A round-up of last month’s community musings
Before this year’s E3 conference, there were a bunch of major leaks of the announcements expected in the show. Particularly affected was Bandai Namco who had all of its surprise announcements revealed. The effectiveness of these leakers and their accuracy have no doubt prompted companies like Nintendo to pre-emptively threaten leakers with legal action.
This entire situation has prompted a debate about the value of leaks, the place of video game journalism, and on companies like Nintendo overstepping their bounds and bullying these “poor” leakers. I already expressed my opinion on the legality of Nintendo charging leakers in court. It is my opinion that Nintendo and other companies could absolutely win in court, although the ensuing case would probably cause some reputational damage to the company.
This blog is not about the legality of leaks, but about the ethics of leaking and maybe even reporting on leaks.
First, let us tackle the argument about this just being part of game journalism. The definition of journalism is the “reporting on recent events that happened”. Of course, that involves uncovering what happened and attempting to reach the truth. What is explicitly stated in most definitions of the word is that journalism reports on transpired events in the best interest of the population.
Is this the case for video game conference leaks? It is neither a reporting of transpired events nor is it an investigation of something critical to the population.
What it is, in fact, is entertainment journalism and yellow paper news. Something that peddles on rumors, hearsay, and thrives in exposing the personal information of corporations and people. The fact is, surprise reveals in E3 and other such conferences generate a lot of enthusiasm from gamers. A huge element of that enthusiasm is the elements of surprise. To generate all that hype, real people are working in development and publishing to craft that message. Real people dedicated time and effort to craft that Banjoo & Kazooie reveal.
I think the calm reception to the Dragon Quest Hero reveal compared to Banjo Kazooie was due to the heavy leaking of that character
In one fell swoop, a leak can destroy the hard work of many individuals. It can also destroy real moments of gladness that wouldn’t otherwise have happened for fans of the game or company.
In this instance, it doesn’t matter about the legality of the leaks or the validity of this type of journalism. It doesn’t matter that there are some gamers who do not appreciate a surprise or do not care if something is spoiled for them. As long as the fact remains that there are those who care about surprises and that there are hard people at work creating those surprises, I think to spoil that work is unethical behavior. No one would debate the ethics of coming over and tripping a waiter, or deleting a writer’s essay. No one would debate the ethics of publishing someone’s unfinished presentation.
I don’t see why there is even a debate here. The hard work of real men and women is being destroyed through these leaks, and the potential experiences of real gamers are being ruined.
*- Thank you, Ray Porreca, for the time and effort you spent in helping Destructoid become the place we all love. Take this chance to appreciate the work that you did here. That Dark Souls article was truly comedy gold.
B- For this month’s Band of Bloggers prompt, Sharukurusu invited you to write about extreme sports, from skiing down snowy mountains to scrapping your knees on the rough pavement. These are the extreme games the bloggers decided to write about:
- One of the more natural and highly critical games to potentially feature in this BoB prompt was Olli Olli, and Shoggoth2588 obliged with this blog.
- Sharukurusu, the author of this month’s prompt, answers his own request for blogs with one that talks about early 2000s game, Riptide GP: Renegade, an exciting looking title that features some cool futuristic water jet skis.
- Truly, there are fewer games with as many EXTREME activities as LaTerry details in this excellent blog about Final Fantasy VII. The remake can only hope of being this EXTREME.
A- Calvinbrine defends Nintendo’s first party offering for the Switch’s second year on the market. Honestly, I think the second year was a great one for non-Wii U owners, as all of the games that were ported from that unfortunately dead console were great games.
A- Since you will be reading this recap after E3 is already done and dusted, you will get the chance to judgeBoxman214’sE3 predictions with the full value of hindsight. One thing I guess he surely got right is EA talking about some sports game.
This was a genuine moment of excitement and joy
A- I honestly don’t understand the Twitch platform. I barely have any time to play games, so watching others play games is ridiculously stupid for me to consider. Apparently, though, the situation gets even more ridiculous as Joel Peterson explains here.
A- In what may be an unmatched output, Joel Peterson writes yet another blog, with this one explaining why this generation of videogame consoles may be his last as the industry bullshit keeps piling up and making gaming less fun.
- The first blog features the character Zer0 from Borderlands 2.
- Continuing with the same game, the next blog features Gaige.
S- Unfortunately, the last Wii game I (Lord Spencer) reviewed as part of my Wii REVIEWS series wasn’t so good. I wouldn’t recommend Shiren the Wanderer for anyone, even the biggest fans of the Rogue-like genre.
Why ruin the work of these guys
S- In this personal blog, Xeo shares with us events of his life where he learned to accept himself for what he is. He is adamant that there is always light at the end of the tunnel, especially when you have close people guiding you to it.
T– After some initial hostility in a lawsuit between the creators and publishers of Star Control, Joel Petersonis happy that the dispute was resolved amicably enough, with some good will offerings at the end for good measure.
T- There are some really valid ideas here byAvoclefo about how the next Kingdom Hearts game should improve mechanically (if that happens before the mechanics of gaming changes beyond anything we currently imagine).
The real faces of excited gamers
R- So that you don’t have to suffer through it, Soulbow went through the harrowing experience of playing and reviewing The Council, an adventure game that is janky and confusing, both in the story and in gameplay.
M- Philsphindings continues his series in exploring the possible musical influences of some famous video game tunes:
- The first blog in the month continues where the last blog in May ended; by showcasing further video game tunes that utilize the “chromatic aftermath” musical technique, such as tunes from Turrican 2 and Mega Man 4.
- Unsurprisingly, the epic tune you get after finishing Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts is similar to the epic scores of movies like Ivanhoe.
- Here, Phil features the haunting “Life” track from the excellent Chrono Cross soundtrack which reminds him of the song “Mountain Men” by Jethro Tull. Honestly, I hear the resemblance, but think the tune is still more similar to “Schala’s Theme” from Chrono Trigger.
- Going into lesser-known JRPG series, Treasure of the Rudras which was composed by Ryuji Sasai of SaGa fame, look at the similar vibe betweenprog rock song “The Search” by Cathedral and “The Quest for Rudra Mines” (minus the vocals of course).
- In this blog, Phil takes on one of Nobuo Uematsu’s best soundtracks. Specifically, talking about “Terra’s Theme” from Final Fantasy VI which is my own favorite video game song. It moves me to tears nearly every time I hear it.
- In contrast to Final Fantasy VI’s score, I am the least familiar with Final Fantasy III’s soundtrack. Here, you can see the influence ofthe “Crystal Tower” theme.
- Then we go right back to Final Fantasy VI with another theme that I like very much, “Shadow’s Theme”.
- Here, this blog features some tune from Battletoads.
- And, as a final blog of the month, we get this amazing tune, “Yearning for Love”, from Treasure Hunter G which is clearly influenced by flamenco music and the classical roots of that music.
S- In the pursuit of owning physical copies of indie games, many thought that Limited Run Games Co. would be a champion for collectors. Instead, Pacario notes several issues regarding LRG’s current set-up.
The leak of the latest Tales game ruined the experience for both fans and producers of the game
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