that plain from the start. I enjoy their commentary even if I don't always agree. The Know has commentary and they make it plain when they are commenting versus providing information. The Know also has no qualms about admitting if they're wrong, about correcting information, or about rethinking their opinion when new information comes to light. That's far better than nearly all news services out there do.

    That's enough salt from me.

  • PrimalChaos FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 months ago

    So I am not 100% sure how your stances are exactly loot boxes are on them other then you don't like them so i just wanted to share my opinion that I think they are bad and they are like gambling because you don't get anything from it. The reason I think this because it has no actual value since these games are not technically our its the companies so people should think of it that way especially since when you gamble it isn't about what you get it is the rush of spending your money.

    • kylebelerin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 months ago

      The reason that lootboxes have been able to get away without being qualified as gambling is because you are guaranteed to get some kind of prize from every box. If you put your money onto a blackjack table or into a slot machine, there is a (significant) chance that you will lose that money and come out with nothing after a single bet. No lootbox system in any game has a chance of you opening the box and getting nothing, even duplicates of prizes you already have are something. 

      Not a fan of lootboxes or microtransactions, but I do have a good understanding of gambling and The Know has done stories on this in the past. 

  • calpine FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold CALQL8ING

    4 months ago

    Thanks for answering my question. Just came to this after your Extra Life segment, hope Ben recovers from the bruises. 

    Always appreciated that guys do make efforts to disclose when given review products and personally agree with you that channels, both twitch and YouTube, garner like minded people and give more options to view a products prior to purchase. I work in a nerd store where I am amazed that some people will drop $1000+ on a statue or figure they have never seen or heard about till walking in

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